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Mineral: quartz
Gem: woodward ranch agate (cryptocrystalline)
Size: 16x28 mm & 16x31 mm & 15x29 mm
Carat: 12 ct & 17.4 ct & 14.1 ct
Cut: freeform cabochon
Origin: Texas
General Info: Agate (achates) was named from the river Achates, now the Drillo, in Sicily, where the stone was first identified. It is cryptocrystalline quartz (micro crystals) usually with a banded pattern (although not always).
Additional Information
The woodward ranch agate is a longtime favorite of many collectors. It is found in south-western Texas not far from Big Bend. It's famous for its plumes with rich red-black coloration. The nodules (called biscuts by the owner) are found thoughout much of the ranch. They are smooth on one side and bumpy on the other, and tend to be somewhat flattened .

All cabs cut by author.