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Sherri
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Hi I am wanting to find some places that will let you look for your own Geodes or Crystals. There was a Geode mine in Alexandria Missouri but I heard MDOT wanted to build a highway over it..think it was called Sheffler mine. I would like to know if anyone knows of places to go hunt for Geodes, or Quartz Crystals or even beautiful agates. I live in Kansas City Missouri in "Clay" county..the name Clay tells you there isn't much to hunt for around here. I recently bought 20 geodes from a lady in Liberty Kentucky. They have yet to arrive. I am also trying to figure out the best way to cut them without destroying them..and then ways to clean and shine. I am new to all this. I have collected rocks all my life. But now I am getting even more interested. Thanks so much for any help you can give.
Trevor
 #2 
I don't have much experience with geodes but from what I've seen on TV they are normally cut open with diamond saws. If you don't know anyone with their own diamond saw maybe you could contact a local college with a geology department or a jeweler who could cut them for a price.
Wayne
 #3 

Well Sherri... you're in luck! (hey "E", your phones ring'n!)

While we wait on Everett to answer, go to the "MISSOURI" field trips, located at "McROCKS FIELD TRIP REPORTS"(first link at bottom of each page), I think you'll like what you see!
Trevor
 #4 
Looks like most of the little ones were cut with a diamond saw and the larger ones appear to be carefully split open.

I would love to go out and look for some of those giant geodes. some of those looked large enough for my dog to fit inside. I think that picture of the geode with the 2 1/2 inch calcite crystals is the coolest geode I've ever seen.
Wayne
 #5 

You can go back through the old message board pages and look for
any message that has "Geodes" in the title. I think you'll find many answers to questions you might have?

Best at ya!
Everett
 #6 
Hi Sherri,
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I’ve been working 2 pm till 2 am with no sight of relief. I haven’t been checking the board like I normally do because I DO NEED my beauty sleep as the gang here will attest to.

Your questions are long ones so here it goes……

First off, I’ve spoken with Tim Sheffler about his intentions for the rock shop. They are rebuilding right down the road from where the original shop was located but on MO highway 61, which should be open late this year or first thing next year. With this option out for the mean time, check out the following places:

Jacob's Geode Shop and Mine
823 East County Rd 1220
Hamilton, IL 62341
(217) 847-3509

Or
Dennis Stevenson Geodes
625 S. 18th St. • Hamilton, IL. • 217.847.2952 or 309.337.3089

Any road cuts in the area can and do produce geodes, it’s a matter of just getting out and looking. Also creeks in the area can be just full of them too.

OK,
The opening the geodes question is one of the hardest to answer. It all depends on what you prefer. If you like nice and neat sawn geodes that you can polish you would use a rock saw to cut them. Rock saws can get very pricey and you run a chance of cutting through any crystals that go through the center of the geodes.
Myself I use what is called a soil pipe cutter (for cast iron pipe) which I bought off eBay and a pretty cheap price. This will allow you to break open from golf ball sized geodes to huge 12 inch monsters. See this link:

Click Here

Cleaning is depending on what needs cleaned off them. If they are rust stained super iron out or Oxalic acid will work best for you. Most of the time just a stiff brush and water will work. Try not to use very hot water as it can thermally shock some minerals into cracking apart.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!!!

E
E
 #7 
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Jack
 #8 
      hey i need to know a place to find geodes two and i also live clay mo. do you know any?
J,
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