When and how was Agate discovered?
Agate is the name given to varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family.
The stone was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek Philosopher and naturalist. He discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates (Greek: Ἀχάτης) sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
What is the colour of Agate?
The lovely colour patterns and banding make this translucent gemstone very unique. This banding can distinguish it from most gemstones.
Called the earth rainbow – the bands of Agate form in nearly every colour on earth, including a colourless form.
Agate colours can include black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple and grey.
Where is Agate Sourced?
Agates may be found in various kinds of rock, but are classically associated with volcanic rocks. They can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.
Agate deposits exist in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Poland,Botswana, India, Australia, and the United States.
What is the hardness of Agate?
Agate measures a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
What are the different types of cut of Agate?
Agates can be found in very large sizes and in a variety of shapes. Most agates are cut cabochon to enhance their beauty, but they are also found in slabs and plain cuts.