A visit to Dallas Road, the birthplace of Dallasite

Well, not the birthplace, but the place it was first discovered and after which it was named. Dallas Road is in Victoria on the south end of Vancouver Island. My girlfriend and I had a kitten-delivery trip to Victoria this weekend and made sure we stopped for a quick rockhound before the 5pm darkness.

Dallasite, inside and out

Here’s what Dallasite, our lovely British Columbian jasper of green, white and black, looks like rough on the outside and then cut up to reveal the inside.

A rough piece of Dallasite that's been slabbed on one half. Notice the brown and dark weathering.

A rough piece of Dallasite that’s been slabbed on one half. Notice the brown and dark weathering.

And here's that dallasite rock with the slabs showing. You wouldn't have guessed it was green on the inside!

And here’s that dallasite rock with the slabs showing. You wouldn’t have guessed it was green on the inside!

Dallasite showing the rough rock and cut side. There's a translucent vein running through it.

Dallasite showing the rough rock and cut side. There’s a translucent vein running through it.

That’s all for today. These pictures and rock are thanks to Tommy Lay, who was generous enough to slab and cab some Dallasite for me.

Dallasite and Flowerstone cabochons and slabs

I received an early Christmas present from Tommy Lay, this fantastic lapidarist I connected with on a rock tumbling website.

He was ridiculously generous. I opened the box with my mom and grandma and we were all oohing over every piece.

Dallasite and Flowerstone cabochons and slabs from Vancouver Island, by Tommy Lay.

Flowerstone and Dallasite cabochons and slabs from Vancouver Island, by Tommy Lay. The wire wrapped Dallasite cabochon is sterling silver.

I had inquired about getting some of my Dallasite and Flowerstone cabbed and slabbed (as they say – made into cabochons and cut into slabs), but my two precious rocks here aren’t well known so we wanted to see if they could be worked well first. Turns out, they sure can.

Wire wrapped Dallasite cabochon, a Vancouver Island jasper.

Wire wrapped Dallasite cabochon, a Vancouver Island jasper, sitting on a slab of Dallasite.

This isn’t even half of what I got from Tommy, but these are the pieces for my lovely girlfriend. Tommy was kind enough to do a sterling silver wire wrap of a Dallasite cabochon, which I had never even asked for, to give to my girlfriend. I will post the other slabs and cabs soon.

A cabochon and slab of Flowerstone from Vancouver Island.

A cabochon and slab of Flowerstone from Vancouver Island.

I am basking in the glory of having rocks I picked up turned into this sort of beautiful jewellery. I know one thing now: I want a lot more!