Welcome to the wonderland of agate jewelry! Agate is an exceptionally intriguing gemstone because no two agate gemstones are alike. Found all over the world in a rainbow of colors—including solids, stripes, swirls, speckles, and plumes—agate is as varied as nature itself!
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.
A variety of chalcedony, agate is found hidden inside the rough exterior of volcanic rock, where it is created by mineral deposits in cavities formed by hot gas bubbles. Polishing brings out its glossy translucent luster, and concentric bands of surprising color resemble the rings of a tree trunk. No wonder ancient cultures believed agate jewelry had magical powers of protection! Even today, one can imagine wearing an agate necklace, agate ring, agate pendant or agate bracelet as a good luck talisman.
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.