~ Kentucky Agate ~
On July 14, 2000, agate was formally assigned Kentucky's State Rock (Kentucky Acts Ch. 146, sec. 1). The Kentucky Geological Survey was not counseled before this assignment, which is sad, in light of the fact that agate is a minutely translucent assortment of the mineral quartz, and not a stone. Rocks are made out of numerous minerals and are shaped through sedimentary, volcanic, or transformative cycles. Kentucky has a state rock that is actually a mineral, and a state mineral (coal) that is actually a stone!
Agate has fragile and differing shades of variety organized in layers. The variety banding is normally connected with synthetic debasements; for instance, iron gives a red or orange tone and manganese or calcium give dark or blue tones. The groups are commonly sporadic, bended, or in concentric examples. Agate is utilized as a fancy material or in semiprecious adornments.
Lovely examples of red, dark, yellow, and dim grouped agate have been found in Estill, Jackson, Powell, Madison, and Rockcastle Counties. These Kentucky agates are gotten from the Borden Formation of Early Mississippian age and can be gathered along certain streams where the Borden is presented to enduring. Many agates are shown at neighborhood rock shows.
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The Smoky Mountain Relic Room stands behind the items we sell with a limited lifetime guarantee. We will exchange any item for store credit if the item sold is found by a certified authenticator not to be the authentic artifact, fossil, meteorite, or mineral that we advertised it as being. A letter, specific to the artifact, fossil, meteorite, or mineral in question, from a certified authenticator (in the business under the occupation-specific to the item in question), must be brought in with the item for the return to be acceptable. This guarantee is for the lifetime of the initial purchaser only. See the Relic Room Manager, downstairs inside Smoky Mountain Knife Works, for more information. Original receipt required for exchanges.