Free Spirit Lapidary
Rough Lapidary Stones
This section of the website contains a selection of rough material that can be
used for cabochons, beading material, or whatever you the jewelry artist can
Scroll down for non-treated rare Australian Gaspeite slabs.
Rough Gaspeite - Two different stones. The one shown above
weighs 2.06 pounds, extremely rare Australian Gaspeite.
This specimen weighs a whopping 5.75 pounds! A
fine specimen of rare Australian Gaspeite.
This material will be cut into cabochons. If you have any particular requests concerning
sizes or shapes, please let us know.
Gorgeous mineral specimen of Malachite Druzy. 148 grams. From Yuma County, Arizona.
Pectolite/Larimar this beautiful specimen weighs in at 87.5 grams. From the Dominican Republic.
Front view of the above stone, stunning hues of blue really make this a
Morenci Turquoise Rough
Morenci turquoise is mined in Southeastern Arizona. It is high to light blue in color. Morenci
has an unusual matrix of irregular black pyrite that, when polished, often looks like silver.
Morenci turquoise is well known because it was one of the first American turquoises to
come onto the market. It is very difficult to obtain now because the mine is depleted, it is a
very collectible turquoise.
$2.50 per gram. Email for more additional pictures and purchasing.
Turquoise Mountain Rough
In the 1960's, there were two peaks about a quarter mile apart located near the Kingman mountain, which yielded
fine turquoise: Ithaca Peak and Turquoise Mountain Peak. Turquoise Mountain is light to high blue with both
webbed and non-webbed matrix. Birds Eye describes stones from this mine that show areas of light blue circled
with a lighter to darker brown matrix, resembling the eye of a bird. Even though this peak is part of the Kingman
mountain, it is considered a classic mine in its own right because the turquoise is so different in appearance. This
stone exhibits a beautiful range of color from pale blue to lime green in one piece that makes it a sought-after
turquoise. This mine was closed in the 1980's. The colors vary,
but the classic color from this mine is
robins egg blue with a honey gold matrix.
Variscite is used as a semi-precious stone, and is popular
for carvings and jewelry use. It was first discovered in
1837 and named for the type locality of Variscia, the
historical name of Vogtland in Germany. At one time,
Variscite was called Utahlite. At times, materials which may
be turquoise or may be variscite have been marketed as
"Variquoise". Appreciation of the color ranges typically
found in Variscite have made it a popular gem in recent
Variscite from Nevada typically contains grey/black
spiderwebbing in the matrix and is sometimes confused
with green turquoise. Most of the Nevada Variscite
recovered in recent decades has come from mines
located in Lander County.
Notable localities are Lucin, Utah and Fairfield, Utah in the
United States. It is also found in Germany, Australia,
Poland, Spain and Brazil.
Variscite is a hydrated aluminium phosphate mineral. It is a
relatively rare phosphate mineral. It is sometimes confused
with turquoise; however, variscite is usually greener in
Variscite is a secondary mineral formed by direct deposition
from phosphate-bearing water that has reacted with
aluminium-rich rocks in a near-surface environment. It
occurs as fine-grained masses in nodules, cavity fillings,
and crusts. Variscite often contains white veins of the
calcium aluminium phosphate mineral Crandallite.
Sleeping Beauty Natural Rough Turquoise
The Sleeping Beauty mine is located in Arizona and produces a light to medium blue turquoise. The
beautiful blue colors mirror the blues of the sky and because the color is consistent it has long been
used by the Zuni for their inlay jewelry and by the Navaho for their cluster work. Although the
Sleeping Beauty mine has been one of our countries largest producers of turquoise over the years
today very little good material is being mined.
Email for pricing and availability.
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Stabilized for hardness
Australian Gaspeite. 45 grams.
Australian Gaspeite. 56 grams.
Australian Gaspeite. 59 grams.
We are now offering Gaspeite cabochons. These slabs were from the
smaller of the two rough samples, the larger of the two, weighing in at almost
6 pounds, will be cut into cabs and offered for sale.