Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Oh Danny boy you did it again!

Newport resident Danny found this beauty just yesterday here in the Newport area. Great way to start the season!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Busy Summer

Sorry I haven't had a chance to keep up lately as we have been very busy and there will be a lot of photos to go up that I have to get cropped. Check back again from time to time.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Agatized Fossil Snail Shell with Water bubble!

Sue B. of Newport found this 2" wonderful agatized enhydro sea snail fossil specimen earlier this summer while beachcombing on the Oregon coast. This fossil would be about 15-20 million years old.

Photo has been enlarged to show the bubble encased within the agate.

Agate Arrowhead found!

Nice find! Earlier this month Jon M. found this jasp agate arrowhead while visiting in Newport! This is the second agate arrowhead we have seen in recient years here in the Newport area. However please remember taking artifacts from the beaches in Oregon is not recommended.

Photo shows both the front and back.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Congratulations to Jeff Smith of Ashland!

Congratulations to Jeff Smith and his friend on their exceptional find of the largest complete agate enhydro Clam Bellie, we have ever seen! They were in at closing September 13th and we had the camera put away, hope they will stop in again and let us take a photo to show everyone this exceptional find.

Sorry we have been so busy this summer that we haven't had a chance to get the photos up that we have taken of other treasures. Hope to find some moments to get back to the photos. Happy hunting everyone.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nice large Jasp-agate found

This nice large piece of jasp-agate was found earlier in July by Kevin C. of Yachats.

Tali-Ho and off to school she goes!

Lapidary art of wire wrapping a stone into a wearable piece of art

Have a safe journey and good luck at school, Tali you will be missed by all of us here in Newport! You have been such a great team player here with us for the last two years. We know you will excell in anything you set your mind to.

Tali is shown here with her gold wire wrapped cloud agate that was actually found here in Newport with the inclusion shaped as a cross. How fitting a piece to send her off to Boise Bible College.

Good Luck from all of us!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Agate Hunting at Roads End in Lincoln City, Oregon

Enjoy 4 minutes of beachcombing at the surf line and around the cove during the low tide for agates on the beach at roads end with Jafravh. Her bonus footage will also include close up views of the tide pools, home to a variety of colorful sea stars and sea anemones which are groups of water dwelling, animals of the intertidal area plus a spectacular close-up of our national symbol the Bald Eagle perched on a rock out crop at the Oregon Coast!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Lucky beachcomber Frank of Toledo just picked up what appeared to be just another piece of jasper and found this complete fossilized crab on the backside of the cobble while kicking around at the beach. Nice find Frank!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Nice Pyritized Fossil Sea Shells Found at Newport!

Pyritized Sea Snail

Pyritized Sea Shells

These fossil shells with secondary pyrite crystals were two specimens that lucky resident Lisa found just north of Newport. The marine fossil mollusks of this area are generally about 15-20 million years old.

Editors note: Photo is about double the size of the actual specimen.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


This beauty was found by lucky beachcomber Barbara G. in April. It weighs ½ pound and is shown here in it's polished splendor illuminated by a light from below to highlight it's beauty from within.

Strange Petrified Teredo Wood Specimen

This piece found by Ronnie the "Rockhunter" of Newport measures 6" x 2½" and is a most unsual specimen. The areas that appear to have been sawed are the actual damage done by the Teredo mollusk to this piece of wood.

Jasp-Agate found at Newport

This large cobble of Jasp-Agate was found June 17th, weighing in at 4.65 pounds and measured 5" x 7" was found by Judy K of Victoria B.C. Nice find Judy!

Carnelian Fortification Agate

It is late in the season, but yes treasure is still being found daily such as this beautiful large cobble of carnelian fortification agate which was found earlier this month in the Newport, Oregon area by lucky beachcomber Amie B. NOTE: Photo was taken while the specimen was still wet to better show the details.

Enhydro agate limb cast found at Newport

Congratulations to lucky Amy P. of Newport who just recently found these nice limb casts of agate, the clear one actually aprox. 2 inches long is an enhydro agate (water of 15 - 20 million years old within) with a large air bubble moving freely as in a carpenter's level.

Oregon Coast Agate Found

Another beautiful large agate weighing 1.55 pounds was found at Newport in May, by local resident Glenda.

