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Found a nice stone?? Formerly known as Cheviot stone of the week....formerly known as big Cheviot agate

Post by Lowland » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:32 pm

EDIT- x; not a stone expert by any stretch!
but ruddy love hunting them down.

Spotted this whopper from miles away
Sitting on a gravel bank
while out on an Agate hunt in the cheviots recently,
Never found a whole one as big.
This has been rumbling down a burn for a good while
And there is a layer of clear quartz just showing through
Doesn’t feel hollow so I’m guessing it’s got a corking pink agate inside...
It’s bigger than a cricket ball
Anybody got a stone saw??
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Re: BIG whole Cheviot agate got a stone saw?

Post by Blackadder43 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:31 pm

I have no idea what you have there, but it looks damn interesting and can't wait for any updates.
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Re: BIG whole Cheviot agate got a stone saw?

Post by Saki » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:43 pm

Nice one Lowland ::g
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Re: BIG whole Cheviot agate got a stone saw?

Post by Lowland » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:47 pm

It is quite a surreal rock
Formed in a gas bubble in lava
Then eroded out and tumbled down a Cheviot burn
Just sitting there waiting to be picked up
I’ve walked the streams a lot and never seen
A whole One on this scale ,
There are fragments of much bigger ones knocking about.
If you like rocks I can post some good uns.

Edit-i can’t find UK evidence for this,only a quick search so far —- agates turn up on ancient sites
Sometimes fashioned into jewellery -will need to check that
But I’m sure.
-being made of silica it’s the same family as flint and chert
They must have seemed quite special to folks living wi nae telly.
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Re: BIG whole Cheviot agate got a stone saw?

Post by Lowland » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:34 pm

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Cantona1 your comments have disappeared
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Re: BIG whole Cheviot agate got a stone saw?BORED -hammer out..

Post by Lowland » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:25 pm

Got bored watching two and a half feet of snow melting
Hammer out...
And this is what’s inside
An almost completely clear quartz crystal geode
With another layer of perfect tiny quartz crystals in the centre.
They are as clear as a bell
So I guess they are classed as rock crystal...
No agate-but hey ho.
The little black flecks visible in the centre
are another mineral..as yet unidentified
But definately metallic
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Post by Saki » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:24 pm

Liking that ::g
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Post by Lowland » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:01 pm

Saki wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:24 pm
Liking that ::g
It’s quite bonny saki
Can’t wait to hit the burns after the winter we’re having
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Re: BIG whole Cheviot agate got a stone saw?BORED -hammer out..

Post by Lowland » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:52 am

Here’s a big lump of jasper out of the river jed.
That runs down from the cheviots-
Very good for smashing into chunks and tumbling
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Post by cantona1 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:46 pm

What happened to my posts? Ah well never mind, hopefully you'll find some more, they are fascinating things.

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Re: Cheviot stone of the week....formerly known as big Cheviot agate

Post by Lowland » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:42 am

cantona1 wrote:
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What happened to my posts? Ah well never mind, hopefully you'll find some more, they are fascinating things.
Your posts are allways fascinating :D
I think they disappeared in the forum revamp!
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Post by Lowland » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:50 am

Next up a colourful lump of jasper agate
With much prized and hunted -hard to find green moss agate
Great for working into jewellery....
This was found at a top secret location-I can’t remember exactly where to be honest :D
But I’m guessing a small burn near morebattle.
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Re: Cheviot stone of the week....formerly known as big Cheviot agate

Post by Blackadder43 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:12 pm

Absolutely fascinating stuff
Never knew this rock cracking stuff existed...
Make great gifts for weird people (like me)
Or even donated to schools with an explanation
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Re: Cheviot stone of the week....formerly known as big Cheviot agate

Post by Lowland » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:30 pm

Blackadder43 wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:12 pm
Absolutely fascinating stuff
Never knew this rock cracking stuff existed...
Make great gifts for weird people (like me)
Or even donated to schools with an explanation
Cheers!
My 6 year old alternates between junk out of fields ,bottles and stones for show and tell.
A Warning -rock cracking can be highly addictive
And a distraction from metal detecting.
However-
Start up costs are minimal
Hammer
Good chisels
Goggles-(a good pair of eyes is essential for spotting the prey)
And A suitable burn to guddle about in.
As a summer pastime wading about chilly burns
Looking for rocks is unsurpassed.
If a little eccentric :D

I am lucky being so close to the cheviots....problem is
They are mostly covered in grass...
so the burns ,quarries and ploughed fields are the best bet.
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Post by cantona1 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:07 pm

Would the streams coming down off the moors be good places to check??

