Agate is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz (chalcedony) with a banded, wavy or concentric pattern of different colors. This gem is found all over the world, but its largest deposits are located in India, the USA and Scotland. Agate is known to people more than 5000 years. Phoenicians, Assyrians and Sumerians cut decorative objects from it, the Egyptians made amulets depicting a sacred scarab and believed that this stone gives its owner strength and a long life, protects the crop and protects against disease.
Since ancient times agate was considered the most valuable species of chalcedony. It was loved not only for a beautiful pattern. Agate has long been recognized as a symbol of health and longevity. It was believed that this stone could be an antidote when bitten by snakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders.