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About Agate

08 Jan 2024

What is Agate Used For?

Agate, a beautifully patterned variety of quartz, has been valued for its beauty and versatility in various cultures and fields throughout history.

Some people attribute healing properties to agate, but let's focus on the tangible, widely acknowledged uses of agate in different fields.

First off, let's start with some basic attributes!

  • Color: Available in almost all colors, including banded and multicolored varieties.
  • Hardness on the Mohs Scale: 6.5-7.0.
  • Crystal Structure: Hexagonal, cryptocrystalline.
  • Unearthed Shape: Typically found in nodules within layers of volcanic rocks.

Top 3 Most Common Uses:

Jewelry and Ornamentation

Agate is widely used in jewelry making. Its array of colors and unique patterns, such as banded or lace varieties, make it popular for rings, necklaces, and other decorative items. The hardness of agate ensures durability for everyday use while maintaining its beauty.

Artistic and Decorative Applications

Historically, agate has been used in various artistic and decorative contexts. Its aesthetic diversity makes it a choice material for inlays, carvings, and ornamental objects. Agate cameos, intricate carvings on the stone, are particularly notable for their historical and artistic value.

Technological and Scientific Use

While not as common in technological applications as some other minerals, the unique properties of certain types of agate, such as their ability to be dyed and polished, have seen them used in various decorative and artistic projects.

How to Tell if Agate is Real?

With numerous synthetic imitations available, it's important to know how to identify genuine agate:

Visual Inspection

  • Color and Pattern: Real agate shows a range of colors and patterns, often banded or with intricate designs.
  • Clarity: Agates can range from translucent to opaque, with natural imperfections or inclusions.

Physical Tests

  • Hardness: Agate’s hardness level on the Mohs scale (6.5-7) allows it to scratch glass or metals of lesser hardness.
  • Refractive Index: A refractometer can be used by professional jewelers to help determine

Professional Appraisal

For certainty, it is advisable to have the stone evaluated by a professional gemologist. They have the tools and expertise to authenticate agate accurately.

Where is Agate From?

Agate is found globally, with notable sources including Mexico (known for fire agate and lace agate), the USA (producing moss agate, banded agate, lace agate, and petrified wood), Scotland and India (sources of moss agate), and Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar (known for banded agate). Each region contributes to the vast diversity in agate's appearance and patterns.

About Forgotten Rarities

Established in 2014 as a quaint Etsy shop, Forgotten Rarities began its journey selling vintage clothing and vinyl records. Brookelynn & Robert soon embraced a new passion—crystal bracelets—leading to a wider range of crystal jewelry, which became a hit at concerts and festivals. Within a year, now an LLC, the founders made a bold pivot, dedicating themselves exclusively to crystals. This shift marked a new era, as Forgotten Rarities found a unique voice in the vibrant world of crystals. The discovery of live sales on Instagram revolutionized their approach, fostering a dynamic connection with a growing community of crystal enthusiasts. The success of these live interactions propelled the company from a home-based business to a 10,000 square foot warehouse, bustling with employees and an ever-expanding inventory. Now, with over 85,000 followers on Instagram and over 43,000 on Tik Tok, Forgotten Rarities is a testament to growth and adaptation. Their daily live sales have not only elevated the brand but also created a vibrant community around the beauty and energy of crystals.
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