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February 17, 2018
Glorious New Agates from the 2018 Tucson Show
Our month long stay in Tucson, Arizona is almost at an end. But not until you see some of the wonderful new agates I found here after hunting high and low and all over town. It is estimated that there are over 60 venues for rock enthusiasts to peruse in this town during the annual show. I made some great finds and am excited to show you the goods.
December 20, 2017
Czech Republic Agate and Jasper Collection Update
This is a collection recently obtained of agates and jaspers amassed by the late Czech Republic artist Bohumil Vrzal. It has a wide variety of specimens that may be more valuable in Czech Republic but, I am offering them at bargain prices to share these localities and educate about less popular or otherwise unknown agates and jaspers to the agate/jasper collecting community.
Bohumil Vrzal, born in 1940, is widely known in the Czech Republic for his vivid artwork . He passed away in 2014.
November 16, 2017
Munich Show Agates and Polyhedroids Oh My!
The Munich Mineralientage Gem and Mineral Show never disappoints! There were amazing displays this year including a fantastic display of Benitoite specimens which included Benitoite jewelry from the Mike Scott collection. But, that's minerals. Dietrich Mayer had a wonderful display of Chinese Fighting Blood agates that made me drool. I have six of his signed copies of More Exquisite Agates still available. These have been discounted as the covers have very minor scuffing. Please see the listing in this update for details. I found some of the Moroccan agates at this show to be very delightful to the eye and have included some in this update but, the polyhedroid agates I found are off the hook! Wait until you see them, I think you will agree. I also came across a truly marvelous piece of bright red jasper from Namibia you will love! I have some low end pieces that I thought were fun and interesting as well as some high end pieces for you to consider in this update. Lastly, I have decided to offer 20% off on all agates previously offered except for the Lava Cap Thundereggs. So, if it is not in the current update and not a Lava Cap Thunderegg it is on sale for the holidays.Enjoy Gaia's Art.
October 4, 2017
Finally! Denver Show 2017 Agates and Signed Copies of More Exquisite Agates Book
Along with a passel of new agates from the Denver show, I am offering signed copies of Dietrich Mayerís new book ĎMore Exquisite Agatesí. It is a fabulous book with excellent photos and some great stories about different agate localities. I only have 15 copies all signed by Dietrich Mayer. The agates in this update show a lot of diversity. The best agate in this update is one of the best agates I have purchased at any show. It is a killer Chinese agate from the Traditional mine in China. What makes it even more special is that the Chinese government has closed all of the agate mines in Hebei Province until 2022, supposedly for the Olympic Games. So, high quality Chinese agates are now rare and this one is a real beauty. There are several Coyamitos, two different types of Lagunas, a couple of nice Coyamito pseudomorphs, two small Polyhedroid slices and two very unique agatized cactus pieces that remind me of the Majestic Opal agates from Turkey that I have offered in previous updates. There is also a perfect Mozambique agate, a pair of Chubut agates from Patagonia, Argentina, an unusual Condor pair and one pretty Agua Nueva agate. These were the best of Denver 2017 that I could find at 3 different venues. There were some very high end Lagunas available just out of my reach that I hope to make available in the future if people are interested in seeing them.
Enjoy Gaiaís art!
I have 15 copies of the More Exquisite Agates Book by Dietrich Mayer. He signed these at the Denver Gem and Mineral Society Main Show September 2017. I had the pleasure of meeting Dietrich Mayer at the show - when he visited our showroom at the Marriott, when I attended his talk at the main show, and when I purchased the books and he signed them. The photography is fantastic and the variety of agates in the book are amazing! Dietrich Mayer has more than 5500 agates in his personal collection. The cost is $100 per book and shipping charges for domestic addresses is $10. For foreign via Int'l Priority Shipping it is $55.00. Bode publishing is in Germany and may still have unsigned copies if you are in Europe. Only 1000 books were printed.
Email me to order one now : email@example.com
September 4, 2017
For this update I bring you Brazilian agates from the Hauser Collection. Brazilian Agates have been plentiful over the years but this is a nice batch at extremely competitive prices.
