Assorted Favorites I

(Last Modified November 26, 2011)

Agate ID: agate_001
Weight 2.5oz. 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 3/4". This is one of the larger agates I've found at Paradise Beach in the water. Although quartz/Amethyst filled, the outer husk is very rich, very hard and very beautiful. This is a chunk.
Agate ID: agate_002
Weight 0.2oz. 7/8" x 5/8" x 1/2". My Mom found this eye popper on Paradise Beach after I apparently stepped over it. It's our best agate eye ever. The Amethyst on the back side gives this eye a bluish tint in the white ring.
Agate ID: agate_003
Weight 0.5oz. 1 1/8" x 3/4" x 3/4". A beautiful floater egg with a hard blue base. Very unusual, very beautiful. Stones shown are naturally water washed unless specified otherwise.
Agate ID: agate_004
Weight 1.1oz. 1 1/2" x 1 1/8" x 7/8". Twin agates, a red and amber formed so differently in a hard basalt like base. Facinating!
Agate ID: agate_005
Weight 0.1oz. 1/2" x 1/2" x 3/8". Hard white with mustard. Fortication and eyes. Small, but, a deadly combination.
Agate ID: agate_006
Weight 0.2oz. 5/8" diameter. A bright amber.
Agate ID: agate_007
Weight 0.1oz. 3/4" x 1/2" x 3/8". Nice purple with 5/16" eye. Some quartz exposure on the back side, but, the beauty of the eye makes this a keeper.
Agate ID: agate_008
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 3/8". This is a nice nodule. From experience I'd expect a nice beige and light tan painted pattern inside. This one's not quartz filled.
Agate ID: agate_009
Weight 0.9oz. 1 5/8" x 7/8" x 3/4". Most unusual husk with much character. Rich! The ends have been faced polished.
Agate ID: agate_010
Weight 0.5oz. 1 1/4" x 7/8" x 1/2". Stunning. I lost track of the origin of this stone and it may not be Paradise Beach, possibly on St. Croix river Hudson, WI. Face polished.
Agate ID: agate_011
Weight 7 grams. 7/8" x 1/2" x 1/2". Nice snowman. This hard brown variety, often with exposed agate veins is a type I call raisonette. Very hard and very agate-like, but, uniquely different than Lake Superior agates we normally think of.
Agate ID: agate_012
Weight 0.6oz. 1 3/8" x 7/8" x 5/8". A best-in-class nodule. The husk is very solid and complete with no visible flaws. From experience, I'm sure the inside is a fantastic dark painted (creamy) red. Classic Paradise Beach!
Agate ID: agate_013
Weight 0.3oz. 1" x 3/4" x 3/4". A beautiful hard white with mustard on the husk. Concentric tear-shaped lines, polished face. As with all of my favorites, this stone has no offensive fractures.
Agate ID: agate_014
Weight 0.2oz. 7/8" x 5/8" x 1/2". A beautiful hard white with nice fortification pattern.
Agate ID: agate_015
Weight 0.3oz. 1 1/8" x 3/4" x 3/8". An interesting nodule with it's interior exposed. Classic red and light tan of Paradise Beach.
Agate ID: agate_016
Weight 0.5oz. 1" x 3/4" x 3/4". A clean and colorful nodule found about 1 mile from Paradise Beach.
Agate ID: agate_017
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 3/4" x 5/8". This high powered purple agate nodule is still attached to surrounding basalt. Nicely water washed. Attached nodules are unique to Paradise beach and surrounding shorelines compared to glacier carried agates which tend not to have surrounding Basalt.
Agate ID: agate_018
Weight 0.3oz. 1 1/4" x 1/2" x 1/2". "The Spearhead". The Holy Grail of Paradise Beach nodules. It took 12 years to find this one.
Agate ID: agate_019
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/2". Nice lines, polished.
Agate ID: agate_020
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/2". Very attractive translucent with a faint infusion of green on one side.
