I went to the gem and mineral show in Roseville today–what fun! I couldn’t resist a few stones. After all, they are the inspiration for much of my polymer work. I’m anxious to figure out how to use these beautiful stones. Many were collected locally. From left to right:
Malachite. From Africa.
Magnesite. From the Foresthill, CA, area.
Opal. From Australia, this one is an unusual color.
Chinese Writing Rock. From the Foresthill, CA, area.
Variscite. From Mina, UT.
Bumble Bee Onyx from Indonesia. The yellow color comes from arsenic. Volcanic in origin, it also includes sulfur and onyx.
California Tiger Eye. From Iowa Hill, CA, area.