This Madagascar Banded Agate is tumbled and polished to a smooth finish. Perfect as a paperweight, palm stone, pocket stone, or "worry stone". This one is made of Carnelian, which is the red, orange, or amber variety of Chalcedony. (Chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of quartz and moganite.) It is also banded, so it is jointly classified as both agate and carnelian. It also has an interesting small "druzy" section - crystalline quartz (rather than chalcedony.)
Carnelian is an ancient gemstone, having been used as gem material since antiquity. Although still used a gemstone today, its significance and value has been diminished since the ancient times.
This stone is popular for those who practice Reiki, which is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.