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 Rocks for Lapidary Applications  /  Gemstone Slabbing  Material

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Crocidolite Slabbing Rough

Witenoom, Hamersley Range, West Australia

Rough chunks available:

multicolored tigereye

Pieces < 1 lb., $ 10 / lb ($22 / kilo)
pieces 1 - 2 lbs., $ 25 / lb ($ 55 / kilo)
 over 2 lbs., $ 50 / lb. ($ 110 / kilo)

For mineral specimens of this material
go to the Australian Mineral Catalog


Crocidolite Slabbing Rough

Same as above showing color variation in a chunk of slabbing rough

This cutting material will have more compactness (a greater density) to the fibers than is found in mineral specimens of this same material.

Brown Crocidolite
 in matrix; sometimes called picture tigereye

Witenoom, Hamersley Range, West Australia

Rough chunks available:

Under 1 lb., $ 5 / lb. ($ 11 / kilo)
pieces 1 - 2 lbs., $ 20 / lb. ($ 44 / kilo)
over 2 lbs., $ 40 / lb. ($ 88 / kilo)

The crocidolite and the matrix will polish. Two pieces of sliced are show here.  The patterns seen are typical for this material; the silver mineral forming dots and lines is hematite


Gold Crocidolite

Griqualand, Koega, Namibia

Sizes available:
Under 2 lbs. @ $ 25 / lb ($ 55 / kilo)
Over 2 lbs. @ $ 50 / lb. ($ 110 / kilo)

These are golden chunks of dense cutting material for slabbing and/ or cabochons

Blue Crocidolite

Griqualand, Koega, Namibia

Sizes available:

most pieces are over 5 lbs.
$ 75 / lb ($ 165 / kilo)

Blue chunks of cutting material for cutting tigereye slices and/or producing cabochons

This material arrived here in Lake Charles wrapped in newspapers dated in the 1950's

Lapis Lazuli
with some calcite matrix


Free sample with any order


Lapis Lazuli
gem grade


5mm thick slices of material, sold by the gram; these slices have about 5-7 square cm (2-3 square inches) of surface area each

$ 75 each


 with Cyprine

Copper Hill,  near Taos
New Mexico USA

Sizes available: 
Small pieces around 5 cm , $ 30
Larger pieces over 5 cm, $ 60

Piemontite (red) and Cuprine (green) on and throughout specimens mixed with a white and
gray matrix; this material is very hard and
can be cut and polished into gemstones

slice with longitudinal vascular bundles

Petrified Palmwood

Louisiana, USA

Solid material containing  preserved vascular bundles in a contrasting color from the matrix; material usually contains no voids or holes; as many as 75 colors have been identified in Louisiana Palm;  pollshes to a mirror finish

Available in chunks up to 10 pounds, or slices

Chunks:  $ 20 / lb    ($ 44 / kilo)

Slices are excellent for cabochons or channel inlay giving the pattern of bird feathers

5 mm thick slices: $ 6 for  1 sq. in. (2.5 sq. cm.)
 7 mm thick slices:  $ 10 for 1 sq. in. (2.5 sq. cm.)

slices containing the color black, cost x 3

sl;ice with cross section vascular bundles

Cabbing Grade Rultilated Quartz
Minas Gerais, Brazil

Rough is clear, translucent, or included; color of the rutiles can be gold, silver, copper or black

Graded by clarity of the rutiles

grade 1:  $ 0.20 / gm
grade 2: $ 0.15 / gm
grade 3: $ 0.10 / gm

For facet grade rutilated quartz go to the faceting catalog

 Cabbing Grade Smoky Rutilated Quartz
Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specify if you prefer  light, medium  or dark smoky material; color of rutiles is usually silver, gold,  black or rarely copper
priced at $ 0. 25 / gm

Fancy Jasper


Several sliced specimens are shown here.  It is a cousin of blood stone with the red dots of iron oxide. 

Although called a "jasper" it is really a extremely hard chalcedony which takes a mirror polish.  Pieces usually range from 1 to 5 lbs.

