natural amber,natural opal



amber and opal skies

natural un-treated gems/minerals/museum pieces/jewelry/non-profit/wholesale



natural un-treated gemstones
Hi, kirk here; I'm an almost-retired jewelry-designer, lapidary and metal-smith who can't stop designing/fabricating because of my passion for it... BUT I have had the opportunity to work with local indigenous people providing health services with a non-profit organization:

index-info about healing medicine & study-travel rainforest medicine

AND SO, now am able to also teach some jewelry making protocols to them; they mine amber and opal as well as planting coffee. They work hard and are happy to learn new methods for marketing their minerals. All of our gems are 100% natural with NO treatment or enhancement and are available at LOWEST importer's-wholesale prices-PLEASE EMAIL or call me: for prices or detailed information not shown. I DO have more material in all categories.

You may return ANY unsatisfactory items.

Phone: U.S.: (319)400-2586 (I also do video skype)

E-mail: kirk@rainforestacademy.com (for questions/orders)I ACCEPT PAYPAL

scroll down to see these materials: AMBER, OPAL, JEWELRY, FIRE AGATE, EMERALD, RUBY, SAPPHIRE, CARVINGS, ARTIFACTS/REPRODUCTIONS







Amber was used medicinally for centuries, usually in the form of an elixir. The stone is one of the few stones that can be charged with electricity, and the Greeks referred to it by the name of "elektron" because of this property. The stone has also been used to intensify meditation by wearing it as beads. Amber has also been used in amulets, as charms repelling evil, and carried as a stone that provided protection against poisons. The ANCIENT MAYAN MINES OF CHIAPAS (Mexico) is probably the only mine in the world that consistently produces NATURAL/UNTREATED Red and Green AMBER. Natural 'GREEN' amber of Mexico, unlike the always dyed green material from the Baltics is a forest green, natural fluorescence and called "green flash" (or 'green sheen') because it's usually seen from only certain angles and lighting situations;now you see it, now you don't; caused by trace molecules. RED AMBER info at bottom of page.




AMBER

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natural red-cognac amber

Large Oval polished cognac colored nugget/speciman. 18 and 1/2 grams, 29x59x14mm. Really lovely inclusions and quite nice 'green flash'.=$60

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Amber Hearts and leaf

I carve various shaped cabs: Here are 2 hearts (Both have nice/slight 'green flash') and a leaf-small heart=12x14mm, 3.5 carats, $20. Medium heart=15x18mm, 5.5 carats, $20. Leaf=10x25mm, 3.75 carats, $10

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natural green amber
This is a wonderful piece with good green flash, ready to be a pendant or 'focal'. Transparent with a few beautiful inclusions. 1&1/4x1&1/4x1/2 inches. 5 grams=$30
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natural red and green amber
These are some pieces of red highly polished material I've finished. Intense green flash on some. Prices according to quality.

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natural amber
Many different custom shapes and sizes of AMBER cabachons are available in various colors/qualities-call for prices (average cab=$10)

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natural green amber

This marvelous natural-shaped cognac colored nugget with good green flash. The natural green amber of Chiapas is actually a flourescence, not seen in all lighting situations or from some angles, showing best in sunlight. 2x1&1/2x1/2 inches. 16 grams= $65

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red and green amber
'Just finished polishing up this nice, large (50x30mm, 15 grams) free-form tear-drop cabachon. Really wonderful garden of plant inclusions, transparent, and has slight green 'flash' in a few places. = $45

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Amber Heart w/sapphire
I carved this sweet heart pendant from a piece of beautiful golden Amber from Mexico It's 6 carats and measures 15x18mm. Then I embedded a sterling silver Tiffany mounting with a small but bright white Sapphire as an accent stone.=$45

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amber cabachons

Various custom shaped red amber cabachons/carved nuggets available;ask for specifics

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amber spheres

small spheres= $15 Larger-up to $40(This one,showing, is 26 carats and 22mm in diameter)=$40

