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Lake Superior Agate Gemstone Cross

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This is a beautiful Wall hanging cross that I have created using a hand cut, natural pine wood base, and Genuine tumble polished Lake Superior Agate gemstones. I have found, and then tumbled these gems for 7 months, from rough, to a highly polished shine. Using primarily banded agates for the face, this cross has a depth, and beauty you will find no where else. From the teeniest Laker, nothing is wasted when I use my stones. There are a lot of gems on this cross, there for it is fairly heavy, so I have attached a heavy duty longer metal hanger with screws, for a stable hanging that should never fall off the wall. I do recommend hanging in a wall stud, altho not completely necessary. The gorgeous reds, yellows, browns, grays, and white banding are a wonderful year round combination of colors, a very pleasing eye catcher for your favorite room.

This cross measures : 6 inches wide x 11 1/2 inches tall x 1 1/4 inches thick

Agates attract strength. Agate is a protection from bad dreams. It also protects from stress and energy drains. Agates have been used in jewelry since Biblical Babylonian times. They were used to ward off storms. They were prized gems in antiquity. The agates with banded colors were placed at the head of a sleeper to give rich and varied dreams. Agates have been thought to be good to harden the gums

WHY A LAKE SUPERIOR AGATE??
Referred to as “Lakers” by today’s collectors, our Minnesota agates are among the oldest agates on the earth having formed more the a billion years ago. Gas bubbles trapped in hardening lava flows provided little spaces, called amygdales or vesicles, within which the agates developed. There are a number of theories about the actual mechanism of agate formation, though none is universally accepted.

Lake Superior agates were knocked loose from the host rock during five distinct glacial periods, over eons of geological history. It is common for them to be broken or fractured from the ordeal. In fact, a whole, unbroken nodule is a rare find, highly prized by collectors. Unbroken nodules, which exhibit the classic red and white fortification banding, referred to as “candy stripes” can be quite valuable.

The most coveted specimens of Lake Superior Agate are complete nodules, unbroken and largely unfractured, which have been ground, smoothed and polished by the elements to expose the colorful and intricately banded patterns within. The larger the specimen, the more rare and unusual it is. Crystalline quartz, sometimes referred to as “sugar” quartz is not a desirable feature though some specimens become exceptional when colored bands are suspended rhythmically throughout the quartz.

Based on those criteria, exceptional specimens today are rarely cut or polished. Such treatment would actually reduce the value of such a rare find. On the other hand, agates without those qualities may be greatly enhanced by further lapidary work. Some complete nodules may not reveal any classic color or banding until they are cut or a “window” is ground into the stone. Judicious work of this type can increase the value of an otherwise unremarkable agate.

Smaller agates make good candidates for tumble polishing or hand shaping for jewelry. Often, smaller agates reveal more perfect stones with less fracturing and more color and pattern revealed. Large or small, Lake Superior agates are not abundant. Many agate hunters have spent years searching shorelines, gravel pits or fields for a really outstanding stone of over a pound or two.

Lake Superior agates are the Minnesota State Gemstone but can be found distributed along the paths of the glaciers that separated them from the host rock, as far south as Kansas and east into Wisconsin and Michigan. The agates offered here have been found in Minnesota.


This cross will need to be shipped in a medium flat rate sized postal box

Lake Superior Agate Gemstone Cross

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: lake superior agates, pine wood base, heavy picture hanger
  • Feedback: 1045 reviews
  • Only ships within United States.
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