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A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina
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Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:07 pm ]
Post subject:  A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

This evening at Thanksgiving, I was shown a very unusual geode
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This picture was taken outside and the reflection of tree branches are on the left. The smoky outer chalcedony is crazy fluorescent with LW and SWUV.....

The agate walls are a translucent, smoky chalcedony with inclusions of fine red hematite lines. De Los Santos says the Crater agate is strongly green-fluorescent due to uranium salts.

Author:  stairman [ Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

that's quite an unusual looking agate..beautiful

Author:  Hans Durstling [ Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Hmmm. Might be fun to lay it down on photographic paper and see if it'll do an autoradiograph.

Cheers
Hans Durstling
Moncton, Canada

Author:  cascaillou [ Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

beautiful, love the colors. I need a new ash tray, that will do :lol:

Author:  Stephen Challener [ Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

cascaillou wrote:
beautiful, love the colors. I need a new ash tray, that will do :lol:

Ugh. I just got a mineral sample which the seller must have used as an ashtray. It stinks horribly of cigarette smoke :|

Beautiful agate, though! I've never seen one quite like it, or even much like it.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

I did a Google Search for the material. Although this is the first example I've seem, it is not unique:
CLICK HERE!

Author:  condoragatemines [ Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Crater agate half nodule, full skin. Green color fluorescent under UV light short wave. Stunning botryoidal center.. Argentina

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Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Otherworldly!
Love this stuff.

Author:  Stephen Challener [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

There were a few beautiful displays of this material at Tucson. Truly stunning.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Did you catch prices?

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

I did a search for Patagonia agates and came across several specimens like this from Argentina labeled:
Pink Amethyst. Do you think the xls are actually pink?
Have you seen this stuff before?

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Author:  Stephen Challener [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Yes, I purchased some loose crystals last year. They have a light amethyst base color with finely included hematite, yielding a very pleasing pink color. They were trying to make a really big deal of them, but it doesn't seem to have stuck--a bit of a shame since they're quite nice.
I didn't catch prices on the agates unfortunately. It's not something I can get for my business and I could tell they were out of range for my personal buying.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Thank Stephen.
I bought one for my collection.
Not the one I originally posted, but this one. It's a wee specimen but it was 1/2 price of the other one:

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Author:  Stephen Challener [ Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:39 am ]
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It really is nice stuff, and I think it will eventually be valued accordingly. As-is, I got a bunch of single crystals to make pendants--they haven't sold as fast as I'd like but they look nice so I don't mind that much.

Author:  condoragatemines [ Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Crater Agate from Patagonia, Argentina

Crater agate 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" with botryoidal center, fluorescent under UV light short wave, from Chubut Province, Argentina.

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