Grape Agates!

A selection of grape agates from recent finds in Indonesia.  I have learned that when a particular type of mineral is available, regardless of how annoyingly plentiful, that is the time to buy-- in almost every case, the supply inevitably dries up and I am left wondering why I didn't buy more.  With that said,  these grape agates are currently being produced in significant quantity-- the pieces on this page represent the better examples from a lot I recently purchased, and I have priced them somewhat cheaply, compared to what I see other dealers asking for similar quality.  If you are looking for a decent example of the material, here are a few options. 

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8GA01 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
11.5x 7.0x 4.8 cm
$165

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.









8GA02 Chalcedony var "Grape" Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
6.2x 5.2x 2.0 cm
$85

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.








8GA03 Chalcedony var
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
9.5x .6x 3.0 cm
$140

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA04 Chalcedony var "Grape" Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
10.2x 6.8x 3.8 cm
$155

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA05 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
8.8x 7.4x 2.9 cm
$285

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  This one has particularly deep colorant larger than average orbs, though there are also a few scuffs.

I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.









8GA06 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
9.1x 6.5x 7.3 cm
$160

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia. This one has a number of small micro "rice grains"of quartz sprinkled over the purple orbs.

 I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.









8GA07 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
9.0x 4.5x 3.4 cm
$90

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  This one is a bit odd--it combines a zone of lustrous purple orbs with a zone of somewhat included, possibly altered ones.  From the back it is rather ugly (bottom left image), so It needs to be displayed as shown in the main photograph, such that the contrast between the purple and white areas is fully visible.

I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA08 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
4.7x 3.5x 2.6 cm
$45

A nice sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA09 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
6.0x 3.5x 3.3 cm
$75

A nice miniature sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA10 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
6.8x 6.0x 2.5 cm
$85

A nice example of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA11 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
3.7x 3.0x 1.8 cm
$45

A cute little cluster of playfully arranged  chalcedony orbs.   It's a nice little miniature sample for the price.







8GA12 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
10.0x 8.7x 4.6 cm
$135

A nice cabinet sized sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.







8GA13 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
5.6x 5.1x 3.7 cm
$95

A nice sample of purple grape agate from Indonesia.  This piece has good color, grading from pale to slightly darker near the top, where the larger orbs are also positioned.  There are a couple scuffs.

I have seen some reports describing these as amethyst-- I am not sure if there is enough structure beyond the cryptocrystaline orbs to qualify these as "amethyst" and not chalcedony, but at the end of the day these are still pretty interesting specimens.









8GA14 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
9.5x 4.5x 4.6 cm
$125

A nice sample of deep purple "grape" agate, with some green coloration on the reverse due to celadonite inclusions.









8GA15 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
9.5x 6.1x 4.2 cm
$85

An interesting example of "grape agate," consisting of several "sheets" of chalcedony with interspersed protrusions of the more familiar purple orbs.







8GA16 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
10.5x 6.0x 1.9 cm
$75

A nice plate of "grape agate" from recent finds in Indonesia.  Decent reference for the price.







8GA17 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
7.7x 7.1x 3.0 cm
$68

A nice reference sample of "grape agate" from recent finds in Indonesia.







8GA18 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
5.8x 5.1x 2.6 cm
$85

A nice example of grape agate from recent finds in Indonesia.  Interestingly, this piece has a mass of orbs positioned or a flat plate of more purple chalcedony.







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