"Detroit Agate",or Fordite - is NOT an agate at all - it is a product of the car-painting process. The original material was created many years ago at the Ford Rouge Plant just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Layer upon layer, paint over-spray built up on metal racks that transported new car bodies through the paint shop, and into the oven, where each coat was baked hard.
Agate; Agate is said to have been one of the stones used in the breastplate of the high priest. In historic times, it was placed in water for use in cooking and/or for drinking in order to dispel sickness.
Colorful fossilized coral, from Indonesia. This material is often drab or monotone, so good, solid pieces with strong hues are few and far between. This one has rich coloration, One can clearly see the stone's unmistakeable one-of-a-kind pattern of flower-like starbursts. Hence the name 'flowers of the sea', as it is sometimes known. The stone is actually composed of the highly silicated fossil remains of colonial sea coral, many millions of years old! 58x24mm/56 carats