Antique and Vintage Agate Jewelry
The use of agates in jewelry dates to the end of the stone age; neolithic agate beads believed to be 9,000 years old have been found in Anatolia, present-day Turkey. Thought to provide protection from the evil eye, agates are frequently sliced, cut, and polished into cabochons for rings, bracelets, pins, and pendants. The stone is also carved into cameos. Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts jewelers favored agates over traditional gemstones...