Miles of Alaska Raw materials Gemstone page

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Opal is one of my favorite materials to work with. It reminds me of water or sky and fits in well with my wild life scenes and adds such a sparkle of color and excitement as well as adding value. I have met some top people in the opal business as well as opal miners over the years at the Tucson gem show and trade with them so have some good sources and a good supply on hand. I have more then can be shown so inquire if opal is exciting to you. I do not have the very high end but I have some 'nice' material at great prices.

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Miles at Miles of Alaska
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Nenana Alaska

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Have a large quantity of stones of all kinds. Left is a sample of cut and polished mixed stones. I carve then and make cabs free formed polished, or rough for you to cut .  have stones ready to set in rings or stones ready to wire wrap and stones with holes in them ready to make a necklace. I probably have 500 pounds of stones.
The only known source of this rare agate for sale on the open market. Has to be brought to civilzation with a small float plane. I have rough, cabs and polished freeforms
Earrings I made from Nowitna River agate
Mixed semi precious cut stones I got by the pound as odd cuts and off sizes. Very high quality  at good prices moonstones amethyst garnet ruby turquoise etc
Laboradite cabs
Opal hand made beads $35
Gorgeous opal. Not done on a lathe, each bead unique. Make a note which bead # you  want if you have a preference (assume you do)
Above Rare Nowitna River agate $7 a slice
Can sell by the pound or have this in the rough if you are set up with diamond cutting tools inquire
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Right Tiger eye slabs- sets . For knife makers but can be used for any project. $45 a set depending on size quality inquire
last updated Feb 2013
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I'm somewhat stumped figuring out how to offer stones for sale. I have a few hundred cut agates but it is not worth spending half an hour to photo list describe 'one stone' if I think of it I might photo a batch of 10 and put in shop cart. It's just not a priority right now when I'm moving $10,000 worth of mammoth ivory or $400 knives. Why mess with $10 worth of stones? But… anyhow.. someone might just have to have one and here they are. Usually I would bring 20 pounds to a show and sell them by the pound to someone who can look through them or put out in bowls for kids for $2 each or whatever.
One ounce for $35. I dip in and weigh out an ounce, do not ask me to high grade and select certain stones. This is about 50 cents a stone for stones, that some of which would cost $10 each bought individually.
You get 5 stones for $10. 5mm to 15 mm some round some oblong. I might accept a request for ';smaller' or 'round' that I can accommodate in under a minute. Please do not request specifics for settings. Stones like this can sell for $10 each so for 10 cents on the dollar you do not get much for choice but the quality is good. It's just that I buy them by the pound and am very busy and I have no time to poke through 1,000 stones to find your perfect stone and send you a picture of it for $2. Add another $20 and I might be interested (?) Humph! This is a garage sale , not Zale's.
I refer to this as 'jade' and assume it is 'related' but this rock is local with no name no outside Alaska sources and as far as I know come from only Talkeetna Alaska. We haven't names it yet. It takes a polish and has dark green inclusions in a lighter green background. There are slight dark veins and some red like iron rust running in it here and there. This piece is 2x2 inches x ¼ thick for a large pendant as is or can be cut into cabs. Satin polish on it could be hand polished. $10
I call it jade. Local rock with no name - dark green with white spots hard, handles like jade This piece is 2 ounces and rectangular in shape , 2 inches long x 1 inch tall. $10 Sold
Brookes Range Alaska conglomerate rock. One of the oldest rocks formations on the continent. Volcanic pebbles in a creek bed became part of a conglomerate sedimentary rock. Speckled with quartz, jade and other mixes this has an interesting pattern that takes a nice polish. Different from the Nenana rock in that is has a lot of red jasper included. This piece is 3 ½ ounces and is 2 inches long x 1 x 1. Hardness reminds me of jasper. $15 Sold
Russian Charlite, from the Siberian Charl river. Russian used to own Alaska and is only 50 miles away so I call it 'local'. Highly sought after not common or seen for sale in the rough much. This piece is 2.3 ounces and is 2 ½ x 2 ½ and would be square but has 1/3rd missing. This is ¼ inch thick - one side polished. $40

Inquire- I have lots of the rough tiger eye but might have to cut this and may not have time so inquire first.

