28mm x 20mm
This is an example of a very fine fortification agate from Usan, north of Elephant Rock and found in beach shingle high on the shore in 2014. This is one of the smaller agates I cannot recall by both time and location. Ordinarily I have an unusually precise memory as regards my favourite discoveries and their origin. However, this one escapes me as far as the exact period it was collected is concerned. In any case, the orientation of its banding reminds me specifically of a Laguna agate from Mexico. The deep oranges are characteristic to the location. However, the very finely banded centre is exquisite and unusual. It also shows localised weathering in this area (left of centre which is presumably caused by the infiltration of mineral solution and seawater) There are breaks on the "rough" side. Another subtly weathered beauty.