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Suleiman Banded Agate 2
- 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.
Agate is a type of chalcedony in the quartz family, which often occurs in nodular masses in volcanic lava rocks. They form in concentric layers and bands similar to tree trunks and may appear as eyes, scallops, or visually resemble landscapes. It is the official gemstone/ mineral of several states within the USA. The folklore of many ancient civilizations rumors that wearing agate would protect from danger. It was often used on the breastplates of soldier's armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Agate was thought of as the stone of strength in the ancient cultures. Roman farmers believed Moss Agates to ensure good crops and to please the gods that would bring an abundant harvest. In ancient Asia, magicians believed that agates might be used to see the future, ward off evil, and to divert dangerous storms . Early Britons believed the stone might prevent skin disease. Agate talismans were worn in the Middle East and believed to keep the blood healthy and sucking on an agate was thought to relieve thirst. Another legend says that any person who looks upon an agate can not remain secretive and is obligated to tell the truth. Agate is commonly found in folklore to induce calming, aid in protection, and promoting a balanced body energy.
- Bead Approx. 30mm x 14mm
- Strand Approx. 31" (Beaded Section 26")
- From India and Afghanistan ca.1920-70's