Absolutely stunning, the Agate gemstone is a variety of Chalcedony that is easily identified by the intricate bands of color that are an incredible artwork of nature.
Barring a few varieties (such as the Dendritic Agate, Moss Agate and the Plume Agate), Agates, in general, have this feature which is a result of layer upon layer of Silica building up over time.
And the beauty of it is that the resulting formations of rock are in no way similar to each other.
When the Agate is mined, cut and polished into jewelry-worthy stones, each one, however large or small, will have an intricate color pattern of its own.
That’s great news for seekers of marvelously one-of-a-kind Agate gemstone jewelry.
And then there’s the matter of finding the best stones…
Color plays an important role in the composition of a high-quality Agate.
The range of hues associated with the varieties of this stone is staggering.
Agates in shades of a single color are used extensively in jewelry, as are the stones that boast of multiple hues merging to form interesting patterns.
However, it is the types of Agate with distinct bands of color that truly make a statement – be it in an Agate drop pendant or Agate dangle earrings.
As part of the accepted manufacturing process, Agates are often dyed in order to further enhance their natural colors.
Cut – The right cut is crucial as it can highlight or hinder the markings of a stone.
Clarity – In the case of inclusions, the norm varies. While inclusions in stones are not usually considered acceptable, the Dendritic, Moss and Plume Agate varieties of Agate contain inclusions that actually increase their value.
Believed to be extremely beneficial to those born under the Gemini zodiac sign, Agate was believed to be a stone of emotional healing.
According to legends, it helped improve concentration and recollection. A possible result of these benefits is said to be restful sleep and pleasant dreams.
On a personal note, Agate gemstones hold a special place in my heart, as they have been a popular choice of jewelry makers in the Kandyan region of Sri Lanka, where I grew up.
Centuries ago, only ladies of aristocratic birth and those of the royal family were privileged to wear the exquisite traditional Kandyan jewelry that was adorned with dazzling Agate gemstones set in Gold.
Jewelry making has progressed since then, and Agates are widely used in a variety of designs lending their beauty to fresh and exotic designs that are eagerly worn all over the world.
I believe the Agate is a stone that has global appeal, and this is what we offer you in our extensive collections.
Explore the assortment and take your pick!
Chemical formula: Silicone dioxide SiO2
Color(s): mostly are permanently dyed and in many colors and patterns
Transparency: transparent to translucent
Crystal system: Triagonal
Crystal system: 2.58 - 2.64
Hardness (Mohs): 7