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Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Regular price £25.00

Fine Gold Vermeil black Agate bead & star bracelet. Very simple and dainty, this Sterling Silver bracelet with Gold plating is perfect for every day. Great to stack with your other dainty bracelets, with that fabulous black & Gold look.

Approx 7" in length, also available in Sterling Silver. 

Black Agate has been prized since antiquity and is a variety of Chalcedony, which in turn is a member of the Quartz family. 

The gemstone was mentioned in the Bible as one of the “stones of fire”.Being a hard stone (a 7 on the Mohs scale), Agate is often used to make brooches and pins. Many Agates originate in cavities of molten rock, where gas bubbles trapped in solidifying lava are replaced with alkali and silica bearing solutions. Varieties of Agate include Onyx (Onyx is almost always a dyed Agate), Sardonyx, Ring Agate (encompassing bands of different colours), Moss Agate (with green banding), Blue Lace Agate, Turritella Agate, Snake Skin Agate, Rainbow Agate and Fire Agate. 

It is believed by some to quench thirst, protect against viruses (including fever) and to cure insomnia. Among some tribes in Brazil, cut off from society, often without modern medicines Agate is used for a variety of ailments.

The gem can be found all over the world, but the main sources of gem-quality material come from the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Vermeil is the name given to Gold-plated Silver.  Depending on how the jewellery is cared for and what chemicals and elements it comes in contact with, Vermeil should retain its golden look for several years. However, over time, as with all plating, eventually the coating will begin to wear and the Silver underneath will be seen. Although you will be left with what is still a precious metal item, if you wish to preserve the plating, avoid household detergents, particularly chlorine which can be present in tap water; remove your jewellery before swimming, bathing or showering. It is a simple matter to have items re-plated.

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