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.
Amethyst is a form of quartz featuring a purple color due to iron and irradiation from the earth. Energy healers believe it to be connected to the third eye chakra and have used it for dream work and sleep. It was also known as the stone of sobriety in ancient Greece, and has been used to help with all sorts of addictions, from substance abuse to obsessive thoughts.
These Agate Slices have incredible clarity & quality, grade AA. They are from Brazil - these have been polished on both sides. Please make a selection and the correct photo should populate. Photos are in order (pic 2+3 are A, pic 4-5 are b) They weigh about 4 oz and measure about 4 x 4 x .2 inches
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 display them on a stand and let the light shine through. Although they are a 7 on the hardness scale, be careful with other hard crystals that can scratch the surfaces.
**stand is NOT included