Last year In Tucson I got some specimens of druzy azurite from Morocco. Some show malachite as well. Here are four focal beads I just made using that material... Prices are $48, $78, $68, and $72 for the heart. All have 2.5mm drill holes.
These focal beads were all made with material from the same piece of rough, which was found somewhere here in the Pacific Northwet. It's a porphyry and what we're seeing is basiclally feldspar crystal clusters included in a black basalt. When the clusters look like flowers it's called Chrysanthemum Stone and when they look like more random it's usually called Chinese Writing Rock or Calligraphy Stone. All better marketing names than porphyry! These will be listed soon, in the $30-$40 range, but if you're interested and direct message me BEFORE they get listed, I'll let any of them go for $25...
I'm back to experimenting with making videos of my beads. Here's one I made of an Australian Opal focal bead I made last year. My brother Jim gave me the rough I used for this as a gift for my 50th birthday. Here's a link to the listing for it.... 86ct Coober Pedy Australian Opal Shield Focal Bead 57x31x8 (7975)
The newest batch! Rough came from a contemporary Ford truck factory paint shed. Here are pics of front, back, and the rough I used to make them.