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Agate Gemstone Beads

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Agate composition varies greatly and can be of many colors.

No gemstone is more creatively striped by nature than agate. This distinct and dramatically banded variety of chalcedony is composed of quartz layers. This composition varies greatly and can be of many colors. The other chalcedony family, jasper, has less-regular patterns and is less defined than the agates. Another difference between the two is that agates tend to be translucent (or at least contain translucent bands), while jaspers are generally opaque. This distinction stems from agate being composed of microscopic "fibers" of crystalline quartz while jasper is made of microscopic "grains" of crystalline quartz. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in a host rock. As a result, agate often is found as a round nodule with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. It is said to be named for the place it first was found — along the River Achates (now called the River Drillo) in Sicily.


In ancient times, agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet. It was said to quench thirst and protect from fever. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. Some believe agate renders the wearer invisible, and due to its strength and durability, it is used for making ornaments or for astrological purposes. Agate is a cooling stone and is said to cure insomnia, protect against danger, promote strength and healing, and ensure a healthy life. The major sources of agate are Australia, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A. The gemstones of Maryland (Patuxent River Stone), Minnesota (Lake Superior agate) and South Dakota (Fairburn agate) are all agates.

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Banded Agate Gemstone Beads

Banded Agate Gemstone Beads

Blue Lace Agate Gemstone Beads

Blue Lace Agate Gemstone Beads

Botswana Agate Gemstone Beads

Botswana Agate Gemstone Beads

Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone Beads

Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone Beads

Dyed Blue Mist Agate Gemstone Beads

Dyed Blue Mist Agate Gemstone Beads

Fired Agate Gemstone Beads

Fired Agate Gemstone Beads

Gray Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone Beads

Gray Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone Beads

Miscellaneous Agate Gemstone Beads

Miscellaneous Agate Gemstone Beads

Moss Agate Gemstone Beads

Moss Agate Gemstone Beads

Natural Agate Gemstone Beads

Natural Agate Gemstone Beads

Rainforest Agate Gemstone Beads

Rainforest Agate Gemstone Beads

Thunder Agate Gemstone Beads

Thunder Agate Gemstone Beads

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