Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Its name comes from the Achetes River in Sicily, where Agates were first found. Called the earth rainbow, the concentric bands of Agate form in nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form.
Agate has been discovered with the artifacts of Neolithic people, and was used as healing amulets and ornamentation dating back to Babylon. Its medicinal uses continued through the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, and spread throughout Africa and the Middle East into Russia. Crystals therapists say that agate serves as an energizer.
Harder than granite, this translucent stone can be used on kitchen countertops safely. A luxury that ancient civilizations enjoyed for centuries is now available for you!
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