Agate ID: agate_021
Weight 0.3oz (est. agate only). There's nothing more exciting then finding nature hard at work. This agate has not freed completely from surrounding Basalt. Basalt is naturally water washed, flattened on the bottom so the rock sets right.
Agate ID: agate_022
Weight 0.4oz. 1 1/8" x 3/4" x 1/2". An interesting blue. Unique contrast of black and blue. Pink eye.
Agate ID: agate_023
Weight 0.3oz. 3/4" x 3/4" x 5/8". A very chunky and high quality nodule. Very hard, nice dark red color.
Agate ID: agate_025
Weight 0.3oz. 1" x 5/8" x 5/8". What character this nodule has with eyes and crater eyes! The white eye on the end has been slightly sanded to bring it out.
Agate ID: agate_026
Weight 0.8oz. 1 1/2" x 3/4" x 3/4". A nice sized chocolate nodule with peeling husk to reveal inner red.
Agate ID: agate_027
Weight 0.1oz. 5/8" x 3/8" x 3/8". A nice agate eye. The large eye is 3/8". There are seven little satellite eyes about 1/16" each.
Agate ID: agate_028
Weight 0.4oz. 1" x 3/4" x 3/4". A brilliant agate nodule with a rugged green/red husk.
Agate ID: agate_029
Weight 0.2oz. 1" x 1/2" x 3/8". Rich transparent blue.
Agate ID: agate_031
Weight 0.1oz. 5/8" x 5/8" x 3/8". Nice contrasting lines. Polished.
Agate ID: agate_032
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 3/8". Nice blue fortication.
Agate ID: agate_034
Weight 0.3oz. 1" x 5/8" x 1/2". Unique tubular pattern. The tubes have eroded at a slower pace than surrounding quartz. They stand out.
Agate ID: agate_035
Weight 0.3oz. 7/8" x 3/4" x 5/8". Unique water level lines in this raisonette variety.
Agate ID: agate_036
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/2". "The Ice Cream Cone". Unmatched beauty in the attached nodule class with a hard agate filled Basalt like cone.
Agate ID: agate_037
Weight 0.1oz. 5/8" x 3/8" x 3/8". Nice tubular hard white. The shape reminds me of a fossilized plant stem.
Agate ID: agate_038
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/2". An unmatched snowman.
Agate ID: agate_039
Weight 0.1oz. 5/8" x 1/2" x 3/8". A quality eye through and through. Natural.
Agate ID: agate_040
Weight 0.3oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/2". "The Grand Marais". Found this downtown in the water on the beach there. One of the best examples of fortification and water level lines I have found. This stone has gone through a single tumbling stage (fine).
Agate ID: agate_042
Weight 0.4oz. 7/8" x 7/8" x 3/4". Creamy red and tan interior. Outstanding green outer husk.
Agate ID: agate_043
Weight 0.2oz. 7/8" x 1/2" x 1/2". "The Acorn". Perfectly shaped and nicely balanced nodule. Interesting position of the eye.
Agate ID: agate_044
Weight 0.1oz. 3/4" x 1/2" x 1/2". Excellent blue nodule. The black coloration and eye are very interesting.
Agate ID: agate_045
Weight 0.4oz. 1" x 3/4" x 5/8". Very unique markings on this boob agate. Likely quartz filled.
Agate ID: agate_047
Weight 0.2oz. 1" x 5/8" x 5/8". Here's a sexy agate. Natural. The eye is face polished.
Agate ID: agate_048
Weight 0.2oz. 1" x 5/8" x 1/2". No longer in my possession. The subtle eye on this white nodule is grade A. Although this stone may look quartzy on the inside, it is high grade agate. A beautiful natural shape and balance.
Agate ID: agate_049
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 5/8". "The Bowling Ball". In total there are four craters on this nodule, each perfectly filled with pink.
Agate ID: agate_050
Weight 0.2oz. 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/2". An incredible mustard. The blue eye is outstanding.