59mm x 28mm

57mm x 27mm

Psuedomorphic inclusions are encountered in agates from Lunan, St Cyrus, Usan and Kinneff, and appear to my untrained eye, for the most part, to be associated with the mineral calcite. This piece is interesting owing to the fine subtle and painterly colouration, the mixture of fortification, stalactitic and crystaline banding and the large size of the nodule. It was discovered in the banks of shingle higher up on the beach south of Lunan Water, during the summer of 2014. The appearence of the nodule from the outside was unusual, showing both signs of quartzite inclusions and stalactitic markings. So I had it set aside for special attention as regards its cutting. I was not disappointed. 

            Of particular merit, are the strong stalactites penetrating the quartz to the right side of the lower half. These are unusual in distinction and regularity of placement, and catch the eye immediately upon viewing. More please.