Our geodes are natural unaltered formations that have come from various locations in Kentucky. Each location offers a unique particularity. All of the geodes that we sell have gone through a detailed cleaning process by myself.
Instructions on cleaning the inside of geodes are provided in every package that contains a whole geode. Some whole geodes may still require additional cleaning once opened. Opened geodes or collected opened geodes are ready for display. Geodes from the Lida Asteria Collection are from the Knobs region of Kentucky.They have been collected from rivers, streams, road cuts, quarries, fields and hillsides. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the minerals or the quality of minerals found in the unopened geodes. We do our best to pick whole geodes that have "potential".
Some are completely full of quartz, some have microcrystalline quartz chalcedony agate and some have hollow cavities or a combination of them all. No one knows what is inside a whole geode or its formations until it is opened. These Geodes were made by nature and each one has its own uniqueness and w as formed just as they were meant to. We enjoy looking at them through a jewelers loupe to see all the hidden treasures and encourage you to do the same.
What is a geode and what to expect from a Kentucky Geode? Kentucky Geodes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors dependent on the circumstances when the geode was formed. KY Geodes are from sedimentary rock; these geodes were formed when groundwater deposits minerals within cavities in the host rock. When a geode is broken, the minerals inside are revealed. They can be filled or partially filled with minerals.
Most geodes are completely filled with minerals; most often quartz, some call them nodules. The quartz can be massive, crystalline, or layered, which is a variety called agate.
Most often, geodes found in Kentucky are lined with quartz crystals. Less common minerals are calcite or dolomite crystals can be found on the inside, either alone or associated with bitumen, barite, baryte, kaolinite, millerite, smithsonite, galena, fluorite, quartz, limonite, sphalerite, pyrite, selenite, or celestite, etc. Several cryptocrystalline (microscopic crystals) varieties of quartz occur in Kentucky.They can be recognized on the basis of their fibrous texture and granularity. The fibrous varieties include chalcedony, agate, onyx, and jasper, and granular varieties include chert and flint. What is a "rattler" geode? A rattler can have a couple of scenarios, first off there is a hollow cavity in the geode and something is making a noise when the geode is shaken, which can be very soft to loud sounding. It could sound like a tinging, a shaking, or thud.
This rattle could be dislodged quartz crystals, decomposed secondary minerals, water (H2O or enhydro geode) or sometimes a mud ball where the elements have seeped in through a crack in the geode over time. Does the outside color mean the inside crystals will be the same color? Can you tell me what is in my geode? Kentucky geodes come in a variety of Natural colors on the inside as well as the outside. None of our geodes have been dyed or altered.
The outside color doesnt necessarily mean the inside color will be the same, but the chances are increased. For example red geodes dont always produce red crystals. I have seen them with white, clear, red, yellow, lavender, Smokey or orange colors. The same colors can be present in the form of agate chalcedony. Hall's Gap is Famous for producing Millerite, so the chances of opening up a geode from Hall's gap that has Millerite is incredibly rare nowadays, but still possible.
How should I open my geode? If your geode is probably solid or an agate your best option is a lapidary or wet saw. If it is a rattler or thought to have a cavity it can be cracked opened using a pipe cutter, hammer or other means to give it a natural looking break. It is really up to you, the collector, and what you find aesthetically pleasing.
Capturing the full beauty of a specimen is nearly impossible; I have done my best to make sure the minerals are accurately represented. Photographs are taken under semi optimum conditions. This includes, custom support stands, and spotlight sources. Shortwave UV light is used for fluorescent specimens.They are photographed from several single points of view. The Bluegrass State is usually overlooked in the international study of minerals. Much like the highly prized Red Black banded agate; some of the most beautiful and colorful specimens in the world are hidden away in the rugged terrain of Kentucky's scenic Knobs Region. Geodes are often named according to a particular feature or mineral they exhibit or mention where the particular geodes were found.
Common informal names for geodes include: quartz geodes, amethyst geodes, agate geodes, enhydro geodes, Oco geodes, Keokuk geodes, coconut geodes, Thunder eggs etc. We call our geodes, Kentucky Geodes, Kentucky Geode Nodules and Kentucky Geode Agates dependent on where they are found in Kentucky. If they are found in one of the five counties that known to produce agates and have agate like qualities we will call them Kentucky Geode Agates otherwise we just call them Kentucky geodes. Thank you for choosing us to share a little piece of Kentucky with you! The item "Unopened Geodes Mixed Variety Large Box Whole Natural Quartz Kentucky Crystal" is in sale since Tuesday, April 26, 2016.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Rocks, Fossils & Minerals\Crystals & Mineral Specimens\Display Specimens". The seller is "lida_asteria" and is located in Lancaster, Kentucky. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Norway, Croatia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Luxembourg.