Ref. Number: 1062

Country: Thailand (Suphanburi province)

Period: Dvaravati - 7th Cent.

Material: Agate

Dimension: 25 x 18 mm

Ancient Agate Beads

Agate is a beautiful mineral that occurs in an amazing variety of colors, shapes and patterns. Agate is a unique stone that is part of the quartz family, or in scientific terms SiO2 (silicone dioxide), characterized by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kind

s of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks but can be common in certain metamorphic rocks which are the result of the transformation of a pre-existing rock types.

Agate is a variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz which usually show varicolored bands and multicolored schemes. It usually occurs as rounded nodules or veins. Scientists believe that Agate is created when gas bubbles inside of cooling lava include saline water. These gas bubbles with saline water turn into a gel. Since there is salt in the water, it attacks the surrounding iron in the lava and creates bands. These bands are extremely intricate and beautiful. It should be noted that no two stones are the same, making each agate stone unique and more precious.

Ancient Agate Beads

These beads arranged from brown to white with layered banding, are thought to have a magical aspect to them. It is said that this harnessed the power of the bead which would, in turn, enhance the potency of medicines or rituals that they were placed in.

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