Agates are one of my favourite stones simply for the amazing variety of colours, banding and patterns. The agate pictured here is a Death Valley Plume Agate Cabochon from California and is one of the most stunning agates I have seen in a while.
Agate is formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands and occurs in modular masses in rocks such as volcanic lavas. When the rocks are split open, they reveal an amazing variety of colours and patterns, and the distinct banding that distinguishes Agate from other Chalcedony’s. The characteristic bands usually follow the outline of the cavity in which the mineral has formed. The band colours are determined by the differing impurities present, although being porous, agate is often dyed or stained to enhance the colour. Agate can occur in shades of white, yellow, grey, pale blue, brown, pink, red or black. Other names often precede the the word agate, and indicate either its physical characteristics or where it came from.
The name Agate comes from the river Achetes in Sicily, where agates were found in ancient times, Agate is found worldwide, but Brazil, Botswana, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt, China and Scotland are prolific sources. Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Montana are particularly abundant sources in the USA.
Agates are grounding stones, bringing about an emotional, physical and intellectual balance. A soothing, calming and subtle crystal, Agate works slowly but brings great strength.
Psychologically, Agate gently facilitates acceptance of one’s self. This builds self-confidence, aids self-analysis and increases perception. It is reputed to enhance mental functions as it improves concentration. Agates love of truthfulness encourages speaking one’s own truth.
Agate is said to overcome negativity and bitterness of the heart. It heals inner anger, fostering love and the courage to start again. It is useful for any kind of emotional trauma as it creates a sense of safety and security.
“Who comes with Summer to this earth And owes to June her day of birth, With ring of Agate on her hand, Can health, wealth, and long life command.” C1989, Anon
Types & Colours
Agate Slices especially those with a crystalline hole in the center are believed to give you access to other dimensions.
Amethyst Sage Agate encourages unity and warm connections with others.
Black Agate especially those with a white circle or eye shape in the centre, are considered protective against evil eye!
Blood Agate is helpful in keeping to fitness regimes or persisting in business.
Blue Holley Agate encourages conciliation in workplace or domestic disputes.
Blue Lace Agate is regarded as cooling and soothing to both mind and body, and therefore to have a reputed ability to calm anger and emotional stress.
Botswana Agate is excellent for anyone connected to smoke or fire. It looks to solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
Bubble Lace agate enables one to laugh and to see the ‘games’ of the world.
Cloud Agate should be carried by those who wish to keep work and home life separate.
Crackled Fire Agate stimulates vitality and creativity on all levels.
Crazy Lace Agate is called the laughter stone, both because it is associated with sunny Mexican fiestas and dancing and because it brings joy to those who wear it.
Dendritic Agate is known as the stone of plenitudes and brings abundance and fullness to all areas of life.
Eagle Eye Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists.
Ellensburg Blue Agate can help one put aside worry and doubt and encourages optimism.
Enhydro/Water Agate is reported to preserve relationships in the midst of wanted or unwanted change.
Eye Agate sometimes call Orbital or Cat’s Eye Agate, is used to treat growths, and stimulate regenerative powers of the body.
Fire Agate has a deep connection to the earth and its energy is calming, bringing security and safety. With strong grounding powers, it supports during difficult times.
Green Agate enhances mental and emotional flexibility and improves decision making. It is useful in resolving disputes.
Grey Agate is reported to give courage, energy, strength, and dispels fears, all of which increase self-confidence.
Leaf Agate is said to help with grounding and balancing as well as to open the wearer up for acceptance, protection and abundance.
Moss Agate is a stabilizing stone strongly connected nature. Moss agate is said to refresh the soul and enable you to see the beauty in all you behold.
Pink Agate promotes love between parent and child. A stone of happiness and friendliness.
Plume Agate is all about flow and getting things moving again. It highlights blockages and helps release the things that are preventing movement forward.
Silver Leaf Agate represents new beginnings.
Snakeskin Agate is a cheerful stone and assists in eliminating the worries of everyday life and instead connects you to the joy of living.
Tree Agate helps the wearer to attune with nature and clams the nervous system.
Turritella Agate brings connections with your personal past, your ancestors and your homeland.
White agate relieves stress, gives protection, and increases courage.
Wind Fossil helpful in traumatic or challenging situations where strength and endurance are needed.
Yellow Agate is said to aid restoration of energy, and believed to bring wearer happiness, wealth, health, and long life.