Massive, 18" 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 18" 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. Its name is believed to come from the Latin word carneus, meaning 'flesh colored'. The reddish color is caused by iron oxide impurities in the silica that makes up the chalcedony.

Carnelian is one of the oldest known gemstones. It was widely used in ancient Rome to make insignias 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 rocks and/or fossils, depositing the silica along the walls of the rock. This process can result in banding patterns, as the compositions and impurities of these depositing fluids change over time. These banding patterns can either form as flat layers, creating linear patterns known as waterline agate, or as rounded layers, forming more common ring-like patterns. These patterns depend on the surfaces available for deposition.

Chalcedony var. Carnelian Agate
18 x 13.6 x 7", weighs just over 91 lbs