I have started a thread over on Laura's other board about my rock collection. It's nothing fancy, just interesting things I've found over the years. I hope Phil won't mind if I just link to it here. ( "rockhound" is my handle there.)
Ruth is a bit of a rock collector but nothing as fancy as you have collected, she just collects river rocks and local rocks that she sees around the area for her flower beds. We have brought home rocks from various states we were visiting from time to time but only one for our landscape. Those first rocks you have pictures of look like meteorites.
I wish they were Meteorites! I'd be in the money, lol. Here's a picture of a slab of natural tigereye stone. Not polished at all but you can see some of the design on the edge. I will clean and shine it when spring gets here for good. If you want to see the colorful crystals I bought online, follow the link in the first post. And scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2012 15:51:52 GMT -6 by mogarden
One website which sells them describes Sheffler geodes as coming from "the only mine in the United States that contains gem quality geodes." Betty even remembers one customer, former Philippine ruler Ferdinand Marcos, who used to order geodes to decorate his palace.
I haven't emailed Tim in a spell, reckon I should
OOps..here's an additional link Mo that you might find the story interesting
Phil, I only know of the Shefflers by reputation. I remember when they had the trouble with the road going thru and all. Lucky that you got to know them personally. I never got into rockhounding till I was in my 50's and never went to any of the nice places to hunt the good stuff. I just looked for unusual rocks around here. Now too old and beat up to travel. That's why I surf the rock boards and websites, it's kinda better than nothing, lol. Oh that rock weighs 4+ lbs and sold for 1900+ bucks. Nice but not that nice
Son gave me a rock from the dirt/grass pile Monday and I guess it is Indian chipped and not great but I think it was used as scrapper or cutting blade. Not nice as Ute but here there were older tribe. Picturegraphs and pectographs. Fremont maybe. This dirt and grass came from the places north of me as their yards were striped for new sod.