background preloader

Rocks, Gems, Fossils & Minerals

Facebook Twitter

Gemstone Toxicity Table - International Gem Society - IGS. Gem faceters and jewelry enthusiasts alike should learn about gemstone toxicity as it relates to three activities: normal handling, cutting, and ingestion.

Gemstone Toxicity Table - International Gem Society - IGS

The table below has toxicity ratings for 280+ gems, based on their composition and potential for bioactivity, as well as descriptions of the hazards they may pose. How to Detect Silver in the Ground at a Silver Mine. To find silver in a mine or in nature, you do not look for minerals that are silver-colored.

How to Detect Silver in the Ground at a Silver Mine

Unlike gold, silver rarely appears in nature in the form of nearly pure nuggets. In the raw state, silver ores are almost always found in combination with other minerals. Silver is often a by-product in lead, copper and gold mines. You can recognize a potentially silver-bearing rock by dark, sooty streaks or dark crystals. Different types of silver ores are found in different parts of the world, so it helps to find what types of ores are common to the mine you explore. Familiarize yourself with the types of ores that have been common to the mine you explore. Watch for rocks that have have gray, spidery veins running through them. Look for rocks that have either a rough dark gray to sooty black look or a silvery metallic look. Watch for rocks with crystals. (1) Can you GROW an Opal? Fine Minerals International - What's Hot In Tucson: 2020 - Program Sponsor Series. (6) Top 5 Coolest Looking Rocks ever Found. Discovering - The Agate Lady. Iron-oxide concretions and nodules.

Meteorite or Meteorwrong.

iron-oxide concretions and nodules

California Rainbow Obsidian Is a Natural Wonder (Photos) Obsidian is dense volcanic glass, usually rhyolite in composition and typically black in color.

California Rainbow Obsidian Is a Natural Wonder (Photos)

Obsidian with multicolored iridescence caused by inclusions of magnetite nanoparticles. Obsidian is often formed in rhyolite lava flows where the lava cools so fast that crystals do not have time to grow. Glass, unlike crystals, has no regular structure and therefore fractures in smooth, curved shapes. The intersections of these fractures can form edges sharper than the finest steel blades. For this reason, obsidian was used by many native cultures to make arrowheads and blades. The volcanic deposits found in the Warner Mountains come in many forms. (5) 7 Variedades De Obsidiana Mas Valiosas Que Existen □ Crystals, Minerals, Gems & Stones (Raw & Polished) Tumbling Crazy Lace Agate - A Tutorial. Identifying real and fake turquoise. (2) WHATS INSIDE? DISSOLVING ROCKS WITH TABLE VINEGAR.

(1) Rock and Mineral Identification. Stone cold - the 11 most dangerous minerals. HOW TO TREAT Matrix Opal: Create Your Own Black Opal Gemstones! Rock to Gems: Making Worthless Stones Valuable. BEWARE of FAKE Shungite Here is How To Know If It's Real. Gems from Space! Peridot Moldavite Tektite Desert Glass. Gemstone faceting: cutting a huge quartz stone (portuguese cut) How to use CD or DVD disks to polish gemstones! Treasure hunting, more crystals and fluorite, Colorado 2018 - what do gold dirt rocks look like? Tumbled Stones: 60+ different polished stone varieties. My personal collection of lapidary stones. Lapidary 101 Part 1: How to Use a Slab Saw. How to Make precious Ruby at Home - 4K. Rock Tumbling Agate - Start to Finish. About. Beautiful singing crystal bowls.


Large selection to choose from! TJ’s Rocks & Gemcrafts is a home-based business operated for over 45 years. TOM ENNIS is the owner along with his wife Sherry. TJ’s opened a retail shop in Downingtown, PA and in the 6 years since opening have become the place to go for crystals. Since the opening in 2008 we have incorporated our 3,500 square foot wholesale warehouse as part of the business. Store hours are: Tuesday thru Friday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Please call us at 610-952-3774 or stop by: 4433 W. From Tom: So how did I get started in the rock business? Beautiful Celestite or Celestine. Some of the crystals we found were; 24 sided garnet balls, gem quality, black schoal tourmaline, watermelon tourmaline, rose quartz, smoky quartz and many other types of minerals.

Also in 1974 I was fortunate to start my career as a polymer chemist at Rohm and Haas company. Beautiful jewelry. We hope to see you soon! Lapidary Tips, tumbling, hobby, basic lapidary techniques, lapidary instruction, lapping, slab saw. Knowledge Center. How to tell the difference between Jasper and an Agate?

