Properties: Agate is exactly that, a slice of life! This huge category of stones features every color, shape, size and style under the collective rainbow! It’s combinations are as diverse as its names (based on colors, locations found and nickames…blue lace agate, Colorado agate, snakeskin agate) and its metaphysical properties. The name is derived from its occurrence at the Achates River in southwestern Sicily.
Agate is a distinctly banded fibrous chalcedony, amorphous and cryptocrystalline silica gems. The banding in agate is based on periodic changes in the translucency of the agate substance. It is further classified under two distant bandings. When the individual bands run perpendicular to the orientation and growth direction of the chalcedony fibers, it is considered Wall-lining Banding. When the banding consists of fine, irregularly spaced layers of small chalcedony and sometimes quartz crystals that precipitated in the cavity, they are considered Horizontal Banding.
Composed of microscopic crystals of Quartz laid down in colorful bands or ribbons. The appearance of the stone is waxy and soft. Almost always translucent and occasionally transparent. Agates are grounding stones. Agates are one of the oldest good luck stones. They help obtain a better physical/emotional balance. They work to raise consciousness. Builds self-confidence. Agate enables the person wearing it to choose their friends carefully. Used to avert from lighting and stormy weather (physically and metaphysically), agate brings prosperity. It is a protector of children. This stone helps us to have patience, and allows for inner peace. Use agate as a gazing tool for divination and meditation. Agate balances emotions and brings insight to any situation.
Folk Remedies: Agate is a fertility stone used for centuries. It is believed to prevent miscarriages and alleviate discomfort during pregnancy. It is a cooling stone used for stomach, colon, liver, spleen, kidneys. Used for centering, taking heart and maintaining blood sugar levels. This is why it is so helpful for dizziness, headaches and impaired balance. anorexia/food issues, and inflammation. Restores nerve feeling and healing after injury/burns.
Feng Shui: Agate is used primarily anywhere to help bring change. Used in the Center for balance, health and grounding and in the West for children, in the Southwest (as a pair) for fertility and in the East for community and family.
Agate is a cryptocystalline form of quartz that has precipitated from silica-bearing groundwater in rock cracks and cavities. It is similar to the way “sinter” is preciptated from geothermal hot waters flowing from geysers and hot springs. We are more used to agates as polished slabs of colourful semi-concentric patterns, the colour caused by various minerals like iron and manganese.