Variscite from Lucin, Utah has a nice green color and is usually found in a greyish matrix.
The combination of the variscite and the matrix gives it a beautiful distinct look.
We were fortunate to come across this 10 lbs piece of Lucin Variscite at a rock shop near Zion National Park in southern Utah.
One side of the stone shows a well worn surface indicating that the variscite should be quite hard and should not require any stabilization.
A nice 10 lbs piece of Lucin Variscite purchased from a rock shop near Zion National Park.
This material was sold to us as Powell Butte Moss Agate but as you can see from the image there is no moss so we just call it Powell Butte Agate.
When we obtained this beautiful poppy jasper several years ago it was simply labeled “New Poppy Jasper”.
Do you know any more about this beautiful poppy jasper?
We acquired a small amount of this Turquoise at the Tucson Gem Show many years ago.
We know it’s not a slab but we just couldn’t resist sharing.
We purchase this material many years ago from an old rock shop near Tucson, Arizona. The rock shop closed many years ago.
The material was labeled “Fantan Agate”. We have never been able to find any other information concerning this agate. It appears to be a type of stromatolite.
We would be grateful to anyone that can provide any more information about this beautiful material.
This material comes from Mexico. This Amethyst Lace Agate came from a very old collection and is now quite difficult to obtain.
It is quite lovely with bands of pink and purple.
There is another material that is not nearly as beautiful or as high a quality that goes by the same or similar name however they are two completely different types material.
If you’re fortunate enough to find any of this beautiful material you may wish to purchase it before it’s all but gone.
This beautiful Chrysocolla slab comes from the Inspiration Mine in Arizona. It also contains Malachite and Gem Silica.
While Wind River Agate from Wyoming is famous for it’s iris agate, this Wind River Agate has some great dendrites.
We purchased some of this wonderful material at the
Love the Art gallery in Beaver, Utah.
From what we understand the owners of the gallery are also the owners of the White Tiger Stone claim.
White Tiger Stone resembles Zebra Marble which is also found in Utah however the White Tiger Stone appears to be harder and have darker blacks and whiter whites than Zebra Marble.
Willow Creek Jasper comes from a location north of Eagle, Idaho. It is a porcelain jasper which takes an excellent polish.
Lower quality Willow Creek Jasper often contains small iron stains that can give the slab a Chicken Pox appearance as in the upper left portion of the image below.
Utah Rainbow Jasper often has areas that would be considered agate. It is sometimes referred to as a jasper/agate or “jaspagate”.
While the main colorations are brown, red and orange, it may also display yellow or green.
mossy inclusions similar to those found in moss agate may also be found in this beautiful jasper.
Although this beautiful material is called a jasper we found a 12 lbs piece that was mostly agatized when we went on our latest trip to Zion National Park. Below are a few images of that stone.
Can’t wait to slab this one out!
12 lbs piece of Utah Rainbow Jasper showing lots of agate.
Most locations in Utah where this beautiful fossilized coral can be found are on private claims however there are a few locations where this beautiful gemstone can still be collected.
Due to its wonderful red coloration, Utah Red Horn Coral is a great gemstone to use as an alternative to the delicate red coral that is found in our oceans today.
This unique agate comes from Wyoming. The black agate encases small fossilized snails which makes beautiful cabochons and lapidary slabs.
The fossilized snails found in Turritella Agate are actually
Elimia tenera and not Turritella at all.
Due to the Turquoise like veins that are often found in Howlite it is often dyed to imitate Turquoise. Howlite is soft and porous and takes dye quite easily.
Stone Canyon Jasper comes from the central coastal region of California. As with much of the material that comes from California Stone Canyon Jasper is a brecciated jasper due to the earthquakes common to that region.
St. Johns Flower Agate comes from an indian reservation in Arizona. The tribal tribal elders have closed the area to collecting making this beautiful agate a rare find at gem shows or rock shops.
Snowflake Obsidian like other forms of Obsidian is much like black glass in it’s appearance when it is broken or polished.
The “snowflakes” found in Snowflake Obsidian is caused by the Obsidian breaking down into true rock rather than volcanic glass.
Royal Sahara Jasper comes from the Eastern Sahara Desert in North Africa. It is sold directly by Oasis Prospecting.
I had the opportunity to meet George and Janet at the Tucson Gem Show a couple of years in a row. They were a real pleasure to meet and great to deal with!
Rainforest Jasper is a form of green Rhyolite. It comes from Western Australia near Queensland.
This is an extremely rare orbicular jasper comes from the Illinois River district in Josephine County, Oregon.
Oregonite is similar in appearance to Kinradite Jasper that comes from Marin County, California. The appearance is so similar that Kinradite is sometimes called Oregonite.
The material is somewhat fractured however it is a real pleasure to work with and takes a great polish.
Noreena Jasper comes from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, near the town of Newman.
Another beautiful jasper from Australia.
