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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 5 Free Gemstone Cabochon Giveaway

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I was going through the rock that was given me, when I realized that I didn't have that many jaspers. You have to understand how odd that struck me and what a good thing that is.

I am a jasper nut. For all the years that I have been working with cabs, I've had few agates. Just a personal preference thing. However, now that I am cutting my own, I have been given (literally) a new perspective on collecting agate. Having the opportunity to work with so many agates has been really good for me and educational, too. Even doing this contest has been good in an agate kinda way. I have a whole new appreciation for the beauty of them. Working with them is great. They are super hard. I think, and I don't know if this is true for everyone, but I think that working harder stones is easier than soft ones. Agates, in general, take a super glassy polish, too.

Today's stone is a jasper, but I want to show you a couple more agates that I was given.

Burro Creek Agate

Lavender Agate from the famed Ellensburg, WA area.

The true beauty of both these stones can't be realized through a picture. The Burro Creek is a beautiful, creamy purple. The Lavender is from the same area as the rare and famous Ellensburg Blue Agate and is every bit as hard. Cutting this was like cutting diamonds.

I just had to show those to you. Both are very special. Now, onto today's stone.

36x20mm- Ignore all the reflections, this took a great polish.



Most of you probably have an idea of how much I love red jasper. This one is no exception. This was cut free style from a small piece of slab. It is much prettier in person, but does have a few very tiny pits. That isn't unusual for brecciated jasper or any stone really. It has a white line (healed fracture) filled with agate and if you look close, one end is cherry red. Very cool! I really love this. :) You do know how hard it is for me to give up red jasper, right? LOL! But, I will. It is going to the person who's name I draw.

Here's a few more jaspers that were given me. I have more that I haven't cut, though not very much.

A large Royal Sahara for a special project that I promised. 


A super beautiful mystery stone which I am going to refer to as a probable jasper agate. Much more pink in person.
And since so many of you like the marquis shape, I thought I would throw in another agate for Friday's drawing. This time it's a crazy lace agate. It's not the greatest, but it was sent to me free by an eBay seller, it is a marquis and it does have great color. :)


The question of the day:  What stone or stones do you remember being popular when you were younger? I remember malachite and rhodochrosite being in everything and being practically throw away stones. Try getting good rhodo now!

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A little late this morning....

The names that went into the hat are:
Kit
Diane F.
Joyce (livewire)
Kay B
zoraida
Kate
Christine
Cindy H
Mary Hicks
Shiny
daizi55 (Debi)
shaolingrrl
Gina
Susan Roper
Auf Draht (Renate)
Vicky F
Saturday Sequins (Sarah)
Denise Hall
LAS






Congratulations Denise Hall!!! YAY! I will be sending you the red and green moss agate and entering you for the big drawing Friday. :)

Keep commenting :)


36 comments:

  1. Good morning, Tela.

    The red jasper reminds me of the roses design in your trellis piece. Beautiful!

    And the Royal Sahara ... OMG! Just amazing!

    Lapis was very popular as well. I have a killer malachite pendant from years ago and a small lapis pendant, but no rhodo. Oh, I also have a beautiful blue lace agate pendant and a lovely rose quartz pendant. All made by someone else long before I started making jewelry.

    Joyce

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    1. Good morning to you, too, Joyce :)

      I remember those stones, too. I don't have anything left from then, at all. Wish I did, though. The stones I remember were really nice examples. I still love all of them, too. (especially rhodochrosite)

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  2. I was a rock nut as a kid, and I remember pyrite being the most fabulous stone everyone had to have. I went to Estes Park, CO with my grandparents and we could not find a hotel, so the manager of one hotel offered us her guest room for a night, and out in back of her home was a great deal of pyrite. I found a fist-sized stone, and brought it in breathlessly to show everyone, and the nice lady gifted me with the stone. I was thrilled, and I still see pyrite as a miracle stone, although the big pieces, the really shiny, silvery pieces, seem to be a thing of the long past.

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    1. Oh, thanks for reminding of pyrite! Great story! I grew up up North with all the granite and pyrite. As kids, we were all enthralled with fool's gold and thought we would all be rich! LOL! My little grandson loves it, too.

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  3. I love your pink mystery stone. I always seem to gravitate towards pink tones. I am completely new with so much to learn about rocks. It seems to me all I saw was a lot of tourquoise back when I was a kid. We always went west for our vacations and there was an abundance of it out there.

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    1. I gravitate to the pinks and purples, too. I remember turquoise being very abundant, too. It's so expensive now!

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  4. Love, love, love that Lavender Agate from WA! I, too, seem to have more red jasper than anything else, but I doubt I will ever be ho-hum about it.

    Did I miss something? Whose name was drawn yesterday? Curious minds want to know...Susan

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    1. You didn't miss it- I was running a little late this morning. We have a busy household this morning.

      The agate is so much prettier in person and so incredibly shiny. The man who gave it to me lives close to where it is found. Can you imagine living somewhere where you can just pick up gorgeous rocks??? I live in the wrong place. :)

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  5. I don't remember anything but the faceted gemstone look (real and fake) or pearls being popular when I was a kid. I was disappointed that my birthstone was a turquoise--which I didn't think was very pretty compared to a garnet or sapphire. (I know better now--I love turquoise!) When I was in high school my boyfriend visited Colorado and bought me a necklace that had a small golden-brown and black striped agate cab on the pendant. It ended up on a charm bracelet (very popular in the 1960s) which I still have.

