The word “agate” stems from the Greek word “Achetes” which was a river in which agate was first discovered. Agate has been used since the Neolithic ear in which Sumerians used agate to craft jewelry, seals, etc. Mithridates, the King of Pontus, adored agate. He had three thousand bowls carved out of this stone! Agate is a common semi-precious chalcedony that appears in a variety of forms including colored bands and moss-like inclusions.
This vintage Scandinavian silver and agate ring was handcrafted around 1960. A lightly banded smooth white agate sits at the center of a silver leaf motif. The silver prongs look like flower buds encapsulating the agate and covering it in nature. The stone measures 22.5 x 19.3 x 14.5 mm and is oval cabochon cut. The ring face measures 32.7 x 32.2 x 22.5 mm off the finger with a band width of 3.5 mm. It has been acid tested and bears the maker’s mark, “T.S.R”. This ring is a size 8.75. It weighs 16.4 grams.
In the Middle Ages, wearing agate was thought to cure insomnia and ensure sweet dreams. Victorians made the agate a thing of beauty to adorn oneself in. By the mid-1800s, this trend was at its height of fashion. This 60s ring turns agate into a statement piece which is sure not to go unnoticed.
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