This wonderful material came from a rock shop near Tucson, Arizona that is now closed. It was simply labeled Nevada Picture Jasper.
Sure wish we could get more!!!
Named after James Morrison, Morrisonite is known as the “King of Jaspers”. This exceptionally fine porcelain jasper is an absolute pleasure to work with and takes a fabulous polish.
Morrisonite is found on the Morrison ranch located in the Owyhee mountains in Malheur county in eastern Oregon
Mookaite jasper is sometimes called Mookite, Moakite, Mookalite, Moukite, Mookerite, or Mook Jasper.
Mookaite comes from a location near the town of Carnarvon in Western Australia. It is named after Mooka Creek from which much of this beautiful material comes from.
It is a fine grained jasper that usually takes a great polish.
Mexican Porcelain Jasper also known as Exotica Jasper or Sci-Fi Jasper has, as the name implies, a very fine crystalline structure which helps to produce an exception polish.
Mariposite, sometimes called “Emerald Quartz” is a form of mica that gets its green coloration from chromium. It is found in white marble which appears as attractive white streaks.
It was named for Mariposa, California however it can be found in several locations around the world.
Malachite is a copper bearing mineral that can take a high polish similar to the finish found when polishing obsidian.
Sometimes Malachite has a chatoyance quality similar to that which is found in Tigereye.
Indian Blanket Jasper comes from Enterprise, Utah. This beautiful jasper should not be confused with Indian Blanket Stone which a completely different material altogether.
Indian Blanket Jasper varies considerably and may be made up of chert, jasper, agate or opalite.
Most of this material is not high enough quality to be used for lapidary purposes and is mostly used for landscaping rock.
There is a very small percentage of this beautiful jasper that is lapidary grade, some of which is absolutely fabulous.
Rumors abound that this material is now extinct and is no longer available however there may still some of this beautiful material being extracted at this time.
whether it is still being mined or not, high quality slabs of this beautiful jasper is difficult to obtain and may be priced accordingly.
There have been recent reports that a large amount of this material has been sent to China to be cut.
The high quality Indian Blanket Jasper and opalite takes an excellent polish.
Holley Blue Agate, often referred to as Holly Blue Agate, comes from a location in Oregon that is now posted “No Trespassing” on private land.
Because this beautiful material can no longer be obtained it has become quite expensive reaching several hundred dollars a pound for good material.
Although it is called “Blue Agate”, it is most often more purple or violet in color rather than blue as it’s name would imply.
Lapidary grade Dumortierite is usually found as a blue colored inclusion in quartz.
Due to the blue coloration Dumortierite is often mistaken as Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite.
Dumortierite seldom produces a high polish. When polished it usually has a silky or dull appearance.
Mexican Crazy Lace Agate is found in Northern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua.
The agate contains wonderful banding as the name would imply with colors of grey, yellow, red, orange and even blue.
Mexican Crazy Lace Agate has historically been an inexpensive beautiful agate that has gained some popularity in recent years leading to an increase in price as the demand has increased.
Often called Cobra Jasper, Coquina Jasper or Elephant Jasper, Mariam Jasper is made up of fossilized shells.
This old favorite comes from a location approximately 50 miles south of Bruneau, Idaho in Owyhee County.
Bruneau Jasper containing orbs or “eggs” are considered the most valuable. This beautiful jasper takes an excellent polish.
Although first discovered by the American Indians, Biggs Jasper was rediscovered in 1964 in Biggs Junction, Oregon. There are now many claims in the area and several different varieties of Biggs Jasper being found.
This beautiful stone comes from the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine west of Delta, Utah.
Tiffany Stone comprises of several minerals including opalized fluorite (purple, blue and white colors), dolomite, manganese oxides (black coloration). Tiffany Stone is mined for the bertrandite it contains.
Bertrandite contains the mineral beryllium. The Tiffany Stone, once processed produces only about 1-2 percent of the beryllium for which it is mined.
Beryllium is lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel and is often alloyed with other metals.
This material was once relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to obtain. We first saw this material about 20 years ago at an old rock shop south of Tucson and we decided we had to have some.
About the same time the material was gaining in popularity. As the demand for the material was increasing the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine closed its operations to collectors making it difficult to obtain and causing the price of the material to skyrocket.
Fortunately we were able to obtain some very nice “Old Stock” before the cost for the high quality material became prohibitive.
Since we live quite close to the mine location we still come across some of this material at the local rock shops however it’s difficult to find really nice material.
Sonora Sunrise has three main components, Chrysocolla (light blue color), Cuprite (red/orange color), and Tenorite (black). Sometimes there are other minerals found in the material such as Brochantite (green spots).
This wonderful material was mined in the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico between 2007 and 2010. Although poor quality material is still available for sale, the supply of high quality Sonora Sunrise Chrysocolla is believed to have dried up making high quality slabs quite rare.