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New Video: The Carver Agate Field Collection

New Video: The Carver Agate Field Collection

Texas Amethyst Agate has compiled a comprehensive video of the amazing diversity and beauty of the rocks of The Carver Agate Field of Far West Texas. All of the rocks in this video were collected, cut, and polished by John L. Carver over a period of 15 years. The cutting and polishing of The Carver Agate Field material is ongoing. The Carver Agate Field was described by my friend, the late geologist and rock enthusiast Bill Halepeska, of Midland, Texas, as “the most diverse, colorful, and unique agate find in Far West Texas since the early 1960’s.” Bill made this observation while exploring The Carver Agate Field with me when Bill was in his early 90’s. At that time, he said that he had been exploring the West Texas agate fields for over 60 years. The photos shown in this video, I believe, conclusively confirm his observation. I hope you […]

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New Carver Agate Field Treasure Trove: Video and Pics

New Carver Agate Field Treasure Trove: Video and Pics

This is the latest joint compound bucket of rocks from The Carver. I have started cutting and polishing this material this week. First up: A rare color (green) agate geode, Rock #5578 A yellow /green/ blue geode, Rock #5572 A yellow banded agate nodule with sagenitic material (on right), Rock #5580 A translucent pink cab with sagenitic inclusions, Rock #5576 Below, you will see a four-band agate cab bordered by green quartz/agate and euhedral quartz, Rock #5569 and #5570, with lava matrix (on right). Click on each image for a larger version. Next, we see a perfect pink/blue/banded agate nodule, Rock #5558, and a cab from the center slab of that same nodule, Rock #5560, which gives a close-up view. Click on each image for a larger version. To my mind’s eye, Rocks #5561 and #5565 below, both from the same perfect pink/blue/beige/yellow agate nodule, represent the most spectacular find […]

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CARVER AGATE FIELD: Winter 2024 Finds and a new Photo Gallery!

CARVER AGATE FIELD: Winter 2024 Finds and a new Photo Gallery!

Following serious health problems in November, 2023, I have this winter gotten back to my ongoing exploration of the stones of The Carver Agate Field of Far West Texas. Be sure to click on each image below to see a larger version! The featured stones above, 5431 and 5432, are free form cabs that really captured my imagination. Here is a close-up of 5431: Rock #5431 Close-up Stones 5434 and 5370 below are red carnelian agates both cut from the same source stone: Stone 5499 is a fancy, free form oddball blue-green agate/jaspagate. The green being the jasper part of the jasp\agate. Stone 5433 is a second stone cut from the same source from which stone 5499 was cut. Stone 5502 is a deeply colored citrine geode with a crystal filled vug leading to/from the ‘fill tube’, so-called by some. Citrine is always difficult for me to photograph. So, the […]

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Carnelian Agate and Sheaves of Wheat

Carnelian Agate and Sheaves of Wheat

Rock # 5370This carnelian agate is a likely candidate for a newly designed piece of jewelry. Rock #5364 Rock # 5364 This reminds me of sheaves of wheat and, when enlarged, shows hollow shaft-like crystals surrounded by agate swirls. While the ‘sheaves of wheat’ in this stone are interesting, they do not make this stone a candidate for jewelry. Rock # 5365What was the formative process that made this ‘mess’? Rock #5373This caught my eye because it is not visually similar to the other ‘stuff’ that I found on The Carver. I don’t know what it is but it is an interesting outlier. Rock #5379 Use your imagination! Isn’t agate great!? Rock #5369 Agate in basalt matrix. Rock #5374This is another cab from the agate in basalt matrix as seen in photo of Rock #5369. This stone looks ‘post-apocalyptic’! I love finding and highlighting the obscurities found in The Carver […]

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Unusual black chalcedony geode and other anomalies

Unusual black chalcedony geode and other anomalies

This is only the second black geode I have encountered on The Carver. This is dense black chalcedony, not basalt. Other photographs shown here are of the cabs which I cut from this black geode. Rock #5343I have never before encountered pitch black chalcedony in a Carver geode. Chalcedony is a micro-crystalline quartz (silica) common in many agates. It can be many colors but is most often translucent or transparent. Pitch black coloration is, from my experience, very rare. Click on the images below to view enlarged versions of this examples. Rock #5336 Rock #5248 Rock #5241 One stone yielded a slab that I turned into this fancy-cut designer free form cab (Rock #5325), as well as stone #5258 below. Rock #5325 Rock #5258 Last but not least. . . This small flat-topped cab features a crystal filled vug and the ‘fill tube’ (term likely not geologically correct) all from […]