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Really pretty Golden-colored speciman, VERY few inclusions but with occasional reddish flashes. Large,20 grams, 35x44x26mm=$60

amber speciman

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Polished Large nugget,'Pyramid' shaped cognac body color with good medium intensity Green 'Flash', weighing 26 grams.34x35x40mm $75(BUT SALE PENDING)

natural green amber

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I just finished this DEEP DARK RED Amber pendant with white sapphire accent stone on top.3carats,10x8mm,=$45 (deep black cherry color)

red amber cabs

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raw amber
Large pieces (8-47 grams each) Golden and cognac rough available at $2.50/gram. Very transparent with no sediment and a few amazing un-explored inclusions per piece.
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natural amber and sapphire pendant

I carved this lovely amber nugget and set on top a small, sweet blue sapphire accent stone. Sterling silver mounting.amber=20 carats, 22x42mm= $65(BUT SALE PENDING, SORRY)

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I can custom-design for you and make necklaces , with rare red or green amber and precious stone beads: pearls, red coral, amythest,turquoise, etc, of your choice.

natural turquoise pendant

Turquoise Pendant, 2"x1 and 1/3" with small amber accent bead and 25" black leather cord.= $35
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natural amber pyramid

I carved this nice round pyramid-shaped cone (10x25mm, 6.5 carats), of amber. It would make a terrific 'focal', or pendant.=$30

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natural amber speciman

Really pretty, medium-sized-8 grams(40 carats),22x31x16mm, cognac colored highly polished nugget/speciman with very few but interesting inclusions including a small rainbow patch of varied colors.= $40

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carved polished amber drops

Beautifully shaped and polished-if I DO say so myself-not quite matched size-wise of amber drops=$18 each

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natural red amber drop

Sweet all-natural, no treatment cherry red amber free-form polished nugget. This is the highest quality of red amber. Transparent, few inclusions. 18x33x8mm, weighs 13 carats = $30

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 golden amber necklace

16" Amber necklace with beautiful golden polished chips (16" length) with a pendant of a hand-carved Owl in African Malachite= $45(BUT SALE PENDING)

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amber and labaradorite and amber

Labradorite high quality beads and teardrop amber pendant-necklace, with sterling silver bail. 15" in length (For a small, delicate neck-or you can add 'extensions'). = $30

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turquoise necklace

All natural Arizona turquoise nuggets with round center piece Peruvian Turquoise disc-bead (25mm)necklace, 20.5 inches with natural red coral accent beads and amber spacer beads (2 each) = $60(SORRY, SALE PENDING)

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tigers eye and amber pendant/necklace

Large Tiger's-eye pendant (1 and 1/2" x 1 and 1/2") with a small amber accent bead on a long 24" black leather cord.= $25

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natural amber pyramids

I just finished these pretty pieces: The red one is 12x12mm and weighs 5 carats, the golden one is 13x15mm and weighs 5.5 carats. They are 'cone shaped' (or 'bullet'), completely transparent with very few inclusions. The red has good 'green flash' and the gold one has slight/medium flash. =$50 (But Sale pending) for the pair

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red amber cabachons

Natural Ruby red Amber cabachons,teardrop shaped: deep cherry red, 11x14mm, 4 carats=$25 hexogonal shaped: red with cognac 'flavor', 14x14x14mm, 5 carats= $20

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natural green amber
natural green amber
HUGE (over 20 carats,21x31mm) cab for wire wrapping, very clear with slight green sheen. AND a smaller (5 carats,11x22mm)cab, also grooved for wrapping, a red/cognac color with several tiny insects seen easily with a loupe. Both for $50

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amber pendant/necklace

Incredible inclusions in this transparent piece of natural golden amber 15 carats, 22x26x15mm. With white sapphire accent stone. Sterling chain NOT included but available. Pendant=$45(BUT SALE PENDING)

