Treasure Salvor, Historian and Cannon Beach Treasure Company owner Robert spent his early childhood Summers collecting agates on mid-coast Oregon beaches. To this day, Robert and April still love to beach comb the storm-tossed coast for these unique, Oregon treasures.
This banded Oregon agate was discovered by Robert and slabbed and polished by a fellow rock-hound so that Robert could create this unique piece of Oregon you can wear!
The word “Agate” comes from the Greek name for the beautiful stones discovered in the Achates River on Sicily. Agates have been found at Stone Age sites in France, dating from 20,000 to 16,000 B. C. The Egyptians prized agates for use in rings, vessels and as talismans, amulets and seals. Some of the earliest civilizations used agate beads to protect against evil and bring good luck. Called “eye beads,” holes were carved in agate discs and worn on leather as pendants for protection.
By the Middle Ages, European royalty had discovered the unique beauty of agates in the form of bowls and vessels. Collecting these vessels became common among the nobility, and many stunning agate bowls are featured in museums throughout Europe.
Agate is a microcrystalline variety of chalcedony – it occurs in pockets in volcanic lava rocks. When molten rock is forced up through holes and cracks in the earth to form mountains, islands and other formations, pockets and bubbles occur as the rock is cooling. When this kind of volcanic rock forms near water, the water can become trapped in these pockets a bubbles. Rich in silica from the surrounding rock and land, the water becomes an acidic gel, which begins to eat away at the surrounding igneous rock. Over time the gel melts the iron and other metals in the rock, leaving a layer of residue that settles into the gel. Through the centuries, layer after colorful layer is formed, until all the water is consumed and the layers begin to crystallize. Only then does nature finally releases these little treasures.
As time passes and relentless waves of water beat against coastal rock formations, Oregon agates break free of the rock from which they were born when water breaks and floods into their hidden pockets in coastal and “up river” rocks. Over time, agates become polished by the movement of the water, and wash up on shores throughout Oregon, especially after powerful Winter storms.
Each of these colorful little stones comes to us from fire, earth, water and time. And each is a unique sculpture created by Mother Nature herself.