Part polished agate stone with a slightly hollowed-out centre. This chunky ornamental piece boasts a deep reddish brown carnelian centre surrounded by white quartz crystals. The top of the mineral is highly polished and exhibits a vitreous lustre which means it reflects light in a similar to glass. The bottom is unpolished.
The mineral agate has been used as a carving material for thousands of years. A relatively hard stone which makes it ideal to work with, it takes on a high polish and is resistant to most chemicals. For this reason agate is widely used for mortar and pestle sets that are used in laboratory settings.
Although agate stone can be found in a wide variety of colours it commonly occurs in shades of black, white and grey.
This agate stone carving which comes from Africa makes an eye-catching and unique gift idea for someone who loves rocks and minerals.