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Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Sale price £22.00 Regular price £72.00

Behold the epitome of understated glam – it's the Fine Gold Vermeil black Agate bead & star bracelet, a little Sterling Silver number with a Gold plating that's as simple and dainty as your Sunday brunch avocado toast. Perfect for everyday shenanigans, especially when you're stacking it up with your other dainty darlings for that oh-so-fabulous black & Gold ensemble.

At a snazzy 7 inches in length, this wrist candy is also available in Sterling Silver if you're feeling a monochromatic mood.

Now, let's dive into the rock talk. Black Agate, darling, has been a gemstone celeb since the days of togas and sandals. It's a Chalcedony variety, part of the Quartz family, and even got a shoutout in the Bible as one of the "stones of fire." Talk about A-list material! With a hardness level of 7 on the Mohs scale, Agate is the go-to for making brooches and pins – a tough diva in the gem world.

Agate's origin story involves cavities of molten rock, trapped gas bubbles, and a makeover with alkali and silica-bearing solutions. From this rock drama, we get a slew of Agate varieties – Onyx (pretty much a dyed Agate), Sardonyx, Ring Agate (think bands of different hues), Moss Agate (with envy-inducing green banding), Blue Lace Agate, Turritella Agate, Snake Skin Agate, Rainbow Agate, and Fire Agate. Sounds like a gemstone fashion show, doesn't it?

Now, the health fanatics might tell you that Agate is a multitasker – it quenches thirst, plays superhero against viruses (even fevers), and banishes insomnia like a magical sleep potion. In some remote Brazilian tribes, where modern medicine is a distant dream, Agate is the go-to remedy for all sorts of ailments.

As for its global conquest, Agate can be found all over the world, but the real gem-quality action goes down in the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

And of course, let's not forget the Vermeil glam – Gold-plated Silver taking centre stage. Treat it right, and it'll keep that golden glow for years. But, fair warning, like all plating sagas, it's not eternal. Over time, the coating might decide to call it quits, revealing the Silver beneath. Fear not, though – a little TLC and re-plating can keep the magic alive. So, steer clear of household detergents (chlorine in tap water is a real drama queen), and let your bling live its best life by avoiding swimming, bathing, or showering together. Glamorous, right? ✨💫

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