MAGNIFICENT 11" PIRANHA Agate Specimen - Strikingly Colorful Thick Dark Slab!

Regular price $77.00

Some days my camera just refuses to cooperate, and this day was one of them. The mirror finish invites the focus to look at the reflection rather than the stone itself. I'll try to post new photos when the weather again permits, but I'm including a photo of the mate cut (fourth photo) which is actually a different slab but helps clarify how the first photo should be viewed. This is a beautifully colored and really excellent agate to introduce a new collector to our unmatched stone finishes! It's a particularly nice specimen cut from the center of an uncommonly colored agate geode nodule from the Piranha deposit in Brazil. I purchased a large batch of cabbing grade agate many years ago that makes some wonderful and unusual specimens and this one is one of the most unique. You should expect the colors in this highly translucent agate to vary considerably depending on which sort of lighting you view it in. The stone is photographed in direct sunlight which really brings the colors to light, it is considerably darker (and in my opinion, even showier) with indoor lighting. The 100% natural colors in this gem grade agate are truly beautiful in any light conditions. It has been polished to perfection on our custom built equipment to produce the kind of mirror finish that only our shop delivers on each stone we sell - enjoy!

This is a thick slab of nicely patterned fortification agate that I recently polished. It's a classic "blackskin" agate nodule from Brazil. I was intrigued by the fine rind I could see in the stone and chose to cut it as a specimen rather then let it fall prey to the trim saw as cabbing material. I cut and polished the display face to reveal the subtle agate colors and show off our polishing skills. I'm offering this mostly to entice a new shopper to pick up a nice stone at a nice price to see our polish work first hand. I guarantee you'll be amazed at how perfectly wet looking the surface of this stone is. Few lapidaries are able to come close to the work we produce and that means most collectors never get to see true collector quality finishes. Toss out the winning bid on this piece and I'm confident you'll become one of our many repeat customers! This piece comes to life with a wet looking, deep, lustrous finish that lets you see deep into the stone and makes your eyes wonder just where the surface begins!

This stone has been cut and polished in our shop to produce a quality finished product that is guaranteed to put the stuff you see in the retail shops to shame. As a dedicated (obsessive?) hobbyist, I've spent years perfecting my lapidary technique to produce mirror perfect finishes that look wet to the touch. You simply won't believe how good our polish is until you see it yourself! I've designed and built special laps that produce one of the finest, glossiest, flattest finishes to really show off the beauty of these natural treasures.

This agate is fairly large and represents a classic blackskin from the Piranha site. It measures about 11" x 3 3/4" on the polished face, is cut about 0.49" thick and weighs 1.48 lbs.