Although it's not a precious stone per se, agate is far from your run-of-the-mill rock.
Characterized by its fineness of grain and brightness of colour, the stone is making a splash this fall, particularly on necklaces. Whether you choose a collection of small ones grouped together on a slinky string or a single hunk hanging from a hefty chain, you'll be making a pretty, laidback statement. Call them the anti-pearls.
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Kreations by Sue Kalous mesh chain with brown stone $40 (e-mail email@example.com for information).
Fabrice gold chain with brown stone $315 through www.fabricetoronto.com.
Le Château gold chain with bluegrey stones $39.95 at Le Château ( www.lechateau.com ).
Le Château antique gold chain with turquoise stone $39.95 at Le Château.
Eko pewter necklace with brown stone $150 at Eko ( www.ekojewellery.com ).
H&M gold chain with orange stone $6.95 at H&M ( www.hm.com).