Banded agate was an ornamental stone used in furniture inlays, inexpensive brooches, and carried as a "soothe stone"—to be fondled or rubbed between the fingers in order to prevent nervous fidgeting—by merchants during tense negotiations.[3][5][6]


This stone was a form of opaque quartz with striations of brown, red, blue, and/or white. It was normally tumbled or polished smooth and had a waxy feel.[5][6] A typical stone had a base value of 10 gp.[1][2][3][4]


A pinch of crushed banded agate powder was traditionally added to sleeping draughts to improve their effectiveness, but there was no solid evidence to justify this practice.[5] Banded agate powder was used as an ingredient in some inks for inscribing spells and in the base mixture for some potions.[6]


Banded agate was a common stone, a gem worn by drow of average station. They prized those of blue and red striping the most.[7]


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