As many of you know, along with being a Realtor, I am also co-owner of Silverhawk's Creations. While we do everything from webdesign to jewelry, one of our biggest claims to fame are our designer stones. Yep, my very talented Sam and I (and even my 16 year old son Chris and Sam's equally talented cousin) cut gemstones for a living. My clients often ask me to update them when I put up new gemstones so I figured my blog is the perfect way to do just that.
Rocks are fascinating, and are often named for the area in which they are found. I can go through just about any place in the U.S and recognize little towns because at some time someone found a really neat jasper or agate there. The earth provides us with little works of art formed by millions of years of harsh conditions (which I am so glad to have missed). There is nothing like waking up and doing a job that you love every day, and it is our distinct pleasure to be able to grind rough rocks into cabochons for jewelers, gold and silversmiths, beaders and collectors to use and enjoy.
For those of you interested in my passion, please come see our gemstones and learn a little about them.
This week we have posted the following stones at http://www.samsilverhawk.com/gems1.html
Tahoma jasper, from the slopes of Mt. Rainier in Washington state
Ocean jasper, from Madagascar
Exotica porcelain jasper, from Mexico
Mexican crazy lace agate, from Mexico
Owyhee jasper, a long recognized classic from Oregon
Priday moss agate, from the long-famous Richardson Ranch agate beds in Oregon
Rainforest jasper, from Australia
Biggs jasper, from Oregon
Blue lace agate, from Africa
Pilbara jasper, a recent Australian find
Tube agate (looks like Ochoco to me, but we can't be sure)
Turquoise, from Kingman, Arizona
Bruneau jasper, from Bruneau Canyon, Idaho
Botswana agate, from Africa
Pigeon blood agate, also known as cornelian, from Utah
Royal Sahara jasper, harvested in the North African Sahara desert
Rhodochrosite from Argentina, cut from a slice of stalactite base
Willow Creek jasper, from Idaho
For a little ancient sea life we have fossilized horn coral, from Utah
Laboratory grown white opal
Agua Neuva agate, from Mexico
Purple jade, from Turkey
Luna agate, from Mexico
Apache jasper, a rhyolite, also known as Mimbres Valley jasper, from New Mexico
Seraphinite, from Russia's Lake Baikal area in eastern Siberia
Tabu tabu, also sometimes called 'smoke and embers' jasper, or forest fire jasper, from Africa
Chrysoprase, from a newly discovered find near Yerilla, Australia
Sweetwater dendritic agate, from Wyoming. One of the few known agates that fluoresce in UV light
And we have a mystery plume with manganese-based plumes agate out of Texas. If you happen to recognize this one, let me know.