Current Exhibit

Eyes of Brazil

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This stunning series of agate slices are all cut from a single geode found in 2014 by soy farmers tilling their field in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Their digger crushed the end of the boulder, leading to the discovery of crystals inside. The approximately 2 metre (6 foot) long geode-boulder was stabilised with wire and cement before cutting could begin. It took 12 days to saw each slice, and more than a year to polish all 16 slices. The series clearly shows the layers of agate deposited along the inner wall of the cavity, until conditions and space allowed for the growth of rock crystal in the centre.

Guests at GIA exhibition looking at the full Eyes of Brazil exhibit

Video produced by Pedro Padua/GIA