This fascinating Banded Agate wanted nothing from me except a way to attach its friends, the Chalcedony beads (Agate is the banded form of Chalcedony). The invoice notes that the "lace" in this stone is Calcite pseudomorphs, meaning the Agate replaced Calcite at some point forming the lace pattern. The old rather faded coral blends nicely with the tiny specks of orange in the stone and in the Chalcedony beads.
There's something about Chalcedony beads that defies my ability to describe. Simmons and Ahsian punt, describing only the blue and purple varieties. Melody devotes a section to plain Chalcedony as well as separate sections to its many forms including Agate, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, etc. She mentions it is useful for balancing body, mind, emotions and spirit. Perhaps that's why I find them so lovable despite their rather plain demeanor. (Incidentally, when I mention something from some text, it is only to stimulate your interest in learning more. The texts always offer so much more.)
The stone makes a perfect choker, the entire composition is very neutral and blends easily with a tee shirt or silk blouse. I put an arctic fox on the back, a suitable denizen of ice mountains.
Please order this fascinating piece and enjoy its sweet balancing energy.