When I first started selling stones here on Etsy, it was to destash my collection. I'd collected baskets and drawers of beautiful stones, with the idea of learning to make jewelry one day. But they sat around in those drawers and baskets, and I felt guilty just hoarding them, so I listed a few. They sold out quickly, and I decided that I would go out and buy more, and see how that went. And that's how I became a stone-seller. I love the search, and the joy of discovering a beautiful stone - guilt-free - and then passing it on to someone who will love it *and* use it. I may have acquired a few more stones myself, in the process, so it didn't work out entirely as planned.
This stone was sold to me as a fire agate. I'm not a expert, by a long shot, but I am skeptical about this stone. But then again, maybe it is, I am learning about new rocks every year. When I asked myself if it was beautiful enough to buy, the answer was a definite yes - in fact I kept two tube beads for myself. If you know for sure what kind of stone this is, I'd be happy to learn.
The markings are outstanding. It is drilled from top to bottom, and both sides are finished, although the back is pretty unremarkable. You can see it in the final photo.
My husband bought me digital calipers this summer. Best present ever! Now I can make very accurate measurements for my stones, and in record time:
39.15mm long 29.84mm wide 6.57mm thick
Buying and selling stones over the internet will always be a distant second to buying the stones in real life - being able to hold them and see the colors for yourself. No matter how hard I try, there is no way I can guarantee that the stone will look exactly like the image you see on your monitor. I *can* guarantee that if you are not happy with your stone, you can return it for a full refund.