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I absolutely adore wearing pendants. A beautiful pendant can instantly add the wow factor to any type of outfit. My collection includes diamond, sapphire, ruby, purple amethyst, green amethyst, blue topaz, and garnet pendants. I like classically shaped pendants such as heart ones. My favorite pendant is the heart shaped diamond one my husband presented me with on our memorable honeymoon. Whenever I want to add sparkle to an outfit, I wear this stunning piece of jewelry. On this blog, I hope you will discover the amazing benefits of owning a variety of different types and sizes of pendants. Enjoy!


The Perfect Pendant

The Qualities And Characteristics Of Fire Agate Gemstones

by Natalie Fields

Fire agates are a variety of chalcedony, formed approximately 24-36 million years ago when they were subjected to massive volcanic action. This action forced hot water, saturated with silica and iron oxide, to repeatedly fill the cracks and bubbles in the rock surrounding the fire agates. Fire agates are known for their schiller effect, which is an iridescent play of colors that results from the interaction of light with a mineral. When looking to buy fire agate jewelry, look for gemstones with the following qualities:   

Characteristics of Fire Agates:  Fire agates are known for their iridescent rainbow colors of blue, green, purple, red, yellow, and gold, combined with their schiller effect. Some fire agates are known for their less intensive colors of pink, maroon, yellow, gold, and cream, with more subtle schiller effect. Both of these types of fire agates are highly valued. 

Metals to Use With Fire Agates:  Jewelers, such as Studio Rock Shop, can successfully set fire agates in almost any precious and/or semi-precious metal:  gold, silver, platinum, copper, brass, and bronze. Fire agates are often set in 18k gold, rose gold, and platinum. If you want to purchase a unique piece of jewelry, look for a fire agate set in a combination of metals that complement its inherent colors. 

Gemstones To Set With Fire Agates:  Fire agates can be effectively set with the precious gemstones of ruby, emerald, sapphire, and diamond to match or complement their colors. Fire agates can also be successfully set with the semi-precious gemstones of peridot, topaz, and amethyst. Lighter-colored fire agates can be set with citrine, opal, ivory, coral, and hematite for a more subtle look. The colors within the fire agates will determine which gemstones they can be set with successfully.   

Lapidary Cuts and Uses for Fire Agates:  Fire agates grow naturally in bubble shapes that are grouped together. Lapidarists often cut fire agates to emphasize these natural bubble shapes. This practice results in some odd-shaped gemstones. Fire agates are sturdy stones that have a measurement of hardness on the Mohs scale of between 5 and 7 which reduces the occurrence of scratches when set in jewelry. Jewelers set these durable stones into rings, pendants, bracelets, anklets, belt buckles, cufflinks, and earrings. In order to get the most reflection and bounced light from some natural fire agates, a lapidarist will often cut them into cabochons. Jewelers will set these cabochons into rings, bracelets, pendants, and other jewelry. 

Metaphysical Meaning of Fire Agates: The many intense colors of fire agates have historically linked these stones to the primary element of fire. Because of this, fire agates have been regarded as protective stones that give the wearer courage, luck, and the strength to accomplish difficult tasks. Fire agates have also been used to protect the wearer from enemies. 

Fire agates are rare gemstones with much power and presence. If you find a piece of fire agate jewelry that you like, buy it for its design and beauty and hopefully, it will bring you courage, good luck, strength, and protection.