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an impure form of quartz consisting of banded chalcedony

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She had bright hair tied up with a blue ribbon and her gay, lovely eyes were exactly like Colin's unhappy ones, agate gray and looking twice as big as they really were because of the black lashes all round them.
He was conscious--and the thought brought a gleam of pleasure into his brown agate eyes--that it was through certain words of his, musical words said with musical utterance, that Dorian Gray's soul had turned to this white girl and bowed in worship before her.
But if some other girl here in the town took a fancy to her brass crucifix, her agate heart or her velvet ribbon, she would make them over to her at once, glad to give happiness, for she lives by generous impulses.
As with fingerprints and snowflakes, no two Lake Superior agates are exactly alike.
Since time immemorial, humans have been attracted to the beautiful bands of color in agates and have used them for a myriad of items.
Fire Agates, which have beautiful iridescent rainbow colors similar to opal, is an extremely rare precious gemstone found only in certain areas of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
And the range of colors -- the bright agates, the neutrals -- is fun to play with.
AGATES are one of the most attractive of all semi-precious stones, popular both for jewellery and as specimens to collect in their own right.
Mexican agates were first mentioned by Kunz in 1902.
Agate has been found on every continent, but there are few illustrative references on the market devoted to agates alone.
And now the sand is moon-drenched and bare; / A silent mermaid combs her hair, / Watching the ebb of the restless tide, / She waits for another sun to rise / When Kate will gather new treasurely finds - / Moon snails and agates and sea urchin spines - / And build another castle of sand.
"Agates show us one way that nature makes repetitive patterns," Heaney says.
Slabbed and polished agates are legitimate mineral specimens, of course, but Keilmann well knows that not everyone in the mineral world is interested in cryptocrystalline minerals.
Each narrated and illustrated lecture is approximately 15-30 minutes long and covers a unique subtopic related to jasper, agate, or silica.
Agate and jaspers are perhaps the most sought after collectible rock on the market today.