• Suleiman Agates, or Solomon’s Agates, are a highly revered bead throughout the Near East and Central Asia that has been shrouded in mystery for centuries. Some legends say the name comes from the secret location that they were originally mined from which only King Solomon knew; others say that they were once plain, unpatterned agates that only developed bands after being in the presence of the King Solomon himself and his fabled wisdom. They were said to impart to the possessor that same knowledge and power, as well as the ability to control Djinn (Genies). In Southeast Asia, for Tibetan and Nepalese people, they were known as Bhaisajyaguru beads, or Medicine Buddha beads. They were prized by families as heirlooms, and passed from generation to generation for the belief in their ability to preserve health and heal illness, and even exercise power over death in some exceptional cases.
  • Suleiman Agates resemble and are sometimes called Zebra Agates. Most Suleiman Agates have either blue/ grey or red/ brown coloration bands along with black and white color bands indicative of a Zebra Agate; this is the primary difference between the two.