|Bucket of agate from Jeff Davis Co., TX. |
1 bucket available at $150.
This interesting agate is mostly black, white, dark red, and brown. It occurs in in Jeff Davis County, which is just north of Brewster County in Texas’ Big Bend. It occurs in swirls and rounded nodules, some looking like fire agate rough (but I’ve never found fire in it). This same material also occurs in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico and in Presidio County, Texas.
Buckets of Rocks from the Agua Fria Ranch in South Brewster County.
2 buckets available at $150 each.
The Agua Fria ranch is a huge ranch in South Brewster County that has lots of superb petrified wood, fossils, and flint and chert on it. There is agate there, but it’s rather rare. The agate consists of moss agates of many different colors, often in waterworn cobbles of “Rio Grande” agate. This agate was sold to me by the ranch manager’s wife and daughter.
Buckets of agate from Balmorhea and Toyah, Tex.
6 buckets available at $150 each.
Most of this is the Balmorhea Blue fortification agate, but there are some interesting pieces of black plume agate with a white background, and other types of agates commonly found in the Big Bend Region. I found the pieces in the first two buckets, and bought the other buckets from Donna Brightman, who lived in Toyah and collected rocks on the county (dirt) roads.
Buckets of agate from the Spriggs (Dos Corazones) Ranch, which is about 8 miles south of Marfa on Highway 67.
13 buckets available at $150 each.
The Spriggs Ranch has some interesting agates, including black plume and an occasional bit of white plume, fortification, water level, moss and sagenite agate. I have not personally found any bouquet agate on that ranch, but the black plume agate is very nice.