Posts tagged ‘New Mexico’

New New Mexico

A selection of new locations and new specimens from New Mexico have been uploaded to the gallery now – a welcom tidy up of that particular page.

South Canyon - IIRC, this is a fairly general location that includes Blue Sky - but not only that and this specimen comes with a tag of nearby. The same classic New mexico Brown though.

South Canyon – IIRC, this is a fairly general location that includes Blue Sky – but not only that and this specimen comes with a tag of nearby. The same classic New mexico Brown though.

An Agate Canyon specimen. This was a float egg and it is safe to say that i know nothing at all about this location.

An Agate Canyon specimen. This was a float egg and it is safe to say that i know nothing at all about this location.

A First Gate thunderegg showing some nice flowbanding.

A First Gate thunderegg showing some nice flowbanding.

Bear Mountain Beauty

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Bear Mountain, New Mexico is not a new location on the gallery, but this is the first time I have managed to track down specimens of any real quality that demonstrate what the location is capable of.  These two specimens demonstrate some interesting, not to say beautiful mineral growths and some nice mocha coloured agate.  Click here to visit the New Mexico gallery.bearmountain02

Radium Springs

thunderegg359smI like to keep a regular scattering of american stones in my posts here since I KNOW that is what a lot of people want to see.  Fortunately, there seems no end of new locations from the continent.  This is actually a bit more than ‘just’ a new location though because it is one I have been looking for for a very long time.  Radium Springs – as american a name as you could expect to find, and coming from somewhere north east of Deming, New mexico.  These tend to be large, and the above specimen is about 7 inches.  They also tend to be thin and compressed, a little bit like the larger St Egedien stones.  In the above case it has been cut across the wide plane, revealing as much core as possible, and explaining the stone’s pronounced roundness.  The agate is usually quite simple, sometimes with swirling reds and purples.  The above specimen is largely free from bands though, creating an almost otherworldly looking core with an extraordinary ghostly violet colour.  The beauty is in the details, watching the rough matrix fade down into the depths . . . so look at it large size!  There are some tiny dentrites/snowflakes on the left and the hefty intrusion of black mineral is manganese (not radium!).