California Agates Page 2

Included here are examples of agates that I feel are a pretty good cross-section of some of the better varieties of material that can be found in the state of California.  The pieces that come from public locations are named, all others are from private locations, some of which I personally discovered.  Specimens that are unpolished are shown wet to better show their colors.

Please be sure to know the status of the land you are  planning to collect on if you are going out to collect in the field. Be aware if it is BLM, State Land, Forest Service, or someone’s mining claim. Whether you agree with it or not, please respect people’s mining claims and collect somewhere off the claim – there are plenty of areas to collect without having to go on to people’s personal claims.

When collecting in California I tend to focus on finding fortification agate in colors of pink and purple – my most favorite type of agates to collect!

New pictures will be added in no particular order. Hopefully, as the gallery grows, all you crazy agate lovers out there will find my collection as interesting and beautiful as I do. Periodically I will include pieces that aren’t agate or jasper, but are noteworthy enough in their own way to be included here.


Barstow, Face Polished Slab
3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″  Chapinite, a brecciated jasp-agate.

Kanan, Face Polished Rough
2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″  Fortification agate with small dendrites.

Wiley’s Well, Face Polished Geode
3 1/4″ x 2 5/8″ x 1 1/2″  A very pretty geode with multiple types of inclusions.

Mojave, Unpolished Nodule Half
3 1/4″ x 2″ x 3″  This is an awesome, large sagenite nodule I collected over 20 years ago when you could still find material like this. It was about 6″ long before I cut it.

San Jose, Unpolished Slab
4 3/4″ x 3″ x 1/4″  A nice piece of old stock Guadalupe jasper.

Horse Canyon, Unpolished Slab
3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 1/4″  Old stock plume & moss agate from a closed location.

Malibu, Unpolished Slab
3 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ x 1/4″  Plume marcasite in agate from a singular small deposit.

Barstow, Unpolished Slab
4″ x 2 3/4″ x 1/4″  Another slab of Paul Bunyon tube agate.

Poke Canyon, Unpolished Slab
4 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ x 1/4″  An extremely rare piece of orbicular jasper from a very old collecting site.

Mojave, Face Polished Slab
4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″  A plume/flame agate that looks like a forest.

Mojave, Unpolished Endcut
4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″  Beautiful flame agate collected many years ago.

Needles, Face Polished Slab
5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″  Blue chalcedony in matrix.

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