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Victorian Banded Agate Earrings


These layer stones take their name of "agate" from the Achatus river in Sicily where sizable deposits of the stone were discovered as early as 300BC. Banded agate (also known as onyx) is the stone most often used in carving cameos and intaglios, cutting them en cabochon or fashioning round beads with a single stripe came into vogue in the mid 19th century. These petite Victorian earrings feature brown and white agate cabochons in crisp star settings.


  • Materials

    18k gold discs (tests), 3.8mm banded agate cabochons, 14k ear wires (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - probably converted into earrings from some other jewelry components

  • Size

    5/8" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 9.3mm diameter of discs