Agates

this is the natural end – amazing quality

Turkish agate. North Ankara, Turkey. AMAZING. Huge Top eye appeal. Stunning everything: front and back. Super hard and solid with astounding patterns and colors. My guess is that much of this agate replaces sagenite or a similar mineral. 14 by 22 cm mirror-polished face; up to 4 cm thick; three pounds and two ounces.  $350

ABOVE: Condor 1. Museum specimen. Half nodule with a great size and shape for a cabinet piece. I don’t know how you could top the color on this one. The orange spots around the edge are nice accents to a fabulous design. They are evidence of some sort of escape or intake valve. A specimen like this is extra special for all reasons – obviously the color and patterns are other worldly, and the whole thing is perfect – front and back, pleasing all over. 9 by 5.5 cm mirror-polished face; 3.5 cm thick; seven ounces.  $400

ABOVE: Condor 2. Museum specimen. Half nodule with a great size and shape for a cabinet piece. Beautiful colors and patterns in a state of near perfection. In addition to the stunning polished face, the rest is also attractive, including the back side where we can see colors that lie within. Crystal-lined vug, superb condition.  8 by 6 cm mirror-polished face; 4 cm thick; eight point five ounces.  $400

ABOVE: Condor 3. Museum specimen. An all-around perfect half nodule with a nice size and shape. Solid and perfect with attractive gray/blue as the main color theme with red highlights and a classy crystal quartz center. The backside looks like a tiny asteroid and is perfect. Top eye appeal. 80 by 65 cm mirror-polished face; 33 mm thick; eight ounces.  $175

ABOVE: Condor 4. Museum specimen. All of the colors of the rainbow. Beautifully balanced in shape, color, allure, and amazement. One in a thousand are this good. Both the front and back are compelling. The back has the appearance of a tiny asteroid. As perfect as they get and stunningly beautiful. 80 by 45 mm mirror-polished face; 33 mm thick; six ounces.  $750

ABOVE: Condor 5. Museum specimen. Half nodule. Dreamy colors, fabulous concentric banding, nice size, great figure-eight shape, perfect condition, no fractures. It’s a conjoined twin since it appears to be two nodules that came together along the path to becoming an amazing double agate. 8 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 34 mm thick; seven ounces.  $550

ABOVE: Condor 6. Museum specimen. Flawless half nodule with a crystal-lined vug that includes a calcite crystal, all inside tightly banded well-silicified palate of stunning colors, with an interesting and attractive escape tube. The backside is extra nice – it’s fairly smooth and looks like a cool rock. 6 by 7.5 cm mirror-polished face; 5 cm thick; eight ounces.  $375

ABOVE: Condor 7. Museum specimen. Flawless half nodule with fantastic colors and banding. The orange border really makes this scarce set of blue shades stand out. A superior specimen with a hefty rocky backside. 66 by 82 mm mirror-polished face; 5 cm thick; 315 grams.  $225

ABOVE: Condor 8. Museum specimen. Half nodule with a great size and shape for a cabinet piece. I don’t know how you could top the color on this one. The orange spots around the edge are nice accents to a fabulous design. They are evidence of some sort of escape or intake valve. About perfect in all regards. The backside is substantial and offers a view into the colorful interior. 8.5 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 2.7 cm thick; six ounces.  $450

ABOVE: Condor 9. Museum specimen. A gem! Flawless half nodule with a crystal-lined vug that includes a calcite crystal, all inside tightly banded well-silicified face dominated by deep red with a charcoal gray border. The backside is pleasingly smooth and uniform. It’s perfect and gorgeous from any angle. 63 by 53 mm mirror-polished face; 34 mm thick; six ounces.  $300

ABOVE: Condor 11. Museum specimen. Whole Condor agate nodule, cut in half with each face mirror-polished. It’s nice to have a whole original agate nodules when both halves are as nice as this. Amazingly perfect with a bluish center within alternating grays and tans all bordered by red/orange. The exterior is attractive with that space rock look. 71 by 38 mm and 64 by 35 mm mirror-polished faces; both halves together are 9 cm across; nine ounces.  $150

ABOVE: Condor 12. Museum specimen. Half nodule with an exquisite polished face banded in a multitude of colors. Perfect face and the back is pretty nice too. 93 by 47 mm mirror-polished face; 38 mm thick; six ounces.  $75

ABOVE: Condor 13. Museum specimen. Half nodule that I see as a tiny volcano. What do you see? It’s a stunning gem of an agate. Perfect face and the back is pretty nice too. Close to an equilateral triangle with sides of 55 to 60 mm. 28 mm thick; three ounces.  $100

ABOVE: Condor 14. Museum specimen. Great little half nodule that is a killer from any direction Perfect, beautiful face and super-cool asteroid exterior.  4 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 38 mm thick; four ounces.  $75

ABOVE: Condor 15. Museum specimen. Nice little half nodule with lovely, banded colors and a quartz crystal center. The exterior is attractive and distinctly reveals the agate-nature within. Perfect. 4.5 by 6.5 cm mirror-polished face; 33 mm thick; four ounces.  $55

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