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Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!

 
Luisport

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07/27/2012 04:29 PM

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Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
There is a rugged mountain terrain in East Java known for ornamental stones such as Picture & Orbicular Jaspers, Moss Agates, Drusy Chalcedony and recently, Cross and Alphabet Agates. For centuries these mountains were the center of religious retreats, hosting ancient Hindu, Christian and Buddhist scholars prior to the popular modern day Islamist movement.

As a geologist, I don't believe Cross and Letter Agates form only in East Java. The conditions of formation certainly occur elsewhere in the world. Although, I have not noticed it personally and I've seen a lot of rock in my 27 year career conducting regional mineral surveys on 4 continents. It took the ingenuity of East Javanese carvers and craftsmen to bring this phenomenon to our attention.

As noted, the ornate potential of this stone was first recognized by rock hounds in a mountain village in East Java. There are several people now known to collect and cut various scripts from these stones. Most notable was the ability of one man who seems to be the "godfather" of the Alphabet Agate cabochons; lets just call him "Pak Hurup" which means Mr. Letterman. I first visited Pak Hurup in 2003. He lived in a small cabin with a dirt floor lit by a gas lantern. There was a big pile of fist sized agate in the yard and a crude, hand crank bench grinder cemented to square meter foundation on his front porch (Photo #2).... [link to www.indoagate.com]

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
A superb set of both numbers and letters of these very hard-to-get matched sets of agate. The numbers are actually very uncommonly seen in good matched sets, and are a bonus. Although accused of being manmade, in the past, a letter was published in the GIA newsletter about the legitimacy of these agates. A very good website documenting how they are formed and found, carved and sold, is here at: [link to www.indoagate.com] [link to www.irocks.com]

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Luisport (OP)

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07/27/2012 04:31 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
This is so unbalivable misterious!!!shocked
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07/27/2012 04:46 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
Anyone knew this?
Luisport (OP)

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07/27/2012 04:49 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
ohno
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07/27/2012 04:50 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
Oh they are beautiful. I would love to get a slab of the fossilized red coral agate for my collection. Nice jewelry pieces too. Thanks for sharing.
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07/27/2012 04:53 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
Oh they are beautiful. I would love to get a slab of the fossilized red coral agate for my collection. Nice jewelry pieces too. Thanks for sharing.
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It's impressive how this letters,numbers and crosses are formed!
Luisport (OP)

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07/27/2012 05:01 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
bump
Luisport (OP)

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07/27/2012 05:34 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
Geeeezzzzzzzzzzzz!!!
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07/27/2012 05:47 PM
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Many thanks OP ,good info bumppeace
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07/27/2012 05:49 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
shucks ,i forgot to log intantrum
Stickyfoot,i think i stepped in something
Half Past Midnight

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07/27/2012 06:30 PM

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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
ooooh pretty
Luisport (OP)

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07/28/2012 07:58 AM

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ooooh pretty
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prety and scary at same time!
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07/28/2012 08:21 AM
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Re: Cross, Numbers and Alphabet Agates from Java - Indonesia!!!
Interesting crystallized patterns hf

sepak takraw bump!!

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