Victorian Diamond Pearl Banded Agate Gold Star Pendant

Around 400 BC, a Greek philosopher, named Theophrastus, was wandering along the Achates river, in present day Sicily. He discovered a large deposit of beautiful banded stones that he named after the waters it was uncovered in, “agate”. It was really the Victorians who brought banded agate into popularity. In the mid-1800s it was all the rage to have agates carved into cabochon, which created banded stones with color blocks. These were set into pendants, earrings, rings, you name it. Mourning periods required that one dress in only black with a bit of white. This piece would have been worn toward the end of the mourning period, as it holds pearls and a glittery diamond.

This antique Victorian banded agate starburst pendant was handcrafted in England, around 1880. It boasts four banded teardrop agate stones, patterned with eight white lustrous pearls, all bordered around a round white and winking diamond. The star was made in 15 karat gold, and has been acid tested. Each of the agates measure 4.5 x 7.2 mm. The overall measurements of this elegant piece are 43 x 27.4 mm with a weight of 5.0 grams. 

Agate is versatile stone, formed as whirling waters pushed materials, such as silica, into the empty veins of rocks, bones, and shells, which creates bands and layers, hardened by pressure and time. Many agates form in ancient lava or volcanic rock.

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Item ID:PT0317106VR




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