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natural amber cabachons
Large Black amber cabachons (actually golden with 99% plant inclusions making them seem black in most any light. Round: 25 carats, 29mm diameter= $20, Teardrop shape: 22 carats, 25x35mm= $15 (BUT BOTH ARE PENDING SALE)
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natural amber nuggets
5 pretty polished nuggets. I also can send individual shots of any of them if you wish. They are numbered 1-5 and #1 is bottom left (7 o'clock), then clockwise to #2, middle-left, and so on around to bottom right-#5 1.-11 grams=$40 2.-14 grams=$50 3.-20 grams=$65 4.-12 grams=$35 5.-9 grams=$20 All have nice medium intensity 'green flash' EXCEPT #5, which is reddish/cognac colored with no green.
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natural amber pendant
Natural amber pendant in sterling silver, 3 carats, 8x13mm teardrop cabachon. Italian box-style sterling chain NOT included but available for $12. Pendant=$30
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natural amber nuggets
Natural amber pendant in sterling. 2 carats, 8x10mm. Chain NOT included but available. Pendant=$25
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natural amber and labradorite
Gorgeous high quality labradorite carved spear head (20x44mm, 35 carats, with small amber bead and long 32 inch nylon cord.=$30
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natural amber frog
I hand-carved this Rainforest Frog while watching one from my jungle cabin deck. I used amber from the same locale: Chiapas, Mexico. 13x22x27mm and weighs 10 carats.=$30


Deep dark red 'Raw'Borneo Copal (young amber, less than a few million years old). Huge (112 grams, 40x60x140mm)=$80 (BUT SALE PENDING)

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*OPAL*

I make pendants from all opal material, rough and cut

4x6mm,6x8mm, 7x9mm good quality black Honduran opals=$45 average

4x6mm,teardrop, fine quality black Honduran opal=$45

Really nice FIRE OPAL, tear drop shaped. 1 and 1/2 carats, 11x6mm = $75

Black opal (Honduras) cabachons of various sizes and qualities are available at GUARANTEED lowest prices. Black opals 4x6mm=from $10 , Large Black opal oval cabachons (15x18mm) $75-$200.

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fire opal

Small pieces of quality fire opal rough crystals available. Classic Fire Opal is orange or red colored. Shown are 1 carat pieces for-$7 each

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natural uncut boulder opal
natural boulder opal
Rough: un-cut boulder opal available in MANY sizes and qualities.

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I recently finished this lot of really nice quality crystal (or 'water') opals from rough I obtained in Mexico 15 years ago.( Making them highly stable!) (1) Heart shaped one-2.5 carats, 8x9mm =$45 (7) Ovals-1/2 carats each and measure 4x6mm= $20 EACH

opal cabachons

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genuine fire opal

Good supply of varying sized HIGH quality FIRE OPAL cabachons available,tell me your requirements

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natural crystal opal pendant

VERY Nice smoky crystal opal pendant with white sapphire accent stone. opal=3.5 carats,10x8mm=$65

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crystal opal

Top quality crystal (water) opal cabachon,8x9mm, 2 carats. Shows more 'fire'(play of color) when over dark surfaces =$45

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opal pendant

Really Big boulder opal, 13 carats, 12x20mm, with spectacular pockets of 'fire (play-of-color) of green and reds, in a sterling silver pendant with small white sapphire accent stone on top in a Tiffany setting. Exceptional.=$85(SORRY,SALE PENDING)
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sterling silver band w/Black Opal (I cut the stone from 'rough' of Honduras), SIZE 6 and 1/2, 6x5mm stone-1/2 carat-$70

black opal ring

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natural black opal

Black opal in sterling silver pendant.6x4mm, 1/2 carat = $30(SORRY,SALE PENDING)

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Mexican Crystal opal

Large(3.75 carats, 9x10mm) Crystal (Water) Opal with good 'fire' of red, green, blues and more.$65

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black opals

BLACK OPALS (Honduras)(1.) large oval-7x11mm and 1.75 carats=$85 (2.)small pear-shape-5x7mm and 1/2 carat=$45 (3.) (small)oval with predominant red fire-5x7mm and 1/2 carat=$45 (4.)(small) oval with predominant green fire-6x7mm and 1/2 carat=$45 (5.) (large) pear-shape (slightly less intensity of fire but nice)-7x9mm and 1 carat=$55

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boulder opal pendant

Sweet boulder opal, 3 carats, 7x10mm, with small white sapphire on top in a tiffany setting. Nice fire.=$25

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boulder opalboulder opals

Many, many different sizes, shapes and qualities of loose BOULDER OPAL CABACHONS available and I custom design/make pendants with them too; send me your requirements-average price=$10-$40 per cab

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fire opal frog

Hand-carved rainforest frogs with pockets of great fire opal=$20 each(Not available-sale pending)

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opal egg

Boulder Opal Eggs are Shamanic Healing devices for the Huichol tribe. natural egg-size (156 grams) doesn't have a lot of fire but very pretty (great specimen or as massage tool or foot roller)=$25.

