Lapidary & Collector Slabs
Included here are great lapidary slabs perfect for cabochon cutting. We have made every effort to pick high quality, colorful, solid, well-patterned slabs at every price range that will cut great designer cabochons. Many slabs are from well known locations and others are from more rare locales. Slab prices are determined by size, rarity, quality of color and pattern, and stability.
Slabs are measured by widest points across the face, horizontally and vertically, and by thickness. Most slabs are generally 1/4″ thick, and and they will be noted if they vary from that measurement. Any obvious fractures or imperfections will be noted in the description. The translucent slabs may appear lighter or slightly different in color from the originals due to reflected light when lit. All slabs are very lightly oiled with baby oil to better show their colors. Enjoy!
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Slab: This is a slab of very rare Lawsonite from CA. Lawsonite is a rare aluminosilicate mineral that occurs as a secondary mineral in altered gabbro and diorite with quartz, epidote, & garnet. This is a great example of the “Blue G” type that only occurs in one location in central California, and is highly regarded by collectors of this material.
3 3/4” x 3” x 1/4”
Slab: From the Northwest U.S., this is a beautifully patterned large, old stock slab of petrified wood with pretty ribbon banding and small agatized vugs. This is an endcut so the back side is rough and uneven, but there’s many beautiful cabs in this piece!.
7″ x 4″ x 1/8″ – 1″ thick
Slab: This is a boldly patterned slab of Outback Jasper that comes from Australia. This piece has multicolor veins running through it with a couple that are filled with sparkly silver hematite. This material takes an earthy matte finish, and has some pitting as seen in the photo. Lots of really striking cabs!
5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ x 1/4″
Slab: This is a beautiful piece of colorful agate from Burro Creek, Arizona. There are areas of mossy webbing and black dendrites and a cool vein of translucent agate. There is a little fracturing to fill or cut around, but the cabs you get will be very distinctive.
4 1/4″ x 3″ x 1/4″
Slab: Pyrite in quartz from Arizona. This material includes many different minerals such as galena, chalcopyrite, and other metals, and it cuts nice, unusual cabs. This piece does have a couple of fine fractures to cut around or fill. After cutting, please be sure to wash your hands as this material does contain galena.
2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″
WT: 47.5 grams