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September 2, 2017
Hauser Agate Collection
I am offering the California suite of the Hauser Bed agate
collection of Joel Hauser, the discoverer of the the beds and lifelong
rockhound and lapidarist. I would like to see the collection stay intact,
otherwise it must be sold separately. All offers for all or part of the
collection will be considered.
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August 9, 2017
Fresh Picked Condor Agates from Argentina
This is a special offering of River Crossing deposit Condor agates, Resbalon deposit Condors, El Fondo deposit Condors and Mariela Renee deposit Condors directly from the miner of these deposits in the San Rafael, Mendoza Province area of Argentina. There is amazing diversity in this grouping and all of the polishing was done by myself and a friend in his rock workshop. The nature of the vast majority of condors is that they appear dark until illuminated with good light, preferably LED lighting. I use two small 10 watt photographic LED lights to photograph the agates. So, they appear lighter than they do in natural room light. I have kept the photos from being over lighted to best show their inner beauty. But, if you use a super high wattage LED light, these agates will glow with pastel colors. There are several agates that have healed fractures and fractures you can feel but, they are pretty darn old and have been through who knows what over the centuries. I hope you enjoy this new update. The prices are in accordance with the perfection, near perfection and less than perfection that I see in each of these Condor agates that have finally seen the light of day.
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July 10, 2017
Summer Slices, Theyíre a Weight Conscious Way To Collect Agates
What better way to slim down than with a Laguna, Brazilian or Condor agate slice? That would be in shipping weight rather than actual pounds though. Still, they are beautiful because you can see the light through them and see amazing details under magnification. I provided backlit photos for most of the 20 slices I am offering in July.
Mr. Hauser loved slicing and polishing agates. He had a good eye and with the material he had to work with he did an amazing job of polishing it all. I have a good deal of Brazilian half nodules that are fantastic that I will post another time.
The exciting news, is that I have just purchased a large batch of River Crossing Condors from a private claim of world class quality that I will be bringing to everyone in the fall after I get them all polished and ready to go. Keep an eye out for these, because they are eye candy! Gorgeous colors!And just a FYI, I am running weekly auctions with 10 agates in each auction on the Trinity Minerals auction site of agates from previous updates and they all start at just $1. You can see them at http://www.auction3.mineral-auctions.com. The Dealerís Choice auction runs Wednesday through Tuesday of each week and begins to close at 5:00 pm PDT until ten minutes after the final bid. You can register to bid on any page of the auction site.
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June 28, 2017
Contour Polished Laguna Agates and Czech Republic Agates
This update is full of old time Lagunas probably collected in the 50ís or 60ís by Joel Hauser. The Laguna half nodules with the contour polish are harder to do than a flat polish and show much more dimension in the agate. There are several Laguna slices, some of which look more like modern Lagunas with the excellent banding and some that are more unfamiliar in modern times. I have also added some agates from the Czech Republic that I got as part of a collection. There are some very unique pieces, including a chunk of quartz with agate running through it. And just a FYI, I am running weekly auctions with 10 agates in each auction on the Trinity Minerals auction site of agates from previous updates and they all start at just $1. You can see them at http://www.auction3.mineral-auctions.com. The Dealerís Choice auction runs Wednesday through Tuesday of each week and begins to close at 5:00 pm PDT until ten minutes after the final bid. You can register to bid on any page of the auction site.
Enjoy Gaia's Art!
June 5, 2017
Lava Cap Thundereggs and More!
I have posted Lava Cap thundereggs before but, this batch is the best of the most recent dig in the Little Florida Mountains outside of Deming, New Mexico by Lori Coleman, the miner of these outstanding thundereggs. This group was dug at the 70 foot level and the red skin or shell began to happen at the 30-55 foot level. They fluoresce beautifully under short wave UV light and the red that only showed up in one or two is due to manganese rich calcite in the agate portion of the egg. They show amazing pseudomorphs and large quartz crystals in some of them. These are the best cuts of the new material.
I also have more from the Hauser collection. The Dryhead agates from Montana are getting rarer because the owner of the property no longer lets people in to dig. There are some nice pieces for you to see. I also just got three gorgeous Lagunas from the Alianza claim in Ojo Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico that are beautiful and lastly a whole batch of Baker Ranch thundereggs that run the gamut of agate types from one locality.
