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Field CollectingEllensburg Blue Agate

7th Jun 2007 01:12 BSTlars teigen

Can anyone give me directions to a specific site to try and find Ellensburg Blue agate? I know most good areas are private now but is there any place I can look that is public?

10th Jun 2007 02:21 BSTRock Currier Expert

Lars,

I think the little town of Ellensburg, Washington has a rock shop and last I heard the owners would give you free information about where to go and look for the agate near town. You might even try their chamber of commerce or historical society if one exists. I have never seen any agate from there that I thought was better than blue agates from other localities. Vastly over rated in my book. I have never seen any agate from there that was distinctive enough so you could say it was from there and there only, though I have met people who swear that the best pieces are distinctive and better than blue agate from anywhere else.

Rock

17th Nov 2007 07:39 GMTJack

CHECK OUT...www.eblueagate.com

22nd Jan 2008 03:50 GMTSal Noeldner

I agree with R.C.-many other localities offer equal if not superior blue agate that can be much easier to find. Walker Valley Quarry near Mt. Vernon, WA has beautiful blue agate with white moss or bands occurring alone in fractures or acting as a rind to whatever treat inside the geode. My personal favorite combination is blue agate rind with amethyst crystal columns (over cristobalite rods) and white, clear, or iron oxide covered calcite flowers or rhombs perched amongst it all. I can be quite exciting after a blast ( for roadfill) with blue or purple chips leading like a path to a large hollow with maybe something that's survived. Blue is where you find it.

8th Mar 2008 03:51 GMTsteve sauve

You can find the ellensburg blue agate a\on red top mountain. You go up blewtt pass and turn left on a gravel forest service road, you go to the top of he mountain and then will have to walk to the agate beds,,,awsome

13th Mar 2008 03:38 GMTSal Noeldner-Cairns

Yeah- but watch out for the ticks on Red Top-quite a profusion. Better time to go is beginning of spring during the thaw. Rocks seem to come to the top then. Right side up the hill after the gravel road. Heard they had hollows the quality of Walker around there too----

15th Apr 2015 01:27 BSTJeff "Mouse" Jessie

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I'm probably putting this on the wrong thread but it's the only one i could find on the subject. The store owner bought a pallet of mineral flats from an old collection being sold off by a reputable dealer at the Tucson Show. Most were sight-unseen and most lack any location or ID info as it was packed up a little haphazardly. Most of the minerals are US and Canadian, those that have info anyways. One of the flats is labeled "Ellensburg Blue Agate", I have read all about how it is very rare and no longer available from the best sources as it is private land and how there are a lot of other blue agates being sold as Ellensburg Blue. Is there a way to be sure? Is there a trained eye that could ID this blue agate? A test?


Attaching some pictures of the suspect material, just a few pieces, there is a whole flat.

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19th Apr 2015 10:31 BSTRock Currier Expert

I don't know. Perhaps someone more familiar with the agates from Ellensburg will weigh in here. A few of the agates in the first image almost look died and unlike anything I have seen attributed from Ellensburg. I wish we had a few agate nuts who would start uploading localities and images of good agates and their localities to mindat.

28th Apr 2015 02:24 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

The problem Rock is that you'll find agate hunters are a special breed and don't particularly like divulging where they get their agates. I too wish more folks would upload their agate photos as some of these can be quite beautiful.....

20th Jun 2015 19:14 BSTJake Harris

Mount Airy Blue Agate/Chalcedony from Nevada, I see pieces in the pictures that clearly show distinctive features of Mt. Airy blue. I've had some in the past and seen sellers selling top quality Mt. Airy blue.
 
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