Back in the 1800's the Last Chance Silver Mine in Creede, Colorado was in full swing producing silver and other less important minerals. The mine spoils were piled for over fifty years before it was declared to contain a semi-precious stone. An early rock pioneer saw the gorgeous amethyst poking out of the mine spoils. He slabbed a chunk and decided to call it Sowbelly because it looked like bacon to him. Hmmmm, don't see it myself but anyway, it seems that the agate was a hated part of the mining operation because of how darn hard the stuff was on their equipment. Now it is a loved semi-precious stone. And there is some black silver ore in the agate to boot! This is a seldom seen large chuck of this material as most was crushed into smaller pieces before it reached the piles. It is polished on the edge and has drusy everywhere else. Spectacular show piece! -WET pic.-(9 lbs.)
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