I have a different question today.
Last week I purchased and sawed open a 6 inch diameter geode with my
Inside was a whole bunch of very small (1/4 inch wide and high), very
pale amethyst crystals sitting on a two inch thick bed of pale
lavender quartz all around the inside of the geode.
Since I’m intending to developing skills in cabbing but not yet
faceting, I was how experienced lapidarists would approach the
question of most efficient use of the contents of this type of geode.
Do I prefer the crystals? That is, do I try to saw the geode so
that the length of each crystal in the interior gets its maximum
length of quartz from the bed?
Do I prefer the bed? That is, do I carve off the rough rock and
carve away the crystals from them bed, then just determine the
largest possible pieces of lavender quartz available for construction
Or do I do something else?
Thanks in advance,
Andrew Jonathan Fine