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Thought you'd like to see some of the items I got at the last gem show. I went a little nutty, I admit, but there was some really cool stuff this time around!!!

 

The prettiest Labradorite I have ever seen - as big as your hand! I would have loved to get a few more of these, I only got 2 cuz they were pricey, they sell for $60 each.

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You can't really see scale from these pix, but these are boulders...I'm thinking around 50 pounds each?

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I have never seen this before and I am in love- it's BLACK MOONSTONE!!!! Soooo cool, I was forced to steal one and it now happily resides in my bedroom. :) I also got half a dozen "palm stones" in this, they are large tumbled pieces. Love.

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People really love stone hearts to give as gifts - they feel so nice in the hand too. We always carry a lot of these and picked up about 100 more at the show. As well as some large points in crystal in tiger eye and more massage wands.

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WHY do I love crystal balls so much?! I think it's because they are so lavish in a way...they're pretty much the most expensive form in which to buy a crystal, like buying an emerald cut diamond. They need to start with such large pieces to make them. I added around 30+ crystal balls to our collection at the show, kept finding more and more as I was unpacking that I had forgotten I had purchased. After I took this picture I added at least a dozen more in different colors. The thing about gem show buying is that it's a melee. You go - I'll take this this this this this this this, total it up, I'll be back in 10 mins, need to go to the next booth! There's never enough hours and you rarely get a second chance to grab something good. No less than half a dozen people tried to buy some giant rose quartz boulders after I had already claimed them. Things move sooo fast! Oh, I also got some large citrine points. More pix next time! :)

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Jeez... I am considering myself so lucky (unlucky, really), that I do NOT live close to your store. Holy Moly. I would go broke. But I would have so much fun doing it! :lol:

That black moonstone looks freakin' gorgeous! And all the crystal balls! I don't know why, but it never occurred to me that crystal balls could be anything but clear crystal, (movies, probably). But I've gotta say, I'm diggin' the rose quartz ones - and what's the grey stone in the background, (to the right of the red ones)? Is that the Black Moonstone? And the blue ones that look like Earth... Gorgeous!

Yes, really, really lucky that I do not live near your store. :o

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The blue and blue-grey are all Blue Calcite of different hues. The lighter ones look like Celestite to me, but they were sold to me as Calcite so there ya go. They are wonderful. I need to grab a shot of the BRIGHT orange calcite ones I added to the case later. The Rose Quartz ones have such nice color. Did you notice the big paperweight like ones that are just kinda like polished cow tongues? :lol:

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These are all GORGEOUS! I would also be so broke if I lived near your store! The crystal balls are amazing. I've never had one before. I've had an egg shaped piece of marble before. Not too sure what ever happened to it. Anyway, do you have prices on the crystal balls? Those are probably really expensive to ship though. I'm not in the market to buy one now either. Just wondering about prices and shipping. ?

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Mara Fox: rockhound. :D

 

I LOVE those geodes, they are AMAZING!

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The blue and blue-grey are all Blue Calcite of different hues. The lighter ones look like Celestite to me, but they were sold to me as Calcite so there ya go. They are wonderful. I need to grab a shot of the BRIGHT orange calcite ones I added to the case later. The Rose Quartz ones have such nice color. Did you notice the big paperweight like ones that are just kinda like polished cow tongues? :lol:

 

I didn't think "cow tongues" until you pointed it out! Now ​I'm thinkin' "ew! Cow tongues!". :lol:

They're all so gorgeous - it's good that there aren't a lot of stores that sell this kind of stuff around here. Honestly, I'd be broke. I love the colours and all the different textures (there are so many!), and I'm a sucker for all the meanings and healing powers associated with them.

 

PS, I always want to call "geodes" "diodes". :lol:

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Tink, I totally understand the curiosity factor!

