Sealstone agate oval shape in the name of MUHAMMAD scarce and collectible!!!!!!

Ancient Coins - Sealstone agate oval shape in the name of MUHAMMAD scarce and collectible!!!!!!
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Sealstone (khatam), 13 X 15 mm. oval shape in light red color cornelian with Arabic writing: Muhammad. The calligraphy is in Kufi style with no date. The actual legend is written in reverse but as you can see on the scan, I have provided the mirror image for easy reading. The semi-precious stone, agate, is real. The most well-known aghighs in the Middle East come from Yemen.  Seal-stones were used throughout the East as an official signature on silver rings. They bear the names of their owners and in some cases with their paternal relationship. I am offering 16 different examples with some dated. Two of them are double-sided. They can easily be mounted on the ring or they can be collected for what they are. Since they exist only one seal per person at anytime, each seal is one of a kind, hence highly collectible.

 

Historical Information about Agate: Agate is a banded, multicolored, variety of Chalcedony. It occurs in an infinite amount of colors and patterns, and no two Agates are alike. The extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of Agate is responsible for its great popularity. There are hundreds of different Chalcedony varieties, and many have gem uses. Scientifically, the term "Chalcedony" refers to any type of microcrystalline Quartz. Chalcedony is not really known by its name. Scientists call it "Microcrystalline Quartz", and collectors and gem dealers call each variety by its particular name. The chemical formula is SiO2. The composition is silicon dioxide. These come in every imaginable color, with the Agate variety being banded in many different color combinations. Chalcedony (Agate) is "Hardness 7" on the Mohs scale. This hardness scale indicates how well the stone resists scratching or abrasion and is rated 1 (softest) to 10 (hardest, like diamonds). Chalcedony (Agate), being a microcrystalline variety of Quartz, does not occur in crystals.

Agates were used for ornamentation and physical healing amulets, dating back to Babylon. Their medicinal uses continued throughout Ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, spreading throughout Africa and the Middle East, into Russia. Folklore mentions the use of agates as early as the 8th Century. They were often added to other stones to secure the actions of a stone. Rhodochrosite, a pink lace agate discovered by the Incas, was used with moonstone or garnet ornaments to increase the overall pink hue. The carnelian, an orange agate, was once one of the agates most prized by the Egyptians to represent nature organized into a building form or shape. Legends mention the power of agates to secure the wearer from danger and to protect children from falling. They were believed to endow their owners with strength, courage, security and even healing of fears. Tree agate is also a healing stone. It aids in making new friends, promotes peace, grounding and centering of energies, growth (of gardens, money, personal goals), business success, stability.

In Greece, the power of agate was considered so strong that Orpheus is depicted as carrying agate on his descent into Hades. Agate was thought to assist in finding hidden treasures, increase happiness, build confidence and bring victory. In Persia, agate was worn to confer eloquence.

Price SKU: 4914
US$ 46.00
  • € 37.60
  • £ 33.16
  • AUD 57.56
  • CHF 44.17
  • CAD 57.26

Rates for: 01/18/18

Ships from: Canada
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