Monday, May 9, 2011

Geode Crackers!

James and I went to the GL&W gemshow in Franklin yesterday and had a blast. Too much to see and so much to buy :) I went to ad inventory for my stone/gem business and also to take advantage of the beadshow as well :)

I can't believe how much the prices have gone up. I went about 3 years ago, and silver was .65/gram - now - $1.45/gram - WOW!! But I still got some great deals.

The 'find' of the day were these trancas geodes from Mexico. I got them from El Paso Rock Shop.
I wanted to get the whole bag (150 lbs) but I had to stop myself. James is not good to take along to these shows, he says - Buy it all! Did you know the word geode comes from the Greek word, earthlink? Did you know that geodes are lava bubbles? (Sorry bout the crappy picture, squint it may come into focus)

James has made his choice!

Safety glasses were worn :) Another way to do this, is put the geode in a sock, then hit it.

Allies broke right open. Quartz and some silica dust.

Here second one was beautiful! The fun thing about these, is they glow under a black light :)

James' was nearly solid, so it was a bit tuffer to break open. It is BEAUTIFUL! I am trying to find out what the pink layer is. James sez, it is petrified bubble gum.............

I am doing the Maker Faire in June, and can't wait to show off these geodes. James is building me a plexi glass box, so the kids can break them open and see what is inside and be safe. Gonna see how they slice as well, the 'shell' on these are a bit brittle, so they may just crumble, but still sometimes you just have to know!

I'll show more of my new 'goodies' later in the week! Have a great one!


  1. Wow! That was very interesting! And they're so pretty inside!

  2. Wow, they're huge, will they become jewelry eventually?

  3. We are going to try and slice some of them and polish them - then i am going to wrap them and make pendants. the 'shell' is really brittle - so i am not so sure how it will go. you can bet there will be a post about it :)