Agate, also called banded chalcedony, is a mineral belonging to the quartz family - sharing the hardness of 7. Agates were first recorded and named in Italy from the river Achetes in Sicily. They were used by many civilizations including Neolithic people & Egyptians, as early as 3,000 BC. They have also been used in jewelry in ancient India, and Germany from 15th-19th century. Crystal healers believe that agates help stabilize + harmonize energy.
These platters are ethically sourced from Brazil where they were mined, cut and polished into this platter shape with the edges left raw. This one weighs 4lb 8.9 oz and measures about 9x8x1 inches. It has a sparkly peachy center and some honey calcite too!