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From: felicia
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 2:04 PM
Subject: Comment from - Discount Prices on Healing Crystals, Minerals & Tumbled Stones

I just purchased a pound of chrysoprase and my questions is can I break the stone with a hammer then tumble it? Please help!

Hi Felicia :)
I love tumbling rocks! What type of tumbler do you have? A vibratory or a barrel tumbler? Have you been tumbling for a long time or relatively new at it?

Chrysoprase is around a 7 on the Moh's Hardness Scale, so it should tumble nicely. You could break it with a hammer, but there is no way to control the various sizes--you may get small pieces that once tumbled look like tiny pebbles and then other larger pieces will look like regular tumbles. If you know of someone who has a lapidary shop, ask if they can use a rock saw to cut the chrysoprase in relatively equal portions. If not, it will be fun to use all the various tumbled sizes in a variety of projects, so it is a win win situation :)

Here are some helpful websites that explain the tumbling process and what you will need:
and one of my favorites

Enjoy the experience! Maybe you can send us a picture of the finished product!

with love and crystal blessings,

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