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Agate & Garnet Necklace 001

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Product Description

This necklace is made with banded Red Agate stones with deep red Garnet stones as accents. The stones measure roughly 12mm by 10mm and I used PMC Paper Clay for the bezel settings and traditional chain mail techniques to join each bezel so the necklace bends and moves freely. The necklace measures 18 inches in length but is adjustable up to 21 inches.

History and Introduction

Agate belongs to the quartz (silicon dioxide) family of minerals. The quartz group is the second most abundant mineral found on earth’s continental crust, second only to the feldspar mineral group. All quartz gemstones share the same silicon dioxide chemical composition, but are distinguished and separated into two main branches based upon differing crystal classes and formations. The two main branches of quartz include macrocrystalline quartz and cryptocrystalline quartz; agate belongs to the latter. More specifically, agate is a variety of chalcedony, which includes a wide range of other gemstones, including chrysoprase, bloodstone, jasper and carnelian.

Cryptocrystalline quartz exhibits crystal structures so fine, they cannot be seen, even with the aid of a microscope. Agate is often referred to as being microcrystalline, which merely suggests that the crystal structure is just slightly larger than most other cryptocrystalline species. The difference between micro and cryptocrystalline is not clearly defined, so it would not be considered incorrect to describe agate as either. Macrocrystalline quartz is typically transparent to translucent and forms with larger crystals than cryptocrystalline quartz. Macrocrystalline gemstones include amethyst, citrine, hawk's eye, smoky quartz, rose quartz and tiger's eye.

Metaphysical Properties

Agate gemstones are one of the oldest stones in recorded history. Agate is known as a stone of protection, protecting one from nightmares, stress and fatigue. Since biblical times, agates have been worn and used in jewelry to protect against imminent storms. They were highly valued as talismans and amulets throughout ancient times.

Agate has the ability to quench thirst and protect from fevers. Alternative healers will place agate stone on the solar plexus to alleviate stomach illnesses. Agate is a stone of strength and gives the power to move forward and carry on through tough times.

Jewelry Care and Cleaning

Agate can be cleaned very easily using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Keeping in mind that agate is quartz and its hardness and durability, be sure to not use any other objects that are harder than agate for scrubbing or cleaning. As with most gemstones, you should not use any household chemicals when caring or cleaning your agate gemstone or gemstone jewelry pieces. Agate should avoid any prolonged exposure to extreme of heat as it may cause permanent damage to the gemstone. When storing agate, it should be stored inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth. Agate should be kept away from other gemstones and jewelry to ensure unnecessary damage or scratching from other harder gemstones.

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