Holy moly, who knew the humble cheese board could be so colourful and beautiful?  Well, these Agate Cheese Boards are from Anthropologie, so we probably could have guessed they’d come up with something pretty special. Or just downright pretty …

I can’t tell you how much today’s finds have lifted my spirits. These pictures feel like a particularly lovely form of colour and light therapy.

Which is particularly timely as the Christmas decorations are coming down this weekend.  Am I the only one who hates doing this?  The house seems so bare and drab afterwards, it always takes quite a while to readjust.

So these light-reflecting, jewel-coloured agate cheese boards with their opulent gold trim are just the thing to cheer me up.

Looking at these gorgeous colours and patterns, I realised I knew absolutely nothing about this semi-precious stone.  So I just did a bit of research – and ta da! a few fun agate facts:

Agate is a banded form of finely-grained, microcrystalline quartz”

“it consists primarily of cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz”

” its name comes from the Achetes River in Sicily, where Agates were first found”

Agates can have many distinctive styles and patterns, but each Agate is unique in its own habit, with no two Agates being the same”

“most of the world’s agates developed in ancient volcanic lava”.

So there we have it, Agate 101.  And it turns out that the Achetes, or Drillo, River is close to one of the places we visited in Sicily last year, so that’s another connection to ponder and enjoy.

And, joy of joys, in addition to the agate cheeseboards there’s actually a whole set of agate tableware items, as you can see below.

Agate Serving Set

Agate cheese Knives

Agate Bottle Opener

Silvered Geode Coasters

I definitely will be buying a couple of coasters.  And the cheese knives are just so pretty … to be honest, I can’t see us using them for cheese in our house (a bit too dainty).  The bottle opener, on the other hand …

Also I think the cheeseboards could be used anywhere in the house, and would look amazing as kind of mini-trays to display small items.

They’d look gorgeous on a dressing table, bedside table or in the bathroom. Or even to brighten up a home desk while you work.  What do you think?

Images: Anthropologie

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