Huge Fire Agate Frame Bead

Product Code: ga1938

Availability:Out of stock

Price is for one of these unsual large frame beads - drilled ready to thread. So called because they look like the frame of spectacles! Sizes all slightly different - about 1.50-inch diameter (35mm) x 10mm - hole is 18mm. As they are natural: all will be slightly different to picture. We only have limited supply of these and can't get anymore!

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 host rock. As a result, agate often is found as a round nodule, with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. The bands sometimes look like eyes, sometimes fanciful scallops, or even a landscape with dendrite trees.

Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times. It was said to quench thirst and protect from fevers. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. A famous collection of two to four thousand agate bowls which was accumulated by Mithradates, king of Pontus, shows the enthusiasm with which agate was regarded. Agate bowls were also popular in the Byzantine Empire. Collecting agate bowls became common among European royalty during the Renaissance and many museums in Europe, including the Louvre, have spectacular examples.