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opal turtles

Various beautifully hand-carved turtles (and a couple of frogs) from this same fiery material (each has a nice pocket of 'fire' (play of color) = $15 each or 6 for $60

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I have larger rough chunks of boulder opal like the ones shown here(They run from $5 to $40 each).This one= $20,(about 4 inches by 2")

boulder opal

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opal pendant

Sweet boulder opal, 3.25 carats, 8x10mm, with small white sapphire on top in a Tiffany setting. Nice fire.=$35

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boulder fire opal speciman

Just for a break from cabbing I carved some 'fangs' from quite nice 'Cantera' rough I've had for years: 1.) (Large one)- 13x37 mm and weighs 32 carats (pockets of precious white with nice p-o-c , or 'fire',better in person than in the photo.)= $30 , 2.) 9x24mm and weighs 9 carats (has intense 'ultra-purple' fire) = $20 , 3.) 11x18mm and weighs 4 carats =$20 , 4.) 13x20mm and weighs 6.5 carats =$20

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 opal cabachon

.Quite large (17 carats, 17x20mm) Cabachon with wonderful pocket of Opal with 'fires' of red, blues and greens= $40

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 crystal opal speciman

This is the largest opal I ever cut. A cloudy/smoky crystal opal from rough I got 20 years ago from 'La Trinidad', a mine in Queretero, Mexico. 14.5 carats and measures 16x18mm. Only slight 'play of color' ('fire') $85

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fire opal

Good sized (4.90 carats, 13x10mm) Golden/orange body color, light 'fire' (play of color)=$60

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 opal ring

This came out fairly well: Sterling ring (Filagree sides) with a very cool Mexican 'Cantera' (boulder opal) that I cut last year (It has stunning green flashes and a couple of blue and ultraviolet ones. 8x10mm stone of 2 carats. Ring is size 8 $50

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tiger's eye pendant

Small but sweet Dark Crystal Opal Pendant-5x8mm, 1/2 carat, sterling silver pendant and bail-$18(BUT SALE PENDING)

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Dark Crystal Opal Ring

Dark Crystal Opal Ring, size 8. Stone size=7x5mm, 1/2 carat. Wide band. Slight inclusions.= $45

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black opal

Small but sweet Black Opal Marquis-cut cabochon, 4x10mm, 1/2 carat.=$40

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Black Opal

Black Opal oval cabachon, 5x9mm, 1/2 carat=$40

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natural black opal
natural black opal
Black Opal pear-shaped cab, 6x7mm, 1/2 carat=$45. And a 5x6mm, 1/4 carat, oval-shaped cab=$40

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natural boulder opal

Boulder Opal/Sterling Silver Pendant, 14x18mm, 8 and 1/2 carats=$40

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black opal in turtle

Small but heavy Sterling silver Turtle Pendant with very flashy Dark Crystal Opal (mostly green and blue 'fire')stone is 3/4 carat and measures 4x6mm. =$45

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Fire Opal pendant

Super High-quality Fire Opal with brilliant green and red 'Fire' . Small but dazzling- 1/4 carat opal, 4x5mm .Mounted with small white sapphire accent stone. Italian bx-style sterling silver Chain not included but available... In Sterling silver pendant mounting. =$45

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black opal pendant

Super High-quality Honduran Black Opal with brilliant green and red 'Fire' . Small but dazzling- 1/4 carat opal, 4x6mm (This stone is of the highest quality available from Honduras. Mounted with small white sapphire accent stone. Italian box-style sterling silver Chain not included but available... In Sterling silver pendant mounting. =$45

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Fire Opal turtle carving

Really pretty large, 20x29x12mm, 26 carats, boulder opal turtle carving with electric green flashes and some blue 'play of color'. = $35

