Agate is a microcrystalline variety of Silica, chiefly Chalcedony, characterized by its fineness of grain and brightness of color.
The stone was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and naturalist, who discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates (Greek: Ἀχάτης) sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Colorful agates and other Chalcedonies were obtained over 3,000 years ago from the Achates River, now called Dirillo, in Sicily.
Agates come in a wide range of natural colors and shades including white to grey, light blue, orange, red and black.
History, Symbolism, and Properties of Agate
The Greeks and Romans had great faith in the talismanic and medicinal virtues of the Agates, wearing them to avert sickness, regarding them particularly as an antidote to the bite of an Asp if taken powdered in wine, or as an infallible cure for the sting of a Scorpion if tied over the wound. They also thought that it brought success in love and friendship.
In Elizabethan days, there was also great faith in its talismanic virtues, with the Queen having among her jewels a large oval Agate engraved with scenes representing Vulcan at his forge with Venus looking on. This jewel was presented to her by Archbishop Parker, and was accompanied by a parchment giving in Latin a long list of its properties, concluding that as long as Her Majesty possessed this jewel she would always have a trusted friend.
Birthstone Facts and Information about Agate
- It is an alternate birthstone of the month of May.
- It is also the Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 12th year of marriage.
- Moss Agate is the anniversary gemstone for the 14th year of marriage.
- Zodiac Sign: Taurus.
- Taurus dates: April 21 - May 20.
- Taurus - The Second Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Bull.
- Ruling Planet of Taurus: Venus.
- Alternate Birthstones of Taurus: Emeralds, Sapphires, Garnet and Diamonds.
We use natural agates of different colors in our jewelry.
Here is a photo of silver ring with green agate and peridot:
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