Ornamental agate slice, three photos of the same piece but this natural mineral looks slightly different in each photo because of the variation in lighting. In our first shot this slice of agate was standing against a dark background but for the second we moved it onto white and lit it up from behind. Our third photo was taken with the agate slice laying flat on a light coloured surface. The reason for the dramatic change in colour is because agate is mostly translucent hence its appearance can change dramatically depending on the light.
Agate is a naturally occurring mineral and one that's often dyed primarily because stones which occur in black, white and grey are generally not considered to attract enough attention from the wider commercial market. Whilst it's true that some specimens of agate may not be as colourful as others, what they lack in colour they usually make up with other curious or fascinating characteristics but it seems for most, colour is the deciding factor. 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 not a new practice but something that has been done for thousands of years. At Stone Mania we prefer not to feature pieces in our collection which have been coloured using dyes and have to say that in the vast majority of cases, we don't appreciate rocks and minerals which have been artificially coloured.
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