Lucin Variscite

Lucin Variscite

Variscite from Lucin, Utah has a nice green color and is usually found in a greyish matrix.

The combination of the variscite and the matrix gives it a beautiful distinct look.

We were fortunate to come across this 10 lbs piece of Lucin Variscite at a rock shop near Zion National Park in southern Utah.

One side of the stone shows a well worn surface indicating that the variscite should be quite hard and should not require any stabilization.

Lucin Variscite
A nice 10 lbs piece of Lucin Variscite purchased from a rock shop near Zion National Park.

Fantan Agate

Fantan Agate

We purchase this material many years ago from an old rock shop near Tucson, Arizona.  The rock shop closed many years ago.

The material was labeled “Fantan Agate”.  We have never been able to find any other information concerning this agate.  It appears to be a type of stromatolite.

We would be grateful to anyone that can provide any more information about this beautiful material.

Amethyst Lace Agate

Amethyst Lace Agate

This material comes from Mexico.  This Amethyst Lace Agate came from a very old collection and is now quite difficult to obtain.

It is quite lovely with bands of pink and purple.

There is another material that is not nearly as beautiful or as high a quality that goes by the same or similar name however they are two completely different types material.

If you’re fortunate enough to find any of this beautiful material you may wish to purchase it before it’s all but gone.

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Amethyst Lace Agate

White Tiger Stone

White Tiger Stone

We purchased some of this wonderful material at the Love the Art gallery in Beaver, Utah.

From what we understand the owners of the gallery are also the owners of the White Tiger Stone claim.

White Tiger Stone resembles Zebra Marble which is also found in Utah however the White Tiger Stone appears to be harder and have darker blacks and whiter whites than Zebra Marble.

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Utah Rainbow Jasper

Utah Rainbow Jasper

Utah Rainbow Jasper often has areas that would be considered agate.  It is sometimes referred to as a jasper/agate or “jaspagate”.

While the main colorations are brown, red and orange, it may also display yellow or green.

mossy inclusions similar to those found in moss agate may also be found in this beautiful jasper.

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Although this beautiful material is called a jasper we found a 12 lbs piece that was mostly agatized when we went on our latest trip to Zion National Park.  Below are a few images of that stone.

Can’t wait to slab this one out!

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12 lbs piece of Utah Rainbow Jasper showing lots of agate.

Utah Rainbow Jasper

Utah Rainbow Jasper

Oregonite

Oregonite

This is an extremely rare orbicular jasper comes from the Illinois River district in Josephine County, Oregon.

Oregonite is similar in appearance to Kinradite Jasper that comes from Marin County, California.  The appearance is so similar that Kinradite is sometimes called Oregonite.

The material is somewhat fractured however it is a real pleasure to work with and takes a great polish.

Indian Blanket Jasper

Indian Blanket Jasper

Indian Blanket Jasper comes from Enterprise, Utah.  This beautiful jasper should not be confused with Indian Blanket Stone which a completely different material altogether.

Indian Blanket Jasper varies considerably and may be made up of chert, jasper, agate or opalite.

Most of this material is not high enough quality to be used for lapidary purposes and is mostly used for landscaping rock.

There is a very small percentage of this beautiful jasper that is lapidary grade, some of which is absolutely fabulous.

Rumors abound that this material is now extinct and is no longer available however there may still some of this beautiful material being extracted at this time.

whether it is still being mined or not, high quality slabs of this beautiful jasper is difficult to obtain and may be priced accordingly.

There have been recent reports that a large amount of this material has been sent to China to be cut.

The high quality Indian Blanket Jasper and opalite takes an excellent polish.

Indian Blanket Jasper

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Holley (Holly) Blue Agate

Holley (Holly) Blue Agate

Holley Blue Agate, often referred to as Holly Blue Agate, comes from a location in Oregon that is now posted “No Trespassing” on private land.

Because this beautiful material can no longer be obtained it has become quite expensive reaching several hundred dollars a pound for good material.

Although it is called “Blue Agate”, it is most often more purple or violet in color rather than blue as it’s name would imply.

Holley Blue Agate

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate is found in Northern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua.

The agate contains wonderful banding as the name would imply with colors of grey, yellow, red, orange and even blue.

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate has historically been an inexpensive beautiful agate that has gained some popularity in recent years leading to an increase in price as the demand has increased.

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Tiffany Stone

Tiffany Stone

This beautiful stone comes from the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine west of Delta, Utah.

Tiffany Stone comprises of several minerals including opalized fluorite (purple, blue and white colors), dolomite, manganese oxides (black coloration).  Tiffany Stone is mined for the bertrandite it contains.

Bertrandite contains the mineral beryllium.  The Tiffany Stone, once processed produces only about 1-2 percent of the beryllium for which it is mined.

Beryllium is lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel and is often alloyed with other metals.

This material was once relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to obtain.  We first saw this material about 20 years ago at an old rock shop south of Tucson and we decided we had to have some.

About the same time the material was gaining in popularity.  As the demand for the material was increasing the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine closed its operations to collectors making it difficult to obtain and causing the price of the material to skyrocket.

Fortunately we were able to obtain some very nice “Old Stock” before the cost for the high quality material became prohibitive.

Since we live quite close to the mine location we still come across some of this material at the local rock shops however it’s difficult to find really nice material.

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Sonora Sunrise Chrysocolla

Sonoran Sunrise Chrysocolla

Sonora Sunrise has three main components, Chrysocolla (light blue color), Cuprite (red/orange color), and Tenorite (black). Sometimes there are other minerals found in the material such as Brochantite (green spots).

This wonderful material was mined in the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico between 2007 and 2010. Although poor quality material is still available for sale, the supply of high quality Sonora Sunrise Chrysocolla is believed to have dried up making high quality slabs quite rare.

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