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Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America

Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America

by Patti Polk


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Treasures of the Earth

From the author of Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals and one of the leading agate collectors in the world, comes this comprehensive guide to collecting agates and jaspers, the most sought after types of collectible rocks on the market today. Designed with all beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced enthusiasts, Collecting Agates and Jaspers helps rockhounds discover these treasures of North America.

   • The only book on agates and jaspers to offer values.
   • Featuring nearly 700 beautiful color pictures, descriptions and technical information, the book provides an easy-to-use, quick reference format perfect for home and field.
   • Organized by U.S. states and provinces in Canada and Mexico, with introductions pinpointing each area's best spots and what you can find there.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440237454
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 283,532
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Author Patti Polk is recognized as one of the top agate collectors in the world (as noted in the highly respected reference book Agates III by Johann Zenz). Author of Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals, Polk has been collecting, cutting and polishing rocks for jewelry and display for more than 20 years. She has been published in Rock & Gem magazine and numerous other periodicals; she speaks at rock and mineral club programs and frequently serves as a trail guide for visitors to Arizona.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4

Introduction to the Agates and Jaspers of North America 5

History, Folklore and Use of Agates and Jaspers 9

Folklore 14

Lapidary Uses 15

Information on the Properties of Agates and Jaspers 17

Agate and Jasper Terminology 20

Commonly Found Patterns Occurring in Agate and Jasper 20

Physical Forms of Agate and Jasper 22

Common and Unusual Characteristics 23

Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America 24

Agates and Jaspers of the U.S., Canada and Mexico 30

U.S., A-Z State Listings 33

Canada 233

Alberta 236

British Columbia 236

Manitoba 240

Nova Scotia 241

Ontario 246

Quebec 247

Mexico 248

Chihuahua 251

Coahuila 262

Durango 263

Nayarit 264

Sonora 265

Zacatecas 267

Resources 269

Bibliography 271

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