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Blue Agate – Symbol of Love and Luck

Sunday, 24 April 2011

blue agateBlue Agate is the really fascinating mineral appearing as the piece of heaven or as an icy stone reflecting the faraway sea with the pure water. The mineral has no brilliant surface though it exerts attention with the riot of colors. Agate is a variety of chalcedony of many layers of different colors. It occurs as rounded nodules or veins in rock such as volcanic lava. The layers of quartz are often concentric. There are several types of it. The common types include blue lace agate, petrified wood, moss agate and tree agate.

The blue colors stands for eternity and stability whereas agate means happiness. The owner of the blue agate aspires to love and good fame. The designers throughout the world favor for this mineral for the sake of its color gamut, while the fashion followers like it having traced differently in jewelry. Far better the mineral is employed in accessories for men and women, to decorate the interior.

Agate is one of the first minerals to be mined and used by jewelers. The history of agate goes two thousand years back evidenced by numerous antique discoveries. Jewelers of Ancient Greece and Rome practically own the technique of glyptic and carving the volumetric pictures of gods or ordinary people on semi-precious stones, they had perfect medallions, camellia and other jewels. The mineral has its name from the Greek naturalist and philosopher Theophrastos, in particular, the place of location. Around the 4th century B.C. Theophrastos was walking along the river Ahastes, now Dirillo in Sicily and discovered the semi-precious stone of unique shade and color stripes. And since then agate was mined in the territory of Ahates. Agate is developed in many places of the world, from Russia to Australia. These minerals are found where the signs of volcanic rocks are there.

However, as the scientists assume, the word agate could be from the Greek word «ahates» to mean «happy». Two cameos were found during diggings in 1952 in Carnuntum referring to the 3rd century A.D. one of them was made from blue agate to imitate the right hand keeping the ear lobe, «memory point» in Greek interpretation. There was inscription on the jewel in Greek language to mean «never forget me». The other cameo made from blue agate either expressed two hands interlaced with the phrase «two hearts are united forever in marriage and love». Such jewels from agate of bluish shade were considered to be the love talismans to help with love affairs.

Agate has always been popular. It was used as a charm during medieval times to protect from diseases and to bring fame and more intelligence. The legendary jeweler Carl FabergéCarl Fabergé’s collections have lots of elephant figurines and one of them was made from blue agate.   was exceptionally fascinated with the rich palette of colors and varied textured colors of agate. He used the mineral when making sculptures, bottles, various clasps and buttons.

The Fabergé Easter egg is famous to have a rabbit inside made from the agate of light-blue shades with ruby eyes. Today the egg is owned by the private collection holder.

In spite of these obstacles, the blue agate successfully penetrated the 21st century to win fame and heart of fashion followers. Agate was highly delighted during art-décor period in the first half of the previous century. Post-war period had severe peculiarities when requiring more tolerance and saving where it is possible, strict and direct lines and no astounding jewelry which was considered bad manners then. And semi-precious stones and fake jewelry were the only accessories for ladies of that time.

The blue agate in exclusive collections of jewelers is the best to match with gold, silver, precious stones and it can be the only decoration when used as a basic stone in necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Such jewelry is not far expensive to cost around a couple of hundred USD, no more.

Blue agate has been proved to be the office stone when most jewelers make accessories which are not to wear for every day life for the sake of pompousness and inappropriateness to business wear. And thus, S.T. Dupont Company launched a series of cuff links with blue agate and palladium. The price ranges from $100 to $500 USD.

Blue agate is exploited by modern fashion designers to make some extraordinary insertions to modern interior and to bring some vivid look diluting the everyday life with juicy colors. Art of SPAIN is the collection of jewels created by artists and sculptors in Europe. Every item of this collection is exclusive in quality and design combining metal and natural semi-precious stones. Blue agate is also used for bookends, crystal balls and candle-holders. The price ranges from $200 to $1000 USD.

Agate is one of the most popular semi-precious stones among others and it becomes the strongest charm for the owner. When finding their own blue agate, every single person achieves peace and love in family, the fame and spiritual enlightenment. The beauty of the blue agate is incredible to be able to measure since it is created for delight and fascination. Whether the agate is the jewel or the interior décor item, it is going to be the best thing to accompany you throughout your life. It is worth considering.

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