Dyed Natural Agate GemstoneAgate gemstones are one of the oldest stones in recorded history.
Agate was first discovered sometime around the 3rd or 4th century (BC) by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher who named the stone after the river in which it was found, ‘Achates.’
Agate occurs in a wide range of colors and patterns. Although some colors occur more commonly than others, almost all agate will be multicolored due to unique banding. Single-colored agates can occur naturally, but most of the stones available today have been dyed to enhance its color. Agate is known as a stone of protection, protecting one from nightmares, stress and fatigue. Since biblical times, agates have been worn and used in jewelry to protect against imminent storms. They were highly valued as talismans and amulet throughout ancient times.