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Sheen Obsidian Cutting and Knapping Rough:
Gold Sheen Obsidian

Obsidian comes in many types. Rainbow and color sheens produce unusual cabochons and knapped items. The sheen is the result of the play of light in the flow layers of the volcanic glass. Although obsidian has a reputation of being difficult to polish, we have found that if the stone is ground through successively finer grits and the stone isn't heated too much during the polishing stage, that a high polish can be obtained with cerium oxide, or diamond. Mohs hardness 5 to 5.5.
Gold Sheen Obsidian Rough - $4.00-$12.50/pound
Locality: Utah

This material displays a gold colored sheen. It's stunning when knapped into blades, or cut into cabochons. We've found that cut stones fly off the shelves! As with most sheen obsidians careful orientation and cutting is required to get the best results.

We have Gold Sheen Obsidian in three grades: "AB", "AA" & "AAA". "AB" grade will have less areas of gold sheen and the sheen may not be as intense as in "AA" and "AAA", but it will still cut fine stones."AB" grade is not only a deal, it also an inexpensive way to learn how to cut gold sheen obsidian. "AA" grade Gold Sheen Obsidian displays fine sheen, but may have a small zone or two where there is no sheen or less intense sheen than "AAA" grade. "AA" Gold Sheen Obsidian may actually be a better buy than the "AAA" grade.

Sample of Gold Sheen Obsidian Rough

                       Slab of Gold Sheen Obsidian                                       Cabochon of Gold Sheen Obsidian
Gold Sheen Obsidian Rough "AB" Grade - $4.00/pound
Locality: Utah
Item Number
Description
Weight
Price
Gold Sheen Obsidian #1
Measures approximately 4 x 2-1/4 x 2-1/4 to 1" thick.
1.51 pounds
$6.04
Gold Sheen Obsidian #2
Measures approximately 4 x 3 x 2 to 1" thick.
1.93 pounds
$7.72

Gold Sheen Obsidian Rough "AA" Grade - $8.50/pound
Locality: Utah
Item Number
Description
Weight
Price
Gold Sheen Obsidian #3
Measures approximately 7-1/2 x 6-3/8 x 2-7/8 to 1" thick.
12.62 pounds
$107.27
Gold Sheen Obsidian #5
Triangular shape measures approximately 5 x 3 x 3" thick at a peak.
1.86 pounds
$15.81
Gold Sheen Obsidian #6
Triangular shape measures approximately 5 x 3 x 2-1/2" thick at a peak.
1.73 pounds
$14.71
Gold Sheen Obsidian #8
Measures approximately 4 x 2-1/4 to 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 to 3/4" thick.
1.12 pounds
$9.52
Gold Sheen Obsidian #9
Two piece parcel measures approximately 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 x 1 to 1/2" thick and a triagular piece measuring approximately 2-3/4 x 1-1/2 x 1" thick at a peak.
0.82 pounds
$6.97
Gold Sheen Obsidian #10
Two piece parcel measures approximately 2-1/4 x 2 x 1-5/8" thick at a peak and a triagular piece measuring approximately 4 x 2 x 1-1/4 to 1/4" thick.
1.14 pounds
$9.69

Gold Sheen Obsidian Rough "AAA" Grade - $12.50/pound
Locality: Utah
Item Number
Description
Weight
Price
Gold Sheen Obsidian #14
Measures approximately 6-1/4 x 2-1/4 x 2 to 1" thick
2.31 pounds
$28.88
Gold Sheen Obsidian #20
Measures approximately 3-1/2 x 2 x 1-3/4 to 1-1/2" thick.
1.14 pounds
$14.25
Gold Sheen Obsidian #22
Two piece parcel measures approximately 3 x 2-1/2 x 1-1/2 to 1/2" thick and 2 x 1-3/4 x 1-1/2 to 1/2" thick.
1.15 pounds
$14.38
Gold Sheen Obsidian #23
Two piece parcel measures approximately 2-1/2 x 2 x 1-1/2 to 1/2" thick and 3 x 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 to 3/8" thick.
1.13 pounds
$14.13
Gold Sheen Obsidian #25
Measures approximately 2-3/4 x 2-1/4 x 2 to 1-1/2" thick.
1.04 pounds
$13.00
Gold Sheen Obsidian #28
Triangular shape measures approximately 3-1/4 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2" thick at a peak.
1.06 pounds
$13.25

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