Be sure to read to the end, where there's a great Lapidary poem sent to me by reader Edward Clay!
I found mine at the Tucson show. One huge bin of off-white rock with grey markings like long ovals caught my eye. Chemically, it's a mixture of dolomite, graphite, and magnesite. A big chunk of it not only caught my eye, it followed me home.
One of the things that originally attracted me to it was the resemblance to Chinese Chrysanthemum rocks. This is my chunk of Chinese Chrysanthemum Stone. It's not a very good quality specimen--which is how it made it into the garden. In fact, it's almost like a Chinese Writing Rock (see below).
The Writing Rock here is more like the Chrysanthemum stone than Pinolith, even though the markings are similar, since it is limestone, but this time with markings made of Andalusite.
My Pinolith CabochonI'd seen some Pinolith shaped and polished so I knew it would make shiny cabochon.
Old rock hounds never die
they slowly petrify
but when young also spry
they find rocks to set by
as the years seem to fly
the pile grows by and by
cut and grind skills to ply
rocks and slabs stones to try
but the joints that were spry
now become ossified
then one day with a sigh
the rock hound petrifies
as you age do not cry
old rock hounds never die
If you like what you see here, please go to the top of the right side column and subscribe. You'll get my blog automatically delivered to you every two weeks and your contact information will never be shared or sold.
Check back on March 15 for more musings by your Lapidary Whisperer