Readers agape at new ‘Agates’ edition

by Niki Price, editor,
Oregon Coast Today,
Beach Reads

April 25, 2008 - Issue


AGATES OF THE OREGON COAST by K.T. Myers and Petrovic  - ISBN13: 9781605857749 - HOT OFF THE PRESS - April 2008! "If your copy of the 1977 classic “AGATES OF THE OREGON COAST” has the rounded corners, blurred type and worn cover of a well-used reference book, then we have some good news. K.T. Myers and Petrovic, the rockhounding experts at Facets Gem and Mineral Gallery in Newport, have just released a revised edition of this handy pocket guide, with updated information, color photographs and map of the current agate-hunting hot spots.

Printed on sturdy, water-resistant paper, their 2008 edition shows agates in both their natural state and in all their polished glory. Myers and Petrovic offer explanations and illustrations of the many colors and varieties of agates, including enhydro (or water agates), found on the central coast. There are also sections on the fossil agates, petrified wood and fossils found amidst the cobbles here. It offers tips, safety precautions and more, in a size (8.5 inches by 4 inches) that slides easily into your pocket.

It’s a labor of love and industry for this couple, who combine their professional training with their hobbyist passion.

Myers has worked in retail sales, gem show productions, jewelry design and fabrication, as well as web design and development (she’s the person behind Facets’ info-laden site, Petrovic, a gemologist who has worked in the retail jewelry trade since the 1970s, designed and developed a class called “The Many FACETS of Gems and Minerals,” which he taught at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport.

His work in mineralogy has been recognized by the Gemological Institute of America, the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

The book, $5, is available at Facets, 1240 NW Grove St. in Newport (541-265-2514); for the growing list of other distributors, log on"

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