The word agate is derived from the Greek "Agateec" meaning happy. A suiting name as it was believed agate would cure melancholy. Agate is one of mans earliest gemstones; some estimate that humans first began working this stone over 18,000 years ago during the Stone Age.
               This beautiful semiprecious stone was historically the stone of choice for cameos, signet rings, and a great many other talismans. It was highly valued by early civilizations, and a whole array of attributes has been associated with this large family of stones. It is said an agate placed in the mouth would quench thrust, one worn about the neck or applied to the forehead would reduce or ward off fever, and during the medieval ages the stone was even said to render the wearer invisible.
               There are numerous types of agates, some like chalcedony and carnelian have legends all their own. Others, like the brown or black agates with a white ring in the center, were used in talismans against the evil eye. And according to the manuscript attributed to Albertus Magnus "Le Grand Albert des Secrets des Vertus des Herbs, Pierres et Bestes" a black agate with white bands, presumably a sardonyx or black lace agate, would instill strength and courage to the wearer.

Agate can be found in almost every color.                     
Agate is found world wide.
SiO2 , semipellucid crystallized quartz silicate
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