Newport black agate found in May!

This is a beautiful black agate which was found here at Newport on the Oregon Coast measures 3" x 2" and was found by our own local Bibliona. This cobble of agate weighs in at almost half a pound.

5" Carnelian Agate Geode, found!

Local resident Alan found this beauty in the Newport area early in May,
weighing in at 1.7 pounds.
Sorry I have been so late getting these up there is alot to be added as time permits. Please check back from time to time.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Petrified wood found beachcombing at Newport, Oregon

This was another extreamly large piece (weighing in at maybe 10 plus pounds) of petrified wood just found here in Newport by Arnie, another lucky guest. This piece has an oval shape centerally located of druzy quartz crystals, and the end above the teeth of the garden fork appears to be well agatized displaying the wonderful grain paterns in colorful banding of bluish-black, grey and white agate.

Fossil shark's tooth found at the beach in Newport, Oregon!

This fossilized shark's tooth was recently found on the beach by lucky Lincoln county guest, Sue P. in north Newport. This is the largest sharks tooth that we have personally seen from this area (large ones like this are generally found on the east coast). The tooth in it's entirity must have been at least 4" overall in total size.

An uncommon Jasp-agate found beachcombing at Newport!

Spectacular winter storms this year have been responsible for a variety of changes to the Oregon coastline. Since the storm removal of tons of sand this has uncoverd and exposed more rocks, agates, fossils, and glass fishing floats than many of our previous winters. Guest Dale M. recently found this spectacular specimen of Jasp-Agate which has the look of a breaciated jasper (considering all of the fragmented jasper pieces randomly spread throughout) on the beach just north of Newport, at the Oregon Coast. (This specimen was photographed wet).

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A wonderful specimen of Crepidula praerupta

Crepidula praerupta (Conrad) fossils of a flat shell commonly preserved together in groups as seen here. Found in the past by Newport resident E. J.

Nautilus fossil found at South Beach in Newport, Oregon

A beautiful fossilized specimen of an Aturia angustata (Conrad) of which is the extinct species that is compared with the present day Nautilus pompilus. The photos shows the interior cavity lined of druzy quartz crystals, while the exterior shell still shows the well detailed growth chamber by chamber. Found locally by Brent, a Lincoln county beachcomber.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

April was a very busy month here at the beach!

This winter the storms scoured the beaches down so far that ancient forest tree trunks and shipwrecks that had been buried for 200+ years or so were exposed. This brought so many visitors to the coast, that on some days there were as many as 150 people at a time on the local beaches.

Photo above shows a small but unique 2" piece of petrified wood limb cast with small worm holes, as found in by Newport resident Larry Thompson. This was just one of the many beautiful pieces that we had seen from the many people beachcoming in April.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Moss Agate recently found!

Handsome five pound, 6 inch Jasp-Agate, with veining of green moss found, at the beach in south Lincoln Co., Oregon. Exterior of gold jasper showing veins of agate, cut open displaying moss agate interior.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Trophy Sized Petrified Wood Found!

Beachcomber Thiago G. of Lincoln City, proudly holding the large 15 pound Myrtle Wood boulder he reciently found on the beach, in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Agate found by Joe Cheek, just fresh out of the tumbler. Only polished enough to retain the exhisting patterns as it was found!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

It's agate season on the beaches of Newport, Oregon!

It is truly agate season here on the central coast of Oregon. The tides have yielded some of the nicest trophies of beautiful agates to be seen here in years. Here is another trophy for a proud local beachcomber Joe Cheek with his 4.35 pound agate that he found in January at South Beach, of Newport, Oregon.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Exotic Agate found by beachcomber Ray Morrow

Exterior looked like a sard agate, but cut open exposed the most beautiful blue agate we have ever seen, plus it was ribboned with dendrites of (fools gold) pyrite. Exciting find of a 2.2 pound agate found just north of Newport , Oregon August 2007. I identified it as an agate but thought it would be a carnelian agate, due to the exterior color.
Ray took it home and it was the first rock that he ever sliced, just removing the heal he exposed the most unsual agate found in the area. It was not carnelian (red-orange) but BLUE as like blue lace agate but with spectacular ribbons of pyrite dendrites running through it!
He brought it in to the showroom and we polished the exposed face of it to bring out it's true beauty.