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post Apr 14 2009, 07:27 AM
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The goodies are out there, we just have to do some research then get out there and look.
Some locations are so plentiful, you can see them on the ground, just awaiting to be discovered.

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This little piece even has some moss growing on it because its been waiting to be found so long....hehe
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post Apr 14 2009, 12:35 PM
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mmmmm........ Bubblicious......mmmmmmm...


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post Apr 15 2009, 05:15 AM
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Sometimes the colors even jump out at you. happy088.gif
Most of the stuff found on the surface is small, but perfect for tumbeling.
Anybody else finding goodies right on the ground like this?

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post Apr 16 2009, 08:41 AM
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Pinon Mesa near Grand Junction has some nice agate laying all over the ground. Have found a lot of nice stuff for tumbling up there.
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post Apr 17 2009, 04:49 PM
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QUOTE (Mrs.CP @ Apr 14 2009, 08:27 AM) *
The goodies are out there, we just have to do some research then get out there and look.
Some locations are so plentiful, you can see them on the ground, just awaiting to be discovered.

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This little piece even has some moss growing on it because its been waiting to be found so long....hehe
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Would that be Chalcedony?


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post Apr 17 2009, 05:23 PM
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I love Agate Rich, will have to check that out sometime! What kind of colors?

Yes it is HighPlainsSifter, good eye. smile.gif Some of the pieces we found even looked like crystal flowers.


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post Apr 20 2009, 10:12 AM
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QUOTE (Mrs.CP @ Apr 17 2009, 06:23 PM) *
I love Agate Rich, will have to check that out sometime! What kind of colors?

Yes it is HighPlainsSifter, good eye. smile.gif Some of the pieces we found even looked like crystal flowers.


I have tons and tons of that very near my house. That is a lovely piece.


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post Apr 20 2009, 01:00 PM
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Thanks, I would love to see pics of what it looks like in your area.
Here is a small piece that has a dark colored inclusion inside it. Piece is as small as my finger tip, but has great detail I think.

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post Apr 20 2009, 01:24 PM
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QUOTE (Mrs.CP @ Apr 20 2009, 02:00 PM) *
Thanks, I would love to see pics of what it looks like in your area.
Here is a small piece that has a dark colored inclusion inside it. Piece is as small as my finger tip, but has great detail I think.

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Why is it pink. Would that be iron/rust patina?

I will take some pics of the area for you.


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post Apr 21 2009, 04:43 AM
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Im not sure HighPlainsSifter, but It sure is cool. Especially with the darker inclusion inside.
Im looking forward to seeing pics from your area. smile.gif


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post Apr 23 2009, 08:40 AM
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This is a piece that Mike found and gave to me. It definately shows color!
Here is a picture of the front side with druzy......then a picture of the backside showing whats causing the colors.
(red and orange)

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post Apr 24 2009, 09:02 AM
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I'm not cerain on the red color either, but it appears to be an inclusion (iron stain possibly? is what we thought too) in a few of the begining formation layers against the matrix material the chalcedony formed in.

The darker spots seem to be related to the begining layers formed too. Once we get a couple samples polished out it will be fun to see what they look like with the clear agate layers overlying polished. The first cuts have pure white bubbles under the clear bubbles which should really be cool when cabbed out. biggrin.gif

Looking forward to seeing some pics for sure HighPlainsSifter.

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QUOTE (ColoradoProspector @ Apr 24 2009, 10:02 AM) *
I'm not cerain on the red color either, but it appears to be an inclusion (iron stain possibly? is what we thought too) in a few of the begining formation layers against the matrix material the chalcedony formed in.

The darker spots seem to be related to the begining layers formed too. Once we get a couple samples polished out it will be fun to see what they look like with the clear agate layers overlying polished. The first cuts have pure white bubbles under the clear bubbles which should really be cool when cabbed out. biggrin.gif

Looking forward to seeing some pics for sure HighPlainsSifter.

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My apologies, I will post some soon. Near my house is a very beautiful gorge, that has a prehistoric look to it. I know, arent all formation really prehistoric? But when you step into this gorge, you get the distinct feeling of stepping back in time. The problem with this gorge, is that even at my tender age, I hesitate to go by myself, because of the very rugged terrain. It would take only one slip to fall and hurt yourself badly. Now I dont mind taking the chance on that, because I do love the area, but its been hard to get someone to go with me. As soon as I can, then I will post some pics not only of the Chalcedony, but of the rock formations and the caves of the area.
It is very pristine and I think it is also prime for rock hounding and nugget shooting, as it has only been used for cattle.


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QUOTE (Mrs.CP @ Apr 23 2009, 09:40 AM) *
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This is a piece that Mike found and gave to me. It definately shows color!
Here is a picture of the front side with druzy......then a picture of the backside showing whats causing the colors.
(red and orange)


My understanding of Chalcedony, is that it is formed at lower temps and thus has the bubbly formations. It is lighter because of the bubbles and therefore unlike solid quartz and heavier metals, it has a tendancy to migrate towards the surface and not down towards bedrock. Someone please correct me if I am wrong on this assumption. I can tell you that I create water fountains. Some of the prettiest water fountains I have created have been lighted and I use a lot of Chalcedony, because of its translucent look and how it picks up the light.

The pics you show, really do look like iron has colored them. I have seen them colored like this before. What I have not seen, is the pink one that Mrs CP posted. I would be very interested in knowing more about the lcation where that one was found. Also its size?


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post Apr 25 2009, 07:15 AM
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oooooooooo.....Very cool!!! You have pictures of your fountains? We would all love to see some of your art work, and those sound fantastic.
No rush on the other pics....Safety first always. happy088.gif

The piece I found with the dark inclusion is about 1/2" wide, and was found about 20 miles or so NW of Monta Vista Colorado. It fits on the tip of my index finger. happy.gif


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