Item# A-66
Rio Grande do Sul,

  SIZE: 4 1/2"X 4 1/4"X 3"                    WEIGHT: 3 lbs. 11 ounces

PRICE:  $75.00

Description: Nice, large Brazilian Agate Nodule that has been polished to a mirror luster. The specimen weighs well over 3 pounds and measures 4 1/2 inches across by 3 inches deep. There is a small piece of rind missing out of one corner.
  If you are an Agate collector (like us), you probably know that the vast majority of Brazilian Agate mined today is processed  into slabs, paperweights and bookends in Asia, Europe and the U.S. This material is almost exclusivly of lower quality, as the higher quality Agates do not take acid dyes or heat treatment as well as the lower-grade ones do. Thus, mining operations in Brazil concentrate on obtaining only commercial material for industrial uses and tourist markets, leaving the collector of FINE quality Agates with little to choose from when it comes to Brazil. This Nodule is CHOICE OLD STOCK Purchased in the 1970's by Herb and Helen Ramsey and represents quite well, what Brazil produced during THAT period.

: "The Beauty of Banded Agates" By Michael R. Carlson, 2002