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31DC2019 Day 2: Orange – Layered Agate Stone Nails

Continuing with the 31 Day Challenge for 2019. We’ve hit Day 2’s Orange prompt. For this I chose to do a 31DC2019 Day 2: Orange – Layered Agate Stone Nails.  [Explore entries on Instagram using the official hashtag #31DC2019 ]

Buff & Polish - 31DC2019 Orange Agate


Rocking on with today’s nails. My inspiration for today’s orange prompt was gemstones. I decided to run with Orange Agate, and finally continue what I call my Precious Sones Series AKA the “Stoner Series” 🤣 where I recreate some kind of crystal or gemstone or semi-precious stone on my nails…

I haven’t had time to do some of the ones I’ve wanted due to the manic 2019, that’s what I use the challenge 4. To catch up on things I’ve missed. This one’s especially for @the_joy_of_polish who requested the next one I do be agate – hope you like it hon! Better late than never, riiight?? 😁

I created this multi-layered nail art by mixing shear and cold polishers to get varying depths of translucency into which I stamped and painted the banding. I quite like how it turned out considering it took a little while and ended up way thicker than I wanted it to be.


Buff & Polish - 31DC2019 Orange Agate


Agate is is a banded type of chalcedony stone made from micro-crystalline quartz, of a super fine grain. It comes in so many different colours such as white reds blues greens yellows even multicolored. To be classed as agate it generally has to be banded, apart from a couple of exceptions.

It is found in a lot of places making it a rather cheap gemstone to purchase. Perfect banding and colours obviously increase the value.

Metaphysically agate is believed to be a kind of grounding stone that assists in balancing one physically, mentally and emotionally. It is said to heal emotional trauma, helps with clarity and shows the truth in a situation. As well as helping with self acceptance and forgiveness.

Historically agate was used by the ancient Romans to make mortar and pestle which they use to grind their medicines. Agate stones engraved with seals were used in ancient Mesopotamia. The seals was symbolic of authority and those in positions of power.



Right! Finally day 2 done and dusted. Moving on! I’m feeling fruity so I’m going to get a start on day 3 and see what happens…


And that wraps up my 31DC2019 Day 2: Orange – Layered Agate Stone Nails mani.

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  1. Ananka 3rd September 2019 Reply

    I really like the mani 😀

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      Lia - Chief Lacquerhead 5th September 2019 Reply

      Thank you! It turned out a little chunkier than I’d planned but I liked this one too 😊💕

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      Lia - Chief Lacquerhead 9th September 2019 Reply

      Thanks Ananka. I might redo it in other colours later on…

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