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.

Enjoy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apache Creek, Face Polished Rough
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Central New Mexico, Face Polished Endcut 
4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1/4″  Dendritic/plume agate.

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

Catron County, Face Polished Rough
3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/2″  Lacy banded agate, very odd for its location.

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.

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