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April 12, 2017
The Hauser Collection
While I was in Tucson 2016, I took a side trip to Redlands, CA to see the Joel F. Hauser agate and mineral collection. Several pieces were on display this year at the Tucson Convention Center or the main show as it is known. What I found was an amazing collection of Hauser Bed agates and geodes that Mr. Hauser found himself with his father in the Chuckawalla Mountains near Blythe, CA and off of Wileyís Well Road in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Joel Hauser not only collected Hauser Bed agates, but also Mexican agates, petrified wood, malachite, rhodochrosite and fluorescent material from the Franklin deposit. Joel Hauser was an expert at contour polishing of agates, jasper, malachite and rhodochrosite. It is a freeform, undulating polishing style that adds interest and texture while removing blemishes. I was thrilled to get the agates and jaspers in this collection and I have posted one piece of contour polished Bruneau jasper and a contour polished Opal Deschutes jasper along with several Bruneau slices, Laguna half nodules and three very special Hauser Bed agate/geodes with original artwork in this update. There will be more updates of his contour polished agates as well as some beautiful Laguna slices, Hauser Bed agates, Oregon Blue agates, Baker Ranch Thundereggs and much more. I am most pleased to bring you the Hauser collection dating from the 1930ís through 1970ís.
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April 6, 2017
Englandís Glory! Dulcote Agate Collection
Direct from Somerset, England I am proud to present the most complete collection of Dulcote agates in all their diversity. From solid nodules with amazing patterns and colors to quartz crystal filled geodes to the unusual eye features and orbs. Dulcote agates all have the red to orange hematite coloration with creamy white quartz banding, as you will see in this update which is the largest collection being offered that I am aware of, as most Dulcotes are still in private collections in England.
Dulcotes are the only agates found in England thus, one of their names is ĒEnglandís GloryĒ. They are also called "Mendip Magic Stones", "Potato Stones" and "Bristol Diamonds". "Bristol Diamonds" were named for a local trade in the Bristol area dating back 1632. They are quite rare these days as digging at the quarry or on private property is prohibited. I was thrilled to get this collection and share it with you, my fellow agate lovers.
I have listed them all as pairs except for four single half nodules. They were all well cut and polished with hardly any fractures. Click the link below to view the entire collection of these rare Dulcote agates. To order please email me with the address below.
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March 7, 2017
MORE NEW AGATES FROM THE 2017 TUCSON SHOW !
Itís Raining Agates! Ouch
Yes, we have returned home from Tucson and this is my second Tucson update of all the great agates I could find at all, of the many venues in Tucson. Enjoy the variety of agates in this new update, from all the different localities around the world. Namibia to Mozambique to Australia to Mexico to Argentina and New Mexico. There are still some great agates in my last February 17th update as well.
The Big News is that I purchased the Joel Hauser Collection of agates while I was in Tucson, which was a featured exhibit case at the Tucson Main Show. Mr. Hauser is the finder of the Hauser Beds of Hauser Thundereggs in California. He also collected, cut, polished and displayed in his home museum/showroom many Mexican agates, Brunneau jaspers, plume agates and petrified wood as well as mineral specimens that he liked to polish such as malachite. This collection dates back to the 50ís and 60ís when most of the agates were procured, cut and polished. I will be heading to Redlands later this month to pack up and bring home the collection. I canít wait to dig into it and bring some great agates to you in my April update.
I still need to identify the agates in the old English collection I also bought in Tucson. Very interesting old agates in this small batch, including some nice quartz pieces I may put in the Mineral-auctions.com site. You can register to bid easily if you would like to receive notes about the auctions. I will be updating with the entire collection of Dulcote agates from England next, so you can get a real feel for what the range of Dulcotes look like. Englandís Glory!
I am also looking forward to teaming up with Lori Coleman to offer more of her amazing Lava Cap Thundereggs and Eggzilla Thundereggs. They are from Deming, New Mexico and are really top of the line T-eggs!
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February 17, 2017
NEW AGATES FROM THE 2017 TUCSON SHOW !
