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« on: February 12, 2016, 08:02:39 am »

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/JamesDFarrow/NATURAL%20AGATE.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2016, 04:10:08 pm »

Are you sure that is agate and not chert?
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 04:17:18 pm »

The place on-line has it on their web site described as Agate Natural.

I have seen numerous names for agate but not Natural Agate.
Was hoping someone here knew what that meant. Or maybe
they mean some kind of regular Agate (if there is such a thing)
that's not dyed or treated or whatever.

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 04:37:15 pm »

Looks like chert to me too.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2016, 07:01:59 pm »

Looks like nondescript chert/chalcedony. True agate has banding and the term is also used for a lot of chalcedony with inclusions like miss and plumes. This doesn't appear to have either.

It somewhat resembles chert from Ohio (Flint Ridge) but could have come from elsewhere as well. Or it could be a mixed bag from various places.

I'm guessing natural means untreated. Of course depending on the seller that may or may not be true. I've seen obviously dyed stones advertised as natural. Maybe the dye is natural coloring?

Are you thinking of buying it to tumble?

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2016, 07:21:34 pm »

No, the place is asking to much for a kilo of it.

Was just curious.

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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2016, 06:45:50 am »

There are other pictures of the stuff.

https://www.stonebridgeimports.com/agate-natural-chips-large-1kg-bag-1-1-2-to-3-8-to-20-pieces-per-bag/

Hope it's  O.K. to post links to vendors.

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2016, 10:42:48 am »

Chunks or chips of Natural Brazilian Agate.  This would be my guess, since that is what the seller says on his listing.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2016, 01:49:07 pm »

Yikes - $18/LB for chips. Caveat emptor indeed.
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2016, 02:32:12 pm »

$18.00 CDN which is about $13.00 US with about a 30% exchange rate.

Still to much.

They have some deals that are not to bad. Got some
yellow jasper for $14.00 CAD a kilo which is about $5.00 US
a pound. Not bad for here in Ontario.

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