Opal Australian boulder. Looks different in different light! Top one is 2 inches long x 1 � wide and half an inch thick. Has some nice light purple sheen with bleus pinks. Would wire wrap nice or could go in a custom setting . $40

The bottom one is 2 inches long x one inch wide and a quarter inch thick. This has more blues then the top one and more of the matrix brown background showing. $35

Top opal

Bottom opal

Natural pearls. In the shape of crosses. Had to look through thousands of pearls to find these. 1 inch tall x 1 to 1.5 wide. $55 each

Larimer 1.3 ounces 2 ½ inches x 1 ½ x 1/8th thick. Very nice pattern has flecks of copper in it. Good for wire wrapping or can be recut to suit your needs. $25

Pink Peru opal ¼ ounce 2 ½ inches x ½ inch x 1/8th thick. Polished both sides would make a nice wire wrap or setting. Nice soft pinks with light wavy lines, highly polished $35

Agate with bright orange pattern. 1 ½ inches x 1 inch x 1/16th thick. Freeform can be wire wrapped or custom set $25.

Alaska green has interesting tan patterns running throughout. Freeform can be wire wrapped - recut or custom setting. Hard takes nice polish $15

Tiffany stone with excellent pattern 2 inches x 1 inch x 1/8th thick polished both sides can be wire wrapped cut to suit used as free from highly polished rare patterns. $35

Lace agate from Montana. 2 inches x 1 ½ inches x 11/16th thick. Both sides polished Has nice fern patterns $15

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Meteorite 5 pounds. 5 inches x 5 inches x 2 inches high. This is a Nantan meteorite that fell in Nantan China recorded falling in 1506. This is from an asteroid outside our solar system. It cooled in space at the rate of 1 degree per million years. It was then reheated when entering the earths atmosphere and the impact on the earth compressed the iron structure of the steel so it is dense and very heavy for it’s size. Some meteorites have a special crystallization matrix highly sought after but this is not one of those (such are worth thousands of dollars for this size) It still has a unique pattern easy to identify as a meteorite -if I person wanted to cut this up. It might make a more interesting display as is or a paperweight etc. It is mostly iron and nickel. $700.

Left- this is what the inside will look like sliced. Slice from another Nantan meteorite I bought and cut for knife blades. Acquired at the Tucson fossil show from a nice Chinese family among vendors in a tent who could hardly speak English. Lots of nodding, bowing and offerings of tea. I could tell, not from the city, possibly from this village Nantan. If I understood, farmers in the field in the village find these, and sent this family to represent them at the biggest show in the world. I hope they went back home with many stories! They liked my mountain man hat from Alaska, and all had to try it on and have a picture taken. Alaska! They kept saying Alaska! More tea more bowing. That’s um, how I got my meteorites.

A Nickel-Iron Octahedrite was observed to fall in May of 1516 (“During summertime in May of Jiajing 11th year, stars fell from the northwest direction, five to six fold long, waving like snakes and dragons. They were as bright as lightning and disappeared in seconds".) The fall was estimated at 9000 kg. It lay untouched until "the great leap forward" in 1958, when peasants were to boost steel production with neighborhood blast furnaces. There was a shortage of iron and so the meteorites were dug up. Fortunately their melting point was too high and the meteorites were spared. When cleaned from their heavy oxide coating they show three dimensional Widmanstaetten lines, i.e. octahedral crystals of kamacite to over an inch.

Amber . Two separate batches for sale. The left pile is 8 ounces of #1 grade with a mix of bugs. Hard clear good colors. There are about 23 pieces (a few of the smallest I combined to call one, a couple of the largest I called 2. ). If you buy the whole pile I am asking $8 each or $184.
The group on the right is lower quality not as old ot as pretty . Much has bugs . it can be shined and used in art but there is a big difference in quality and much lower price. This is about 21 pieces . Asking $3 each so $63 for the pile.