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Perfect vein-agates: fire-like colours, intensively contrasting pattern, interesting structures - from a little quarry near Steinbach in the northern Saarland.

Responsable for the unusual colours are high amounts of iron-pigments in the agates - caused by high concentrations of iron-sulfides (pyrite and marcasite) in the veins.

Some types of vein-agates can show a tube or eye-pattern - depending on the direction of cutting the vein.

Agate-formation between carbonates are leading to surrealistic patterns.



The operations in the Quarry stopped at the year 2001. It is not allowed to visit the location for collecting agates.