Overview

Agate is a variety of chalcedony which is microcrystalline quartz. Agate is more translucent microcrystalline quartz and technically is striped, though many stones named agates are not striped, whereas jasper is more opaque. There are many, many different types of agates in many different color combinations, and they are found all over the world. Different types are known for different appearances and/or properties. Agate is a microcrystalline variety of silica, chiefly chalcedony, characterized by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.

Applications

Material

Semi-Precious Stone

Agate Insert Sizes

Add-ons (upon request)

  • Ammonites, metal, gold, silver and other inclusions throughout the slab.
  • Decorative configurations such as Flower and Tornado design.
  • Please inquire.

Features

Translucent:  can be backlit

LEGEND OF THE AGATE GEM STONE

Ancient Romans valued the Agate for its reputed medicinal and talismanic properties. Powdered and mixed with water, it was said to counteract serpents’ venom. Pliny, a Roman historian, quoted the Magi as teaching in Persia that storms might be averted by burning Agates. Agates were believed to make their wearers agreeable, persuasive, and give them the favor of God, guarding them from all dangers, and enabling them to vanquish earthly obstacles, such as high winds and lightning. Ancient seafarers used Agate in amulets of protection from the fury of the surging ocean. The wearing of Agate was believed to be a cure for insomnia and was thought to induce pleasant dreams. Legends claim Agate to have the power to secure the wearer from danger and to protect children from falling, and to endow their owners with strength, courage and the ability to heal fears. Agate has a rich history of divinely revealed images within its natural veining, inclusions and markings. Such images as the Virgin Mary, Jesus, John the Baptist, angels and various other human forms have manifested themselves in these natural works of art and are found in churches and museums around the world. Agate is believed to be the middle stone in the third row in the breastplate of the High Priest

Notes

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  • Natural stone is subject to variation. No two pieces are the same.
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