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Gemstones of the Bible: Ligyrion, Achates, Amethystos

Editor's Note: Search our site for additional "Gemstones of the Breastplate" articles to learn about the remaining 11 specimens of the biblical breastplate. The "Gemstones...
Thomsonite vein

Radiant Minnesota Thomsonite

Story by Mark Leatherman Some of my favorite gemmy specimens in my collection are those that contain multiple colors in the same piece, such as...

Columbia Basin Agates

By Jim Landon Every locality a rockhound finds or visits has a story to tell. They all hold secrets and offer up clues that can...
Thunder egg from Richardson's

Collectors’ Corner: Chance Encounter of the Thunder Egg Kind

By Antoinette Rahn Sometimes all it takes is one moment, one look, one opportunity, or a single object to change the trajectory of a life. Birgitta...

Nature’s Agate Sculptures

By Becky Solon Those of us with artistic inclinations appreciate the natural sculptures of Mother Nature. As a jeweler and a lapidary artist, I have...
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Early Folklore’s Influence

Editor's Note: The Rockhound Review is a space where guest contributors can weigh in on topics stirring within the rock, gem and mineral community...
Fractures to be sealed

Bench Tips: Fractures, Cracks and Crazing

By Bob Rush Ugh! We all have those moments when we see a fracture right in the center of the best pattern in the slab....
Specimen with secondary coating of druze quartz

Manakarra Grape Agate: New Botryoidal Material

Story by Jim Landon In 2016, I started to see Facebook posts of two unique materials that were coming out of Indonesia. One was really...
Keegan Ranch Tube agate

What to Cut: Keegan Ranch Tube Agate

By Russ Kaniuth Keegan Ranch Tube Agate from Oregon is one of the most highly sought tube agates for lapidary work. The translucent chalcedony with...

Artisan Alley: Celebrating the Art of Collaboration

“The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.” —Thomas Carlyle By Antoinette Rahn and Erin Dana Balzrette I’m...

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