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The new stone age: 4 vibrant looks for your home

Geological motifs art turning up on everything from carpets to iPad cases. In striated patterns and vivid hues, agate in particular truly rocks

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a hard case to crack: This silver-hinged iPad cover in an exploded-agate print, created by British designer and architect Richard Weston, is a showcase for the volcanically derived mineral’s intense pigmentation. Weston iPad cover, $100 through

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Scotch on the rocks: These rubber-footed coasters made from slices of jewel-toned agate, which is actually a semi-precious stone, were designed as part of a housewares collection by Anna Rabinowicz that includes brightly coloured bowls and trays. Hand-polished in Brazil, the coasters are available in monochromatic or single-colour sets. Pedra coasters, $68 (U.S.) for a set of four through

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Made for the shade: This lamp finial from Hillary Thomas’s My Precious Collection proves that a little hit of stone can make a big splash. Made of natural purple agate, each finial is one of a kind, meaning slight variations are part of the charm. Rebel Yell finial, $65 (U.S.) through

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Rock bands: Featuring a decorative slab of agate set like jewellery inside an antique brass frame, the Quinn Table by Matthew Studios, designed by Katherine Wildt O’Brien, can be made to order in a variety of finishes and colours. Pricing available upon request at Matthew Studios (

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