Wednesday, August 17, 2005

For the first time ever!

As noted on BlueAgates.com, I am not a rock shop or jeweler, just a passionate Ellensburg Blue hunter and collector.

However, due to frequent inquiries from some great folks about where to acquire “genuine” Ellensburg Blue Agate cabochons, I have decided to make a very limited number available for the first time on BlueAgates.com

Please keep in mind that genuine quality Ellensburg Blue agate is not the least expensive gemstone available – however you can rest assured that any you may acquire from BlueAgates.com, is straight from the source, offered at a fair price, guaranteed genuine and will provide you a lifetime of rare beauty. Click here to go direct to the for sale page.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Blue Agate Basics

The “Ellensburg Blue” Agate

Found only in the northwest corner of the lower Kittitas Valley, near Ellensburg, is the unique stone known throughout America as the “Ellensburg Blue.”

What makes it unique and much sought after? The answers to this question can be summed up in several words. Scarcity, color range, variety, hardness and adaptability to a variety of settings.

The scarcity of the stone is such that finding even the smallest of pieces is considered a good day’s find. Most all of the land where "Ellensburg Blue” is found is private and inaccessible.

Color of the “Ellensburg Blue” ranges from a light sky blue through a cornflower blue to an almost purple royal blue. Clouds, streaks, or bands may occur in the agate and graduates from nearly opaque to transparent.

The hardness of any stone is measured on the MOHs scale of 1 to 10. One being Talc and ten diamond. Using this measurement, “Ellensburg Blue” will test out at from 7.5 to 8.3 or harder on the scale.

Because of its singular qualities and limited quantity, the “Ellensburg Blue” has been re-classified by many gemologists to be a precious gem. For additional information and photographs of Ellensburg Blue Agate, visit www.BlueAgates.com

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Exclusive for blog visitors

I have prepared a page on www.blueagates.com exclusively for and only accessible to visitors of this Ellensburg Blue Agate blog - the most recent post is video footage taken on a typical blue agate excursion. Better than a picture, it will help to show (You have to imagine the 100-degree temperature!) what hunting for blues is really like.

Blue hunting video

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Build it and they will come. .

My selling an occasional piece of Ellensburg Blue serves only one purpose, to draw traffic to my website. However, as I would prefer not to sell any, I have developed a few alternative sites to draw visitors in . . . . Let me know what you think!

www.ellensburgBlue.org
www.ellensburgBlueAgates.com

Monday, June 13, 2005

What's in a name?

A few of you have noticed that the text in some of my recent photos refer to www.ellensburgblue.com
I thought I would mix it up a bit, as I use both of the domains www.blueagates.com and www.ellensburgblue.com – either way, you end up at the same place.
Thanks for noticing!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Gold Vs. Silver

What is the best way to show off your Ellensburg Blue agate?
As you can see from this picture below, gold tends to better accent Ellensburg blue agate by framing its subtle shades while silver results in a more matted or subdued appearance. So for me the choice is obvious, gold all the way. In fact, a few jewelers/designers I know refuse to use anything but gold when working with Ellensburg Blue agate.
However, in the end, it’s whatever makes you happy, because after all, there is no bad way to wear a blue!
http://www.blueagates.com

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day Weekend - 95 degrees and the only shade found, is the shade I create. . . .
No blues to speak of today - As is sometimes the case. So till next time. . . .
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

A Few Good Questions. .

Here are a couple great questions recently sent my way.

Why am I so concerned over folks selling fake or mislabeled Ellensburg Blue agate – and why don’t I simply expose these unscrupulous sellers?

Good questions. First, it’s simply frustrating for me to sit back and watch good people paying top dollar for near worthless and readily abundant agate. Many years ago, I too was one of those folks ripped off. While researching what was to eventually become a passion and hobby for me, I bough a few pieces of what was advertised as Ellensburg Blue – only to discover some time later and much to my embarrassment, that it wasn’t Ellensburg blue at all (I show some of this on my website (http://www.blueagates.com/) but was actually bluish agate worth only pennies!

The problem only perpetuates itself when buyers of “non” Ellensburg Blue attempt to sell their cut or rough inferior agate, refusing to believe or acknowledge the frustrating truth when it’s pointed out to them.

Then there are those flagrantly selling fakes – I’ve watched one of these sellers make several thousand dollars over the past months milking unsuspecting and trusting buyers.

Yes, it’s very very frustrating.

So, the second question, why don’t I just expose these scamming pieces of #8&# by name or auction? Simply, I don’t want or need the liability. I will hopefully save a few folks from being ripped of, thru education and a healthy dose of skepticism. THAT is why I occasional (and reluctantly) sell a small piece of blue every now and than, drawing people to my website and now (A bit less politically correct) blog.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


Beautiful specimen of Ellensburg Blue Agate
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Friday, May 13, 2005

Buyers beware

For info on buying E-blue, check out some friendly advice at www.blueagates.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

FAQ

Q: Is Ellensburg Blue found anywhere else in the world?

A: No - while blue agates are found worldwide - Ellensburg blue agate is only found NW of Ellensburg, Washington USA

Did you know. . .
Washington State's gem is Petrified Wood & Nebraska's State gem is Blue Agate

See more FAQ at www.blueagates.com

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Buying Ellensburg Blue Agate

Ellensburg Blue is often unidentifiable by even the trained eye, so know and trust the source... Regrettably due to it’s beauty, popularity, value and scarcity, the amount of “fake” Ellensburg Blue agate being sold on auction sites has reached an epidemic proportion. (Don't get burned!)

I have recently seen blue agate worth just a few bucks, sold as E-blue for hundreds! ~ Regrettably, as they say, "there is one born every minute". Don't let this be you -

Be weary if:
· Beware of terms such as “old stock”, “estate” and “Ellensburg Style” as these terms frequently accompany fake or mislabeled E-blues.
· Tumbled and cabbed stones are particularly difficult to authenticate
· If the price is too good to be true – It’s probably not a blue!
· Money back guarantee IF you can prove it’s not real


Ways to protect yourself:
· Ask the seller for a written note of authenticity
Review the sellers “buy” history as far back as you can – Look for anything suspicious
Ask for a 150% money back guarantee ~ If the seller is sure it's genuine E-blue, they will have no problem with this.

For the latest information on Ellensburg Blue Agate - visit www.blueagates.com

The color of blue

For the latest pictures of Ellensburg Blue Agate, visit my updated website at www.blueagates.com

Friday, May 06, 2005

Got Questions?

I'm happy to answer your questions about Ellensburg Blue Agate

Springtime hunting

With a full upcoming weekend of Blue hunting, be sure to check out www.blueagates.com for the newest pictures of Ellensburg Blue agate.

Happy hunting!