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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 Lowland » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:32 pm

Blackadder43 wrote:
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
Cheers blackadder ::g
You’re right
Chaotic but all locked up in that stone
I have/do spend hours looking at stones
Trying to work out their origin.
And
My house is full of them
Oh dear :))
Less now than ever
as they make good missiles for small children
As opposed to small children make good missiles.
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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 Lowland » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:25 am

Been a while-
And this beaut has been hard to capture with the camera
Good light last evening to show the subtle purple tint to this slab of
Amethyst.
It was plucked out of a dodgy twenty foot cliff of alluvial deposits
In the bowmont valley-scottish side of the border.
The crystals have formed in a fault in the rock.
The brown tinge to some is where the end of the rock has had a hole
and water has got in leaving the oxidisation stain
I thought it was citrine when I first gingerly tapped it with a hammer-
Alas not.
Eroded out of the parent rock by glacial action
Dumped in the valley floor
re exposes by flood waters
Found by me
Cracked in half
And here it is.
::g
Following info from wiki source
Ancient Greeks considered amethyst a powerful anti intoxicant
The word amethystos can be translated as ‘not intoxicated’.
They wore and made goblets from amethyst believing that it kept
You upright when mashed. :D
Medieval soldiers wore amethyst amulets
Believing in its healing powers and ability to keep people cool headed... :-/
Personally I’m with the Viking beserkers-tan some fly agarics and get get to work.
(Not a good idea really)
The Egyptians valued it highly.
The Romans carved intaglios from it-that would be a good eyes only find :D
And so it goes on
Admittedly my example isn’t mega purple or muckle crystals
But it’ll do till I find another.
Cheers for staying awake
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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 Lowland » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:45 pm

On a roll now
For anyone still awake .
Sometimes the most unappealing lumps of rock
Can hold treasures
Here’s some pink calcite crystals in a group
Revealed after a little hammer work
On a lump of volcanic rock from the heart of the cheviots
They have grown after the bubbly red jasper has solidified..
::g
EDIT-thanks geoman for identifying the mineral as baryte.
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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 mrix » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:32 pm

Quite honestly when I clicked on topic and saw the second picture I thought I was looking at some shepherds Pie :))
Joking aside its a very interesting topic ::g B-)
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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 Lowland » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:15 am

mrix wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:32 pm
Quite honestly when I clicked on topic and saw the second picture I thought I was looking at some shepherds Pie :))
Joking aside its a very interesting topic ::g B-)
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It does a bit.....one coil aspect is that I’ve secured two farms to detect through
Blathering to the farmers who wondered what I was up to
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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 sweepstick47 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:49 pm

....That was a great bit of 'blathering' and no mistake!! ::g ss47
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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 sweepstick47 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm

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....That was a great bit of 'blathering' and no mistake!! ::g ss47
Add edit:- .....a lovely bit of geology in those pics too ::g ss47
A disservice is no service at all in my book ::g

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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 Lowland » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:46 am

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....That was a great bit of 'blathering' and no mistake!! ::g ss47
Hey SS47
I think it’s a cross between havering and blethering....
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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 Lowland » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:49 am

sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm
sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:49 pm
....That was a great bit of 'blathering' and no mistake!! ::g ss47
Add edit:- .....a lovely bit of geology in those pics too ::g ss47
It’s a bottomless subject!!
-Endless possibilities.
However my meagre brain allocation is focused mainly on
You know the answer!
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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 sweepstick47 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:51 am

Lowland wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:49 am
sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm
sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:49 pm
....That was a great bit of 'blathering' and no mistake!! ::g ss47
Add edit:- .....a lovely bit of geology in those pics too ::g ss47
It’s a bottomless subject!!
-Endless possibilities.
However my meagre brain allocation is focused mainly on
You know the answer!
::g
I think we'd better leave it there!! :D ss47
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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 Lowland » Tue May 01, 2018 9:34 am

sweepstick47 wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:51 am
Lowland wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:49 am
sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm


Add edit:- .....a lovely bit of geology in those pics too ::g ss47
It’s a bottomless subject!!
-Endless possibilities.
However my meagre brain allocation is focused mainly on
You know the answer!
::g
I think we'd better leave it there!! :D ss47
;[ ;[ ;[
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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 Lowland » Thu May 10, 2018 9:49 am

Here’s a chunk of old Cheviot lava with a lot going on...
Most notably the botryoidal chalcedony over the iron rich
Red jasper.
Botryoidal comes from the Greek -botruoeides
Meaning grape like..

I’m going to claim this a a flame (edit fire cheers rhumours agate)-not a big bit but I’m havin that.
Very rare stuff...
But if polished right this stuff is as bonny as black opal and
A damsight harder.
::g
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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 Rhumours » Thu May 10, 2018 10:12 pm

Oh agree though I know it as fire agate and there are not many stones I like better. That it's just a stunning chunk Lowland. Sigh =P~
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Post by Lowland » Thu May 10, 2018 10:50 pm

Rhumours wrote:
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Oh agree though I know it as fire agate and there are not many stones I like better. That it's just a stunning chunk Lowland. Sigh =P~
Next chunk I hit
You can have a bit... ::g
There’s a fair bit of bubbly jasper
But to get the chalcedony over it is harder
I swear this stone radiates light
Or
I could be talking..
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Post by Lowland » Thu May 10, 2018 10:52 pm

Rhumours wrote:
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Oh agree though I know it as fire agate and there are not many stones I like better. That it's just a stunning chunk Lowland. Sigh =P~
And you’re right
Fire agate
;))
Not flame-which is a different fish altogether
Well spotted
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Post by Lowland » Sat May 12, 2018 7:53 pm