 

The smallest ones I have start at $4.95 for the size of a marble, then the next size up is $14.95 for about the size of a silver dollar. From there they jump to around $29.95 for a golf ball size, around $44.95 for a baseball to softball size, and then around $40 more for every inch in diameter from there. This is of course a rough average, as some of the stones are far more pricey than others, and good quality natural clear crystal balls are amongst the priciest. The most expensive ones I have are around $250.00. And the largest size I currently have is 5-6 inches. I would LOVE to have some basketball sized ones, but we're talking thousands. Once you get larger than 5 inches diameter, the price soars because the chunks they have to start with are so very big. A 5 inch diameter ball probably weighs around 10-12 pounds.

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Eggers, there's a Jasper one on the other end that really does look just like meat. :lol: I was calling them petrified cow tongues at the show and grossing people out. I amuse myself.

 

Luna, those geodes are $350 each! I'm sure I will never sell them and you can place them on my grave when I die. lol. But we did need some large display pieces for the shop.

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To the gemstone vendor: "Hi there - I think I'd like those gorgeous geodes, some lovely, shiny crystals... oh, and that piece of Jasper over there that looks like petrified flesh? Yeah, I'll take that one, too. It'd look really great with the curtains." :lol: Hahaha!

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Thank you for the info!!! I'm a collector of rocks, crystals, etc. Most of what I have are what I've found myself. I have a lot of rocks from Lake Superior and we have agates here that are GORGEOUS!/ I do not have a crystal ball but now I really want one! I also feel like I need a petrified cow's tongue. Never knew I'd want one of those!

I have a few small geodes, which I bought at the MN Renaissance Festival. The vendor I bought them from breaks them open in front of you. It's lots of fun! Mine are tiny but they have lots of sizes. Nothing like the two in your pictures though! Those are gorgeous!

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Tink, Your collection sounds great!

 

These are my bedroom balls :lol:

 

The large ones are reconstituted crystal, (melted and reformed to look perfect), 4 and 5 inches. The clear one I purchased on sale around 6 years ago for $99.00.

 

If you want to start collecting natural crystal balls, you get the most bang for your buck with Calcite. You can get clear optical calcite in white or gold, then opaque ones in orange, blue, white, yellow, and probably green as well. You can get larger stones for less money with these, with the baseball/softball size at around $40-$45, whereas clear quartz in this size will run you around $150.00. The two small ones shown here are calcite and I think I spent $30 for the smaller and $40 for the larger. I have more not pictured here, including a blue calcite one that is larger than these that I think I only paid like $35 for.

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Also, there's this new material called K-9 Crystal that is manufactured in China and it's spectacular.

 

It rivals Austrian Swarovski and kicks ass over Czech Crystal. Very inexpensive right now. The point of it is that it's optically perfect, so is even a smidge clearer than reconstituted crystal for half the price. I am seeing it all over the net right now, and I purchased one for the store just to check it out. Stunning. A wonderful home decor piece if you are just going for the look rather than the crystal properties....though they say they have wonderful Feng Shui benefits.

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Luna, those geodes are $350 each! I'm sure I will never sell them and you can place them on my grave when I die. lol. But we did need some large display pieces for the shop.

I don't doubt it, I know I've seen comparable pieces in that price range.

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OMG, these are SO BEAUTIFUL!! Mara, can I ask how much the black moonstone spheres cost and what size they are? And what tink said -- is shipping possible?

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Shipping on the smaller ones is easy - they are smaller than a jar of scrubs.

 

The Black Moonstone ones are around 2-2.5 inches across, (smaller than a tennis ball - larger than a golf ball) and I think the price on them was $44.95. I include a wooden stand for each sphere.

 

There are also a few black moonstone Palm Stones, which are big tumbled pieces that fit in the palm of your hand and if I remember correctly (not in the shop today) they are around $24.95.

 

I can tell you for sure tomorrow if you want more info. :)

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If you could let me know tomorrow, I would love it! I think I might need one of the spheres. If you could maybe tune in and see if one of them seems to be a fit for Black Cat Cottage...... :purr:

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Dark and powerful female moon magic? Doesn't sound like you at all! :lol:

Hm, I'm sensing a "Black Cat's Black Moonstone" out there on the horizon!

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Oh I love your bedroom balls! ? They are beautiful!!! Thanks for all the great info! One day I hope to have a collection of balls for my house.

