NEW Designer Cabochons

By on March 14, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,


Tip for March 14, 2014

NEW Designer OOAK Cabochons

Today we wanted to take a moment and talk about some of the newest additions to our cabochon collection. They are BEAUTIFUL!

Austrian Fluorite

Fluorite is a colorful mineral, both in visible and ultraviolet light, and the stone has ornamental and lapidary uses.There are about 250 different Fluorite localities known in Austria but only few of them have produced crystals bigger than half a centimeter.A beautiful Fluorite Cabochon would be perfect for your next project!

Australian Zebra Stone

Zebra rock or Zebra stone is a distinctive reddish-brown and white banded claystone from the Ord River area of Western Australia and most occurrences are now submerged beneath the dam waters of Lake Argyle.It is composed of small particles of quartz, white mica, clay minerals, hematite and alunite.The striking colour banding was probably formed after the original sediments were deposited by the rhythmic precipitation of hematite-rich bands during alteration of the rock in a highly oxidising environment.Take a look at the beautiful Zebra Stone Cabochons we now have in stock!

Sonoran Sunset

This lovely cabochon material is from the Millpillas Mine in Sonora Mexico.The blue/green is Chrysocolla, the red is Cuprite, (but it also has Chalcotricite, which is the orangey red), and the black is Iron.It is known as Sonora Sunset or Sonora Sunrise. The mostly solid red cabochons are sometimes called Crimson Cuprite.Check out our latest Sonoran Sunset OOAK cabochons today!

Utah Septarian Nodule

A type of geode, Utah Septarian Nodules are found about 15 miles east of Zion National park.They were formed in an ancient sea floor during the Cretaceous period, 50-70 million years ago.As they weathered out of the gray clay hills, at one time, they could be picked up on the surface. Now, bulldozers are required for their extraction, usually 20-30 feet underground. Some geodes are filled completely with calcite, while others are hollows showing calcite crystals.Take a look at the beautiful Septarian Nodule cabochons we have in stock!

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  1. avatar

    marcia wisehoon

    July 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Hi. I hope you can help me! I know you have extensive resources and experts (like Dale Cougar Armstrong) who know a great deal about stones. A year or so ago, I bought some Bulls Eye Jasper from you, and I’m finally getting around to making a necklace from it. (I see you still have some cabochons of it in stock.) It’s such a unique stone, and it definitely has the appearance of some sort of fossilized organic material.

    When I google the term, I get pictures of all kinds of various sorts of orbicular jaspers, but this looks like a plant or crinoid. Can you tell me anything more about it? I’m making up product cards to go with my jewelry for an upscale show, and I like to provide a little info about my unusual stone jewelry.

    Thanks so much!