The Stone: Agate
The Weight: 88.97 carats
The Origin: Arizona, United States
The Cut: Oval Cabochon Cut
- stone measurements: 49.13mm x 28.83mm x 8.1mm
Agate, a type of "chalcedony" quartz similar to jasper, comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors from around the world. Notable agate varieties include carnelian, onyx, sard, fire agate, moss agate, iris agate, and Madagascar sea agate. While agate and jasper are both atomically the same stone, agate is distinguished by its translucency, whereas jasper is completely opaque. The two can form together in one stone.
Both hard and durable, agate ranks 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Due to the microcrystalline nature of how agate grows, stones are resistant to chipping and breaking. Agate jewelry can safely be put into chemical and ultrasonic cleaners.