(Trial cover for first volume...revised later)
(Modified July 9th, 2012 - Resetting links and new release: California)
The 3rd 2012 Agate Index is ready! California is over 270 pages long with hundreds of colorful photographs provided by a couple dozen collectors and dealers. I have also reset all previous 2012 volumes with download links. I do not plan on taking time to do any of the 2010 volumes again, though the files still exist. All will be replaced in the next couple months with updated 2012 volumes.
2012 Vol 3 - California (110 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?9up5qxv0of3rl89
2012 Vol 2 - Northwest (80 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?12m6sn69h2t08ik
2012 Vol 2 - Southwest (56 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?odzmygviwc8i4ry
Here are the links to the "Artists in Agate" Portfolios I've created.
They show the best of the best from people on this site:
Steve Haynes - Lakers (7 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?aa6g0va3a2akj6e
Dan Heuer - The Lapidary Alphabet (15 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?urxhkguex6z9czd
Dan Heuer - Rare Earths (8 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?2ops91rwrasrkcl
Bob Rush - Brazilians (15 MB)http://www.mediafire.com/view/?si5h5ck842las0y
Presently I plan on having all these files on two or three platforms for download.
1) 4shared.com -- this website has not been infected with a virus and has been reliable since the beginning of this project. The downside is you need to create an account (tho extremely easy) and the download times are fairly slow. The upside is that you will be able to access all the files I've created once you join.
2) MediaFire (yes the same mediafire that had the virus problem over the summer) Presently there does not seem to be any virus issues with the site, and it doesn't require a membership. It also has faster download times. Mel used this source to download his copy for editing purposes.
3) The last method is by mail. I will be putting together a list of people who would like to receive a copy in the mail. That person would copy files from the disc or stick and then send it on to the next person on the list. The disc would contain all the files created up until now.
This project started in February 2010 and since then, with the help of many many people, we've been able to put together a first edition of 11 databases for material across the country that collectively have been downloaded over 3000 times. We are now putting together a more comprehensive 2nd edition.
Please note: These indexes can be shared with friends and clubs for free. There is no cost to pass along these download links to other people who may not know about them.
The American Agate/Jasper Index is designed to be a database of material found in North America. The main goal of this collection is to aid people with identification of specimens as well act as a visual guide to quartz gem materials. Each index will focus on a different region. These are designed to be downloaded for free and are created from photo submissions by rockhounds across North America. Updates will occur periodically as new material is submitted here and via email. (PLEASE submit new material!!!!)
To download a file, click on the desired link, then hit the download button. The PDF file will load at that point.
THE OLDER VOLUMES ARE STILL AVAILABLE, BUT WILL BECOME OBSOLETE WHEN THE NEW 2012 INDEXES ARE COMPLETED. THE 2010 VOLUMES ARE PRIMITIVE IN COMPARISON.
FOR NOW I WILL LEAVE THEM UP FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN SEEING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD VOLUMES AND THE NEW.
The Artists in Agate series is listed at the bottom of this message.
We hope you find these files interesting and helpful.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed and commented and downloaded these files. They are for you.
Lowell and Mel
Artists of Agate Portfolios
There is so much great material being put on this site and only so much the Agate/Jasper Database is able to publish; I thought there ought to be a way of gathering together the images of individuals for downloading. I approached three individuals - NorthShoreRocks(Steve Haynes), Bobby1 (Bob Rush), and HighPlainsDrifter (Dan Heuer) about doing portfolios of their work. All three gave me permission to pursue this new project (which actually is less work than the index...)
All three of these people have both wonderful material and excellent photography skills. I hope you enjoy looking at their work. Please tell them what you think.
The downloading is the same as the index -