Agate…To Dye For

Colourful Dyed Agate

Agates are fascinating stones.  They occur with wonderful distinctive concentric patterns and bright colours.  Natural brightly coloured agate is not nearly as common as plain white or colourless agate, so due to its porous nature, it is often dyed to produce richer, more vibrant colours.  This artificial “enhancing” can yield bright greens, blues, pinks, yellow – virtually any colour you can think of. 

Examples of Dyed Agate Bead Strings, colour agate beads, bright coloured stone beads, colourful beads, agate beads, dyed agate
Colourful Agate Bead Strings from the Big Skies Jewellery Bead Stash

Mineral treatments of natural stone goes way back to centuries past  and although agate occurs globally, the modern process of dying agates began in Germany in 1854.  The dying process first involves boiling the stone in a strong bicarbonate solution, and then soaking it in a chemical solution.  The type of chemical solution depends on the colour you want to achieve, for example to produce red, you would soak the agate in an iron nitrate solution.  Below are some examples of gorgeous handmade jewellery, available from Big Skies Jewellery, which show you the wonderful variety of colours of beautiful dyed agate.

Beautiful Agate Jewellery from Big Skies Jewellery

Colourful Agate Necklace, Bright Colour Stone Necklace, handmade necklace, handcrafted gemstone jewellery, large stone necklace
Colourful Agate Statement Necklace – $58 from Big Skies Jewellery
Purple agate bracelet, purple beaded bracelet, gemstone bracelet, handmade stone bracelet, gemstone jewellery, purple bracelet
Purple Agate Beaded Bracelet – $30 from Big Skies Jewellery
Green Agate Pendant Necklace, Green Stone Necklace, Green Agate, Handmade Necklace, handcrafted gemstone necklace, gemstone jewellery, green necklace
Green Agate Pendant Necklace – $39 from Big Skies Jewellery

 

Chunky Blue and White Agate Statement Necklace, Minimalist Necklace, Choker Necklace, Blue Necklace, Blue Agate Necklace, Gemstone Jewellery, Handmade Beaded Necklace
Chunky Blue and White Striped Agate Statement Necklace – $97 from Big Skies Jewellery

 

Pink Agate Necklace, Shocking Pink Necklace, Bright Pink Necklace, Pink Statement Necklace, Large Stone Necklace, Gemstone Jewellery, Handcrafted Jewellery, Beaded Necklace, Handmade Necklace
Bright Pink Agate Statement Necklace – $58 from Big Skies Jewllery
Blue and yellow faceted agate necklace, blue and yellow necklace, yellow and blue necklace, colourful necklace, handmade necklace, handcrafted gemstone necklace, gemstone jewellery
Blue and Yellow Faceted Agate Necklace – $35 from Big Skies Jewellery

 

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