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The agatization of ocean creatures begins with the death of the coral, bivalve, mussel, clam, etc, leaving behind their hard, calcium-carbonate-based skeletons. The skeletons become buried in sediment, which helps to protect them from degradation. Over time, minerals such as agate, calcite, or silicate replace the calcium carbonate that composes the creature's structure. This replacement not only preserves the intricate details of the ancient organism but also imparts a distinctive banded appearance to the resulting stone.

In Florida, agatized coral is designated as the state stone, dating back approximately 38 to 25 million years during the Oligocene-Miocene period. These fossils, primarily of the Montastrea species, are discovered in ancient seabeds where silica-rich groundwater has flowed through, methodically replacing the original calcium with silica and leaving behind ornately patterned fossils. The array of colors in these agatized corals, including shades of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, and red, is due to different trace minerals within the agate. This variety adds to the allure of these fossils, making them highly coveted by collectors. Found in locations such as the Tampa Bay area near Ballast Point and further north along the Withlacoochee River in Madison County, these fossils are scientifically significant and aesthetically pleasing, capturing the attention of enthusiasts and researchers alike.

Measurements: 135g, 8cm x 7cm x 3cm

This listing is for one crystal, as pictured; please see all photos and videos, and feel free to message me if you have any further questions.
All crystals have been hand-selected for quality and aesthetics, so you can rest assured that you will receive a beautiful piece.

Fossil Ocean Creature with Fantastic Swirls

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The agatization of ocean creatures begins with the death of the coral, bivalve, mussel, clam, etc, leaving behind their hard, calcium-carbonate-based skeletons. The skeletons become buried in sediment, which helps to protect them from degradation. Over time, minerals such as agate, calcite, or silicate replace the calcium carbonate that composes the creature's structure. This replacement not only preserves the intricate details of the ancient organism but also imparts a distinctive banded appearance to the resulting stone.

In Florida, agatized coral is designated as the state stone, dating back approximately 38 to 25 million years during the Oligocene-Miocene period. These fossils, primarily of the Montastrea species, are discovered in ancient seabeds where silica-rich groundwater has flowed through, methodically replacing the original calcium with silica and leaving behind ornately patterned fossils. The array of colors in these agatized corals, including shades of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, and red, is due to different trace minerals within the agate. This variety adds to the allure of these fossils, making them highly coveted by collectors. Found in locations such as the Tampa Bay area near Ballast Point and further north along the Withlacoochee River in Madison County, these fossils are scientifically significant and aesthetically pleasing, capturing the attention of enthusiasts and researchers alike.

Measurements: 135g, 8cm x 7cm x 3cm

This listing is for one crystal, as pictured; please see all photos and videos, and feel free to message me if you have any further questions.
All crystals have been hand-selected for quality and aesthetics, so you can rest assured that you will receive a beautiful piece.