Massive, 17.9" Free-Standing, Polished Carnelian Agate - 91 Lbs

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This is a large and gorgeous, hand polished piece of carnelian agate collected from Madagascar. This beautiful piece is 17.9" tall and features fiery hues of red and oranges with large pockets of quartz. The base has been cut flat so it can be displayed without the use of a stand. This is the largest piece of carnelian that we've ever had on the website, weighing in at just over 91 lbs.

Carnelian is a semi-precious variety of chalcedony that features an orange or orange-red coloration. It's name is believed to come from the Latin word carneus, meaning 'flesh colored'. The reddish color is due to the presence of iron oxide impurities in the silica which makes up the chalcedony.

Carnelian is one of the oldest known gemstones. It was widely used in ancient Rome to make insignia and seals for imprinting on letters or important documents because hot wax does not stick to carnelian.

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.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Chalcedony var. Carnelian Agate
LOCATION
Madagascar
SIZE
17.9 x 13.6 x 7", weighs just over 91 lbs
CATEGORY
ITEM
#168308