KENTUCKY  AGATE  COLLECTING

Kentucky Imperial Red agate nodules from Middle Fork Creek, Estill County.
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Kentucky has many types of agate and it usually occurs in nodular form and is found in the Borden Formation.  Kentucky agate is commonly a combination of yellow and blue banding with banding of other colors such grey, brown, pink, orange, green, maroon, pale red intermixed in small amounts. Some of the agate nodules also contain moss agate in various colors such as yellow, pink, red and maroon.  Kentucky agate nodules that contain red and black banding also occur and they are uncommon. 

Kentucky agate is mainly found in Estill and Powell counties, occasionally some agate is found also in parts of Jackson, Lee, Madison and Rockcastle counties. It is mostly found on private land, all I can tell you is if you see a creek that looks interesting stop and ask for permission to rock hunt. Garrard and Lincoln have a lot of geodes containing crystals especially around the upper part of the Green River. Kentucky agate nodules can have banding, moss type inclusions and also inclusions of various minerals such as pyrite, glauconite and calcite.

I like to display specimens & cabochons at gems shows in Lexington,KY.   A good rock & gem swap takes place the last weekend in June at Bloomington, Indiana at the Monroe County 4-H Fairgrounds. The show is always very good, there are usually a lot of old time materials available that are rare and the sources gone now. I recommend the show to everyone.

A new section containing Kentucky agate nodules with county and creek name embedded in the images has been added to this website. You can assess it on the main Kentuckyagate.net page by clicking on the new Kentucky agate button. More agate nodules from various counties and creeks will be added as soon as possible.

The images are now being taken with a Sony 5.24 megapixel camera and it takes excellent high resolution images. Images of some of the areas and creeks might possibly also be added in the future.

 

 

Sept. 2008