Lace Agate

The Elegance Of Lace Agate 

Agate is a type of chalcedony and lace agate is a banded variety of agate. This gemstone 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.

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. 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 grayish-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 grayish blue stone shown here is a great choice.

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 solidification when it happens 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 significantly different, in other cases the colors can be very similar.