Experience the thrill of opening your own geode and being the first person to glimpse the crystal treasures inside. We sell whole, (unopened, unbroken) geodes of several types allowing you to do just that. You never know what will be inside. You can either crack them using a hammer or we can pre-crack them with a specialized geode cracking device that will create a clean break with a much lower chance of damage. Just let us know in the order instructions whether you want us to pre-crack them or not.
It's recommended that you ask us to pre-crack your geode using a specialized geode cracker which is much less likely to cause damage to the crystals inside. We'll rubber band the two halves so you can still be the first to look inside.
If you want to crack them yourself, the best method is to use a hammer and chisel. First, score the geode all the way around the circumference of the geode with the chisel. It's suggested that you use a flat-faced chisel and not the pointed type, because the force from a pointed chisel will be directed over one spot versus over a larger area. Continue this process until you see a crack develop in the geode, and then follow the crack around the geode until it opens. Begin lightly at first and then strike harder if a crack is not developing.
You can also place smaller geodes inside of a sock and hitting them with a hammer. This protects the person breaking them and bystanders from any flying debris. This is a recommended method if smaller children are around.
Here is a video clip of us cracking a large Keokuk Geode with the geode cracker.
Washington state has now joined over a dozen other states to put in place “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders. While we agree this is the correct course of action, it will have a substantial impact on our business. It effectively shuts down much of our company for several weeks.
We will continue taking orders on our website and we will have a single staff member at our warehouse to facilitate shipping of these new orders. Depending on the order volume this may mean that we do experience some shipping delays, particularly with large or fragile items that require more packaging time.
These shutdowns are particularly devastating to all small businesses who don’t have significant cash reserves and rely on constant cash flow to pay their fixed expenses (payroll, rent, loan payments, etc) We hope that you will continue to support us and satisfy your fossil fix during these trying times.