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 energy.
These Agate Slices have incredible clarity & quality, grade AA. From the earth in Brazil - these have been polished on both sides. I tried to show photos of both in the sun and the shade, as the light does change their appearance dramatically!
They are all a great size for a little charging plate for other crystals or jewelry - and some people like to use them as coasters, I prefer to have them on a stand to let the light shine through them. Although they are a 7 on the hardness scale, be careful with other hard crystals that can scratch the surfaces.
This one weighs 10.4 oz and measures about 6.25 x 6 x .25. By far the largest on in the batch, and the largest I have had the pleasure of rehoming in this high quality. It has an almost purply pink hue with blues and orange tones. Truly magical to see it change colors in different lighting.