Gemstone Collection - Agate 天然石-メノウ
English Name: Agate
Chemical Formula: SiO2 silicon dioxide (kind of Quartz)
Crystal system: Rhombohedral Microcrystalline
Refractive index: 1.530–1.540 (Bi-refringence up to 0.004)Color Variety: White to grey, green, light blue, Mustard yellow, orange to red, brown, black. banded
Origin: Myanmar, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Botswana, India, Australia and the USA
Birthstone: May / June
Astrology zodiac: Taurus, Virgo
Meaning: Stone of Strength, Good luck stone, Grounding Stone, Protective Stone
How to identify Agate?
Agate is traditionally defined as a ‘banded’ variety of chalcedony, whereas lighter and unicolored specimens are referred to as simply, chalcedony
There are many trading names for agate, such as 'banded agate', 'carnelian' , 'sardonyx', 'chalcedony', 'chalcedony quartz' or even 'plain quartz'.
Most Popular Agate Varieties:
Banded agate, blue agate, carnelian, sard, sardonyx, onyx,chrysocolla, eye agate, dendritic chalcedony (agate), fire agate, agate geode, moss agate and brecciated agate
Lesser Known Agate Varieties:
Tree agate, agate jasper, Botswana agate, blue lace agate, fossil agate, iris agate, laguna agate, landscape agate, scenic agate, tube agate, snakeskin agate, Sweetwater agate, Mohave blue agate, thunderegg agate, Fairburn agate, Dryhead agate, and Lake Superior agate.
Agate can be originated from various countries all over the world, including Myanmar, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Botswana, India, Australia and the USA.
South American agate lack any special markings. They will also typically occur in a rather dull gray color. While agates from the once plentiful mines in Germany, which are now depleted, were well-known for their vivid and strong colors, especially natural pink, red and brown.
Main Crystal Functionality: Protection, Strength, Harmony
Agate's most noticeable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming. Historically it was placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness. The Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore of any specific type of agate depend to some extent on the color of the agate, but all agates have certain things in common.
Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically.
Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy.
Agate is one of the oldest stone, and it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity.
Agate is a very protective stone. It is especially protective for children, and makes an excellent stone for children's amulets, medicine bags, jewelry, or just to carry around in a pocket. Agates are said to be especially useful for protecting children from falling. Agate is also used to protect against harmful spirits.
Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears. It can also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. In the same way, it assists with acceptance of all things. It can be very beneficial for self-examination as well as examination of the circumstances one finds oneself in. These qualities make agate superior for easing anxiety and stress. Plume agates are especially helpful for anxiety and stress relief. Particularly when placed on the Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra it can help one to accept one's emotions, thereby helping overcome those emotions that one wants to remove.
Because of the harmonizing qualities of agate, and its emotional energies of removing and releasing resentments and bitterness, it is also considered by many to be an excellent stone for helping to heal and improve relationships.
Agate can cleanse and stabilize the aura by removing and/or transforming negative energy. As far as relationships go, agate is a stone of marital and romantic fidelity.
Agate is said to strengthen the body and the body's connection to the earth. It also increases energy. Agate is used in crystal healing for healing of all kinds by bringing the elements of the healee into harmony. Physically, agate is said to be particularly helpful with tooth and gum issues, stomach problems, physical endurance, insomnia, detoxification. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
Chakras: Particularly placed agate on the Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra it can help one to accept one's emotions, thereby helping overcome those emotions that one wants to remove. All agates can remove blockages from any chakra. Agate also relates to specific chakras according to the stone color.
Colors of Agate and its function:
Black - prosperity, victory for athletes, courage
Black with white stripes - creates alertness.
Blue Lace- visionary, psychic, dreams, gives a sense of security and ability to handle new situation, softens stubbornness.
Brecciated - optimism, tranquillity, helps to avoid negative behavior, vibration changer.
Brown - victory in conflict, increases intelligence
Creamy Yellow - helps to lighten moods.
Enhydro (nodules with water trapped inside) - it contacts water devas, balances emotions.
Gray with white stripes - intellectual pursuits.
Lilac with pale blue gray stripes - spiritual discrimination.
Mustard yellow - useful in contacting the creative side of the mind and building an inventive mood.
Orange and brown - a balance that helps in overcoming obstacles, gaining good luck in financial issues, and stabilizing the emotions.
Purple with threads of white - helps communication be powerful and to the point
Red - brings peace, calmness and it is also said to drive away spiders.
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