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boulder opal, grooved

Boulder Opal nugget,near round, grooved on the side for wire-wrapping. Nice play-of-colors. 21x24mm =$45

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Fire Opal Pendant

Really pretty, large, 10x13mm, 4 carats, Natural Fire Opal with electric green flashes(play-of-color). = $90

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boulder opal pendant

Really nice Honduran Black Boulder Opal, 9x13mm and weighs 3.5 carats. Sterling Silver Pendant with white sapphire accent stone = $70
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Fire Opal Pendant

Really pretty, crystal opal pendant, 2.5 carats, Natural Crystal Opal(7x11mm) set in silver antique setting. Not recommended for young persons since it's quite delicate; if you banged it it would break.=$35(BUT SALE PENDING)

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fire opal cabs

4 8x6mm cabachons, weights slightly varied.Opals are the hardest of all gems to photograph; as you can see, different lighting angles evoke different color shades. These were taken in low lighting with small DC current bulb, and over dark background since both Crystal and Fire Opals capture and retain 'play-of-color' (incorrectly know as 'fire' to laymen) over dark surfaces; I normally 'antique' (or blacken) the base of my settings for this type of stone.The top-left stone is $70, top right is $70 Bottom left is $35 and bottom right is $40

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SPECIAL OFFERS

natural black pearls

Really pretty Natural Freshwater Black 'Tahitian' Pearl Strands, 16 and 1/2 inches in length, no clasp=$50 each

natural red coral

Deep Rich Red Mediterranean Natural Coral Strands (no clasp), 16-17 inches in length = $45 each

apatitenecklace

Large Round Apatite Bead (approx:2 inches in diameter) Necklace With Brass and Coral bead accents and a 24 inch black leather cord= $30

natural jasper pendant
Large (2"x1&1/4")Natural Picture Jasper Pendant, 2"x 1 and 1/2", 70 carats= $35

natural ruby-in-matrix pendant
Large (2"x1&1/4")Natural Ruby in zoisite matrix Pendant, 2 and 1/4 inches by 3/4 inch, 100 carats= $15

natural
Really nice Arizona Turquoise (2 carats) that I cut and then fabricated an unusual modern-esque sterling silver pendant for=$25 (Italian sterling Rope Chain NOT included but available for $12)

natural
Very pretty African Malachite and Peruvian Turquoise (Chrysacholla) cabachons (and the Turquoise are also drilled with tiny holes so they can be strung and aren't noticeable otherwise) Malachite=20mm,15 carats each, Turquoise=25mm, 34 carats each. =Each stone is $15 or 6 for $60

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Lovely Malachite Pendant in Sterling Silver,20mm and 15 carats. Comes with black leather 24" cord=$35

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I used an antique pin, added a lovely flourite stone to make this dangling pendant, 3.5 inches in length=$50

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MAYAN JADE

natural Jade pendant
Silver Pendant with round 18mm and 20 carats of Guatemalan Jade cabachon=$30

Top Sky-Blue Topaz

FIRE AGATE

fire agates

(ABOVE) FIRE AGATE PEACOCKS= average $50 each

fire agates

agate1: large oval, 15x19mm and 11 carats, agate2: free-form (slightly bird-shaped), 10x15mm and 3.5 carats (this one has the best 'fire' in the bunch), agate3: medium oval, 13x16mm and 11 carats, agate4: elongated tear-drop shaped, 9x15mm and 6.25 carats, agate5: medium oval, 11x17mm and 9.40 carats Any one of them goes for $50 each.

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E-mail: kirk@rainforestacademy.com (for questions/orders).

