Hidden gemstones

Okay, so they're probably not gemstones, but I discovered some really beautiful rocks in my yard yesterday.


Quite a bit of effort was involved in finding these, but I'm glad I noticed -- it would have been easy to miss them.

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Take a look at a few first, then I'll explain where I found them.











These beauties have been right under my feet all along -- they're in the concrete of my driveway!

In a few of the shots you can see a shiny metal circle, which is the metal mesh that is embedded in the concrete. I'm pretty certain they don't use such beautiful aggregate in concrete mixes these days (my driveway is about 40 years old) but I guess it depends what's available and what part of the country you're in.

I wish I knew something about geology so I could identify some of these, as I've always loved pretty rocks.


I'll explain what's going on with the concrete in tomorrow's post, but I wanted to share the beauty before I got into the details.

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Bom  – (February 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM)  

How keen of you to notice. At first I thought it was some sort of marble. I would never have guessed concrete, in a driveway no less.

Gerhard Bock  – (February 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM)  

Wow, I should look at our concrete. I doubt it harbors the same treasures. It's just bluish gray aggregate. But I love finding beauty where you least expect it!

Mark and Gaz  – (February 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM)  

Im pleased to say I recognised where they were straight away. We have been cutting concrete recently with an angle grinder as part of our big garden pond project and you see the stones cut straight through. I have to agree they do look good!

Lancashire rose  – (February 7, 2012 at 9:22 AM)  

Amazing- I know ours won't look like that. All the pebbles are rounded. Yours look as though they have been polished down because the surfaces are all flat with scratch marks across them. Maybe they used to do that years ago. No such luck today.

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (February 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM)  

L. rose: that's because I used a concrete saw to cut these sections out. :-) The next post newer than this one talks about the project.

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