|FAIRBURN AGATE, 2012. WIDTH IS ~5 CM.|
I get sort of euphoric when stumbling upon an agate in the field (here defining an agate as included or banded chalcedony)! I don’t really prioritize agates in my collection; however, I do have several different specimens representing a variety of “types”. Of course, my favorites are the Fairburns, the official state gemstone of South Dakota. Perhaps my fondness is due to a Fairburn ending up as the first “really good” agate that I collected---way back in the 1960’s. Perhaps it is due to my allegiance to the state of South Dakota where I once picked up a university degree. Perhaps it is because they are beautiful specimens and quite colorful! Whatever the case, I like Fairburns (and Teepee Canyons; see my previous blogs on August 18 and June 17, 2012). Both postings delve into great detail about collecting sites so will not be repeated here.
At any rate, I was back on the Fairburn beds in summer 2012 and for the second year in a row was successful! Finding a Fairburn of any sort is becoming a nice accomplishment these days so I am quite pleased with my specimen. It is not the nicest in the state, nor would it make the agate collecting books. But, it is mine and that makes me happy!