One of my favorite gemstones for jewelry making is the Agate Stone. That is because it comes in such a plethora of colors and types that the different cuts and preparations of the stone in the making of Agate jewelry, provide a great fit for just about any outfit which you can choose.
But besides for the different types and cuts, the Agate stone itself is a wonderful gem and an unusual stone. It has real class as well as an earthy quality.
It is the birthstone for September and for the sign, Gemini. Also, it is widely held to be the gemstone for those celebrating their 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries.
The Agate stone is a variety of chalcedony, which is formed from layers of quartz which usually show varicolored bands. Usually, it occurs as roundish nodules or veins. Oftentimes, tiny quartz crystals form within the stone adding to its beauty and uniqueness. The crystals are known, in the industry, as “Druzy Crystals”.
Some varieties of this cherished gemstone are: Moss Agate, Eye Agate; and Plume Agate. All of which are commonly used to make Agate jewelry. Also, Blue lace Agate, Tree Agate and petrified wood – such as the mineral found in the Petrified Forest in Arizona in the United States of America. Usually it is shaped into cabochons or beads.
Recently, in the charm jewelry industry, Montana Agate has gained wide acceptance and well cut stones with nicely defined patterns exceed the price of some of the more well known gemstones. Plume Agate is another type which often brings a high dollar value to jewelry makers.
The stone, which was first discovered in what is today, modern Sicily, in the days of the Ancient Greek City-States, is found all over the world. It is found in Asia, Africa, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, and even the USA (namely in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest).
It is said that the Agate gemstone has the power to discern truth, cause one to accept tough circumstances, and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend has it that Agate can improve concentration and memory. It also increases sexual stamina and encourages honesty – two traits crux in a healthy marriage.
What’s more? It prevents insomnia, ensuring pleasant dreams to sleepy people. This is because the Agate stone provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one’s analytical talents.
As far as its common use in the world of fashion, Agate Jewelry includes various crystal necklaces, rings or earrings. I’ve seen beautiful bolo ties, blue agate pendants, hair sticks and fire agate bracelets.
Blue Agate is light blue in color. Moss Agate is dark green, and oftentimes it has clear patches. Tree Agate is white and green. Petrified wood is usually white, brown or red.
None the less, for the use of making jewelry, Agate is usually dyed to enhance the natural color. You can always know whether a stone is dyed by looking at the cracks. If the cracks are darker, then dye was most likely used.