Well, that was easy! By the way some of this may be in the reunion mix. The request actually had a lot to do with "What will we find at the reunion?" There will be some more pics of what you might find, but first the educational part of the program.
Vocabulary: we need some language to talk about rocks...so here are some terms that you might hear Lisa and I use...
The rock on the right is actually both a Sean rock and a Lisa rock . The real name for this one is a Moss Agate. It has green parts and clear parts and a few are in the mix for the reunion. Possession of these stones may result in favorable trades or hand to hand combat!
Now to make it a bit more confusing...
This is a Lisa rock:
This is a Sean rock:
Here is the Lisa rock on top of the Sean rock:
Ok this next term is important for parents and others that have to deal with a rock hounds...
Sorry no picture for this one...because I'm taking pics of rocks we brought back and the primary characteristic of a leaverite is you see it and say, "Nope, leave it right there."
Ok, educational portion done...Lets see a few fun things you might find at the reunion
Using my lined paper backdrop again, this is citrine. Most of what you find in the mix will be cutable into a jewelry sized stone! Colors run from pale orange to oxblood (deep orange almost red). There is also a material called ametrine which has purple (amethyst) and orange (citrine) in the same stone, but I'm not aware of any of it in the reunion gravel.
If this hasn't whetted your appetite...
Our last stone of the day is apatite... as you can see these little fellas are smaller than the citrines (they are also softer stones) but they are cutable none the less, and a color you don't see that often in nature. And yes you might see some at the reunion, but look carefully these little guys can hide!
Well, this has been some of the rocks in the reunion mix, a bit of vocab and a couple of treasures I'm hording for my self...
Next week... is a week away (or is it?)
Two weeks from now... more rocks as we finish the tumbling batch I introduced a few weeks back.