Banded Agate is a semiprecious stone with lovely striped and banded markings. Our natural banded agates have black, brown, and white stripes, and our color-enhanced agates come in an assortment of vibrant hues from raspberry to blue. Since I was a child I was attracted to the striped agates in Victorian jewelry. Today I am equally drawn to colorful striped agate geode slices and faceted rounds. They are exceptionally beautiful because each stone is unique. Varieties of this stone have been said to attract strength as well as to protect the wearer from stress and the evil eye. In fact, carvers often take advantage of the natural markings in agate to carve “eyes” that are used in protective amulets. Agate beads and carvings have been discovered at archaeological sites worldwide.