These beautiful 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. This lovely gold snake chain necklace features three blackish brown and white agate spheres. To the New Age school of thinking, agate of this particular hue is believed to bring victory in conflict and elevate one's intelligence.
14k gold (tests), 3 1.15cm banded agate spheres
17" length, 1.15cm diameter agates
1837 — 1901
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.