In the final installment of our rocky review, we will detour into the land of agate stone. The first time I heard of agate was in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet when Mercutio does this, like, wild soliloquy about the fairy queen Mab and how she’s “no bigger than an agate stone.” Anyway, turns out Mab could have been pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty big because some of these slices are large. Wall-sized even. Anyway, agate varies is color and is characterized mostly by beautiful linear patterns that layer almost topographically and a lot of times they look like tree rings because they extend in circular rhythms. The majority of the color that I have seen in agate is a either an oceanic blue or a deep honey amber.
All the stones that we have looked at this week add a great sense of naturalism to any room and create an organic quality that man-made furniture sometimes can’t supply. They add striking color and texture and deviate from the right angles and flat walls that define so many homes. Check ‘em out.
 This is not snobbery. Every time there is a Shakespeare category on Jeopardy I fail miserably.