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Lapidary Photos

After being a rockhound since I was a kid in the 60's I have finally begun experimenting with the lapidary arts to see if any of the many mineral specimens I have collected over the years can be improved to better show the natural beauty within them. Here are photos of my efforts since acquiring a Crystalite flap grinder just a couple of months ago.

While the macro shots clearly highlight the best features giving some extra detail and pop seen only under great lighting, it also showcases flaws that are not nearly so apparent to the naked eye. Some no matter how many shots you take just don't photograph well.
Welo Opal 1
Welo Opal 1
Welo Opal 2
Welo Opal 2
Welo Opal 3
Welo Opal 3
Welo Opal 4
Welo Opal 4
Welo Opal 5
Welo Opal 5
Welo Opal 6
Welo Opal 6
Welo Opal 7
Welo Opal 7
Colorado Opal 1
Colorado Opal 1
Colorado Opal 2
Colorado Opal 2
Colorado Opal 3
Colorado Opal 3
Colorado Common Opal
Colorado Common Opal
Colorado Amazonite 1
Colorado Amazonite 1
Colorado Amazonite 2
Colorado Amazonite 2
Colorado Amazonite 3
Colorado Amazonite 3
Colorado Amazonite 4
Colorado Amazonite 4
Colorado Amazonite 5
Colorado Amazonite 5
Colorado Amazonite 6
Colorado Amazonite 6
Kremmling Wood 1
Kremmling Wood 1
Kremmling Wood 2
Kremmling Wood 2
Kremmling Wood 3
Kremmling Wood 3
Kremmling Wood 4
Kremmling Wood 4
Kremmling Wood 5
Kremmling Wood 5
Kremmling Wood 6
Kremmling Wood 6
Kremmling Wood 7
Kremmling Wood 7
Kremmling Wood 8
Kremmling Wood 8
Kremmling Wood 9
Kremmling Wood 9
Kremmling Wood 10
Kremmling Wood 10
Green River Utah Agate 1
Green River Utah Agate 1
Green River Utah Agate 2
Green River Utah Agate 2
Not Sure Agate
Not Sure Agate
Pigeon Blood Agate (Green River Utah)
Pigeon Blood Agate (Green River Utah)
Beaver Utah Agate
Beaver Utah Agate
Lake Superior Agate 1
Lake Superior Agate 1
Lake Superior Agate 2
Lake Superior Agate 2
Lake Superior Agate 2 (Repolished)
Lake Superior Agate 2 (Repolished)
Twin Mountain Agate 1
Twin Mountain Agate 1
Twin Mountain Agate 2
Twin Mountain Agate 2
Twin Mountain Agate 3
Twin Mountain Agate 3
Twin Mountain Agate 4 The Lost World
Twin Mountain Agate 4 The Lost World
Twin Mountain Agate 5
Twin Mountain Agate 5
Twin Mountain Agate 6
Twin Mountain Agate 6
Taylor Mountain Quartz 1
Taylor Mountain Quartz 1
Taylor Mountain Quartz 2
Taylor Mountain Quartz 2
Taylor Mountain Quartz 3
Taylor Mountain Quartz 3
Taylor Mountain Quartz 4
Taylor Mountain Quartz 4
Taylor Mountain Quartz 5
Taylor Mountain Quartz 5
Taylor Mountain Quartz 6
Taylor Mountain Quartz 6
Taylor Mountain Quartz 7
Taylor Mountain Quartz 7
Taylor Mountain Quartz 8
Taylor Mountain Quartz 8
Taylor Mountain Quartz 9
Taylor Mountain Quartz 9
Taylor Mountain Quartz 10
Taylor Mountain Quartz 10
Beidel Quartz
Beidel Quartz
Calumet Quartz
Calumet Quartz
Antero Smoky Quartz
Antero Smoky Quartz
Pontcha Pass Garnet
Pontcha Pass Garnet
Colorado Sapphire 1
Colorado Sapphire 1
Colorado Sapphire 2
Colorado Sapphire 2
Calumet Sphalerite
Calumet Sphalerite
Big Creek Idaho Pyrite/Galena
Big Creek Idaho Pyrite/Galena
Utah Malachite
Utah Malachite
Idaho Chrysocolla
Idaho Chrysocolla
Tarryall Topaz 1
Tarryall Topaz 1
Tarryall Topaz 2
Tarryall Topaz 2
Tarryall Florite
Tarryall Florite
Turetella Agate
Turetella Agate
Tigereye Cabochon
Tigereye Cabochon
Labradorite
Labradorite
Herkimer Quartz on Matrix
Herkimer Quartz on Matrix
Herkimer Pendant 1
Herkimer Pendant 1
Herkimer Pendant 2
Herkimer Pendant 2
Antero Aqua on Smoky
Antero Aqua on Smoky
Green River Utah Agate
Green River Utah Agate
Twin Mountain Thunderstorm
Twin Mountain Thunderstorm
Twin Mountain CO
Twin Mountain CO
Tarryall CO Smoky Quartz
Tarryall CO Smoky Quartz
Cyrstal Peak Smoky w Amazonite
Cyrstal Peak Smoky w Amazonite
Utah Mossy Agate
Utah Mossy Agate
Twin Mountain Chalcedony
Twin Mountain Chalcedony
Yellow Cat Utah Agate
Yellow Cat Utah Agate
Tarryall Mountain CO Flourite Matrix
Tarryall Mountain CO Flourite Matrix
Tarryall Mountain CO Flourite Matrix 2
Tarryall Mountain CO Flourite Matrix 2
Twin Mountain Agate
Twin Mountain Agate
Colorado Jasper
Colorado Jasper
Colorado Smoky/Feldspar
Colorado Smoky/Feldspar
Ithaca Peak Turquoise
Ithaca Peak Turquoise
Taylor Mountain Colorado Quartz
Taylor Mountain Colorado Quartz