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natural emeralds
Natural Colombian Emeralds, (top left): 5x5mm, 3/4 carats= $120, (top right)4x6mm, 1/2 carats= $75, (bottom left)4mm round,1/4 carats=$60, and (bottom right) 5x7, 3/4 carats=$100
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natural emeralds and sapphires
Lot of five Natural very large faceted emeralds and sapphires. Emeralds are translucent and sapphires opaque. Not high quality but well cut and pretty.3 sapphires, 2 ovals and one marquise cut, 2 oval cut emeralds.49 carats total, average size-11 carats and about 15x13mm=$45 )
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natural emerald
Giant Emerald: I just found an emerald I'd cut many years back; it's totally unique because of the "gold" flecks on the surface, actually pieces of Pyrite. Transparent with nice 'garden' (array of inclusions). And very large, 10x13mm and 5.70 carats!=$60
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natural emerald crystals

Emerald 'rough' and crystals=$1 to $10/each

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emerald crystal pendant
sterling pendant w/emerald crystals and sterling rope chain=$55(SALE PENDING BUT I CAN CUSTOM FABRICATE ANOTHER, LARGE OR SMALL)

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raw ruby,raw sapphire

ruby and sapphire rough= $1-10 each

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Natural Ruby Pendant

I fabricated this Gorgeous, Natural Thai Ruby, blood-red cabachon,translucent,1.5 carats,4x7mm, into this sterling silver pendant =$45 BUT SALE PENDING

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Natural Sapphire Pendant
This very pretty deep blue sapphire is large (13x14mm and weighs 13 carats) and has a sweet white sapphire on top in a Tiffany setting as an accent stone.=$60(BUT SALE PENDING)

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Giant Natural Emerald

MONSTER Emerald: Probably the largest cut and polished (faceted)Natural Emerald in the Midwest. It's 963.75 carats and measures 71x47x28mm. Opaque. Very pretty though not high quality= $100

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Natural Emerald pendant
Sterling silver pendant with 10 carats of nice, medium-grade natural Emerald, 15x11mm, and white sapphire accent stone. Opaque but pretty=$40)(BUT SALE PENDING)

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Natural Emerald

Really Really Big natural emerald, lovely color, translucent (not transparent) 26.21 carats, 19x27x8mm = $50

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5 pretty emerald crystals/crystal clusters, 20 carats =$30
Natural emeralds

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Blood-red natural Thai Ruby,3 carats, 8x9mm,translucent, sterling silver pendant with bright white sapphire in a Tiffany mounting on top. Slight inclusions= $75
Natural Ruby

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REALLY really big Colombian natural emerald pendant. Very pretty, translucent, oval shaped faceted stone, 25 carats, 18x23mm,=$65(BUT SALE PENDING)
natural emerald pendant

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Very pretty natural,blue sapphire,translucent with interesting creamy white sea-foam-like inclusions around the base, not noticeable from a direct-on view. 6 carats,10.5x9mm, small white sapphire in Tafany setting on top as accents stone=$50
natural sapphire pendant

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REALLY REALLY big Colombian natural emerald. Not real high quality but Very pretty, translucent, oval-shaped faceted stone,45carats,22x33mm=$65
natural emerald

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Very pretty natural,blue really big sapphires,medium low quality, but pretty and translucent. Left:70 carats,29x36mm. Right: 24 carats,18x23mm=$50
natural sapphires

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REALLY really big natural ruby pendant,22carats,18x23mm. Very pretty, translucent, oval-shaped shaped faceted stone=$80
natural ruby pendant

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medicine bracelets

medicine bracelets

(27) Medicine bracelets by the incredible sorcerer-healer named 'Salvador', peyote 'Curandero' of the Sierra Madre. These glass-beaded power bands are on the wrists of all Huichol Shamans and use the designs they "see" in their spirit-quests with Nagual-Peyotl. $50 each.

(28) Below: Also Huichol made, silver, copper and brass 'Love Bracelets', given to lovers before wedding= $15 each or 2 for $25.

healing bracelets


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amethyst crystals

Deep purple finely faceted amethyst gems in various shapes, sizes.(ABOVE)write for photos/prices.

amethyst crystals

Small Amethyst crystal 'points', great for ear-rings or pendants $2-10 each

amythest crystal cluster pendant

REALLY LARGE (230 carats, 30x40mm ) I carved and polished this cluster all around, forming a gorgeous pendant; includes two silver accent beads (no chain) = $35

