Rockhounding: Arizona Agate and Peridot
Last Post 18 Jun 2016 04:19 PM by BRIAN CROSS. 6 Replies.
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Jennifer BraleyUser is Offline
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04 Mar 2016 11:19 PM

    Whenever I'm out looking for gold, I always naturally get sidetracked by all the amazing specimens Arizona has to offer. Normally I'm the one that always gets all the gold equipment ready the night before, but yet I'm the first one to start finding rocks instead of the gold. Go figure! Guess its just my natural rockhounding ways! I always give advice to not dive into just finding the gold when out on a claim, but also take a minute to look at the rocks around you. You never know what you'll find or how it could lead you to the gold too! 

    The top is Arizona Peridot on Basalt. The lower one is Arizona Agate. Just thought I'd share these couple photos with ya'll. Hope ya'll will find some pretty specimens too! Happy prospecting! 

      
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    10 Mar 2016 05:23 PM
    Very nice specimens lots of crystals in the green one I have some emeralds with that same black coating on the out side of the stone do you ever cut, cab, or tumble any of stones? Happy Hunting!!
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    11 Mar 2016 01:00 AM

    Hi Gary, thank you, they both have great color to them! Emeralds are very cool. Especially when you get the real deep green color. The Peridot has a really nice shade of green to them. Im pretty sure its gem quality, if not close to it. I have never cut, cab or tumbled stones before. Haven't really stepped into doing jewelry type stuff like that. However, I really would love to learn someday on how to cut or do cabbing though. The Agates would be really nice to do some cabbing work on them. Maybe one day I'll learn how to. 

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    11 Mar 2016 04:46 PM

    I haven't touched my cab setup and trim saw in 45 years, but still have it.(old Highland Park with a trim saw and two grinding wheels and the polish pad out on the end).  Next time there is a rock and gem show close to you, go to it.  They will usually have demos set up of various equipment.  Making and polishing cabs is really simple and esy once you get the hang of it.

     

    Pick up a tumbler setup and you can do some polishing of smaller pieces and epoxy on caps and other finding to make some pretties.

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    11 Mar 2016 05:22 PM

    Hey Arthur, its never too late to use that trim saw again and make some pretty rocks again! There will be a gem and mineral show this weekend here in Anthem, AZ. I'm going to the Gold show in Phoenix tomorrow and then Sunday I'm heading over to the Anthem Gem and Mineral show. I will definitely try finding someone at the show that does cab work and pick their brain on how to it do it or get started. I've heard cabbing isn't too bad once you get used to it. I think with a little bit of training I'll be set! 

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    30 Mar 2016 10:14 PM
    Jennifer,

    I have mined peridot at san carlos for some time. Found some nice gem quality pieces. We also have quite a variety of agate here in south eastern az. Glad to see someone else enjoys them as much as i. Thanks for the photos.

    Jeff
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    18 Jun 2016 04:19 PM

    HEY JENNIFER, ITS CONNER AND BRIAN, FROM WEST VALLEY CHAPTER. YOU KNOW CONNER LOVES HIS ROCKS. WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO AGATE OR ROCK HUNTING? YOU DON'T HAVE TO POST ON HERE, COULD LET ME KNOW AT A MEETING OR ON FACEBOOK. WE HAVE LOTS OF STONES AND GEMS, BUT HAVE PURCHASED ALMOST ALL OF THEM... TIME TO START FINDING SOME BEAUTIFUL STONES OF ON OUR OWN TOO...

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