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Newest cuttings reveal four agate nodules, one geode, and one fortification agate in a single cabochon! …And many more cool stones

Newest cuttings reveal four agate nodules, one geode, and one fortification agate in a single cabochon! …And many more cool stones

Click on the images below so you can zoom in on the details! Here we go: Rock #5300See enlarged photo below Detail of Rock #5300See four agate nodules, one geode, and one fortification agate in a single cabochon Rock #5291Reminds me of Lloyd Bridges and Sea Hunt — an underwater scene (for those too young to remember Sea Hunt) Rock #5293A fancy free-form agate Rock #5299Looks cracked but it is not. It’s brecciated jasper with silica between the fragments Detail of Rock #5299 Rock #5298My favorite type of stone for cutting — jasp-agate with crystal lined vug Rock #5305The white top and bottom of this stone evidencing another ‘Bullfrog’ agate, named by me Rock #5337Geode in vein agate Rock #5338Designer free form agate cab cut from the above vein agate (Rock #5337) Rock #5308Spectacular flat topped jasp-agate cab with two blue fortification agate inclusions The three stones below — #5317, […]

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Blue Light Refraction

Blue Light Refraction

Rock #5258Light refraction causes electric blue agate I have never seen anything quite like this before from The Carver Agate Field.  The presence of the sagenitic growth seen in this specimen no doubt is largely responsible for the electric blue color.  While the sagenitic golden material obviously is not blue, I believe that it captures certain wave lengths of light that enter the stone, while in this case leaving the blue light wave lengths to refract back out of the stone and make it appear deep blue.  The refraction of light by the internal characteristics of a stone is not unusual—think of diamonds and opals.  On page 27 of his book Gemstones of the World, 1977, Walter Schumann explains as follows: “color is produced by light;  light is electromagnetic vibrations at certain wave lengths.  This visible light falls into six parts, each of a particular color (the spectral colors: red, orange, […]

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Summer Harvest from The Carver Agate Field: 15 Stones

Summer Harvest from The Carver Agate Field: 15 Stones

These beauties show the wonderful and unique geological agate varieties I have been fortunate to ‘happen upon’. This variety is illustrated, once again, by these 15 different stones which I cut in August, while not needing to tend my garden or mow grass. These stones were particularly fun for me because I hit a hot streak of remarkably interesting stones while simultaneously cutting rough material with two separate diamond saws. These beauties seem to appear one after another (sure, I have lots that I cut that go to the reject pile for many various reasons). But, my August work had very little rejected material and kept me busy doing what I really like to do—making stones shiny. Here are the results of my August harvest. To get started: Both of the stones below, #5208 and #5215, were cut from the same piece of rough. Eye popping beauty or just interesting? […]

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More Brand New Geodes from The Carver Agate Field and My Bullwheel

More Brand New Geodes from The Carver Agate Field and My Bullwheel

Through the winter, I have cut many geodes and other cool stuff. You have seen many of the cabs that I have cut and polished but the geodes, while cut open, have not been yet been published here yet. This is because the cabs are small enough to process on my Cabking, but the geodes are in many cases too large for processing and polishing except on my Bullwheel. The Bullwheel Because of the larger size of the geodes, they do not easily polish well on the Cabking, which only has a 2-inch wide polishing surface. The Bullwheel (see photo above) has a 4-inch wide abrasive belt which is much better for the larger specimens. The Bullwheel takes interchangeable 4-inch wide belts in 80, 100, 220, 320, 400, and 600 grits. The polishing of the larger specimens occurs utilizing increasingly finer grits, beginning with 80 and ending with 600 grit. […]

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Paisley Agate?

The winter storms tree damage is all cleaned up, processed to saw logs and split firewood. Three large fires that I lit burned up all the brush. So, I had a bit of time to cut and polish more of The Carver agates. Rock #5171 : Paisley AgateI found it, cut it, and named it The paisley agate was named by me. It is a bit dark for inclusion in jewelry, but I liked it because the pattern reminded me of the paisley so popular in my childhood. Rock #5161 Photo 5161 is a heel grind of a small agate nodule which yielded ‘sunflowers’ in a pretty blue-appearing stone. The blue color of the stone was enhanced greatly from a pale white to the blue that you see due to my photographing the stone on a very foggy Maine day. When photographed in my shop on a sunny day, the […]

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