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amythest nuggets

LARGE Deep Purple amethyst nuggets for pendants or carving/cutting =$5-10 each

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bloodstone

(35) Large BLOODSTONE polished nuggets $5-10 each, cabachons $5-20

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(36)Incredible TIBETAN POWER PENDANTS (4 in all) used by Tibetan Shamans for healing purposes-silver alloy/cats-eye (top), center 3 pieces have sapphires, pearls and garnets, bottom=nice fiery opal and then red garnet=$45 each

tibetan healing pendants

tibetan healing pendants

tibetan power pendants

tibetan power pendants

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silver spider pendantHeavy silver alloy spider pendant with natural Garnet=$25

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Mayan Indians make these 'replicas' of insects-in-amber from copal or some other type of resin, perhaps synthetic, which they melt and insert interesting specimans like this SCORPION-$15 each

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scorpion in amber

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crystal pyramids

3 pyramids I carved from wonderful large quartz crystals: left-interesting banding and internal inclusions, sides=1&1/2", 1&1/4" high-39 grams,195 carats=$40. Top center-transparent with great colorful inclusions, 1&1/4" by 1&3/4", 46 grams=$60. Bottom Right-transparent with nice small inclusions, 1&1/4" by 1&3/4", 57grams=$60

Mixtec Mask

MIXTEC reproduction-ceremonial mask, antique, alabaster, new condition=$50

petrified lizard

(ABOVE, old travel companion named Henry)

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Mexican Red Amber MEXICAN RED AMBER is usually only found in the area of the mines that is closer to the surface. The particular layer of earth, in which it is found, is more porous and not as dense as the layers of earth in the interior of the mine. This oxygen rich, porous earth, has allowed for a slow oxidation process (in the millions of years) to turn the color from yellow to red This amber absorbed and combined with oxygen, starting from its exterior, and ongoing slowly but not always fully into its interior (oxygen is known to be red in color) MEXICAN RED AMBER is rarely ever found very deep within a mine, as no oxygen was present in the denser earth; therefore, New Mines have to be found before allowing production of red amber, which is not always present. This natural oxidation process has been tried to be recreated artificially in Baltic amber by heat treatment, accelerating the oxidation process; However as all amber has microscopic moisture bubbles inside, they burst when heated leaving tiny circular fractures inside, these marks being the proof that the amber has been heated. The naturally oxidized Hymenea red amber is chemically different from yellow Hymenea amber. This can be proven by a simple test: When heated or burned it has a much sweeter or more pleasant smell, any artificially died yellow Hymenea amber, would never have the same smell as the naturally red, as they would be chemically different. Mexican Cognac Amber Mexican Cognac amber is natural Red amber that has had some of its oxidized surface removed, by hand sanding. This makes it clearer & allows more light to enter the piece, This material is very bright in color, this is why this is the most popular. Mexican Black Amber Mexican Black amber is heavily included with organic materials such as dirt tree bark, moss, therefore its dark color, etc. Mexican Green Amber It is the rarest and most cherished amber in Mexico. It is gold, cognac or red in color, but will seem flourescent green in a natural lighting situation. All the amber pieces that I have for sale on my website I personally collect by visiting miners in very remote areas of Chiapas . Mexican Amber History and Origin: **************************** Mexican Amber has become better known throughout the world only since the mid 1970's. It was originally discovered by the ancient Maya Indians, long before Columbus came to America, Tales were told by Spanish Conquistadores witnessing the great Aztec emperor Moctezuma stir his native chocolate drink with an amber ladle. Mexican Amber has only been found in the Chiapas region of Mexico, where heavily forested mountains overlook the Huitipan River. It is believed to be a resin formed from 25-35 million years ago.It is believed to be formed from an ancestral "Hymenea" tree. All amber found in this area is of Hymenea origin. Yellow being the most known natural color, but it also occurs in Black, Red, Cognac, and very rare Green colors. The ancient amber tradition has survived & is flourishing. Locally, natives collect & mine amber, for wear as amulets, or make small trinkets, carvings and pendants to sell to tourists. All of my pieces are in the natural shape formed millions of years past and are only hand-polished to bring out the sheen. I also have rough material with no sediment-just pure uncut amber. All the Mexican amber I sell is 100% Natural, it has not been heated, treated, or color enhanced by any artificial means, and is certified to be authentic, by the Mexican Government.

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