In 2004, while on holiday on the Pacific Coast of Washington State USA, we went for a walk on Agate Beach in Westport and Cliff picked up this nodule of what we assumed might be agate.
When we got home we put it on the bedroom window sill and occasionally picked it up and wondered if it was worth getting sliced and polished. Would it have concentric bands of colour and crystals in the centre?
Just before Christmas 2007 we were in Bury St Edmunds and noticed a new Rock and Gem shop, I went in and asked the helpful man behind the counter if he new anyone who would cut and polish our rock – he gave us a leaflet about Rock and Gem Fairs, and advised us to check out the list of exhibitors. This led us to Derek, and in January this year we posted our 'agate' to him. He promptly emailed me "it's not an agate" . . . we were disappointed . . . "but it is a very fine carnelian" . . . that sounds exciting!
A few days ago I received a small padded packet in the post, it contained these . . .
. . . they are even more beautiful when back-lit on my light box . . .
. . . and earlier today I took the carnelians to Abi of Silver Spirals who is going to work on Part 2 of our carnelian project . . . I'm really excited about what she's going to make for me!