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Black Cat - the Black Moonstone spheres are $39.95, and the palm stones range between $18 and $22.

 

I asked Alexis to hold aside the prettiest one for you in case you want it.

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Here is the Black Moonstone on it's own...

 

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and in the group...

 

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These are my blue balls.

Celestite and Calcite.

 

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The clear Calcite ball...

 

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Crystal Heart - we sell these for $14.95, I think, in lots of colors.

 

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These are worry stones but I like to use them for divination. They have a perfect curve for reading. We sell these from $3.50 to $9.95 depending on the stone.

 

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This is a window or gazing crystal...they have a roughly sanded finish on most of it, and then just one polished face. They are also really good for divination or just meditation. We have these in Amethyst (shown), Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz and pale Smokey Quartz, for $8.95 each.

 

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This is the back of it...

 

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Also have a bunch of giant Amethyst points - they range between $20 and $45 and just got some Citrine pieces this size as well.

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Rounding out my ball collection....these are Contact Juggling balls! Have you ever heard the term? It's what David Bowie was doing in Labrynth. It's not easy! I bought a bunch of different sized balls for all of us at the shop hoping we could learn from utube videos, but that didn't work so I spent months searching for a teacher to come and instruct us but no luck there either. The balls are made from acrylic and you have to be really careful with them because if you drop one and it scuffs, it's useless. They need to be flawless for the illusion to work, and they are almost as pricey as crystals. These were the first two I purchased, WAY too big, stupid me. I have the proper sized ones at the shop just waiting for an instructor. We all do silly magic tricks at the shop so the customers think we are really real wizards. lol. I make light bulbs light like Uncle Fester, and John and Izzy do mind reading (math) tricks, we have magic wands with lighted tips and one that shoots fire! Well, it's a lighter. lol.

 

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Oh, Mara, chortling so hard over your blue balls!

 

And -- the moonstone sphere is GORGEOUS, yes please I would like to get it! I hope I won't make John crazy with yet another invoice request!

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I love all of these! I'm drawn to the calcite ball but they are all so beautiful. One day I'll get one. Hopefully soon!

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Gorgeous pieces, all of them!

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Goodness, they are all so pretty!

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I keep stalking this thread to see pictures of my moonstone! So excited to get this! I have a gorgeous piece of labradorite, 5 inches tall, that sits on my bedside table. This feels like the perfect pairing!

 

I also have a feeling I might need calcite for my office at some point.

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I love those worry stones - I'd like to have one of those too! :greensmilies-020:

I have quite a few stones to choose from right now, do you have an idea of what you might want?

 

I've got red jasper, clear qtz, rose qtz, blue agate, black onyx, black agate, green parrot stone, topaz, moonstone. moss agate, unakite...a bunch more. Not in the shop today - snow day! Will be in tomorrow and can snap some pix. :)

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Which one would you say is best for scrying? Black onyx?

In my opinion, most definitely. It works the best for me.

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In my opinion, most definitely. It works the best for me.

I'll take one of those too, please :)

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Is the Labradorite stone still available, (the hand held stone in the first picture on this page)? Great finds on all these rocks btw!

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Is the Labradorite stone still available, (the hand held stone in the first picture on this page)? Great finds on all these rocks btw!

 

Yes! This one is still available, the other one sold, so that's the only one we have right now.

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Oh perfect, can you send me an invoice please, that would work out well cause I've had my eye on that stone since you posted it!

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Oh perfect, can you send me an invoice please, that would work out well cause I've had my eye on that stone since you posted it!

I just asked John to pull it for you.

 

Do you want to cash in any forum credits or save those for Phero Month coming up? :D

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I haven't really tracked forum credits before so not sure how they work so I'll look into that next month during Phero Month but thanks for asking. I know the phero's were switched to February so I've been anticipating that, esp the balm bomb since it's so effective in helping me sleep like nothing else. But for this order I'll put it on the credit card. Still jazzed this stone is still avail but not too surprised since many of your products have that mysterious way of showing up at the right time, in their right place in the hands of those who need and want it most :).

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