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NEOLITHIC AGATE BEAD AND GREEN JADE NEPHRITE NECKLACE c. 1000 BCE
NEOLITHIC AGATE BEAD AND GREEN JADE NEPHRITE NECKLACE c. 1000 BCE
NEOLITHIC AGATE BEAD AND GREEN JADE NEPHRITE NECKLACE c. 1000 BCE
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NEOLITHIC AGATE BEAD AND GREEN JADE NEPHRITE NECKLACE c. 1000 BCE

From Mali, sub Saharan West Africa, this necklace created by Scott Mitchell measures 22 inches in length.

The chameleon of gemstones, agate has been prized by beadmakers since Neolithic times for the beauty of its myriad colors and patterns. Agate is made up of layers of microcrystals that range from translucent to opaque and may be similar or variegated in color. Agate is usually formed in cavities in volcanic rock, where silica rich water builds up successive crystalline layers of variable thickness that line the walls of the cavity.