Mexican Fire Agate

by Lora, Monday, January 03, 2011, 14:47 (2482 days ago)

We are arriving this week and a friend here in Canada asked if I could bring back some Mexican Fire Agate stones, not set as he makes jewellery. Can anyone advise if and where I can purchase these stones. Thank you.

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Mexican Fire Agate

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Monday, January 03, 2011, 15:43 (2482 days ago) @ Lora

They are Mexican Fire Opals. They are mined in two locations, Magdalena, Jalisco, right by Tequila. The other location is El Triumfo, Queteraro, near the city of Tequispiapan. In those towns the opals are cheap. Elsewhere, they can be quite pricey.

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Mexican Fire Agate

by Helene @, Zih, Monday, January 03, 2011, 16:51 (2482 days ago) @ Lora

Please tell your friend that makes Jewelry that the Mexican Fire Opals are soft and break easily.

Mexican Fire Agate

by Lora, Monday, January 03, 2011, 17:13 (2482 days ago) @ Helene

Thank you, I will pass it on to him, I don't know if he has worked with it before. I know he does beautiful work using turquois and he has also asked me to bring some turquois back for him as well! I have seen some beautiful pieces around Zihua before but not just the stones, will ask around once we are there.

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by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Monday, January 03, 2011, 17:35 (2482 days ago) @ Lora

Thank you, I will pass it on to him, I don't know if he has worked with it before. I know he does beautiful work using turquois and he has also asked me to bring some turquois back for him as well! I have seen some beautiful pieces around Zihua before but not just the stones, will ask around once we are there.

The place to go for fire opal is Magdalena. In Magdalena you can go out to the mines and dig them out yourself. I have a relative who was all into the fire opals for a while and was taking them to Australia/Asia. If I recall correctly, you can pay for a truck load of dirt and sift through it yourself. Or at the shops in Magdalena, you can buy uncut stones by the jar. I think the other poster was right, if you want the cheap uncut or unset stones, Magdalena is where you need to go.

Here is a picture I snapped a few years ago up in the hills outside Magdalena. You can actually go to a place like this and buy them direct from the guys digging them out.

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Mexican Fire Agate

by Lora, Monday, January 03, 2011, 18:28 (2482 days ago) @ Scott

Thank you Scott for your reply. Now that sounds like an exciting adventure. How would we go about taking a trip to this town from Zihua. Does the bus service travel there - it looks like it is east of Morelia from what I could see on a map. If it is not too complicated, we may do this! We will be in Zihua for 2 months so lots of time!

Mexican Fire Agate

by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Monday, January 03, 2011, 19:14 (2482 days ago) @ Lora

It is actually near Tequila, Jalisco. So if you were going to do it, probably the best thing to do is plan a trip to Guadalajara and Tequila for a couple of days, and make Magdalena a side trip from Tequila. Tequila is a touristy place, but Magdalena, not so much. They had a couple of hotels, and we stayed in town for a few nights when I went, but I don't remember there being much else to do there besides buy opals. But in Tequila you could tour a tequila factory and they probably have better hotels and restaurants there. You can take a first class bus to Morelia, then on to Guadalajara, and from there it shouldn't be hard to make your way to Tequila somehow. They must have buses to get there from Guadalajara.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Monday, January 03, 2011, 17:56 (2482 days ago) @ Helene

We have several rings that we wear regularly, and bash inadvertently. We each have one with cabachon cuts, the rounded smooth stones, and I have a 125k freeform stone in a ring that also takes the abuse.
We had been warned about the fragility of the stones, but have found that they actually have a high hardness factor.