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New Beads:
Ultra Strong Beading Wire
Sensuous Web Agate Teardrops
Seductive Web Agate Hourglass
Luscious Web Agate Wave Ovals
Polished Carnelian Nuggets
Saturn Jasper Carved Rectangle
Grand Green Agate Nuggets
Large Luscious Agate Nuggets
12mm Watermelon Jade
Golden Orange Agate
Sizzling Hot Red Agate Pillow
Shiny Black & Red Agate
Shiny Polished Red Agate
Polished Web Agate Pillow
Red Tiger Eye Wavy Coin
Beefy Banded Agate Shiny Tube

Agate Beads

We find at MrBead agate has become more popular recently - hence our increased stock of all types of this bead. No gemstone is more creatively striped by nature than agate, technically, chalcedony quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in its host rock, resulting in round nodules, with bands like the rings of a tree trunk, looking like eyes. Agate comes in many different forms, one of the most common being Sardonyx - derived from the Greek word "Sard" meaning reddish brown, and "onyx": veined gem. Sardonyx usually contains white and brownish-red bands. Roman soldiers wore sardonyx talismans engraved with figures of Hercules or Mars, believing that the stone would make them braver. During the Renaissance, public speakers thought sardonyx helped them talk more forceful.

Another type of agate, Dzi, is one of the most mysterious of all gemstones. These shiny beads usually from Tibet, patterned with mystical eyes are among the most treasured in the world. "Dzi" in Tibetan means shine, brightness, clearness, and splendor.

Agate was highly valued as a talisman in ancient times and has been used as a traveler's amulet for centuries. It's believed to bring good fortune, health, wealth and long life, as well as quenching thirst and preventing fevers. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms and athletes to increase vitality. Shia Muslims wear an agate ring on the right hand, engraved with the name of Allah. Others' swear that wearing these beads can heighten the spiritual consciousness and balance the body's physical and mental states. Agate is also thought to cure scorpion stings and snake bites. Some call its strange patterns 'cosmic caterpillar tracks'. Pagans believe agate brings love, clears thought, and is lucky in card games.

See our Agate Strands here - or in our UK shop in GB pounds here
Sardonyx Agate here - UK shop here
Loose Agate here - UK shop here
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