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Working Fire Agate?

Okay, this is what happened. I never considered working with fire agate. A couple of days ago I went to a local farm auction and bought a box of assorted rocks collected from who knows where or when. After getting the box home I discovered some real nice jasper, banded agate, large chunks of mica, some small, but nice chunks of turquoise, geodes, and, in two coffee cans in the bottom of the box, a dozen fist size hunks of fire agate and a number of smaller pieces. Some, just wet down, display green, orange, red, and yellow fire that nearly blinded me. Well, maybe that's stretching it a bit, but it's really brilliant. In some of the pieces, fire is scattered throughout. These are really too large to use as is. Comes the question: How to cut, yet maintain as much of the fire as possible prior to polishing? And, what would be the definitive book available for working fire agate? I've checked the archives here and still need more information than I found. Thanks for any information any of you can clue me in with.

From John D Gonzales-Lusk - May 29, 2008 at 10:43:19

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