Allan’s Slip was named after an old-time Canterbury rock and mineral collector, Allan Wells. These agates are found in a small landslip on Mt Somers Station, Canterbury. They are very tiny, and can be easily confused with the leavings of sheep that wander through the area. The gallery also shows a tiny geode that I collected many years ago that developed an iron pyrites inclusion after the geode split open. Most of the agates are black and white. I have found several that were big enough to cut and polish faces on, but most have to be tumble polished. After tumble polishing I found some of them had water bubbles inside. However, over time these dried out. Click on a thumbnail to see the full sized image.
I have some very nice faceted stones for sale,now listed in the "For Sale" section: Silver topaz, labradorite (golden sunstone), aquamarine, pink zircons, tanzanite, honey zircon, chrome diopside, peridot (including some 3mm pairs for making ear studs.) Inquiries are welcome (use the Contact page).
I will be attending 5 more Gem and Mineral Shows this year, 2017. The North Otago Rock and Mineral Club show in Oamaru on 8, 9 July. Our own club show on 30 September, 1 October at 110 Waltham Rd, Christchurch, and the New Zealand National Show in North Shore the following weekend. I will have sales tables at both of these. I will be attending the Australian National Show Australian Gemboreewhich is being held during Easter. Also I will attend a great show at Lismore, 2 hours south of Brisbane that I will attend in mid May.