A wonderful unique Agate is finished in a very artistic way...the outside of the agate is ground down across its rough pitted surfaces. The depth of the grind depends upon the pattern revealed. The surface is then highly Freeform polished to a brilliant shine. The natural faults in the agate have absorbed water and leech minerals have formed dendritic type patterns within these irregularities. Where these agates are found exactly is still a "Trade Secret" from our supplier who got this one from a German Mineral Dealer several years ago. They have an appearance that is a cross between Black Skin Agates, Dendritic Agates, River Agates and Carnelian Agates. Our supplier called this a Picasso Agate...we believe it has the name because of the excellent artistic finish and patterns that were uncovered in the works of natural rock formation.
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Small Free Form Picasso Agate
Picasso Agate we found in a rock shop in Wisconsin
We found this beautiful Agate at a small rock shop in Madison, Wisconsin during our trip to discover the glacial path through Wisconsin.
This specimen weighs 1.92 oz or 0.12 lb (54g) and measures 1.7 x 1.4 x 0.94 inches (4.3 x 3.7 x 2.4cm
XL Free Form Picasso Agate
This extraordinary Picasso Agate is from our personal collection. We obtained this piece from a dealer who bought this from a German Mineral Dealer at the Tucson Show several years ago.
We asked the dealer where the agate came from...she said Germany, that is what the seller told her. This peaked my interest because Idar-Oberstein imported large quantities of agate from Brazil, as ship's ballast around the turn of the 20th century. Idar-Oberstein was famous for its beautiful agate stone work. Could this be from that area...we don't know for sure where on earth this specimen came from but it is stunning enough and mysterious enough that we bought it and have had it in our personal collection for years now.
People have asked why we are selling off some of our personal collection... simple...we moved and have a much smaller place and do not have room for the massive collection we obtained over the last 40 years or more so we are selling some on our site...we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! (Photos taken dry, outdoors in natural sunlight)
This stone weighs 103 oz or 6.46lb (2.93kg) and measures 7.4 x 4.9 x 3.3" (18.7 x 12.6 x 8.4cm)