Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Janos Agate (Rainbow Agate)

     While in Quartzite this year, I saw a barrel of Janos Agate at, of all places, and Australian Dealer's booth. Janos Agate, also sold as Rainbow Agate, is found west of the town of Janos in Chihuahua, Mexico. This agate has not been mined for 30 years and somehow found its way to the Australian dealer's booth from an old collection of rock.
     The man who mines the Birdseye Rhyolite for us lives near the Janos area, and I made a mental note to ask him about it. On Sunday, this same man drove into the Tucson Showplace with a trailer containing 10 barrels of rock consisting of Birdseye Rhyolite, Saginite Agate, and two barrels of Janos Agate. I did not know he was coming, nor had I talked with him for months. This unbelievable true story could only happen at the Tucson Show.

1 comment:

  1. These agates look fantastic Gene. Never underestimate the resourcefulness of an Aussie -we are born rockhounds.