This is just the second stone I have ever cut from this mine with this unique blue tint in some of the agate bands! I've cut a lot of crazy lace agate over the years but couldn't believe it when I cut this one! It's one of the most remarkable stones I've ever had the pleasure of finishing and I honestly wish I could keep them all but if I want to keep getting thrills like this, I need to share :-) One of our best finds a couple of years ago was a miner who had a small shipment of some newly mined Crazy Lace agate from Northern Mexico. Crazy Lace was one of the first stones I ever fell in love with and one glance at this amazing agate pattern shows why! This is a new strike at the claim which is more seam and nodule oriented which means we're able to cut fortification agate patterns the likes of which I've never seen from this site previously! Many of the pieces were fairly large but large stones carry large risks when buying in the rough. It was pricey and I passed it up, but a sleepless night changed my mind and I bought it the next day. This magnificent slab, cut from one of those boulders, is proof that I made the right decision!! That color is absolutely unique and needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. It looks like some kind of artistic lace from the Victorian era somehow. And the polish we've coaxed from the surface of this stone really brings ever tiny twist of those agate bands and the rich color to their full glory! You simply won't ever see a more unique and magnificent representative specimen of this gorgeous gemstone! It's beautiful and very dense - an amazing find that we've prepared right!!
This gorgeous piece of Crazy Lace agate has patterns in it that were formed in a seam that sometimes "pinched off" to produce nodules. These nodules form more classic fortification agate patterns than the long famed Crazy Lace was typically known for. It's still a very "confused" arrangement of agate bands which is how the stone earned its name, but it's unmatched in beauty and detail! The colors in this new deposit are centered mostly in very, very finely detailed grays, whites and yellows, but you can find plenty of other colors packed within the bands of the best pieces! There is a fantastic display of colored agate bands in this stone that the camera (and your 256 color browser window) simply can't do justice to. There are bands, and rings and plumes and eyes and crystals and little intricate lacy patterns throughout this beautiful stone. This one demonstrates exactly how the stone earned it's name, displaying a pattern that shows off the best of what this Northern Mexico native has to offer. It's a very beautiful stone and I guarantee you'll be amazed how nice it is compared to the photo, particularly once you see our trademark mirror polish in this remarkable stone!This agate is cut on a diamond saw, then sanded and polished on a series of flat laps to produce a flawless and lustrous polish that Sticks-in-Stones customers have come to appreciate as the best around! If you don't have any of our work in your collection you really should see it in person - I'm confident you'll be impressed! This is a an extra large sized specimen cut from the center of the stone (polished on the display face, cut smooth and flat on the back). It's about 12" x 7 1/4" wide and is cut about 0.26" thick. Weight for this fortification pattern specimen is about 1.20 lbs. Display stands sold separately. Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary is happily providing UPS & USPS shipping to greatly reduce shipping charges on large rock orders. We will combine all of your purchases from our shop to cut down shipping costs and help bring you the greatest possible value in fine Lapidary & stone collectibles!