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  1. Mr. 4Meter, I did soak it in an 1 teaspoon of CLR and 1 gal of distilled water for about 5 days and gave it a good scrubbing with a firm tooth brush. I worry that if I soak it in anything stronger that white part would get ruined, it is so soft. Not so sure if I want to keep it or use it for a garden rock?
  2. Wow Thank you very much for letting me know. I must get in touch with him and pay him plus I want to give him a few Minnesota treasures some Lake Superior agates to apologize.
  3. Found this rock in a glacier moraine deposit in central Minnesota: the greenish rough part is hard - if I were to guess the Moh's scale rating it would have to be about a 7. The white rock coming out of the formation has a soft waxy feel to it (Moh's of about 4-5). I have never seen anything like this before. I'm scratching my head on this one
  4. I was taking practice shots indoors with a new camera lens and this agate was one that turned out good. It is called a whorl or hurricane Lake Superior agate for the the way the banding formed:
  5. Thank you for all the compliments, everyone! Yes, Morlock these are Lake Superiors that I found near where I live. Bob - I tumbled a batch a long time ago but ended up having some damage done to the basement due to a small flood. It has been a while but as soon as I get my shop up and running again I will be doing more lapidary work: I am still learning about cutting and faceting.
  6. Here are some cabbed Ethiopians. I bought them from a lapidary company some years back, I am not too sure if we are allowed to say the name of the business on here, but if we can I would love to share it. They did such a beautiful job on these!
  7. More of my summer finds this year Note *: In the fourth photo up to the last it is the same agate just taken at all different sides
  8. Okay, I will cut a window and show what I find
  9. This is that seller's letter he sent me after I asked for a refund:
  10. I sent the seller a message just simply saying that there are some doubts as to the "meteorite's" authenticity and that I needed more substantial proof. I got this through a bid auction. Did a test on the rock on the back of some porcelain and it was a black streak What should I do next? I am going to contact Ebay and tell them about what I have found along with as many pictures and posted facts as to what meteorites look like; I will do whatever it takes to make sure no one else fall prey to scam artist's like these!
  11. Here are some of my opals from Ethiopia - they are raw of course; I have yet to learn about polishing these on my wheel and I would rather I would have an expert standing near by to guide me. I have been trying to find a rock club near where I live but there aren't any that I have found one yet. There is Minnesota Mineral club but that is a good 25 miles from where I live. If I found a tutor how much would it cost?
  12. Thank you, guys for being honest with me and I will look into saying something to ebay about this. I had a kind of sinking feeling when I opened up the box with the meteorite there and only a card from the business
  13. I broke these geodes open yesterday and it was a lot of fun! In the second and third picture I was trying to get a clear shot of the crystal formation hanging down in the front. If you can see the tip is actually a cluster of some tiny crystal spear points. The third I focused more on the inside. Hope you like them and there are more to come:
  14. Here are some Oco agate geodes I got the other day. Enjoy
  15. This is a big silver sheen obsidian piece that I want to cut into and make into some cabs but that is a ways out in the future - I need to learn how to cut it and work with it first. Are there any books, sites, or videos that would be a good start?
  16. Here are the better pictures I took this morning.
  17. Yes the seller's link is: https://www.ebay.com/usr/scirocco-fossil-trade?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754
  18. Hello all This meteorite just arrived the other day that I won on ebay. I had to take pictures of this indoors because it was a cloudy day so I am going to retake the pictures tomorrow in morning sunlight from all angles. However one decent picture came out:
  19. Your welcome, Flaak I don't think that it would be because of the bubbly patterns, but I cannot say for absolute certainty. However I do know that the colors green, blue and purple are more sought after.
  20. Hi I just wanted to share two recent finds. Not sure if I should post these in the gallery or to share them here.
  21. Yes, Flaak It is a fire agate. I have a collection myself. I just got a new computer and have to find the old pictures or just take new ones
  22. Thanks for the great idea, Morlock! Yeah, I know it is difficult looking for them up here but there are places online that I buy from with a certificate of Authenticity and study on them as much as I can.
  23. I have been collecting agates for years now and have recently gotten into meteorites; I will have questions and since I am learning I will listen to all that is said with an open mind. What are some good books on metals, meteorites? What is a good metal detector to start out with for low cost? I will be posting pictures of my agate collection, semi-precious stones, precious stones, and budding meteorite collection in the gallery soon
  24. Good day I tried to click on several of the blue underlined topics but keep getting an error message that says "This page does not exist!" I just registered and am trying to find out how to post pictures. Is there a bug in the system? Sincerely, Jade
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