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What is Fire Agate?

here is a long list of terms a gold miner needs to know. One of the less commonly known terms is fire agate, but it is an important term for a gold miner. Fire agate has rainbow colors, much like the gem opal. It is a semi-precious gemstone that formed naturally during volcanic activity in the earth’s tertiary periods. Fire agate can be found in limited areas, specifically in the southwestern United States and Mexico.

fire agateFire agate can range in value depending on the brightness of the stone and the amount of rare fire which is colored purple, green or blue. Less valuable fire agate has a duller fire and green or golden fire. To be considered high value, the fire has to be visible throughout the stone. Fire agate is often mistaken for opal. It has had a variety of names throughout history including Cinnamon Opal, Precious Peacock Stone and Opalescent Agate. Occasionally, fire agate and opal are found attached together.

A gold miner in the southwestern United States may also mine for fire agate at the same time. The gem can be found in the same areas that gold miners frequent in the Sonoma Desert region which is located in Arizona and California. One of the best sources for fire agate in Arizona is in the Little Horn Mountains which are near Quartzite and Oatman, Arizona. Gold miners and other gemstone miners frequent these areas because the fire agate found in the southwestern United States is more valuable due to the quality of its color and fire.

The Cuesta Fire Agate mine is located in Oatman, Arizona. This mine was founded in 1928 near an active area for gold miners. The public can pay a fee to mine for gold agate. Often, fire agate mines are located near the areas where gold miners are active or were active in the past. When gold miners are prospecting land, they are often on the lookout for semiprecious stones because these can be an additional source of profit. Fire agate is one such stone and is worth understanding because it can be a significant source of profit.