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Post by Lowland » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:11 am

cantona1 wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:07 pm
Would the streams coming down off the moors be good places to check??
Hey cantons
If it’s the yorkshire moors I’m not sure-there’s bound to be something of interest
Britain is stacked with cool minerals..
But you’re certainly in a great area for fossils along the coast.
The cheviots are volcanic in origin...which is where agates and the like occur -usually.
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Post by Lowland » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:14 am

cantona1 wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:07 pm
Would the streams coming down off the moors be good places to check??
Hey cantona
Rock-site.co.uk
Has a good write up of what’s findable in Yorkshire
Pretty much the same as the minerals from the famed weardale areas
Good fluorite etc
Old quarry spoilheaps can be good hunting grounds
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Post by Lowland » Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:58 pm

A nice chunk of vein agate
From a quarry way up the back of cheviot nowhere
Also microcrystalline brown quartz banding.
Would love to howk our more of this but the 50 foot overhang
Is a bit off putting ::g
EDIT-Shame because the seam looks to getting bigger after another scratch about.
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:53 pm

That’s nice! You need to do a deal with a local jeweller - you supply the gemstones and he makes your good lady a piece of jewellery gratis in return. That quartz would make some stunning rings l;.
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Post by Rhumours » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:19 pm

The black flecks in the quartz are probably tourmaline and it is known as tourmenelated quartz. They grow bigger in certain conditions and grow I to rod like formation through the quartz.

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Post by Lowland » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:13 am

Oxgirl36 wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:53 pm
That’s nice! You need to do a deal with a local jeweller - you supply the gemstones and he makes your good lady a piece of jewellery gratis in return. That quartz would make some stunning rings l;.
Cheers oxgirl
I’ve always wanted the kit to cut and polish some of these rocks
Something else usually comes along.
(Metal detecting springs to mind :D )
As for the good lady-she’s had enough of boulders lying about the house :E
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Post by Lowland » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:15 am

Rhumours wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:19 pm
The black flecks in the quartz are probably tourmaline and it is known as tourmenelated quartz. They grow bigger in certain conditions and grow I to rod like formation through the quartz.

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https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tourm ... 40&bih=280
Good observation rhumours ::g
You’re more than likely on the money
Tourmaline does occur in Cheviot rocks...
Makes this specimen all the more interesting
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Post by Lowland » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:07 am

Here’s some weapons grade jasper agate
This is the dream stuff with the plumes of colour in
Particularly the yellows. ::g
Found way up near the scotland England border
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Post by cantona1 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:36 pm

Those are some pretty rocks, you should watch Opal Hunters on Blaze, fascinating.

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Post by Lowland » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:07 pm

cantona1 wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:36 pm
Those are some pretty rocks, you should watch Opal Hunters on Blaze, fascinating.
Cheers for the heads up cantona1
I’m a sucker for any gem hunting programmes
But never seen that one
Will check it out
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:24 pm

Love this thread. Beautiful stones, keep them coming ::g
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Post by Lowland » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:18 am

Oxgirl36 wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Love this thread. Beautiful stones, keep them coming ::g
Thanks oxgirl
Appreciated ::g
Cupboard under the stairs is full of em....
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Alas some of my really good uns were flogged off a whiley ago..
Twas a sad day.
But made some room for some more
If it would stop raining
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Post by Lowland » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:41 am

Possibly one of my favourite chunks
Of jasper agate
From high up the bowmont water on a summers day
With the breeks rolled up and tiny trout darting about.
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Post by Lowland » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:23 am

Had a spare hour after work
up in the hills on the border yesterday
Would have been rude not to have checked
A good bit of gravelly river.
The winter floods have really shifted
A LOT of stuff about
Here’s an insane and quite complex piece of what I would call
Brecciated jasper agate
Which -from my limited understanding
Was a seam of jasper that has been formed then broken
And filled with a secondary silaceous mixture
Resulting in the cracks filling with the pink /white agate.
It’s a very good quality lump with few cracks and is as hard as porcelain
Real cabochon stuff...
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Re: Found a nice stone?? Formerly known as Cheviot stone of the week....formerly known as big Cheviot agate

Post by Blackadder43 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:57 am

That is a stunning stone
Looks chaotic, but also orderly
Great hobby you have, with my obsessional behaviour my house would be full of them lol
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