Three photos of the same slice of agate but each looks slightly different because of the lighting. In our first shot this agate slice was standing against a dark background and we subsequently moved it onto white, in the second it was photographed on white and is lit up from behind. Our third photo was taken with it laying flat on a light coloured surface. The reason for the dramatic change in colour is because agate is generally translucent hence its appearance can change dramatically depending on the angle of the light.
Agate is a naturally occurring mineral that's frequently dyed primarily because stones which occur in black, white and grey do not generally attract enough attention from the wider commercial market. Whilst it's true that some specimens may not be as colourful as others, what they lack in colour they often make up with other curious or fascinating characteristics but seemingly colour is what matters the most. Agate slices can be found in almost every colour under the sun and with many it's blatantly obvious that the stone has been dyed. The dyeing of agate is nothing new and this practice is known to date back thousands of years. At Stone Mania we prefer not to feature pieces in our collection which have been artificially coloured and from the perspective of someone who loves rocks and minerals, we find this practice difficult to understand.
A small section of the outer edging of this agate slice has broken away but that certainly didn't deter us off from buying it. The length of the section concerned is 1.5 centimetres and literally just affects the outer edge. This anomaly can be clearly seen in our photo on the upper left side. There is also a minor scratch that can only be seen when this agate slice is held horizontally at certain angles and although not particularly unusual in polished minerals which exhibit a vitreous lustre or glass-like texture, we have taken this into consideration when calculating the price.
Weight (grams): 320
Size (cms): 21 x 16.6 x 0.8