3.6" Polished Banded Laguna Agate Slab - Mexico

This is a beautiful, 3.6" wide, polished slab of Laguna agate. It has been cut flat on one side and polished to a glossy finish, revealing the striking gold, red, pink, and blue, bubbly, banding pattern.

Note: The first two photos are backlit.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Laguna agate is a highly sought after variety of banded chalcedony. It often forms in bands of red, pink, white, and scarlet hues, and some specimens even contain bands of brown and golden yellow chalcedony. The first documented finds of this agate occurred in the late 1940s: since then, these agates have been extracted from several sites near Ojo Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico. They are roughly 38 million years old.

Like many other agates, Laguna agates form by deposition of microscopic silica crystals in concentric layers within cavities of rocks. The colors of the agate are dependent on impurities within the silica-rich solutions, of which are often supplied by the surrounding rock.

Agate is a variety of microcrystalline quartz (chalcedony) that displays translucence and, in some cases, banding. Agate primarily forms when silica-rich fluids fill pockets within rocks and/or fossils, depositing the silica along the walls of the rock. This process can result in banding patterns, as the compositions and impurities of these depositing fluids change over time. These banding patterns can either form as flat layers, creating linear patterns known as waterline agate, or as rounded layers, forming more common ring-like patterns. These patterns depend on the surfaces available for deposition.

Chalcedony var. Agate
Ojo Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico
3.6 x 2.8", .2" thick