Hetties Slip Agates were found in a small isolated valley on Mt Somers Station. The agates were named after an early Canterbury rockhound and rock shop owner, Hettie Wells. She claimed she found these agates after she roamed away from a collecting group, and slipped over in the slip and discovered them. Over the years the agates have been more difficult to find, and have had to be dug for in quite muddy conditions. Now a pine plantation has been planted over the area, so these agates are now unobtainable. The colourings in the agates range from black, grey, to yellow and other earthy tones. The slip is very close to a thin layer of coal measures, and it is most likely that this has contributed to the colours of the agates. 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.