Welcome to Patti Polk Rocks - the Rockin Home of Agategrrrl
Welcome to the home of Agategrrrl’s unique and diverse personal agate collection, rock shop, and online store. We have agates with inclusions, jaspers, slabs, cabs, polished specimens, and rock collecting books. We also offer one-of-a-kind handmade BEJEWELED CERAMIC pieces; plus unique glass, stone, and metal art display pieces.
The Agategrrrl Marketplace
Come on in and visit our newly designed online store and browse our exciting new selection of eclectic and distinctive Bejeweled Ceramics pieces – and our great lapidary slabs, designer cabochons, polished collector agate and jasper specimens, and specialty items. We also carry a variety of collectibles that include items such as carnival and EAPG glass, vintage costume jewelry, pottery, paper ephemera, and many other fantastic treasures!
And, last but not least, three of the best-selling rock collecting books worldwide authored by our very own Agategrrrl, Patti Polk.
While you’re here, take advantage of our free Agates Gallery and enjoy a visit to Agategrrrl’s personal agate collections from Arizona, California, New Mexico, and other locations within the U.S. and abroad. Patti is currently in the process of adding a wide variety of agates, jaspers, and other stones from her collection as a valuable reference source online for anyone who is looking to ID an unknown rock, or who would just like to appreciate the different types of beautiful material that Mother Nature has provided so generously for us to admire and collect.
If you are visiting Tucson, Arizona, be sure to contact us if you would like to arrange an appointment to purchase polished agate specimens, slabs, cabochons, rough rock, hand-crafted jewelry, unique art pieces, or author signed books from Agategrrrl directly.
Just who the heck is Agategrrrl? (otherwise known as Patti Polk)
Above all else, I’d like to say that I’m just your basic, garden-variety rockhound who happens to love to collect agates. My favorites are banded or fortification types, especially if they have colors of pink or purple in them. I do appreciate other agates with inclusions too – such as tube, eye, moss, plume, sagenite, and so on. Also, Iris agate – another favorite. The colors are so magical and beautiful!
I’m not a big digger or a commercial collector. I pretty much just surface collect, prospecting and hiking around, picking up beautiful agates as I go. If I come across something really special though, I will bust out the pick & shovel and do a little digging. I’ve been collecting now for well over 20 years, and collecting agates has truly become one of the greatest passions of my life. I love finding, cutting, and polishing the stones that I find, and enjoy making jewelry and art pieces out of many of the agates that I collect. It is all just too much fun for words!
I try to get out and collect as often as time permits, but the collecting season in the desert southwest is severely limited to about 5 to 6 months of the year due to the extreme heat that we have during the brutal summer season. Needless to say, the summers here are best spent cutting and polishing your treasures while you patiently (not!) wait to be able to get back out in the field again in the fall.
I love using my agates and other lapidary material to make mixed-metal jewelry and multi-media art pieces that I sell off and on through through a number of fine art galleries, shops, and gem & mineral shows.
I am a professional author, having written three best-selling books worldwide on the collecting and identification of rocks, gems, and minerals. I am also an artist, dowser, astrologer, web designer, and teacher. I belong to a number of gem and mineral clubs, and often do speaking presentations on the agates and jaspers of the Southwest for many of the gem and mineral clubs in this region. So, have fun checking out some of my favorite personal agate finds in the gallery, and for everything else – have fun looking around!
~ Patti Polk
Agategrrrl out recently collecting a few treasures!
If you would like to learn more about Patti and her experience as a well-known and respected agate collector, be sure to get a copy of Johann Zenz’s brilliant world-class agate identification book, Agates III.
Agates III is the third in a trilogy of agate collecting books, featuring the world’s finest agates, and is a compilation of the world’s top agate collectors.
You can find Patti among the very best of the most prestigious agate collectors in the world, and read a little about how she entered the passionate world of agate collecting, along with photos of some of her favorite pieces.