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Akik stones and rings sold at the apex of Jabal ar-Rahmah (also Mount Arafat) in Makkah.

Akik or Aqiq means Quartz, however usually referred to the Chalcedony variant of Quartz. It is considered a semi-precious gem stone and has significance in the Islamic religion. Well known types of Chalcedony are Carnelian, Agate and Onyx.

Jewellery preparation[edit]

It must be ground into shape and polished to a shine. The finished gem is then mounted on a ring according to the stones finished size. Both men and women wear it as jewellery.

Islamic significance[edit]

An Aqiq ring also has religious importance in Islam as it is considered sunnah to wear one as Prophet Muhammad wore a Chalcedony / Aqiq ring set with silver on his right hand respectively, and many Muslims including clergy from both shia and sunni sects to this day do the same.[citation needed]