Friday, May 29, 2009

New Rocks Posted 5/25/09

Oops! Forgot to post this one! check out the new rough:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Faceted Quartz Box by the Van Pelts

Made by Harold and Erica Van Pelt Lapidary (photos from 2007 Tucson show)
Two-part faceted quartz box with dendrites in quartz top, and 18 karat gold frame and hinge

Monday, May 18, 2009

Edward Erickson Gem Sculpter and Faceter

Another display from Tucson 2007.

Information displayed said:
Edward "Bud" Grant Erickson sculpted, hand-cut, faceted and polished all the "Super Gems" in this exhibit.

the boules were grown under *** by Dr. Milan Kakas at the Union Carl*** in Wasbegal Washington, specifically for Mr. Erickson's work.

Over a 38-year career Bud lead state of the art solids state *** associated electro-optic development.

***can read this word from photo, I should have gotten a better close up of it!

New Rocks Posted 5/18/09

Thursday, May 14, 2009

French Fried Tourmaline

What happens when tourmaline gets just a tad too warm...

(BTW this is a great blog, check out the rest of it while you are there.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pearls in the news...

best quote: “Squeeze the goo like a pimple and the pearls pop out,” says Montfort-Jones.

oooo just what every woman wants to wear around her neck :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More Opals..

An opal display by True Blue Opals at the Tucson Show:
Painted Ladies and Boulder Opal
Belemnite fossils (same family as modern squid)
Pineapple (Pseudomorph of Opal after Ikaite) These are just too cool...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Mike & Mary Jaworski Mineral Collection

This display is from the Tucson 2007 show is part of Mike and Mary Jaworski's Mineral Collection. Try not to drool on your keyboard...