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Agate
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Agate is the banded form of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz. Rather than a single crystal, it is composed of a myriad of miniature crystals that can only be seen with extreme magnification. Agate's name is derived from the site of its discovery, the river Achates (now Dirillo) in southwest Sicily. You will often find striking curved or angular banded patterns of color flowing within agate, which are caused by the presence of various minerals, often iron and manganese. One of the oldest known gemstones, agate is a favored material of lapidaries and artisans around the world.

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Named for the Achates river in present-day Sicily where it was first discovered around 300 BC, agate jewelry has been a sought-after material for centuries to use in stone carving, jewelry making, and other artisan crafts. Agate stones are made of several kinds of banded-together chalcedony, a kind of quartz; this is where the stone gets its unique striped appearance. Agate is also found in an array of colors and types: blue lace agate, crazy lace agate, fire agate, moss agate - the list goes on. This makes agate an ideal stone for jewelry - varied, versatile, and beautiful, just like those who choose to wear it.

Since it is one of the first stones ancient humans began working with, agate jewelry has existed for centuries. It is common for agate stone jewelry to be made of agate beads or cabochons after the stones are polished and smoothed. These stones have long been popular for carving, which makes them ideal for use in cameo rings and other cameo jewelry. Statement jewelry made with agate is popular as well and adds a colorful pop to any ensemble.

Ancient Egyptians believed the stone could help prevent against natural disaster or boost other personal qualities and abilities. We don't know about that, but we do know that agate jewelry will boost the quality of your look. Don a unique agate pendant for a night out on the town. Shopping for a fan of earth tones? She'll love the rich colors to be found in agate - choose a few pieces and create a collection just for her.




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