South Dakota Made Stone Pendants

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$20.00 PN800c   This is a gorgeous  pendant made from a 21mm x 35mm Bahia Agate stone from Brazil.  It measures 1 1/2" from the top of the bail to the bottom of the stone and the bail size is 1/8". This piece was hand crafted and created right here at The Rock Shed. (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made). The pendant  is a one-of-a-kind work of art!

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

 Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Agates mostly occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or waters containing silica in solution possibly derived from the decomposition of silicates in the lava.  The siliceous matter is deposited in regular layers resulting in the banded or striped formation.

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Bahia Agate

$14.00 PN801c   Here's another fantastic hand crafted pendant by Gene and the crew at the Rock Shed. This original pendant is made from a 17mm x 27mm Boulder Opal stone. The full length of the pendant is 1 5/8" with a 1/4" bail  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

 Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Opal is a colorful mineral of hydrated form of Silica related to Quartz. It's internal structure makes it diffract light, taking on many colors depending on the conditions when it was formed. Those colors can range from clear through white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, rose, pink, brown and black. Opal varies in optical density from opaque to semi-transparent. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, a producer of over 93% of the world's supply.

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Boulder Opal

$14.00 PN802c   Here's another great hand crafted pendant by The Rock Shed Crew. This original pendant is made from a 20mm x 42mm Kambaba Jasper stone. It has a 1/8" bail and measures 2" total length.  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made). Very Pretty!

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Jasper, or spotted stone, is an opaque, impure variety of Quartz that is usually red, yellow or brown in color.  Picture Jaspers simultaneously exhibit several variants such as banding, flow patterns, dendrites or color variations.  This results in what appears to be scenes or images in a cut section of the Jasper.

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Kambaba Jasper

$15.00 PN803b   This original pendant is made from a 17mm x 31mm piece of  Fossil Coral from Indonesia. It has a 1/8" bail and has been polished in the Rock Shed's own Lapidary department. Pretty cool! (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Coral is built by secreting calcium carbonate skeletons. Hard coral is fossilized over millions of years. It can be almost any color. The stony Corals are often found in Coral reefs, large structures generally found in tropical waters. Reefs are extremely diverse consisting of over 4,000 species of fish, cnidarians, mollusks, crustaceans, and other animals.

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Fossil Coral

$18.00 PN804b Here's something a little different, a pendant made from a 1 5/8"x over 1 3/8" polished Ammonite from Morocco.  Take note of the second picture showing the beautiful iridescent "rainbow" colors on the back side. This pendant was drilled and assembled here at the Rock Shed. Very nice!

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Ammonites are extinct members of the cephalopod group of mollusks. Only a limited number of species have survived to the present day which includes the squid and the chambered nautilus. Ammonites had a multi-chambered shell, and added more chambers as it grew, always living in the outer chamber.  They lived in the Cretaceous period some 63 to 130 million years ago.

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Ammonite

$16.00 PN805b  This original pendant is made from a 29mm x 34mm Montana Moss Agate stone from Montana.  This gorgeous agate has great shape,  pretty color and moss design. It has a 1/4" bail.  Another winning design and creation from Gene's Lapidary Department!  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Agates mostly occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or waters containing silica in solution possibly derived from the decomposition of silicates in the lava.  The siliceous matter is deposited in regular layers resulting in the banded or striped formation.

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Montana Moss Agate

$12.00 PN806b  Here's a something a little different, a beautiful pendant made from a Dry Head Agate from Montana. This pendant measures 21mm x 34mm with a 1/8" bail. It has fabulous color, design. It is yet another great creation, made in South Dakota by the Rock Shed crew. A truly one-of-a-kind original!  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Agates mostly occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or waters containing silica in solution possibly derived from the decomposition of silicates in the lava.  The siliceous matter is deposited in regular layers resulting in the banded or striped formation.

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Dry Head Agate

$16.00 PN807b  This is a lovely pendant made from Shattuckite from Australia. This perfectly polished stone measures 22mm x 27mm  that was cut and Polished in our Lapidary Department with a 1/8" bail. A really great item!  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be. This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Shattuckite is a copper silicate hydroxide mineral. It is a relatively rare copper silicate mineral. It was fist discovered in 1915 in the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona in the Shattuck Mine where it gets it's name. It is a secondary mineral that forms from the alteration of other secondary minerals.

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Shattuckite

$18.00 PN808c  This is a lovely pendant made from Picture Jasper stone from Oregon. This colorful stone measures 21mm x 45mm with a 1/4" bail and decorative clasp. A really great item!  Another great item from our Lapidary Department.  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Jasper, or spotted stone, is an opaque, impure variety of Quartz that is usually red, yellow or brown in color.  Picture Jaspers simultaneously exhibit several variants such as banding, flow patterns, dendrites or color variations.  This results in what appears to be scenes or images in a cut section of the Jasper.

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Picture Jasper

$12.00 PN809b  This is a very pretty pendant made from a Carnelian Agate  from Brazil. This colorful stone measures 22mm x 35mm with a 3/8" bail and decorative clasp. A really great item made right her in our very own Lapidary Department!  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

Agates mostly occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or waters containing silica in solution possibly derived from the decomposition of silicates in the lava.  The siliceous matter is deposited in regular layers resulting in the banded or striped formation.

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Carnelian Agate

$20.00 PN810b  Here's a rare item. A beautiful Lapis stone.  This pretty stone measures 25mm x 33mm with a 1/8" bail. A very special stone!!  Also made here!  (see the note below if you are interested in how they are made).

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To make these pendants we select a nice quality piece of rough rock.               See Jewelry Making Photos

Step 1 - we cut a slab off of the rough material using a lapidary saw and cut it to a desirable shape for jewelry. 

Step 2 - On hard materials such as agate and jasper we use our lapidary grinder to hand grind the shape that we want the pendant to be.  This step also involves sanding it to a smooth shape.  Note:  Softer materials we do all the steps from sanding through to polish  by hand on this machine. 

Step 3 - After sanding the harder materials to a smooth shape we run them in a rock tumbler to finish the stone using 3 different stages 220 grit, 500 grit and polish.

Step 4 - After the stone is polished we drill the stone to accept a finding, add a chain and it is ready to wear and enjoy.

 

Lapis is a stone with a long tradition of being considered a gem.  It is usually deep blue in color and is opaque.  It is a rock and not a mineral as it is made up from various other minerals.  The main component is Lazurite which is a Feldspar Silicate.  Lapis may also contain Calcite, Sodalite and Pyrite.  It is found worldwide.

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Lapis

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