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Desert Wind

Desert Wind

     Desert Wind is all about natural stone in sandy hues that reflect the quiet colors and serenity of the desert.  Mexican crazy lace agate is one type of semi-precious stone that characterizes this group.  Agate is a wonderfully diverse mineral that is from the quartz family.  It is a type of "cryptocrystalline quartz" in which the molecules are found in tiny crystal clusters, so that visible quartz crystals are not observed.  Agates are usually formed in nodules of volcanic bubbles, in which silicon dioxide and other minerals are laid down very slowly in concentric bands.  Sometimes the center of these nodules develops visible crystals, large as in amethyst, or tiny as in druse agate.  If the nodule is completely filled, we have a geode. 

     I'll never forget a trip to the Southwest United States with my family where we did some rock hunting near Moab, Utah.  We were directed to a spot in the desert where geodes could be found, and sure enough, we uncovered some small ones.  They don't look like much in the raw state, but when sliced in half and polished, each one is unique!