California

Included here are examples of agates that I feel are a pretty good cross-section of some of the better varieties of material that can be found in the state of California.  The pieces that come from public locations are named, all others are from private locations, some of which I personally discovered.  Specimens that are unpolished are shown wet to better show their colors.

Please be sure to know the status of the land you are  planning to collect on if you are going out to collect in the field. Be aware if it is BLM, State Land, Forest Service, or someone’s mining claim. Whether you agree with it or not, please respect people’s mining claims and collect somewhere off the claim – there are plenty of areas to collect without having to go on to people’s personal claims.

When collecting in California I tend to focus on finding fortification agate in colors of pink and purple – my most favorite type of agates to collect!

New pictures will be added in no particular order. Hopefully, as the gallery grows, all you crazy agate lovers out there will find my collection as interesting and beautiful as I do. Periodically I will include pieces that aren’t agate or jasper, but are noteworthy enough in their own way to be included here.

Enjoy!

Bullion Mtns., Face Polished Slab
5″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/4″  Plume agate from a closed location.  This material was dug in the 1940’s.

Malibu, Rough Heel Cut
3″ x 2 3/4″ x 1″  Flower marcasite in agate.

Mojave, Face Polished Nodule
4 1/2″ x 4″ x 2″  Fortification with snowflakes & parallax.

Acton, Face Polished Slab
1 1/2 ” x 1 1/2″ x 1/16″  Iris agate.

Acton, Face Polished Nodule
2 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ x 2″  Sagenite inclusions in agate.

Graham Pass, Face Polished Nodule
3″ x 2 1/2″ x 2″  Banded snowflake agate.

Mojave, Face Polished Nodule
2 1/2″ x 2″ x 2″  Unusual moss/plume agate.

Horse Canyon, Face Polished Nodule
3″ x 1 1/4″ x 2″  Nice mossy stringers in a light pink agate.

Horse Canyon, Face Polished Slab
4″ x 2 1/2″  Old stock plume, moss, and waterline agate.

Wingate Wash, Face Polished
8″ x 4 1/2″ x 4″  Plume agate, closed location.

Barstow, Face Polished Slab
4″ x 2 1/2″  Paul Bunyon tube agate.

Malibu Marcasite, Dome Polished Nodule
3″ x 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″  Plume marcasite in agate.

Palo Verde, Face Polished Rough
8″ x  2 1/2″ x 7″ Large rough chunk of Paisley agate. This location is closed.

Mojave, Face Polished Nodule
2 1/4″ x 1″ x 2″  Moss and waterline agate.

Palo Verde, Polished Slab
3″ x  2 1/2″ x 1/4″  A beautiful example of old stock Paisley agate.

Mojave, Face Polished Slab
4″ x 2″ x 2″  Plume/flame agate.

Mojave, Dome Polished Nodule
3 1/2″ x 1″ x 2″  Old stock Mojave Blue banded agate.

Mojave, Face Polished Slab
4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″  Plume/flame agate.

Mojave, Face Polished Nodule
3″ x 2″ x 3″  Fortification, moss, druzy, and waterline agate all together.

Calico, Face Polished Slab
6″ x 1 1/2″ x 1/4″  Plume agate from a rare location that was excavated decades ago.

Needles, Face Polished Slab
5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″  Blue chalcedony in matrix.

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