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Blue Tide Agate Rock Slab 40

  • 1995

Blue Tide seam agate from West Java, Indonesia is one of the newest rocks on the market.  The white portion is thought to be calcite while the blue/green plumes are thought to be agate.  These gorgeous plumes are well defined and against the white background are spectacular.

Finishing this material may require extra care and a gentle touch as the white calcite is softer than the blue/green plumes and can be prone to breaking.  The finished cabochons, however, will be exquisite and well worth the effort.

However, some portions that are found can be very brecciated and have a nice fractal look, which creates different design options. One thing to note, much of this material is not very stable and tends to break rather easily, so cutting and cabbing this material can be a challenge.

Origin:  Oregon, US

Dimensions: 1.25" x .5" and approximately 7.1 mm thick.  Weight = 10 grams. 

Shown wet.  Not polished.  No known flaws.

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