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Orpheus agate is a rare variety of agate that is unique to Bulgaria. Apparently in 2005 at the Munich Agate exhibition it was confirmed as a new and unique occurrence. Orpheus agate is not only unique to Bulgaria, but it occurs in one specific an area less than the size of a football field in the Rhodope Mountains within Kardzhali Province. Very rare indeed!
Orpheus agate is "named after the ancient legendary Greek musical hero who frolicked in the area where the deposit is located." The agate is typically banded with green celadonite and yellow/orange/red/brown jasper with pockets and/or centers of clear to white chalcedony. The chalcedony may contain dendritic moss agate (green) or colored plume inclusions (orange/gold/red). Once one is exposed to Orpheus agate, it is easily and readily identifiable.
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(for Mineral and Fossil Specimens)
fits in standard micromount box; needs microscope to see crystals
1/16" to 1-1/8"
fits in standard 1.25" Perky box
1-1/8" to 2.5"
too large to fit in standard 1.25" Perky box
2.5" to 4"
smaller than apple; if rock or ore sample use "Hand Specimen"
4" to 6"
larger than apple smaller than grapefruit
Extra Large Cabinet
aka Museum Specimen; larger than grapefruit but able to pickup
If your delicate specimen is over 70lbs we will refer you to our local Crating company for safer freight shipping!
*At customer expense.