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Dwarves' Earth Treasures Museum:
Paint Rock Agates
Cumberland Plateau along Alabama & Tennessee border

    The yellow agates with red freckles and ribbons look like they have been crazily painted by dancing painters and they were first found at Paint Rock, Alabama as floaters.  Apparently, they had been weathered from the limestones at Greasy Gove, Tennessee whic his just few hundred feet from the Alabama-Tennessee border. Only a small percentage of the Paint Rock Agates will have banded agates and and even fewer will have the banded agates dead-centered in the nodules. It's typical to see banded agates along the edges of the nodules. The agates are yellow, orange, and red, sometimes with black to clear agates and the red color are usually not confined to the bands due to the porosity of the agates. 
    It seems quite difficult to obtain any quality banded agates from those areas due to the fact that so much of the land are privately owned, but there are been some collecting expeditions to the rivers and lumbered areas.  There had been some past diggings in the past that turned up some excellent specimens.
Additonal info can be found in this Tennessee Paint Rock Agates at this website.

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From Greasy Cove along AL/TN border From Greenhaw, Tennesse
Rough Appearances:
The best agates along Alabama/Tennessee border look like they have been extracted directly from limestone host itself and the nodules have reddish tint.
Most will show yellow dots/ribbons with red color without any agate banding.

Tennessee Paint Rock Agates are similar, but has rougher & more weathered exteriors.
Coming from close locations along the border, they can be confused with each other if not labelled properly.

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Greasy Cove
From Greenhaw, Tennesse
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Classic Paint Rock Agate from Greasy Cove


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