Notes from Tucson 2017
Tucson is a big deal! Preparation for the annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show begins before you leave for Tucson from home. Some dealers have even purchased homes and moved to Tucson so they donít have to drive or fly to Tucson and have more time to prepare for the big show! We found a house to rent for this year in Tucson before we left last year. I'd been working for months to acquire enough agates and minerals leading up to this event to make for a good show in Tucson.
We drove for two days to get here in two cars to accommodate all the flats of pretties (next year we are getting a van) and as soon as we arrive, itís On! Meeting with friends, clients, getting an early bird jump at the shows where other dealers may already be set up and getting settled and getting an office set up at the home base. We did a couple of small shows this year from one day to three days each.
Hunting agates! This is a real challenge. There are so many venues in Tucson that I literally plot a course of venues and dealers to visit over the course of 2 Ĺ weeks. I scour the shows and holes in the wall where I have found agates in the past and am happily surprised when I find a new source. I have been working to get my name out in the agate world and I was pleased to be contacted this year with some great opportunities to get great agates for my growing collector base. As I hunt for agates, I tell people that I shop for my guys and gals based on what they like and what they request. Itís not an easy task to find stellar agates with great pictures, patterns and colors with no fractures and find them at prices that wonít break the bank. Agates are indeed getting more popular and many agate dealers think they are mineral dealerís and can ask the big bucks for their agates. Well, in this case I admire longingly and move on. I would happily take orders for high end agates, so if that is something of interest to you email me and we'll make it happen. There are some incredible agates in the higher price ranges though and I hope to offer some of these magnificent agates in the near future. Lagunas, Chinese, Condors, and much more.
I found a very diverse group of agates this year in Tucson and I will roll them out in a couple of updates. I bought a stunning collection of Dulcote agates from Somerset, England and some Lava Cap Thundereggs from Deming, New Mexico that are the first of a steady rollout of great Lava Caps to come in future updates. I just love what I am doing and I hope it shows in the agates I choose, my photography and descriptions of all the diversity Gaia has to offer in the world of agates. Enjoy Gaiaís art!
All the Best!
January 9, 2017
At last a new update of spectacular Montana Moss Agate Rainbow Iris and Larimar slabs from the Dominican Republic that reminded me of agate slices and are gorgeous under LED lighting. Enjoy Gaia's art!s
November 18, 2016
Here is my update of agates obtained at the 2016 Munich Show. Enjoy Gaia's art!
October 13, 2016
This is the second update of agates acquired from the 2016 Denver Show with some gorgeous Agate Creek agates, Coyamitos and more. There are also some newly acquired colorful Moroccan agates. Enjoy Gaia's art!
September 30, 2016
I am proud to present my latest collection of agates from the 2016 Denver Show. There are some remarkable and gorgeous agates in this update. There is also the first of my new stock of stunning agates from a new find in Morocco. Enjoy Gaia's art!
September 5, 2016
I would like to invite you to view my latest update of agates and thundereggs that I got at the Agate Expo in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and the Nowy Kosciol Thundereggs I got at Crystal Days in Lwowek Slaski, Poland this summer. If you see anything you like please email me. We will be heading for the Denver Gem and Mineral Show on the 9th and taking the agates with us to sell at the show but I can still take orders on the road.
September 2, 2016
I am running a special on Facebook of Moroccan agates. Available for One Week Only with Free Shipping, August 31st thru September 7th, 2016. These will not be available after the 7th as they are going to the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. These all are direct from Morocco through a friend who travels there to buy from his sources. Please click Shop Now to see all 66 agates and jaspers and you can purchase directly through Facebook or message me and I can send you a PayPal invoice with your email. I have created this page for those of you who don't use Facebook. If you see an agate you are interested in please email me with email address link below this box.
Enjoy Gaia's art! Thank you,
August 4, 2016
Agates - These are all new agates from my trip to Cedarburg, WI and Poland.
June 27, 2016
Agates - These are all new agates from collections I have recently bought and from my recent trip to Australia.
June 15, 2016
Agates - These are all new agates that I obtained at the 2016 Tucson Show. Agates from Morocco, Australia, Mexico and elsewhere.
Agates - My other available agates