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No. 231058

A thread to discuss and post about Crystals/Minerals/rocks.

You can even post about shows pertaining to rock/gem hunting.

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No. 231063

Those look mighty tasty

No. 231071

I want to bite them and hear the crunchy sounds. Except for the purple ones, they look like they were made to be licked, like they have lots of pop rocks on top.

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Agates are my favorite

No. 242002

I have an amathyst and and opaline (moon stone. I know this one is artificial, idc it's so pretty

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I'm just starting my collection, I have agate geodes, rose quartz, amethyst, labradorite, celestine, garnet, black obsidian, yellow jasper and pirite

No. 242573

I like pretty rocks and want to buy and collect them but I don’t believe in that new age shit. I’d like to buy a rose quartz pendant but I don’t want a lecture on how it will grant me true love or something, I just want a damn pendant!

No. 242574

the lapidary I wanted to visit is currently covered by wildfire smoke

No. 242576

any of you ever go to a rock show? are they worth it? I would like to get some affordable palm-size gems, I don't want a 4 foot tall geode or anything (I mean, I absolutely do but I'm not going to buy one).

I was checking these out it seems like there's a lot in october all over the US

No. 242591

Me too anon, it's totally fine to enjoy pretty rocks without believing they have healing powers or anything like that. If you like them you should go for it.

No. 242611

I go to local rock shows and my state's largest one, which is held a few hours away from me. Rock shows are absolutely worth it no matter what kind of specimen you're looking for. The small, affordable pieces you're looking for are easy to come by but there's no harm in ogling all the flashier stuff while you're there. It's safer to trust that you're getting what you're paying for at a rock show, too. Most vendors are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do so there's a pretty high bar for honesty (no one wants to risk being exposed as a fraud in a venue full of experts). Sage for autistic blogpost.

No. 242640

thank you that's the kind of comment I was looking for. it seems like there are different types of vendors at all of them. sounds pretty chill but I wasn't sure, I think I'll go to the next one in my area and check it out.

No. 242750

Geologyfag here, I’ve been to many over the years. Rock shows have a definite spectrum, where the two endpoints are “vendors are dusty 60-year-old dudes who go out into the desert to find cool rocks at their secret spot and then slice them with the tile saw behind their garage” versus “vendors are 30-year-old entrepreneurs who go to the Tucson show every year and buy mass-mined imports to sell you at a steep markup.” When I was a kid I was enamored with the imports… gimme a bit of amethyst stuck to a magnet and I was happy as a clam. As I’ve grown up though I’ve become significantly less interested in that stuff. Generally, the more commercialized you get, the more the vendors go for mass appeal. That means the stuff they’ll sell is things that A) are pretty to someone who has no interest in geology otherwise and B) are mined in huge quantities so they can move a lot of stock easily. This is a relatively small overlap, and it means that you’ll notice you’re just seeing the exact same rocks/minerals from the exact same sources every time, which gets boring. More grassroots rock shows will still have some of this stuff, and at much better prices, along with totally unique things that are often paired with really cool stories you can hear right from the person who found them. AH, and about this:

> Most vendors are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do so there's a pretty high bar for honesty (no one wants to risk being exposed as a fraud in a venue full of experts)

Fraudulent stuff is super common at more commercialized rock shows. Often the seller doesn’t know much about what they’re selling and isn’t aware that their stuff isn’t legit. Common stuff includes dyed lapis (to make it look higher-grade than it is), lab-grown quartz clusters, fake meteorites, reconstituted malachite, stuff that isn’t natural at all being sold like it is (silicon carbide, opal glass)…. If the show has a lot of fossils you can also get fossils ranging from semi-fake (various real fossils arranged tastefully on a fake rock) to completely fake. Most of the stuff can be avoided if you know what you’re looking at. Don’t rely on the knowledge or honesty of vendors. Personally though I’d just prioritize the smaller local shows over the big commercial/traveling ones.

The important exception is the Tucson show. Well, calling it a show is a bit disingenuous, it’s dozens of shows that descend on the city every winter to make the biggest combined rock show on the planet. It’s where all the wholesalers get their stuff, so there’s all the aforementioned fake stuff, but it’s also where museums and billionaires and geology superfans go to get the stuff that you can find almost nowhere else. Definitely go there if you’re anywhere near Tucson.

