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island guy

agate question

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I have about a 6lb agate. I've been unable to get my camera to work to post a pic. I took it to a "rock shop". The fella there told me it's a Brazilian agate. He said were used as ballast in ships in years gone by. Can anyone confirm this or add to it. Just curious about this.

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Ballast? Sounds like he was prepping you to make an offer. Really need to try and post a pic to get an opinion on what it really is.

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I believe the early sailors did use rock for balance when the holds were empty.

Brazilian agates are popular with collectors but they arn't lakers.

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He is right, it was used as ballast a lot back in the day. Do a google search and you will see.

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