Rancho Coyamito (La Fortuna Claim),
Sierra del Gallego, Mun. de Ahumada,
SIZE: 1 7/8" x 1 1/4"
Description: A monocentric specimen having great banding, duel
osculums and an open, crystal-lined aperture. There is a small amount
of calcite coating the quartz pocket in the left osculum.
This Coyamito agate has been waiting a long, long time to be cut and
polished! During the early 1960's Dana's aunt Pat was a newlywed and
just getting into lapidary as well. Her husband, "Speck" made a
trip to Mexico and ended up purchasing over 45 lbs. of Mexican agate,
90% being Coyamito, Laguna and Monteczuma all in whole nodules. Pat
ended up getting involved in other pursuits and eventually the agate
nodules found themselves lost in her enormous barn, along with many
other treasures. When Dana and I became interested in minerals in 1991,
Pat mentioned to us that she had boxes of agates and "rocks" somewhere
out in that barn and that we should go looking for them sometime.
Needless to say, years and years went by without us looking and the
agates gathered more and more dust. This past summer a major fire
burned through Calaveras Co., and we were forced to evacuate to Dana's
family in Gardnerville, NV. Pat invited us over to look for the agates
and after climbing deep into the dark and dusty upper loft and
following a trail of scattered lapidary supplies, behold, WHOLE
UNGRADED MEXICAN AGATE NODULES! Seeing clean whole nodules by the dozen
was a real thrill and Pat thought we were crazy for getting so excited!
This particular piece was cut and polished in September, 2015.