Nice banded ghostly white agate from a hunt a while back,
Think this was the trip a pair of kingfishers were kicking about
What a colour when they dart past.
Somewhere on the Kale water-hard going in mid summer-
Lots of good sized trouts get funnelled into small deep Root lined pools.
All the stones are coated with dusty residue as the rivers flow gets less-
But a rainshower made the gravel shine like a jewellers window.
One problem after rain is a lot of stones look stunning when wet
It can mean bringing back a lot of material :D
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Post by Lowland » Tue May 15, 2018 10:36 am

Stone overload alert...
Took a hammer to this lump the other day.
Looks like a couple of good specimens lurking -
Some ‘delicate’ hammer work should tidy them up..
All photos from the same stone.
Banded white agate interior then banded red dissolving out into chaotic flecked colours.
And on the other side bubbly botryoidal formations.-
Which I spose is the outer skin from an exposed layer of the banding-
Food for thought regarding how some agates form.

This stone was found last year on a trip where I bumped into a couple who were stone hunting
I lurched out of the undergrowth and reeds-gave them a bit of a gliff,
Turns out they are well known in the world of stones
I have admired their lapidary work online before..
Small world with lots of amazing things in it.
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Post by sweepstick47 » Wed May 16, 2018 9:14 am

Hello 'Lowland',::g It's such a fascinating subject made all the more so, by the knowledge and enthusiasm reflected in your narrative. Thanks for sharing it with us ::g Regards ss47.
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Post by Lowland » Wed May 16, 2018 1:08 pm

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Hello 'Lowland',::g It's such a fascinating subject made all the more so, by the knowledge and enthusiasm reflected in your narrative. Thanks for sharing it with us ::g Regards ss47.
Hi ss47
You can probably tell I’m not getting out wi’t dtector much
Lately.
Here’s a belter of a banded agate nugget
Must have a hundred bands of colour in it.
The photo of the outer rind is useful-it shows the very
Waxy surface a lot of agates exhibit-
Which can be handy for spotting them amongst
Millions of pebbles.
::g
This one was found way downstream on the bowmont water
near mindrum mill..and was formed in lava as it Cooled.
with the quartz crystals eventually growing in the very centre.
I would call that a good sized agate for the cheviots.
But I know there are much bigger hiding...
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Post by Lowland » Wed May 16, 2018 1:22 pm

Rhumours wrote:
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Oh agree though I know it as fire agate and there are not many stones I like better. That it's just a stunning chunk Lowland. Sigh =P~
Hey rhumours
The stone I’ve just chucked on could just about be a flame agate
Or is that fire :D
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Post by sweepstick47 » Wed May 16, 2018 1:29 pm

Wow! Thanks for that ::g It must be very rewarding to spot a stone knowing there's such beauty within just awaiting the reveal of the hammer. ::g Cheers - ss47
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Post by Lowland » Wed May 16, 2018 1:47 pm

sweepstick47 wrote:
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Wow! Thanks for that ::g It must be very rewarding to spot a stone knowing there's such beauty within just awaiting the reveal of the hammer. ::g Cheers - ss47
The real beauty is that it costs nowt-
a good geological hammer and some chisels.
Is all you need to get going.
I spose the money comes in when stone saws tumblers and polishers
Come into it....that’s why I havnae got them :((
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Post by Lowland » Sat May 19, 2018 8:43 pm

An unusual chalky and soft rock that’s green in bits
Splattered with red veins of jasper agate
And pockets of quartz.
I can only guess at the origin of the chalky rock-
Ash ?
Or from hydrothermal activity?
Should really do some reading.
:-w
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Post by Lowland » Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:35 pm

Here’s a humongous agate inside a lump of lava
I think it’s a thunder egg but more research required.
Also
I found this high up a cheviot burn..the further upstream you go
The bigger the specimens get.
Lesson learnt though- I whacked it wi a big hammer on site
And totally fractured the agate ;;z
Could have been a valuable one.
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Post by Lowland » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:28 am

A nice waterworn agate chunk on its matrix.
This must have come from a monster sized agate
With a quartz crystal centre.
Found well downstream just before the river joins the tweed,
That’s one of the good things about picking them up off shingle Bank’s
On the lower reaches,The stones come pre- tumbled .
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Post by Lowland » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:04 am

Hilo
Was cracking some random lumps from a forgotten bag of stones.
Found as ever up the cheviots.
And lo and behold some lovely coloured amethyst crystals!
They are quite small but lovely colour...
Now to try and find some big ones ::g
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Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:45 am

Here’s a lump of chalcedony from a vein that’s only been partially filled with material
Technically with the green mineral (EDIT-chlorite ,thanks geoman)
through it -it’s moss agate I suppose.
Found on a prospecting trip up a dug out forest track in the cheviots.
More to find I think....the track has scraped the soil off a hillside as it’s ascended the slope.
So this material has been deposited by glacial action and never moved till now.
The finds started dying out as the soil gets thinner-
But
Higher up the digger has been scraping down onto bedrock-
So who knows what’s to find...a two foot wide seam of this stuff would do.
Cheers
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Post by sweepstick47 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:39 pm

There's some grand colours going on there. It would make a nice cabinet display feature (for your fossil collection) with a hole drilled and a 3 volt 'micro-light' placed inside.
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Post by Easylife » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:12 pm

Very nice rocks Rory, but I can see them taking over the house soon. :))
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