This is a gorgeous slab of Bloody Basin Agate, from the remote mountains of north central Arizona. People have been saying that this material is extinct for some time now, but that is just not true. It sounds good when you are trying to make a sale, but the truth of the matter is that there is still material in the ground. I must admit that there is not a lot of material left in the ground, and what is left is darn difficult hard rock mining in a remote location. Sometimes I think that the most difficult part of mining this seam of agate is not the extraction from the Earth, but getting it down the mountain to the truck.
But I tell you, it is worth the effort. This is by far, the most colorful and beautiful of all the agates in Arizona. The plumes, druzy filled vugs and the wild patterns in this material are well worth the effort.
The slab that I am selling here is part of the haul that I personally brought down the mountain this past May. It has a couple of cracks off to the larger side, but they are close to the edge and will be easy to work around or eliminate. It also has a couple of vugs, but they are beautiful druzy filled sparklers that will make excellent focal points in a cabachon. This material is known for the light porosity in the areas of the yellow plumes, but it's nothing that cannot be worked with. Whether you leave them as is or fill them with Opticon, they are not going to be that big of an issue.
It weighs in at 3.7 ounces or 105 grams.
Measurements are 4.46" X 2.88" X .29" or 112 X 73 X 7.34 millimeters