Not all gemstone jewelry has to cost a small fortune, take for example those that feature agate. Agate is a form of variegated chalcedony, and has been used in jewelry making for thousands of years. Today, it is as popular as it has ever been, and for good reason. Not only does agate have a very unique and attractive appearance, it is also believed to protect the wearer from misfortune.

The first known example of agate being used to adorn the body was in the Biblical Babylonian age. During that era men and women would wear the stones in the belief that they would ward off evil and storms. Today, there are many different Blue Agate available and which are used in necklaces, pendants, and rings.

Examples of the most popular varieties include moss agate, blue lace agate, crazy lace agate, tree agate, dendrite agate, and fire agate. If you are to purchase jewelry that feature this gemstone, it is important to know that what you are getting is the authentic article. The price will be determined in part by the quality and rarity of the stone used.

Agates not only have very distinct markings; they are also relativity easy to work with as they are not as hard on the Mohs scale as other gemstones. They are also easy to care for, they do not become chipped or fractured easily. When searching for a retailer or wholesaler who sells agate jewelry, it is important to find out what exact variety is used and where the stone or stones have been sourced from.

Although it is found around the world, the most famous deposits are those in Idar-Oberstein in modern day Germany, where it has been mined continuously for more than five hundred years. Other countries where it can be found include the US, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Italy, Egypt, Madagascar, China, India, and Scotland. Due to its widespread distribution, there is great variation in coloration, markings, and quality.

Wholesale jewelry can be bought online for an affordable price. Apart from being assured of the quality of the stones, you should also find out what kind of silver or other metal is used in each of the designs. If buying online, it makes sense to use a reputable company that is known for providing a great service. Rest assured the popularity and appeal of agate necklaces, pendants, and rings is unlikely to diminish at any time in the foreseeable future.

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Shishir is a guest blogger, having his blogs published on various sites including Huff Post. He loves to watch documentary movies and travel across different countries to explore new places. Moreover, He is Google AdWords & Analytics certified partner having more than 9 years SEO & Digital marketing experience.)