14.4" Polished Banded Agate Bowl - Madagascar

This is a beautiful, 14.4" wide decorative bowl made from hand polished banded agate. The agate comes from Madagascar and has gorgeous hues of blue and white. The entire bowl has been polished to a glossy-finish and the base has been cut flat.

There are some spots of white gap fill repair along one edge of the bowl.

Agate is a variety of microcrystalline quartz (chalcedony) that displays translucence and in some cases banding. Agate primarily forms when silica-rich fluids fill pockets within rock and/or fossils, resulting in deposition of the silica along the walls of the rock. This process can result in banding patterns as the composition and impurities of the fluids change over time. These banding patterns can either form as flat layers or rounded layers, depending on the surfaces available for deposition.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.
Chalcedony var. Agate & Quartz
14.4 x 10 x 4.8", weighs just under 21 lbs