Agates have been incorporated into jewelry since 400 BC. The Victorians popularized banded agates in the mid-1800s. Mourning required that one dress only in black with just a bit of white. During the Victorian era, it was considered proper to have agates carved into cabochons creating black gems with a touch of white. The cabochons were then set into necklaces, earrings, rings, and brooches. This banded agate pendant set in gold-filled yellow gold would have been perfect as it is black with a stripe of white. It is in excellent vintage condition. This meaningful yet straightforward necklace would be a lovely addition to your jewelry collection.
Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. The Achates River in Sicily, where agates were first found, provided a name for the stones. Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe.
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Vintage Gold Filled Banded Agate Pendant Necklace