For the young
or young-at-heart, or for those who remember "The Good Old Days" when
marbles were made of genuine stones, here is a fabulous gemstone marble
made of Volcanic Pumice. These look very nice on display, perhaps
in a potted plant, or a decorative bowl. But their main purpose, of
course, is for playing! Gemstone marbles are stronger and sturdier than
the cheap glass kind. Buy several for yourself, or give a child a taste of when
"Playing For Keeps" really meant something!
[Please allow for natural variations in the stones.]
Tell Me More! This is a marble that didn't have to be cut and polished to get that way--these are naturally occurring! Out from my beloved Utah, Moqui Marbles are orbs of sandstone covered by Hematite. The Hematite weathers to the point where the marble surfaces are rough and light brown. They were discovered by Utah's Moqui natives (hence the name), and are also called Shaman's Stones or Thunderballs. You obviously cannot play marbles with these (or you can, but you won't win), but they are really cool to have as specimens--our only "real marbles"!
- Stone: Volcanic Glass (Pumice)
- Color: Opaque medium brown; rough surface
- Size: Choose from large (19-35mm) or small (10-18mm)