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Agate owes its name to a Sicilian river called “achates”, known today as Dirillo, where it was found in abundance. This gemstone is composed of different colours, originating from its silica content that comes from volcanic lava. It displays white, red, blue, grey, brown and even black colours. Formed by a multitude of agglomerated crypto-crystals, this stone consists of successive layers of chalcedony, each layer having its own thickness and colour. Therefore, hundreds of different kinds of agates with different shapes and colours can be found. The stone is available in a sphere shape.
The beauty and longevity of agate stone have made it coveted for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt it was utilised as an ornament and for making matches and containers. The Romans appreciated this stone for its medicinal virtues. Agate has served for a long time as a talisman to relieve suffering such as thirst or rise in temperature. Agate was used for decorating the princely cups in Europe. It is utilised as a component for making stained-glass windows, vases, jewellery…