.....Banded Agates are some of my favourite beads.
|Necklace of ancient agate beads|
I especially love the 3 bow shaped beads with their abstract patterns and varying degrees of translucence. Looks like these 3 nuggets of beauty have been designed by the combined efforts of nature and man.
|Nuggets of Beauty|
The large bow shaped bead below measures 4.2cm and is embellished with interesting bands and color. The stone appears opaque but when a light is shone on it the bands around the centre white portion are translucent and one can see clearly through the stone. I am not sure whether it should be classified as agate or jasper
|Is this jasper or agate ?|
|Each bead is unique|
|Bracelet of banded agates|