Colourful Agate Pieces
Wonderfully tactile and highly polished agate slices from South Africa. Each of these translucent stones exhibits a vitreous lustre hence the appearance and texture is similar to glass. Whilst agate can occur in a wide variety of different colours it can also be found in varying shades of black, brown, white and grey. Sadly many of these stones end up being dyed because some believe these neutral colours are not sufficiently appealing to the wider commercial market. At Stone Mania we never knowingly buy agate that has been artificially coloured and to the best of our knowledge the colour of these pieces is completely natural.
Not all agates exhibit amazing colours but what they lack in colour they often make up with other curious or fascinating characteristics. This natural stone has evolved over millions of years and Mother Nature has done a pretty good job. Rocks and minerals appeal to people for different reasons and there's so much more to this fascinating stone than just its colour. It's important to note that dyeing is completely different to heating a stone which is a common practice used to enhance or change the colour of rocks and minerals. Both treatments have been widely used around the world for thousands of years.
Although agate grades 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness it's a very brittle mineral so must be handled with care.
The colours, markings, shapes and sizes of these agate slices varies from piece to piece. They're sold by weight with the minimum purchase being 30 grams which equates to approximately 4 pieces. Make your choice from the dropdown list before proceeding to checkout. Orders are carefully put together and will include an assortment of different sizes. Please bear in mind that weights do vary so the number of slices in each order may vary depending on the weight of each piece. If you have a preference for a particular size, please use the comments box at checkout to send us a message.
Drop by our page on Flickr to see our first agate photograph in its original size.
Weight Range (grams) : 1.6 - 16.5
Size Range (cms) : 2 x 1.4 x 0.8 - 4.3 x 3.7 x 0.8