Lace Agate Gem Stones
What Is Lace Agate, About Lace Agate Gems
Agate is a type of chalcedony and lace agate is a banded variety of agate. If you see the lace agate gem stone in the LAG-01 image, you will notice that the stone has bands running across it. You could have the bands running from left to right or from top to bottom depending on how the gem stone is oriented when cut. The gem stone shown above is natural and the bands occur naturally on the agate. The reason why we mention this is because, commercial quality lace agate is often surface treated (colored) to give the banded effect. The gemstone was cut by Directstones from a chunk of rough, so the natural properties of this agate remain intact.
Since it is a variety of agate, lace agate stones have a similar hardness which is 7. This ofcourse makes them suitable for all types of jewels. Since this is a handpicked and custom cut specimen, you will not see pits or cracks on the surface of the gem. Such fine quality agate stones can be set in gold or sterling silver jewelry to creating truly fascination jewels. Not much of agate is cut in faceted form, the smooth cabachon cut as shown in the above image is preferred in most cases.
When you talk about the color of lace agate, some might want to call it a greyish-blue stone. It is interesting that most demand requirements for lace agate are for blue lace agate. Such agates almost always show a purplish-blue color tint. So when you choose a lace agate consider the fact that the greyish blue stone shown here is a great choice. Another very interesting thing about this particular lace agate gem stone is that, it is not fully opaque. A degree of transluscence adds interest and beauty to the gem.
Coming to the technical aspects of lace agate, it is interesting to know how the bands get formed in the gemstone. Like any other rock or gem, agate takes a few million years to be formed. Scientists refer to this as progressive solidifcation when it comes to agate stones. This basically means that the gem stone is formed layer on layer through the years. Trace elements are responsible for giving color to the layers. In some cases the colors of each layer can be contrastingly different, in other cases the colors can be very similar.
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