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  1. Hi Dizz... I'll email ya. Check this out: http://www.nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=26250 my email is ah_mrcequ8@hotmail.com
  2. pyrites are especially fond of containing gold
  3. you have to grind down to the red layer to find the colors, as the 3 fire agates in the foreground of this picture shows
  4. thanks for the input... I figured similar results I just thought I'd get info direct from folk like yourselves who are in the know... One idea I had was to fashion these specimens into a tabletop mosaic. another was to make a chess set out of them... heh, I'm thinking if I create a new trend with them they'll fetch a better price. Time and creativity will tell.
  5. Excellent question, Definately rough material. I don't have the time, skill, nor equipment to produce finished grade gems, plus, I'm sure buyers who buy in bulk do so with the intentions to craft their own creations...
  6. I was wondering... perhaps someone here can answer my question... Do you think it possible to sell this azurite-malachite gemstone at the show? if so, what type of price range would you think fair to ask for it... the barometer testing price grade being Bisbee, AZ @ $45.00/ gram? I'll post both finished Bisbee products next to the partially worked/ raw material in question for comparison. Thanks...
  7. Congo has some of the world's best gemological specimens.. you should do well. if it has good crystal structure and/ or color depth and clarity buy it you wont go wrong. =)
  8. if you review mindat's mineral database there are hundreds of speculated mineral types with correct formulation specs without nomenclature or species classifications... indicative of discovery necessitation. I possess a specimen of SHEEN obsidian that is as black as night but possesses a clearly green reflectant embedded within it that is only seen at certain angles. This obsidian type clearly is not a SHEEN obsidian, which marks it as true green obsidian. It shouldn't suprise anyone that obsidian can come in all colors as obsidian is a silicate class species. as with quartz and agate, color variations know no limit.
  9. Anyway, as can be seen I've extracted a good quality azurite-malachite deposite and have begun the work of shaping up pieces for selling it... I have around 60 lbs of this material that I hope my lapidary skill will be able to market it with. On mindat I compared it to Bisbee AZ quality material (which can sell for $45.00 a gram), they in turn discredited it to 'surface oxides'... WOW... really? let's compare, shall we? Bisbee azurite-malachite, already machined and set vs. my half worked and raw materials... you decide...
  10. thanx... My collection has actually changed since those pictures were taken... lol, I need a second display cabinet as I have beautiful specimens packaged because no space to display is left... My mining venture has had several set backs as the metallurgist I was working with pretty much robbed me (for a silly half a ton of ore when I gladly would have shared the profits from the estimated 20,000 tons at the mine) so my material needs are keeping me from millions in revenue because of stupid asinine greed... He did a production assay on the plumbojarosite deposite that - according to his 40 years of expertise in hydro- electrochemical metallurgy and pyromechanical metallurgic management... and my understanding of his scientific method and witness to his entire assay proceedure... produced a result of 5000 ozt of a gold/ pgm mix. His initial reaction was staggered disbelief, like a dazed confusion, with him saying about 3 minutes after staring at the results," that can't be right, I must have done something wrong..." EVERY assay attempt after that suddenly became botched, with cupels stained dark maroon (because the pm content had been absorbed by the cupel - which I know he later crushed and reprocessed with AR to reclaim the lost values from) revealing marginal results (still), to thick white films being left on the furnace (which were heavy in pm values that he later went and scraped clean and values reclaimed) from over firing samples, to coming back to the lab the next day to discover melts that had been performed outside of my presence... I finally confronted him when cleaning assay results to sell when a 2 oz button I'd marked for sale disappeared and mysteriously ended up in his AR solution, which by the time I'd discovered it had already dissolved 8 grams... eh.... what am I gonna do, beat up an 80 yr. old man?...
  11. Well... that's my intro. I hope it serves to provide some insight as well as allows folks here to feel inspired to approach me as a colleague of merit. Thanks!
  12. testing: results all show buttons containing gold/ pgm alloys. funnel is silver chloride pulled from galena. solution test closeup is chalcopyrite taken to 500 mesh then shocked with hot hcl...notice gold floatation.
  13. Mining: polymetallic replacement deposit with adjacent copper bearing lens and intermitant 2ndary iron rich intrusions. metals include: iron, lead, zinc, tin, copper, silver, platinum, palladium, gold, mercury, vanadium, molybdenum, titanium, chromium, bismuth, nickel, tungsten, niobium, uranium, arsenic, and thorium... minerals: galena, plumbojarosite, azurite-malachite, chrysacolla, cuprite, sperrylite, chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite, iron pyrite, native silver, cinnabar, kaolinite, hematite, sphalarite, nevadite, turquoise, wulfenite, dolomite, quartz, and a plethera of variants of these. native gold, as to be expected, a rarity.
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