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SL307 Mexican Agate

SL307 Mexican Agate

$25.00

SL307: Mexican Agate – Slab – Unpolished.

The exact type and locality of this agate has not been classified. It is however reminiscent of the less common Laguna Agate. 

Please note, in the last photos, the slab is wet and shot in front of bright light. This is a visual representation of the slab’s translucence, and potential outcome, if polished.

Approximate measurements: LxWxH– between 3 7/8″ and 3/8 ″ x 2 7/4″.

Availability: single slab, exclusive.

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Description

Agates mostly occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or sedimentary rocks, in which a cavity has been filled with silica(Quartz). As groundwater passes through a cavity in the host rock, layers of silica are repeatedly deposited on the interior of the cavity, making the concentric bands agates are known for. Depending on what elements are present alongside the silica in the groundwater, varying colors of bands will be produced. It is very unlikely that you would ever find an exact duplicate of any type of agate, Brazilian or other.

Agate is a unique natural wonder, with no two identical specimens: Each has a different pattern and color. It occurs in various volcanic and sedimentary rocks in nearly all countries on earth, with the most famous gems found in Brazil, India, and Madagascar (e.g., Ball and Burns, 1975; Breiter and Pasava, 1984; Priester, 1999; Moxon et al., 2006; Strieder and Heemann, 2006; Cross, 2008; Götze et al., 2009). Agates consist mainly of fibrous microcrystalline low-a quartz—i.e., macroscopic banded chalcedony (Götze, 2000). Graetsch et al. (1987), Heaney and Post (1992), and Heaney (1995) noted that in agates and other microcrystalline silica phases, low-a quartz commonly forms intergrowths with moganite, a monoclinic silica phase first described by Flörke et al. (1976, 1984) and approved as a new mineral by the International Mineralogical Association in 1999 (Grice and Ferraris, 2000)
Agates are a microcrystalline variety of silica, gener­ally defined as banded chalcedony, but they also contain a variety of other silica polymorphs (Götze et al., 2001). The mechanism of rhythmic bands that produces agate is still not completely understood (Beaster, 2005). A number of explanations have been proposed for this banded texture and the rhythmic segregation of the silica polymorphs (see French et al., 2013). The prevailing hypothesis is that voids in volcanic rock are filled in cycles, from the rim to the center. Silica-rich fluids are believed to have penetrated the rocks through microfissures or infiltration canals. The shape and width of the zones and the general pattern of the agate all depend on the concentration of silica in the fluids, as well as the temperature, pressure, and timing of the fluid influxes. Other elements found in the fluids (Fe, Ti, Mn, and others) affect only the coloration of the agate zones. At the final stage of formation, mainly in the center of the void, idiomorphic quartz of different colors—brown, smoky quartz, amethyst, and rock crystal—can crystallize, sometimes accompanied by calcite, hematite, goethite, barite, and other minerals (Heaney, 1993; Götze et al., 2001; Moxon and Rios, 2004; French et al., 2013).

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 4 × .5 × 5 in

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