New Mexico

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 New Mexico, most of which I personally field collected.  The pieces that come from public locations are named, all others are from private locations.  Specimens that are unpolished are shown wet to better show their colors.

When collecting in New Mexico I tend to focus on finding fortification, snowflake, and tube agates.

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.


Apache Creek, Unpolished Specimen
5 1/2″ x 4″ x 1″  Tube agate formation.

Catron County, Face Polished Nodule
4″ x 3 1/2″ x 3″  Fortification & tube agate.

Apache Creek, Face Polished
2″ x 1″ x 3″  Druzy covered double agate tubes.

Baker Ranch, Polished Slab
3 1/4″ x  2 1/4″ x 1/4″  Fortification agate with chromatography.

Catron County, Face Polished Nodule
2 1.2″ x 1 1/2″ x 2″  Fortification pattern & spherules suspended in agate.

Reserve, Rough Slab
3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″  Plume agate.

Apache Creek, Face Polished Nodule
2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 2″  Fortification pattern with snowflakes & parallax.

Baker Ranch, Face Polished Thunderegg
  3″ x  1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″  Fortification agate with chromatography.

Apache Creek, Face Polished Seam Agate
  3″ x  2″ x 1 1/2″  Plume agate.

Catron County, Face Polished Nodule
3″ x 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″  Fortification, snowflake, & waterline agate.

Apache Creek, Unpolished Slab
4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1/4″  Fortification with tube cut as a bullseye.

Catron County, Face Polished Heel
7″ x 2″ x 1″  Fortification, snowflake, & tube agate.

Reserve, Dome Polished Rough 
2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 4″  Plume agate.

Carlisle, Face Polished Slab
4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1/4″  Dendritic/plume agate.

Baker Ranch, Face Polished Thunderegg
3″ x 3″ x 3″  Geode with stalactites.

Catron County, Unpolished Facecut Rough
5″ x 4″ x 3 3/4″  Fantastic tube agate with sparkling druzy pockets. This is one half of a large  chunk I found.

Apache Dendritic Rhyolite, Polished Slab
8″ x 8″ x 1/4″  Dendritic rhyolite with nice maroon plumes.

Amethyst Scepter Quartz Crystal Specimen
4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1 1/4″  Lovely amethyst quartz scepter crystal from Brushy Mountain.

Central New Mexico, Unpolished Slab
4″ x 3 1/4″ x 1/4″  Agate with large sagenite sprays.

Central New Mexico, Rough Specimen
5″ x 3″ x 3″  Rough sagenite agate as found in the field.

Apache Creek, Unpolished Slab
4″ x 3″ x 1/4″  Fantastic agate with tubes, banding, & snowflakes.

Apache Creek, Rough Specimen
2 1/2″ x 1 1/8″ x 1/4″  This is an awesome complete tube specimen that looks like little fingers.

Apache Creek, Face Polished Endcut
3″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″  Fortification agate with unusual pink color from this location.

Catron County, Unpolished Slab
3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ x 1/4″  A nice piece filled with green moss, stringers, & small fortifications.

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