Knowledge Center

The simple answer is if you put light behind the material and you can see through it, then it is an Agate if you can’t then your holding Jasper. The more complex answer is that it is not always that straightforward. The simple science behind this question is that both Agates and Jaspers are comprised of Quartz- which is one of the most common minerals on the planet. The Gallery of Minerals With Pictures and Descriptions. Minerals are very important.

The Gallery of Minerals With Pictures and Descriptions.

We study them because they play a major role in our economy, industry, and health. We use hundreds of products everyday that are made up of them. The following are examples of common minerals that are categorized by type. Each has a thumbnail picture of the specimen and a brief description of it. Clicking on the name of the individual specimen will take you to a page with a larger picture and a detailed description.

But before we get to individual specimens lets see if we can agree on what these things are. Occurs naturally.Is solid at room temperatureshas a regular structure (its atoms have a definite arrangement).Has a chemical formula There are a few things that don’t seem to fit even though they seem to belong. I make a star pendant from a Rock! and I show you my pet gargoyle (giveaway closed) Identifying Minerals. Minerals With Metallic Luster. Luster, the way a mineral reflects light, is the first thing to observe in a mineral.

Minerals With Metallic Luster

Luster can be bright or dull (see the major types here), but the most basic division among the various types of luster is this—does it look like a metal or not? The metallic-looking minerals are a relatively small and distinctive group, worth mastering before you approach the nonmetallic minerals. Of around 50 metallic minerals, just a few make up the great majority of specimens. Mineral Identification Key - Table IB. Table IB: Minerals with Metallic or Submetallic Luster & Hardness greater than 2½, but less than 5½: (Will not easily mark paper, but can be scratched with a pocket knife.)

Mineral Identification Key - Table IB

[Previous Table] [Next Table] Return to Step 3 [ Table of Contents ] [ Introduction ] [ Identification Kit ] [ Mineral Properties ] [ Environments & Associations ] [ In Conclusion ] [ The Mineral ID Key ] [Previous Table] [Next Table] How to ID / Identify a Meteorite - Stone. Rocks: Pictures of Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks. Fluorescent Minerals Fluorescent Minerals and rocks glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.

Rocks: Pictures of Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks

Geodes. Mineral Oddities and Unusual Minerals - Phantoms, Fadens, Twins, Gwindels, Enhydros, Scepters, Radioactive Minerals, Twinned. #74099, Calcite (twinned crystals) with Stilbite and Apophyllite, Fanwood Quarry (Weldon Quarry), Watchung, New Jersey (c) $30 #75733, Sphalerite (complexly twinned crystals), Logansport, Indiana (m) $250 #75045, Cerussite (sixling-twinned crystals) on Tennantite, Tsumeb Mine, 3rd Oxide Zone, Namibia (t) $175. Rock and Mineral Identification. WHATS INSIDE? DISSOLVING ROCKS WITH TABLE VINEGAR. □How to Make Jewelry with Tumbled Stones. Polishing rocks with hand held power tools 2017 Part 2, a more detailed look.

How to Polish Stones with a Rotary Tool and Acid. Online Mineral Museum powered by John Betts-Fine Minerals and 13 Rarest Gemstones and Minerals Ever Seen. I Carve A Landscaping Rock (and other shenanigans) What are some good rock identification charts? Rock identification charts classify rocks according to their appearance, composition and formation. There are three main types of rocks, attending to their formation process: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Igneous rocks are formed from solidification of molten material below Earth's surface, forming crystals. Intrusive igneous rocks crystallize below Earth's surface, while extrusive igneous rocks crystallize on Earth's surface. Igneous rocks include basalt, granite and obsidian. Sedimentary rocks form from the accumulation of sediments. Metamorphic rocks are formed under Earth's surface, where the heat and pressure modify them. Learn more about Geology. How to Cut and Shape Stones. Johnny Clasper’s Stoneworks are Works of Art (15 Photos)

Stonemason and sculptor Johnny Clasper creates incredible works of art with stone. From dry stone works to free-form stone sculptures and pebble mosaics, Clasper is skilled in a variety of styles and techniques. On his website and Facebook page you can see many of his completed works along with testimonials from happy and satisfied clients. The award-winning artist and tradesman is based in Yorkshire, England. For all enquiries, contact Clasper through his website.