Agate
Banded beauty
 
No gemstone is more creatively striped by Nature than Agate (chalcedony quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures).   Each individual Agate forms by filling a cavity in a host rock.  As a result, Agate is often found as a round nodule, with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk.   The bands sometimes look like eyes (cats eye), fanciful scallops, or even a landscape with trees (moss agate).
 
Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times, believed to quench thirst and protect against fever.   King of Pontus, Mithridates, collected between two and four thousand bowls carved out of agate.   Agate bowls were also popular during the Byzantine Empire and among the European royalty during the Rennaissane Era.   The Louvre, as well as many other museums in Europe have spectacular examples.
 
Mining of Agate was documented as far back as 1497 in Germany which gave rise to the cutting-centre of Idar-Oberstein.   Originally, the river was used to power the grinding wheels, but when the Nahe Agate deposit was exhausted in the nineteenth century, Idar-Oberstein's cutters started to develop the Agate deposits of Brazil, which sparked off the exploration and the discovery of Brazil's rich deposits of Amethyst, Citrine, Tourmaline, Topaz and other gemstones.
 
Idar-Oberstein is still known for the finest Agate carvers in the world but has expanded its reputation, importing a large range of other gem materials from around the world for cutting and carving.   Cameo master carvers and modern Lapidaries flourish along with rough-stone dealers who scour the world for the latest gem discoveries for export.   An entire industry sprang from that first taste to acquire Agate bowls and ornaments during the Renaissance.
 
 
 
 
 
GB Jewelers, Inc.
Under the Clock Tower
675 SE Marlin Avenue, Suite 1  /  PO Box 999
Warrenton, OR 97146
800-869-1481

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