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Where can I find Ellensburg blue?
Ellensburg blue agates are endemic to the area, in that they cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are primarily found in the Reecer Creek and Green Canyon areas but can also be found near Thorp and west toward Cle Elum. They are a product of the 47-million-year-old Teanaway Basalt.
Where can blue agate be found?
Blue lace agate was first discovered in Namibia and the country is still where most natural variants of the blue agate stone are mined. However, it has also since been discovered in parts of India, South Africa, Brazil, China and in a few places throughout the United States of America.
What is the most expensive agate?
Dendritic Agate It is considered to be the most valuable form of agate. Dendritic agate is associated with the ancient dryads of Greece.
How can you tell an Ellensburg Blue?
You can find Blues with cloudy images, streaks, and circular bands. It can be challenging to decipher if the stone is that of an Ellensburg Blue Agate because the stones themselves vary greatly. You will notice that a Blue Agate is extremely hard by its mineral structure.
Are agates worth anything?
In general, agate values are quite modest. Their prices reflect mainly labor and artistry rather than the value of the material itself. Agates of large size or with particularly distinctive, fine, or landscape-like color patterns are at a premium.
What is Ellensburg blue agate worth?
Their prices can range from $80 to $175. You will be amazed at how these rare stones are being shaped to create beautiful pieces of jewelry for you or your loved ones.
How much is a blue agate worth?
A small 1-2 inch tumbled agate (snakeskin agate, sardonyx, blue lace agate, tree agate, Botswana agate, etc.) will cost approximately $2- $10. A high-quality Mexican fire agate of the same size may cost over $50 and even reach prices of $1000.
How much is blue agate worth?
How can you tell if an agate stone is real?
Agate is translucent, which means that only some of the light passes through. When you hold the stone up to a light source, the colors of the agate should shine a little and become more clear. If no light shines through, then the stone is opaque. This indicates that your sample is not agate, but most likely is jasper.
How much is Ellensburg blue agate worth?
What can the Ellensburg blue agate be used for?
Ellensburg Blue agate has been used in the treatment of disorders of the throat and to improve eyes”. Even though blue agates can be found around the world the Ellensburg Blue agates hold a special place because of their rarity and beauty. Top quality Ellensburg Blue agates are sold by the carat for hundreds of dollars.
How did the Ellensburg blue get its name?
According to Thayer, a Tiffany and Co salesman came to Ellensburg, saw the Ellensburg blue, and promoted all over America. Thayer is one of the people that testified for House Bill 2757, a bill calling for Ellensburg blue to be named the official gem of the state of Washington.
What kind of Polish is used for Ellensburg blue?
The polish that Robert uses is a special blend of Tin Oxide and Type A Sapphire powder also known as “Linde A”. Ellensburg Blue Agate looks great set in either silver or gold. Ellensburg Blue Agate is very durable and scratch resistant which makes it a great “wearable” stone for rings.
Is there a market for Ellensburg Blues jewelry?
Thayer said that Ellensburg blues are mainly sold to jewelers to be cut and made into jewelry. She said there is another market for Ellensburg blues with people who collect them. The ones that aren’t sold to jewelers are usually raw and aren’t gemstone quality.