Agates of New Zealand
By Malcom Luxton: An agate collector in South Canterbury, New Zealand. He and his wife Yvonne have built The Agate Orphanage, a small museum dedicated primarily to displaying over 4,500 specimens, many unique to New Zealand.
During the last century, hunting for and collecting agates has become a passion for thousands of people around the globe. The colours, patterns and banding in these remarkable gemstones captivate collectors from all walks of life. New Zealand has not, in the past, been renowned as a source of distinctive or peculiar agates, but this beautifully illustrated book, the first publication dedicated to documenting and presenting this unique aspect of the country's rich geological heritage, introduces us to the unbelievable agate treasures found in these antipodean islands.
In Agates of New Zealand Malcom Luxton has called on his lifetime of experience as an agate collector to bring you a book that includes:
- An introduction to basic geology about how and where agates form
- The many varieties of New Zealand agate
- The principle agate-collecting areas in New Zealand
- A photo gallery for each location
- A rich visual archive of over 840 images
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