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Carnelian Striped Agate Earrings

Carnelian Striped Agate Earrings

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1428118
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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P.O. Box 4684
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
tel. 410-435-3738

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These agate earrings are so modern looking and terrific one would have thought they were designed today, and not in 1880. Agate is a variety of quartz and takes many forms, and in this case, it is a particularly lovely form of banded, or striped agate. AGate has been carved, cut and polished into seals, beads, brooches, and earrings since ancient times.This particular brand of banded agate is carnelian, a red agate which in the Victorian era was mined in Scotland. It is especially hard, with a Moh's level of 7 and do not easily scratch. This accounts for the excellent like new condition these earrings are in. The earrings are approximately 2 3/4 inches in length and 1.5 inches at their widest. You will never find another pair of earrings that look like this again. If you want to distinguish yourself from the rest, these earrings are the way to do it!