$ 45 / lb ($ 99 / kilo)



A green chalcedony with red dots composed of iron oxide and other minerals

The highest grade of bloodstone has red dots on a dark green background with no other colors or patterns present.

top grade: $ 50 / lb  ($ 110 / kilo)

regular grade (as shown here):
$ 25 / lb ( $ 55 / kilo)


Candala Mine, Marlborough District, Queensland, Australia

A fine green chalcedony

Most pieces range from 1 - 4 lbs. each

Priced at $ 55 / lb ($ 121 / kilo)

Photographs show the range of colors available; some contain color vaiations, with or without black dendritic inclusions, and/or translucent or white areas

Several cabochons are shown cut from this material.  The actual color is darker than shown.  Cabochons were cut from the rough rock shown.

The photo to the left shows a closeup of some of these characteristics with the color of the chrysoprase in this piece going toward a citron color on the left side with clear areas and some inclusions.

Citron chrysoprase is also available where the color variations are from green to lime greens

Pieces range from 3 - 7 lbs. each

Priced at $ 45 / lb ($ 99 / kilo)


Malachite Rough


This is an old stock of material which is very dense and delicated banded.  I purchased this material  about 40 years ago. 

Most pieces  range from 1/2 lb to 4 lbs.

Priced at $ 45 / lb ($ 99 / kilo)

Mookite Slice


A slice is shown here showing the three typical colors: red, white and yellow.

My current stock has red as the primary color.  It seems to be denser than material of the past which was most colorful, but had more defects.

Pieces range from 5 - 15 lbs.

$ 10 / lb. ($ 22 / kilo)

Bluelace Agate


This rock occurs in seams about 1 - 1 1/2" thick.  The color patterns are usually white or blue wavy patterns through a pale blue matrix.

Pieces range from  1 - 4 lbs.

$ 5 / lb.  ($ 11 / kilo)

Crazylace Agate


This is material was purchased over 30 years ago when the best of this material was mined.

Two slices are shown here showing some of the possiblities or pattern and color.  Virtually any color you can imagine is found in Crazylace Agate.  You will only know the color or pattern after you slice the rock open.  I have spent many days cutting this material looking for yellow and/or red --- and finding it!

Pieces are therefore sold at random.

Rough pieces range in size from 1 - 8 lbs.

$ 25 / lb. ( $ 55 / kilo)

 Assorted slices

$ 30 / lb. ($ 66 / kilo)

Green Moss Agate


Delicate strands of "moss" is a translucent chalcedony background.  Some pieces are more translucent than others.

Pieces range in size from 1 - 4 lbs.

$ 10 / lb ($ 22 / kilo)

Parrotwing Chrysocolla


This is the good hard chrysocolla which will polish to a high gloss every time.  Colors are mainly blues and greens, but can trend to red and brown as seen here.

Sold only as slices cut about 6 mm thick including at least 2 square inches of good working material

$ 40 per slice

Nephrite slices and chucks

Nephrite scrap as received from the cutting houses in Germany over 20 years ago.  Make cutting nephrite cabs and larger inlays easy.  This material is larger than what is sold in the inlay catalog

Most pieces have 1 dimension over 1 inch.

$ 20 / lb ($ 44 / kilo)

Botswana Agate


One tumbled stone and two sliced sections are shown of this remarkable material with consistent banding.  The most typical colors are pink to gray and white.  I have found other colors also.

Available as broken nodules or sealed nodules where you have no idea what will be inside.  Most pieces are 1 - 3" in size.

Broken nodules, $ 8 / lb ($ 17.60 / kilo)

Sealed nodules, $ 12 / lb ($26.40 / kilo)

Rainforest Jasper


Has the appearance of  a continuum of thuderegg structures with basic colors of brown and green with quartz inclustions

Inquire about the size of pieces available currently available

$ 45 / lb

Dendritic Agate


Similar to Montana Agate which occurs in seams; conains delicate patterns usually in back in a clear to white quartz background.  Ocassionally will have brown inclusions also.  Most pieces have a maximum thickness of 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Pieces range from 1/2 to 2 lbs each ( 1 kilo and under)

Priced at: $ 10 / lb ($ 22 / kilo) 




An old favorite with banding patterns with the basic color of butterscotch with reddish-violet, white and / or gray streaks

Priced at $ 5 / lb

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