NOVEMBER 2021: After working with the amazing Fire Agates for the last couple days, I decided to saw into a couple blue stones that Noelle and I collected on one of our trips to Marathon, TX earlier this year. Brewster, Co., TX is a magical place for us, and we often reminisce on our past trips to the Big Bend area. It is perhaps the best spot for semi-precious stones (agates, chalcedony, jasper and wild red quartz) in Texas, and there’s just something special about the vibe there. And besides northeast New Mexico, it has become our honey hole for the blue stones. Other than turquoise, you don’t often see as beautiful deep blue natural stones in the SW USA, but Brewster, Co. has them in abundance if you know where to look. What is even more magical about these Picasso Agates is their wild patterns and scenes within them. Of the two I completed today, the one on the right in the photo accompanying this blog is a great example. I see three wizard-like characters who appear to be dancing on the street of something like a small town in the old west. The one in the middle has a long pointy hat that sticks straight up in the air over his head. In the background horizon you can see something like a mountain range with a clear blue sky over it, and what looks like elementary drawings of suns and spaceships in the sky behind the wizards. I never cease to be amazed at the magical art that we find inside the stones that we open up. It is almost as if the gods of creation secretly hide their finest drawings, ideas and perhaps even past and lost souls within them, or perhaps some metaphysical record keeping system of times and events gone by. Noelle is going to wrap that 3-Wizards stone in sterling silver as a sideways oval (like the ghost forest agate we have on sale in the shop) sometime soon. Look for it in the shop next week. I’ll have a closeup photo of that wild scene. It’s gonna be a great stone and pendant…