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Around 400 BC, a Greek philosopher, named Theophrastus, was wandering along the Achates river, in present day Sicily. He discovered a large deposit of beautiful banded stones that he named after the waters it was uncovered in. He called it, “Akhatēs”, which has been translated over time and language into, “agate”. It has been in use for much longer than its name, as the stone has been found at ancient sites that date beyond the Bronze Age, all over the world.
It was the Victorians who brought banded agate into popularity. In the mid-1800s it was all the rage to have agates carved into cabochon, creating banded stones with color block.
This antique Victorian banded agate and pearl gold necklace was handcrafted in England around 1880. It features five round cabochon banded agates patterned with 30 round creamy white pearls all set in 15 karat gold. Each of the agates measure 8.2 mm in diameter. This link chain necklace measures 16 inches in length and bears no marks, it has been acid tested. It weighs 14.5 grams.
Agate is a versatile stone, formed as whirling water pushes materials, such as silica, into the empty veins of rocks, bones, and shells, which creates bands and layers, hardened by pressure and time. Many agates form in ancient lava or volcanic rock.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold/Pearl/Black/White, Size: 16 inches
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Victorian Gold Pearl Banded Agate Necklace
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