A Banded Lutz is a marble with a single-colored base glass and  two sets of two  bands alternating with two  lutz bands. Lutz is finely ground copper flakes or goldstone. The lutz bands are usually edged by opaque white  strands.

The most common base glass is transparent clear. Transparent color base glass is rarer. Semi-opaque base glass (usually colored) is very rare. Opaque base glass is also rare. Marbles with opaque black bases are  the  most common of this type. Other colors are  rarer.

A few  rare  examples have only  two  colored bands, rather than  the usual four, or extra  colored bands. These are  extremely rare.


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An Onionskin Lutz is a marble that  has  an end  of day  onionskin core with lutz bands and/or lutz sprinkled on the  core.

The  base color  of the  core is usually white, with  blue,  green or red streaks. Usually  the  streaks are  not  as  pronounced as  they are  on an end  of day  that  does not have lutz.

The lutz can vary from a light sprinkling on the core to very heavy lutz bands. Heavy lutz on the core increases the value  of the marble. In some instances, the  lutz floats  on a layer  of clear  glass above the  core. These are  rare  and  are  sometimes called “floaters.”

Lobed and/or cloud examples are  known to exist.  These are very rare. Marbles that have colored glass surrounding the core and lutz are also very rare.


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A Ribbon Lutz is a naked ribbon core swirl with  lutz on  both edges of  the  ribbon. There are  single ribbon examples and  double ribbon examples.

The basic type  is transparent clear  base with an opaque white  single ribbon core. The ribbon usually has transparent color glass over  it. There are some marbles with an opaque-color single ribbon. These are  somewhat rarer.

There are  examples with  a double ribbon, where each ribbon is a different color. These are  also  rare.

Some marbles are  in transparent color  glass. The  ribbon is always opaque white. These are  also  rare.

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An Indian Lutz has an opaque black base with three or four lutz bands on  the  surface. The  bands are  edged with  colored strands. Several examples have also been found with colored bands and lutz bands on the  surface.

A Mist Lutz is a transparent clear  base with  a core of a transparent color. There is a layer of lutz just below the surface of the marble, floating between the core and  the surface. Usually  the core color  is green. Several examples with red or black cores have been found and these are extremely rare. There have also been some lutzes found that have a solid black core with lutz on the core itself. These are referred to as Solid Core Lutzes.


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