A beautiful natural Brazilian Agate geode that was cut in half to reveal sparkling Drusy crystals inside!
This piece is 4.25 inches by 2.75 inches and 1.5 inches thick. It does not stand on its own.
The agate around the crystals has been polished. The sides have been left natural rough, the very back was broken off so the cavity is opened completely through.
This material is found in Brazil, which has some of the world's largest agate deposits.
Agate is a form of Chalcedony, or a microcrystalline quartz. Many agates are hollow, since deposition did not fill the cavity, and in such cases the last deposit commonly consists of quartz crystals directed towards the free space so as to form a crystal-lined cavity, or geode. The name Agate is derived from its occurrence at the Achates River in southwestern Sicily.
The term Druse is used in the gem and jewelry industry to literally mean covered by tiny crystals. The most common is quartz crystals on agate, but many minerals also fall in this category. Often the crystal layer will be the same color as the mineral below, for instance in the lovely blue of Drusy Chrysocolla. Druse comes in many colors and is found around the world. Most of the time the crystals are very sparkly.
The word Druse is also sometimes spelled Druzy, or Drusy.
Metaphysical Properties of Agate: In general agates are said to be stabilizing and strengthening. They improve memory and increase energy.