Mexican Fire Agate

by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Monday, January 03, 2011, 17:35 (3341 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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