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  1. #1
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    Hidden treasures

    Greetings,

    I spent some time recently going through some of my rougher finds and decided to cut a few of them open to see what might be hidden inside. I did not have huge expectations for these. However, I am very happy with what was revealed and thought I would share.

    These are all fairly small (around 1 inch).

    This one showed just a hint of water-level banding on the outside before cutting.
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    This one just looked like an orange ball of chalcedony before cutting it open. It is hard to tell from the photo, the white eyes all lie on a layer inside and so the white circles you see mostly are inside the rock which is quite transparent.
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    This one was ground rather than cut and showed just a hint of red and white. I was not sure if I was going to gain anything or loose the little bit of color when I started grinding.
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    This one made me real happy. It is the largest of the group and judging from the surface I thought it was just a quartz ball. To think this was in my "junk" box.
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    I felt these were pretty enough to share. I hope you enjoy.

    Happy hunting,
    Eric

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    Dennis

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    Absolutly superb! Love the colors.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2011
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    Very nice work. The different colors in the agates is beautiful.
    I like the carnelion with the white spots the best.

  4. #4
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    I collect Artifacts and Vintage Collectibles and Rocks.

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    I enjoyed looking at those. You did a great job with them.
    Personal finds were on private property which I have permission to hunt.
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  5. #5
    us
    Oct 2011
    Southern Minnesota
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    Thank you everyone for the kind words. I am glad you enjoy these. I can't really take credit for these though. Mother nature is the true artist and deserves full credit.

    Happy hunting,
    Eric

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    us
    Feb 2008
    SE Missouri
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    I'd be doing a happy dance, & going back to find more.
    dancing in the fire!

  7. #7
    ca
    Oct 2011
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    All beauties & great pictures...thanks for sharing

  8. #8

    May 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricTheCat View Post
    Greetings,

    I spent some time recently going through some of my rougher finds and decided to cut a few of them open to see what might be hidden inside. I did not have huge expectations for these. However, I am very happy with what was revealed and thought I would share.

    These are all fairly small (around 1 inch).

    This one showed just a hint of water-level banding on the outside before cutting.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Agate-PinkWhiteInBrownOut-Img_1698SS.jpg 
Views:	194 
Size:	156.9 KB 
ID:	790043

    This one just looked like an orange ball of chalcedony before cutting it open. It is hard to tell from the photo, the white eyes all lie on a layer inside and so the white circles you see mostly are inside the rock which is quite transparent.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Agate-RedWhiteBubbles-Img_1695SS.jpg 
Views:	196 
Size:	163.7 KB 
ID:	790056

    This one was ground rather than cut and showed just a hint of red and white. I was not sure if I was going to gain anything or loose the little bit of color when I started grinding.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Agate-RedLoop-Img_1696SS.jpg 
Views:	194 
Size:	174.7 KB 
ID:	790045

    This one made me real happy. It is the largest of the group and judging from the surface I thought it was just a quartz ball. To think this was in my "junk" box.
    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	790046 Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	790047

    I felt these were pretty enough to share. I hope you enjoy.

    Happy hunting,
    Eric
    All nice gemstones! Question, I have a decent collection of specimen's which i'd like to post occasionally, is there an off-the-shelf webcam that will show
    color and detail like your pics? I don't want to get into photography, just post some nice pics.

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  10. #10
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    Oct 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullpan View Post
    All nice gemstones! Question, I have a decent collection of specimen's which i'd like to post occasionally, is there an off-the-shelf webcam that will show
    color and detail like your pics? I don't want to get into photography, just post some nice pics.
    Hi Fullpan,

    I do not know of a good web cam for taking good still shots. A better bet would probably be a digital camera with macro capability (ability to focus close up) and a tripod. For my pics I used a DSLR with a macro lens - which would probably be overkill for what you want if you do not want to get in to photography. I also did some rough level adjustments using Gimp (a free photo editor) which can help bring out the colors. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions. It would be great to see your specimens.
    Fullpan likes this.

  11. #11
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    Oct 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabear View Post
    I'd be doing a happy dance, & going back to find more.
    That is about what I did. I am always looking (when there is no snow cover - what a late spring here, we had snow in to early May). Even when I'm working on my gardens I'm looking for agates (and finding them!).

  12. #12
    us
    May 2012
    Kent, Wa.
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    beautiful, those orange colors are sweet.

    we have Agate pass here in Washington, its a boat (ferry) ride to get to. I want to go walk the beaches and find some goodies at low tide.
    Member: Bedrock prospecting club. Puyallup Wa.

 

 

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