scottish agate

Marine agate

I love picture stones, whether landscape limestones such as Pietra Paesina from Italy (see or beautiful agates with seeming worlds within ( In this lovely Scottish specimen (probably born in bubbles in basalts that were erupted some 400 million years ago during the closure of the Iapetus Ocean) appears a seeming window into a mysterious beach world on a misty dawn, looking over a calm bay towards distant hills on the other side. One of the best specimens I’ve ever feasted my eyes on.


Image credit: Narional Museums Scotland