The internet has to be worth something besides being a time waster. I get most of my rock stock from friends on the internet, specifically from people I know on the Rock Tumbling Hobby website. If you go there, read a whole bunch of stuff then scroll down to the message board link. There are a lot of people there that actually know what they are talking about when they are talking rock. You can get lost there so don’t forget to come back here by closing that window.
I also get a portion of my stock from various sellers on Ebay and a small amount from actually going out in the field and digging my own…whoooaa…that is real rock hounding! You see, I live in an area that has, well, not much in the line of polishable rock. There is a lot of shale and sandstone with a little granite and schist that was kindly transported from Canada by a series of glaciers. All other rock that can be polished is a drive or a flight away. I don’t sell enough so far to make more than one trip a year to dig my own. A few years ago, I went to Quartzsite, AZ…bought a bunch of stuff and had a chance to go out in the hills to pick up some jaspers and chrysocolla. This coming year, I’m thinking of going to Georgia for some amethyst and maybe Michigan for copper.
If you look at the malachite free-
Most of the cabochons will be free-
Slabs will be about 1/4” or 6mm thick with various lengths and widths.
I will put some tutorials here eventually along with some stories.
So, look around, have fun, talk to me!