Experience the thrill of opening your own geode and being the first person to glimpse the crystal treasures inside. We sell whole, unbroken/uncracked 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.
Christmas is rapidly approaching. For US customers there is still time to place orders and have them arrive in time for x-mas. For International customers only expensive, expedited shipping methods will be able to get them there in time.
While we are continuing to get most orders shipped out within 1-2 business days we CANNOT guarantee any delivery times. Delivery delays are very common this time of year as shipping volumes increase. We have no control over these delays.
The dates below are the cutoffs based on carrier provided transit times.
UPS Ground: Friday, Dec 14th
USPS First Class: Tuesday, Dec 18th
USPS Priority: Wednesday, Dec 19th
UPSP Priority Express: Thursday, Dec 20th
These are based on all US locations, it may be possible to receive shipments faster to areas of the country closer to are warehouse. Please contact us if you have any questions.