Agate: A Gateway into the Mineral Kingdom

Agate: A Gateway into the Mineral Kingdom

by Nature's Treasures Staff June 01, 2019 0 Comments

Agate is a rock comprised of layers of cryptocrystalline quartz known as chalcedony. Each layer represents a different period of mineralization, and thus has a unique character. When different elements or mineral inclusions are taken up by the chalcedony layers, they may have specific colors or patterns. Although the exact mechanics of Agate formation can still be considered highly debated, the basic principles for formation require that a cavity fill with a mineral-rich fluid that deposits quartz one layer at a time.
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