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I want to try making bismuth crystals, they look crazy

No. 243102

it's really fun but if you want big crystals you need a lot of it. It also oxidizes away into slag really fast. But it's easy to do because it melts at stove temperature so it's a fun time waster regardless of the results (which are guaranteed to be rainbow– the color changes as it cools and its really awesome to watch). I would recommend!! I wish I had pics of the crystals I made but I lost them in a move.

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The colors are cool but I really like the shape. I looked it up and it’s called a hopper crystal? Apparently frito lay is using it for enhanced flavor delivery, fun fact.

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Don’t know a lot about gems but I always liked opal

No. 243872

Opal kind of sucks, unfortunately.

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My cousin got an opal wedding ring. Not a good wedding ring stone… didn’t have the heart to say anything though, it was too late.

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I love shale rock. Look at those layers.

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I love pencil cleavage in shale.

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Saw this at the rock show. I know it’s not valuable or rare but the optical effect caught my eye. It was like seeing something pixelate and then un-pixelate when you looked directly down through it, felt like a 3D image should have popped out lol

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Also saw someone selling something called “fordite” with flashy black and white rings. I had never heard of fordite — it’s built up layers of baked-on/hardened automotive paint salvaged from the tracks and skids of auto factories and cut like stones. It does look interesting but it’s literally trash right? Am I crazy? It’s car paint trash.

No. 244260

I mean its a byproduct of an industrial process but if it looks interesting and you like it get it. Its kinda like sea glass where it's not necessarily a naturally made thing but it can still be beautiful imo. I wouldn't buy it for as much as real stones though

No. 244332

Yeah it's trash. Literally just layers of paint.

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No. 244347

I recently bought this at a gem show too and I am a little obsessed with it. It's a really cool stone.

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yeah, I stared at it until I got dizzy. it's hypnotizing.

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/random image dump from the rock show

No. 244355

Damn that one is 2k?
I like this person theres even a cheap section.
These seem reasonable to me considering all these would cost $40-80 probably where I am in west usa

No. 244356

I thought the original idea and the name was charming and cute. Fordite originally focused on paint deposits from the 40s-70s, when cars were painted with a larger number of brighter colors. But as that stuff got all used up, people turned to either more modern deposits (which is what your picrel looks like) that have fewer colors, or more commonly, to fake fordite. And I know it sounds stupid to say you can fake something that’s manmade to begin with, but imo the whole charm ties into the history of the material and how it ties into the early automotive industry. If what they used was from newer car production or was created exclusively for making jewelry, you’re just wearing colored enamel. I kinda feel like the fake stuff ruined it for everyone, cause what’s the point anymore?

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No, it is cute. When I was looking into it I saw a couple watch faces made of fordite that were very striking. but on the whole it rubs me the wrong way, maybe it was cool once like you said.

No. 244358

what's this called?

No. 244378

what I saw at the rock show was some kind of selenite / tv rock but the real thing is called Ulexite


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>that one is 2k

I know, right? they had a bunch of stuff from a trip last year. some of the trip pictures were cooler than the stuff they were selling but I think they sold a lot of it in tuscon already and I was just seeing leftovers

No. 253894

does anyone want to see my crystal collection?

No. 253924

um hell yes

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No. 253928

im posting it now, the camera doesnt do it justice, the colors of the crystals are more saturated and pretty in real life.

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Ok so this is the last one, there were some other crystals too but they looked rlly bad on camera so i didnt show them. Srry for the pic spam.

No. 253962

Is that labradorite?

No. 253964

the stripey blue beauties and the opal/moonstone, I'm drooling
think this is my favorite because it looks so stormy but the chalice is really gorgeous too. thanks for sharing nona!

No. 253966

its even more gorg in real life since my camera is low quality.

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OOoooh nonas i'm so happy this thread is a thing! I don't have great pictures right now but here is my collection. I built the shelf with my dad when I ran out of room on the table. If anyone wants any closeups of anything let me know <3(<3)

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No. 254560

cute little geode has her own space

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