178 New Worry Stones

We have just finished adding 178 new Worry Stones to the store.

Worry Stones, in general, are the red-headed stepchildren of the mineral world. Manufacturers most often take the worst of the worst material and turn it into Worry Stones. One can often walk into a tourist rock shop and find a basket of them selling for only a few dollars apiece.

We know of only about three dealers who offer Worry Stones which meet our quality standards, and every stone on the site has been hand-picked by Kathi or me.

The newly added ones are, except in one case, all restocks of existing categories, several of which had been empty for quite some time due to the difficult nature of finding quality pieces.

The additions cover 21 of the 28 varieties that we offer, as follows:

Lapis

We had not been able to get any new Lapis Worries for a few years. This was due primarily to China importing and holding onto as much rough Lapis as possible. This situation seems to be loosening up some as a result of the downturn in the Chinese economy. We have listed 17, and hope to find more in Tucson in a couple of months.

Howlite

Also out-of-stock for quite some time, we now have 10 nice ones available. Just a precaution for those who may not be aware…any Howlite offered in the market that is any color other than white with the gray inclusions has been dyed.

Snowflake Obsidian

Always a favorite. We now have a bunch.

Bloodstone

We have never had these before, and have only 6 available.

Unakite

Difficult to find, which is why we have only 7 in the store.

Blue Tiger Eye

These are among the hardest to find in any quality above terrible.

We are lucky to have 9 very nice ones listed now.

Hematite

We had been OOS on these as well. They generally are very popular and our inventory is limited to only 8 pieces.

The other 14 restocks include:

Arfvedsonite, Bowenite, Carnelian, Goldstone, Brecciated Jasper, Lepidolite, Mookaite, Black Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Golden Tiger Eye, Multi-Tiger Eye, and Red Tiger Eye.

We hope that you enjoy the new listings, and we will be on the lookout for more beauties in Tucson.

 

Olivine/Peridot/Magnetite

We have to give a real big thank you to our friend Mark who provided us with these specimens, which are some of the most amazing stones that we have ever had the privilege to offer.

He showed up at the fall Denver show with slices/slabs of the mineral Olivine from Oregon.

Olivine is found in some meteorites, and also occurs naturally in the earth.

The most incredible thing about this mineral is TWO things.

The first is that the gemmy, green, translucent material that fills the pieces and you can easily see in the photographs is PERIDOT!

The second is that the rest of the stone contains MAGNETITE! That results in the slabs being magnetic.

Otherwise, just normal, everyday, slices of rock…. NOT!

We have listed 24 of these treasures, and hope that you enjoy looking at these extremely unusual wonders.