ROCK HOUNDING – Types of Gemstones For Sale

INFO ABOUT THE TYPES OF GEMSTONES OFFERED FOR SALE HERE

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There are several different types of gemstones for sale on this page.

Some of these stones are in their “natural” state (untumbled), some are tumbled or polished.

WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

I will tell you, with each of the different types of gemstones, where it comes from.

I will also try to tell you where I got each stone.

If I don’t know the stones’ origin (where it came from in the Earth) I will tell you how I came to have it to offer to you.

Many of the types of gemstones are from the collection left to me from my Grandparents. Click here to read my story.

You may wonder why I am not keeping them.

I have kept many different types of gemstones, in my own mineral family, but it came to the point where I felt I was simply hoarding all of these wonderful stones.

That they needed to go out to other homes and spark an interest in others as they sparked mine.

Other types of gemstones I got specifically for this collectors page because they are really COOL stones and great to charge up any beginner. (Or re-kindle the excitement of a long-time collector like they did me!)

ROCK HOUNDING INFORMATION – MOHS SCALE OF HARDNESS

I will list the MOHS’ rating of the various types of gemstones.

The MOHS’ scale of Hardness is a mineralogical rating system to help us determine the hardness of various types of gemstones in comparison to one another. Stones are “rated” on a scale from 1 to 10.

1 is the softest stone, Talc, (think of talcum powder), and 10 is the hardest, which is a diamond.

In a “scratch test”, a stone on the scale ABOVE the next will be able to scratch the one below (a diamond (10) can scratch a quartz crystal (7 – 7.5), but a quartz crystal cannot scratch a diamond.

If you are in the “field” and want to test a stone to see if it is what you think it is, you can use this basic “scratch test”.

You don’t have to have a set of these 10 different types of gemstones. With the “scratch test” you can use items such as a fingernail, or a penny, or even a piece of glass.

OTHER WEBSITES – AND METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

On this page I’m not going to get deep into the Metaphysical properties of the types of gemstones. Those can easily be found on any web search.

I’ll just be listing the types of gemstones, their basic mineral properties, how they LOOK and how they FEEL. Why I think they are cool.

A basic web search will leave you with many sites to explore.

Among which are many AWESOME websites which have many many types of gemstones listed alphabetically, exciting for ANY mineral enthusiast.

Don’t forget to bookmark your favorites. They aren’t always as easy to find the second time as you might think.

I have so many bookmarked that my list is overflowing.

Though each website may have similar lists, some lists don’t contain the same minerals, or the information isn’t as complete or offers different types of information.

It is good to have links to many different sites. Some are purely geological, some scientific, some mineralogical, some metaphysical.

A REALLY IMPORTANT THING TO REALIZE WHEN COLLECTING:

RESEARCH THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GEMSTONES YOU ARE COLLECTING.

This is an excerpt used by permission from an e-mail sent to me from a self proclaimed “geology geek” friend of mine with regards to how having knowledge about the stones you buy is very important.
(A MILLION THANKS TO YOU JUDI!)

If you don’t know about the stone, then ASK the person from whom you are buying it. If THEY don’t know anything about it, it might be best not to buy it from them, or research it before you make that purchase.

Here’s what Judi said:

“I was at a local rock show and saw a young boy pick up a gorgeous orpiment specimen, show it to his younger (3 yr old) brother, and ask his mom if he could buy it. She glanced over, saw a pretty orange-red rock, and said, “Sure, honey.”

I butted in and said, “Excuse me, do you know what that rock is?” She looked down at the label and said, “Orpiment?”

I said, “No, I’m sorry–what I mean is, do you know that orpiment is arsenic ore? That the rock your son is holding is 60-75% pure arsenic? And that it’s highly toxic and should never be handled with bare skin, much less ever put in a kid’s mouth?”

I picked up a Realgar specimen and said, “This one, too. Arsenic ore. Kids like them because they’re bright red and orange, but they’re poisonous and should only be purchased by adults.”

Needless to say, mom didn’t let junior buy the rock–but there are lots of minerals out there that can be extremely useful to metaphysical healers (orpiment’s a good one for treating cancer) but should never, never, be handled or made into tinctures. (Orpiment should be kept in a closed case, because as it oxidizes, it releases some of its arsenic molecules into the air we breathe.)

Take Cinnabar–I saw some beautiful beads on e-Bay; white quartz with streaks of red cinnabar running through them. They would make a delightful necklace if it weren’t for the fact that cinnabar is mercury ore and that mercury can be absorbed directly through the skin! Bad news!

People think all of this stuff is regulated by some government body, but it’s not. I’d hate to have someone injured or killed due to a lack of a tiny (but important!) bit of information.”

WHOA! Again, thanks for the info, Judi!

SO AGAIN… RESEARCH THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GEMSTONES BEFORE YOU COLLECT!!!

HAPPY (and safe) COLLECTING !!

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  • Apache Tears - Tumbled Obsidian

    Apache Tears - Tumbled Obsidian

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    These obsidian nodules were picked up by my grandparents at Superior Arizona, and were freed from such a Perlite matrix before they were tumbled by my grandfather to get their smooth glassy sheen. This is a terrible story from a dark time in our history, but one not to be forgotten. Honor the spirits of these warriors and their loved ones.
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    Apache Tears - Tumbled Obsidian

    Apache Tears - Tumbled Obsidian

    These obsidian nodules were picked up by my grandparents at Superior Arizona, and were freed from such a Perlite matrix before they were tumbled by my grandfather to get their smooth glassy sheen. This is a terrible story from a dark time in our history, but one not to be forgotten. Honor the spirits of these warriors and their loved ones.
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  • Grab Bag - For Grids or New Collectors

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    GRAB BAG WILL CONTAIN at LEAST: Apache Tear, Holey Stone, Agate, Garnet, Moonstone, Iron Pyrite ("Fools Gold"), Gypsum, Quartz Crystal, and ???*
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