Agate

Agate

Most colorful member of the Quartz family

Agate is made from silicon dioxide. It is rich in various bands of colors. The stone has glassy lustre and has a hardness of 7 according to the Mohs scale. Agates originate in cavities of molten rock where gas bubbles are trapped in solidifying lava and then are replaced with alkali and silica bearing solutions. The gem can be found all over the world.   

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History, mythology & legends

A Greek philosopher, Theophrastus, who discovered Agate on bank of the river Achates  gave it the name in the 4th century BC. The gemstone is mentioned as one of the fire stones. Myths and legends suggest that when a person wears Agate, they become more pleasant and agreeable. A common myth associated with this gemstone involves an eagle, which placed an agate in its nest to guard its young against the bite of venomous animals.   

Traditional & emotional healing

Various medicinal powers were attributed to Agate by tradition. The stone was supposed to void the toxicity of all poisons and counteract the infection of contagious diseases.

Some of Agate’s healing properties include:

  • Easing emotions and pain

  • Helping with arthritis, skeletal conditions and digestion

  • Agate is a variety of quartz analogous and other cryptocrystalline species. Its healing abilities are related to piezoelectric properties. It is a basic stone used to help in neuralgias and muscle aches

  • A red agate called Carnelian was credited with the power of sharpening vision 

For emotional healing, Agate is very effective when the person has lost the will to live or self-harms. It is particularly helpful for bulimia or anorexia. One of the biggest self esteem, stamina and energy booster. Unbeatable help during exams, interviews and negotiations.