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Beaver Bay Agate Shop & Jewelry
Map and Directions: 1003 Main Street, Beaver Bay, MN 55601
Phone: (218) 226-4847
Facebook: Beaver Bay Agate Shop
Specializes in LSAs, Thompsonite, Isle Royal Greenstone and has a free museum.
Veberod Gem Gallery
Agate City Rocks & Gifts
Map and Directions: 721 7th Ave Two Harbors, MN 55616
Phone: (218) 834-2304
Mark your calendars for the Agate City Rock Show Sale & Swap on September 19, 2015
Rocks and Things
Mr. Val B. Carver, Proprietor
Rocks, Minerals, Crystals and Specimens
Map and Directions: 201 N. Rum River Dr, Princeton, MN
Phone: (763) 389-0979
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Saturday 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Specialties: Lapidary supplies and tools, Tumblers, Things made from rocks, Custom Lapidary
It is a good idea to call or check the hours before visiting, as the hours vary seasonally.
Moose Lake Agate and Geological Center
Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum
The Mineral Museum of Michigan
"A Fine Piece of Jewelry does not start in a showcase"
Specialties: Lake Superior Agates, Cabochons, Jewelry
"Quality Gemstones from Around the World"
Specialties: Botswana, Mexican, Polyhedroids and more
Hausen Rock Treasures Wholesale
Specialties: Features materials from Madagascar, Brazil, South Africa, Russian and Norway.
Interested in tumbling rocks?
Consider starting with a rock tumbler with two barrels, such as this one sold on Amazon.com.
Having two barrels allows you to have your stones at two different stages. For, example you can use one barrel for new rocks to see if they are worth ongoing polishing, and the second barrel to run the rocks through the four stages of polishing.
Your rocks are tumbled with four stages of rock polishing grit, starting with a course grit and ending with a polish. You can buy a set of grits as a package.
After these four phases, run your rocks through a fifth stage with Ivory Soap and water.
When you use your rock tumbler, make sure to add plastic beads such as these:
These plastic beads protect your rocks from cracking in the tumbler. The beads can be reused. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly between polishing stages. It is very important that not one grain of grit be carried forward to the next stage because it will scratch your rocks.