How To Open A Geode

geode varieties

Geodes are one of the, if not the number 1 rock collected by enthusiasts and die-hard rock hounds. You have to admit, it’s pretty cool to find or buy a geode nodule and then cut or crack it open to see what the inside looks like. Will you get one lined with amethyst or clear […]

Gemologist Guide to Identifying Petrified Wood

petrified wood cabochons

Petrified wood is a type of fossil that forms when minerals replace the cavity left by the original plant. These conditions require an oxygen-deprived environment, essentially devoid of bacteria. Usually, this is triggered by forests getting covered by water and peat moss quickly, preventing decay. Or volcanic activity that covers the wood in oxygen-depriving ash, thus […]

How Much is Obsidian Worth

sheen obsidian cabochons

Obsidian is very affordable in sizes ranging from 1 -10 grams and the cost per gram is between $1.00 to $5.00 per gram. Mahogany and rainbow seem to be the most popular among rock and mineral enthusiasts. There are quite a few varieties of obsidian and all of them are popular among collectors. Extremely large […]