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    1. I used to think only faceted stones were real gemstones and turned my nose up at cabs. Boy, have I come a long way!!

      That is so cool that you still have that rock from your sweetheart. :)

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  6. Tela, you have posted some outstanding stones today. Such yummy colors.
    Growing up in small town Iowa, we did not see a lot of stones. Pearls were the main beauties. My 3rd grade boyfriend gave me a triple strand(fake) which I loved! In hind sight. He must have taken them from his sister!

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    1. Thank you, Christine :) The story of your little boyfriend is so cute and reminds me of a time when my daughter was given a ring by a boy who took it from his mother. It was obvious that the young boy did not buy it. She was crushed when I made her give it back. I think she didn't speak to me for a week!

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  7. That red jasper looks good enough to eat! Probably not so good for the teeth, though. ;)

    When I was younger, I remember that aventurine was everywhere. And then it was picture jasper, which I really love.

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    1. No, not too good for the teeth. That's probably why we call it "eye" candy. :)

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  8. Cindy H in Waco, TXJuly 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    The first stone I fell in love with as a 6year old was rose quartz. Love your gorgeous Jaspers!

    Are these cabs in the give away all hand done by you?? That makes them super special treasures!

    Big Hugs!

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    1. I'd like to see the stone that left such an impression on you at 6 that you still remember it. It had to be very special. :)

      Yup, all these were cut by.... meh. :)

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  9. When I was growing up, the "common" stones that were everywhere were snowflake obsidian and rose quartz. And everything was wrapped in Black Hills gold. Both stones make me nostalgic these days but I'm still not crazy about Black Hills gold.

    Great rocks today, Tela. Most of them are new to me and I especially love the Burro Creek agate.

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    1. I never cared for Black Hills gold, either. Have you noticed that you never see the kind of rose quartz that we used to see? The quality has really gone down!

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  10. Congrats, Denise! ;-)

    Oooh, *brecciated* jasper! Now that you remind me, there was a time when I had a tiny obsession with brecciated jasper, and so some, mostly donut shaped, found their way into my possession. The sound you hear is me rummaging my boxes ... please excuse me while I'm diggi... ...

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  11. When I was a teenager, I remember wearing all kinds of jewelry with turquoise in it, lots of southwest motifs in most of the pieces.

    That royal sahara stone is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure that in your capable hands, it is destined to become something truly special.

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    1. I remember when turquoise was all the rage, too. Unfortunately, there was so much really, really bad fake stuff, too, that it turned me off to turquoise for decades.

      Yes, that is a really nice royal sahara. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, yet, but it has to be awesome-- oh, the pressure! Seriously, the man who gave it to me only asked that I do something special with it and that I show him the results.

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  12. Wow, the Royal Sahara is beautiful, along with the mystery stone.

    Like Kay B, I also wore alot of turquoise jewelry, still one of my favorites today.

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    1. Do you mind Chinese turquoise? I used to, but I don't anymore.

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  13. Wow...there are some beauties here. I love the Burro Creek and of course, the Royal Sahara...it is to die for...really! The red jasper is lovely! I guess I like them all. I always loved rocks, I don't remember much about ones used for jewelry, but I loved quartz, hunks of quartz, they seemed so lovely. I remember being in Austin, Texas and finding huge pieces of it, probablly cut out to build homes or something and wanting to take them all home with me. We were visiting there for some reason. Can't recall much else but the huge pieces of rock.

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    1. Yeah Kit, you sound like you are addicted to rocks. I love your enthusiasm! :)

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  14. When I was young, back in the 60s, my parents had a friend who cut his own stones, so all I ever remember seeing were tiger eye and opals - I so wish I had his collection of rocks and all the cutting and polishing equipment he owned but I had no idea about lapidary work then, sigh!

    The only other thing that comes to mind is shells, they were big in my teenage years living near the beach it was all "surfers" style.

    I'm so please you're into cabbing, I'm living vicariously through you right now, in the nicest possible way, of course!

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    1. .... opals..... Sorry, I glaze over when people mention them. I would love to go to an opal mine. I saw a show about it once. These people lived in a hole in the ground and whenever they needed money for anything they just plucked some opal out of the wall and went to town. Wow, just wow!

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  15. Turquoise seemed to be the popluar stone where I grew up. My prized treasure when i was a little girl was a 3 inch block of rose quartz my uncle gave me. I still have it along many other rocks he gave me.

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    1. Cool! Isn't it funny the things we hold onto? Sounds like you had a rockin' uncle. :)

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  16. I absolutly love the Royal Sahara... it is a BEAUTY....
    THANK YOU for another great day of showing us these beauties....
    see ya tomorrow to see what wonders you will be showing...

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    1. Hey Debi- this has been fun and I'm really happy you are enjoying it. :)

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  17. Montana agate. And elks' teeth as pendants (that Idaho upbringing, you know). I've always loved geodes, and now that spills over into anything with druzy. Sparkles!

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    1. I whipped out my geodes to show my grandson and his jaw almost hit the floor. It really is amazing to see. Druzy is awesome!

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  18. Tela, thank you for posting yet another beautiful collection of fine cabochons. The red is vivid in this jasper. I enjoy how you educate others on the various types of stones and their history.

    Growing up I had a close relationship with garnets. I thought that owning anything with a garnet was close to owning a diamond as far as value. I still enjoy items with garnets.

    ~Susan

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    1. Hi Susan :) I love garnets, too. I'm so glad they, at least, are still affordable. :) I could do a week long blog on garnets. There are so many and each are awesome.

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