Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sneak Peak!

* Sneak Peak! *
(Advance look at new TTD cabs!)

Okay, I can't resist showing you a sneak peak at my new cabochons!  I search wide and far to find interesting, unique and beautiful cabs to work with.  It has been interesting learning about the different stones and gems - where they come from, their characteristics, the lapidary artists who cut and shape them. One day I would love to learn how to unearth and cut my own cabochons but... one step-at-a-time!

Watch out for upcoming posts featuring lapidary artists, reviews & more!

Bishop Ranch Plume Agate Cabochon from Texas

This is some very old material from the Bishop Ranch in Texas. Closed to collecting in the 60's, Geoff from Geoffrey's Cabochons found a stash of this fine plume agate.  Wonderful translucence and amazing plumes.  This rock was collected more than 50 years ago. It has a nice mix of white fortification agate and black plumes.

Size: 12x23x5mm

Galah Porcelain Agate cabochon from Australia

This is very special agate from Agate creek in North Queensland Australia. Also known as porcelain agate, the pink color combined with the banded patterns are just beautiful. A sub variety of Queensland agate, the pink and white is known as Galah Porcelain agate. Collected 15 years ago by a well known opal and agate seller from Queensland Australia.  This cab was purchased from Geoff of Geoffrey's Cabochons.

Size: 9x21x5mm

Agatized Coral

This lovely oval fossil coral has an excellent pattern and cut.  I adore the sea, corals and fossils.  The patterns suck me right in!

Size: 34 x 23 x 4 mm

Agatized Coral Cabochon

 I adore the sea, corals and fossils.  The patterns suck me right in to this salmon coloured dreamy cab!  
Size: 39 x 30 x 8 mm

Drusy Cabochon Pair

This sparking matched pair of white drusy ovals has an opalescent pearl-like coating. I can't decide whether or not to use this pair for earrings or maybe as the focal piece of two rings.  What do you think?

Size: 18 x 14 x 6 mm

Natural Drusy Pair

More drusies!!!  This pair of sparkly white natural drusy round are polished on both the sides and the back.  I definitely want to make rings out of these! 
Size: 20 x 4 mm

Pastel Agate Cabochon

Bulls'eye! This pretty little pastel cab has gray and green bands on a creamy white background. Soft, sweet and unique.  So pretty!

27 x 20 x 8 mm

Ruby In Zoisite Cabochon

Look at the ruby heart in the middle!  Isn't it fab? 
A striking high dome cut stone with very nice red ruby in a green and black zoisite matrix.

Size: 42 x 34 x 10 mm

Sardonyx Agate Pair

Zoom, zoom! This pair of sardonyx stones screams "GO!"  They are so fun and striking. 
Size: 25 x 18 mm

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