Basenite Rough For Sale
Basenite is a pure basalt with no pitting/crystal pockets, crystal inclusions or voids. It is extremely stable with no spidery fractures or fusers. It can be cut with a true accurate slab saw to 1.5mm thin and still be strong. It's used mainly as a black backing for clear agate slabs/cabs that have inclusions such as plumes and Sagenite needles. Putting a black Basenite backing to make the inclusions more intense as seen below, makes a tremendous difference in the over all look of the cabochon. Other uses for Basenite can be for supporting thin opal doublets/triplets, thin slabs, flat cabs, knapping or as a support base for unstable or brittle rocks. Basenite has a gloss finish that easily match's a glossy finished cabochon. I get my Basenite from a special area of the Owyhee desert.
$5 per pound (Minimum Order 5 Pounds)
>$13.50 Medium Flat Rate Box for 5 to 20 Pounds.
>$18.50 Large Flat Rate Box for 25 Pounds up to 40 pounds.