Colors range from white to dull yellow, red, brown, orange, blue, black and gray.The Hebrew word for agate is shebo which literally means “to flame, split into tongues.” “, which is the name of the river in Sicily where agate was mined in abundance as early as 3000 BC.In Exodus the Lord ordains precious stones to be used in the making of the breastpiece of the High Priests’ garments.Zechariah says that the Lord’s people will be like jewels in a crown.Amethyst is a variety of quartz that is best know for it's rich, violet-purple hue.The color can vary in intensity from a pale, almost pinkish (mauve) color to a dark purplish violet.
The most esteemed beryls are those which in color resemble the pure green of the sea.” This would seem to indicate the aquamarine as being the beryl of choice in that time.
Agates were highly prized among ancient civilizations.
It was fashioned into beads, pins, brooches, signet rings, goblets, cups, bottles, bowls, and carved figurines.
Large amounts of agate have been found in archaeological digs of Sumer, dating back to 3500 BC.
Theophrastus (372-287 BC) appears to have been the first man to write about agates.
) and the twelfth stone listed in the foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev. It is one of the few stones in which experts agree as to the correctness of the name.