Agate: Stripes Earned by Nature
With its combination of earthiness and elegance, agate is one of the most unusual gemstones. There are many varieties of agate, including blue lace agate, moss agate, tree agate and petrified wood. Agate is frequently utilized in the design of pendants, necklaces or earrings. No gemstone is more creatively striped by Nature than agate, with its concentric layers formed in a wide variety of colors and textures.
According to Greek lore, Agate was found in the river Achates, which is now called the Drillo River, located in Sicily. However, there is evidence that Stone Age men used Agate more than 15,000 years ago. Legend has it that agate guarded the wearer from all dangers and endowed the wearer with a bold heart. It was used on armor to help warriors be victorious in battle.
Agate is a variety of chalcedony that comes in variety colors making it ideal for all kinds of jewelry designing. Blue agate is as expected, light blue. Moss agate is dark green, often with clear patches. Tree agate is green and white.
Our jewelers love to present the striped and variegated nature of agate on gold necklaces; and for unmatched depth and intrigue, nothing tops an agate pendant.
Agate is found all around the world including the United States. Today, you can find sources in the Western United States, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Brazil, China, India and Africa.
Agate Jewelry Care & Handling
Agate can crack and chip rather easily even though its hardness rating is 7 on the Mohs scale. Since agate is porous, it can be dyed to enhance its natural color. Remember to protect you agate in your Ross-Simons presentation box, and clean your agate with a soft cloth.