Even with all the world’s gemstones to play with, there’s nothing quite like a fantastically decorated cabochon to set one’s design heart dreaming. Stones like this unusual cabochon I’ve used seem so unreal in their intricate patterning… But this Crazy Lace Agate is almost tame compared to some!

First let’s start with the facts and definitions from Wikipedia:
Agate (pronounced /?æ??t/) is a microcrystalline variety of quartz (silica), chiefly chalcedony, characterised by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks but can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.

Very abstract and esoteric, right? So we’ll move straight into the eye candy portion of today’s post! Courtesy of Gerard Scott Designs, one of my absolute favorite designer cabochon studios, I bring you my top picks for unusual agates!

Priday Plume Agate by Gerard Scott Designs

Priday Plume Agate from Gerard Scott Designs

This agate is a Priday Plume Agate, and was found many years ago on the Priday Ranch outside Madras, Oregon. Stunning, isn’t it? Partially translucent, but with amazing fingers of color and pattern.

Botswana Agate by Gerard Scott Designs

Botswana Plume Agate from Gerard Scott Designs

This almost geometrical agate is a Botswana Plume Agate. Found in Botswana, Africa, this stunning stone is said to help one on the way towards enlightenment. I don’t know about that, but studying those wonderful patterns and plumes would surely help anyone!

Laguna Agate by Gerard Scott Designs

Purple and White Laguna Agate from Gerard Scott Designs

Red Laguna Agate from Gerard Scott Designs

Would you believe the two above stones are both Laguna Agate from Mexico? Amazing, I know. The color variations between even agates of the same type continually astonish me.

Red Sonoran Plume Agate by Gerard Scott Designs

Drenched in such a hot color, is it any wonder that this Sonoran Plume Agate is born in one of the hottest deserts North American deserts?

Ochoco Green Moss Agate by Gerard Scott Designs

Ochoco Green Moss Agate from Gerard Scott Design

After the strong, stunning colors of the previous agates, this lovely and serene Ochoco Moss Agate is a study in elegant simplicity.

Horse Plume Agate from Gerard Scott Designs

This agate is a Horse Plume Agate, and for all it’s amazing array of colors is quietly elegant, and absolutely stunningly detailed.  I’m sure you’ve noticed by now how much I really love fabulous agates!

Now, no overview of Agate would be complete without a lovely Agate Druzy! The same process that forms the bands of colors and pattern usually leaves pockets of gas in the cooling stones that have turned into lovely druzy crystals. And so I end my post with another Crazy Lace Agate.  Glorious stones like this druzy vision are so amazing….

Crazy Lace Agate from Gerard Scott Designs

Green, red, orange, pink, clear, gray, purple, blue, lavender, teal…. Agate covers the full spectrum of colors, a fabulous piece of fortune for which my designer’s eye can only rejoice with complete abandon! There are hundreds of different agate variations- more than I can possibly hope to capture in one blog post, but I hope you’ve enjoyed the introduction.

Let’s go Agate Crazy!

If you’ve enjoyed this selection of stones, you can find more from Gerard Scott Designs on their Website, or on their Facebook page.