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Agate: Meaning, Healing & Properties

Everything you need to know about Agate.

IDENTIFICATION

Agate is a member of the Silicone Dioxide (SiO₂). Which has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Agate can range in colours from white, blue, red, orange, brown, pink, grey, banded, multicoloured.

Chalcedony has many varieties including onyx, jasper and bloodstone but agate is generally the banded or striped version although with these often similar quartzes they can be easily confused. Agates are made up of successive layers of material, sometimes curved, sometime flat, of various thickness, colour and transparency. Agate is the banded form of the mineral Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz. The formation of Agate is most often from deposition of layers of silica filling voids in volcanic vesicles or other cavities. The layers form in stages with some of new layers providing an alternating colour.

The variety of colours and patterns has led to a number of different names for Agate including Lace Agate, Moss Agate and Fire Agate. As a rule, Agate has a striped appearance with green, yellow, red and brown being the most common colour schemes but some dyed versions are evenly coloured throughout.

  • Blue Lace Agate: It's our favourite for its calming abilities. Wear it when you are looking tor inner peace and tranquillity.
  • Botswana Agate:  If you are feeling depressed or repressed, this is your stone! Another benefit is in its ability to help you see the bigger picture instead of dwelling on the small things. It's also a wonderful stone for helping to quit a smoking addiction. 
  • Indian Agate: Life hectic? Then Indian Agate is perfect for you. It helps provide you with a rebalance of harmony, allowing you to regain trust in your priorities with calmness. 
  • Moss Agate: Choose this stone for success and prosperity, be it financial or personal. 
  • Tibetan Agate: A wonderful stone for protection and security. Evil Eye Agate being our favourite choice. 
  • White Agate: The perfect stone for pregnancy as it protects both mother and child. 

Real agate is translucent, which means, that light can pass through the stone, while fake agate is mostly opaque. The presence of round bubbles is a sign of fake Agate. Dull appearance is a signal of fake Agate made of plastic. Scratches on the surface, also typical for fake Agate.

Inspect the surface of the stone for pit marks. Agates sometimes form in igneous rock and are surrounded by softer rock that erodes away, which can result in surface pitting. Slide your fingers into a crack in the stone or a part of the exterior that has worn away. If you feel waxiness, this is a sign of an Agate.

Agate best combines with:

  • Blue Lace Agate and Smoky Quartz: The Blue Lace Agate and Smoky Quartz pairing is a shifting paradigm of crystal energy that helps people get out of their former states. Whether the old configuration is mental, emotional, or spiritual, this crystal pairing can help transmute what you have now into something that is pure good. 
  • Moss Agate and Fuchsite: When you’re feeling stuck in life or need that extra push to make a decision, the combination of Moss Agate and Fuchsite can help you do just that. Moss Agate helps with overwhelming emotions and brings about a sense of tranquillity. Fuchsite works similarly, but instead, it will remove the blockages that are causing the intense emotions and will try and take the weight off of your shoulders. 

  • Fire Agate and Black Tourmaline: Need a combination to repel negative energy and ground you in the darker moments? Fire Agate and Black Tourmaline together can do just that.

  • Element: Earth
  • Planet: Mercury
  • Zodiac: Gemini, Virgo
  • Birthstone: May, September
  • Chakras: Third Eye and Crown

HISTORY

We know agate has been used by man for at least 3000 years as it got its name from the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus.

Theophrastus named the gemstone after the Achates River in Sicily where he came across them. The island was a Greek colony before it was conquered by the Romans and was the source of agate gemstones for many centuries. Agate was used to make rings, seals and ornaments and is a variety of chalcedony which in turn is a type of quartz.

The agate is thought to protect from fatigue, nightmares, and stress. It was during biblical times that Agates were worn as jewellery as protection against impending storms. All through ancient times, the agate has held a high value as amulets and talismans. 

SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES

Agate cleanses and stabilises the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety.

Agates are among some of the oldest known Healing and Good Luck stones, in general enabling the wearer to choose between true and false friends.

Told to help the bearer avert storms and lightning, protecting children from danger, especially in preventing falls, and danger in general.

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

Physically, Agate addresses visual, digestive and uterine functions. It cleanses the lymphatic system and the pancreas; strengthens blood vessels and heals skin disorders. It's also wonderful for those sleepless nights, because of its calming effects. 

EMOTIONAL ATTRIBUTES

Agate is a wonderful gemstone for balancing the mind, body, and spirit as well as helping you to slow down and centre yourself. It transforms negative energy into positive energy.  Agate enhances mental function, improves concentration, enhances perception and analytical abilities. It is a soothing and calming gemstone that heals inner anger, anxiety and helps in the strengthening of relationships. Agate instils security and safety.

ETHICAL SOURCING 

Our supplier who mines agate is based in The Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, one of the most significant mining locations in operation. This material is mined from a family-run mining business, father and son. one of the most reputable and responsible suppliers to do business with over in Brazil; they have fully equipped staff and miners working for them who are paid fairly and have a very short chain of supply.

None of our suppliers works with children under age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children, the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.

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