Thanks so much for all the clues and Some of them were
The deep blue stone looks like it could be Victoria stone
The dark blue chatoyant stone looks like Victoria Stone, a type of
man made glass
My guess on the deep blue one is that it is Victoria stone, a
man-made lapidary material. Comes in various colors. You can search
"victoria stone" on Ebay and see numerous examples.
After considering these tips, I looked for Victoria stone, and from
the pictures on e-Bay, I'm convinced that it IS Victoria stone. I
was astonished to see the prices!
The green ones could be Chrysoprase
Once again, the tips seem to be right on...looks like Chrysoprase
That sounds like Fischerstone. A dendritic inclusion was created in
snakeskin chalcedony by introducing a type of copper (can't recall
the exact chemical compound Dr. Fischer used) and electrical
current to the stone.
This too, I believe is an accurate identification...it does look
like the "dendrites" were added to the exact center of the stone.
In each case, there was very little of these materials, perhaps they
had been acquired as novelties by the men from whose estates I
Cutting various stones has an endless fascination for me. I'm a
retired graphic designer/cartoonist, who has dabbled in many forms of
crafts...pottery...sewing...stained glass...throughout my life. A few
years ago after retirement, my husband and I began "snow-birding"
between WA and AZ. While wintering in AZ, I was able to take silver
working classes at the local community college, where, not content to
be limited to stones cut by others, I took lapidary classes so that I
could "do it all myself"this was a return to a love I first knew when
as a college student in CA in the late 50's I took one jewelry-making
class. Now, nearing 70, disabled, and a great-grandma, I'm having SO
much fun making jewelry, and am eternally grateful for my daily "fix"