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Who Needs Agate Crystals?
You may benefit from Agate crystals if you can relate to any of the following:
You need more stability in your routine
You are attracted to intricately patterned stones
You are an avid rock collector
You need a grounding crystal in your aura
You seek work-life balance
You want to disconnect from tech and connect with Earth
How do you identify an Agate stone?
The Agates that are most easily identifiable have clear and distinct bands. This is a result of layers of Chalcedony forming on top of one another. These stripes of colors are always occurring in Agate translucent stone.
That being said, Agate is found in many colors and many patterns. So although most Agates are translucent and have banding, there are exceptions. If you are looking for expert knowledge over Agate stone, it will take some time and practice.
Sheila's Personal Experience with Agate Crystal
Although I tend to gravitate towards bolder colors, there's something about the pale blue bands of Blue Lace Agate that draws me to its calm energies. I am constantly working on opening my Throat chakra, and Blue Lace Agate is a great stone to place at the throat or wear as a pendant.
Eye Agates are also intriguing to me because they are already shaped like eyeballs, making it easy for me to connect with my Third Eye chakra. Third Eye Agate stones were some of the first crystals we ever carried at Satin Crystals and my dad would tell the story of how they came from the holy rivers in India, polished by the flow of the tides. Each one is unique in its layers, colors, and hand-polished to a glossy finish for me to hold or put them in my pocket.
As for Agate Slabs, I like to place these on display stands and let the light shine through the stone's translucent bands. I also use Agate slabs as plates or stands for other crystals, jewelry, and household decor. I also glue on other stones to the slabs and create chakra plates, which can then be placed on my body and vibrated with a tuning fork for specific energy.
Lisa's Personal Experience with Agate Crystal
It's funny reading Sheila's post above because I too like Blue Lace Agate and Agate Third Eyes! With so many varieties to choose from, I wanted to discuss my love of Dendritic Agate.
When I was first starting with crystals, I thought that Dendritic Jasper was Dendritic Agate. Agate and Jasper are both versatile and widely available grounding stones that come in so many colors and forms, it used to be hard to tell them apart. As my expertise grew, I learned to differentiate between Agates and Jaspers. What I like about Agate is that it often has that opalescent slightly translucent quality.
When I hold Dendritic Agate in my hand, I feel like I'm being whisked away into a quiet and peaceful forest. This is great, especially considering I hardly ever make it out into nature. All I have to do is close my eyes, and suddenly the tree-like patterns in the Agate Stone come to life in my mind. I am transported to a landscape of plants, birds, rivers, and animals. It gives me the energy of the Earth. Dendritic Agate takes me on a well-needed vacation every time I gaze upon it. We have some very nice clear and orange pieces in our store that I hand- selected from Hungary.
In contrast, Blue Agate brings celestial and soothing energy of the sky. I really like Blue Agate balls and nodules, which tend to be a bit darker than beloved Blue Lace. When I see Blue Agate in the sphere form, I have to scoop it up. They usually have rocky ridges and caverns. Blue Agate balls make excellent gazing spheres because they calm the mind enough to get visions and messages flowing.
Agate pick me up? Yes, please!
Have a jolt of Coffee Agate every morning wearing this stunning, banded brown bracelet.
What is the metaphysical Agate meaning?
In crystal healing, Agate has a stable and grounding quality. It is used to keep you in the present moment, grounded to this earth, and focused on what you have to accomplish here and now.
It is also a stone of vitality, stamina, and strength. So if you need extra earth energy, Agate may be the stone for you!
Each type of Agate will vary in its healing properties, but here is a general overview of Agate meaning in metaphysical terms:
Agate provides stamina and vitality
Agate balances sexual energy
Agate brings emotional security
Agate aids in astral travels
Agate improves memory
Agate is a very stable stone, centering and grounding physical energy
How do you use Agate in healing?
Since there are so many colors, types, and shapes of Agate, there are unlimited possibilities on how to use the stone in your everyday life, home decoration, and healing practices.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Lie in an Agate stone grid for a balanced circulation.
Wear Agate jewelry for self-esteem and confidence.
Give Agate stone to clumsy people for stabilization.
Use Agate when memory enhancement is needed.
Meditate with Agate spheres when astral traveling.
Place Agate Geodes in the home for earthy decor.
Use Agate slabs as coasters for your drinks.
Place Blue Lace Agate on the eyes for tired eyes.
Wear Blue Lace Agate at the Throat when you need to make an oral presentation.
Plant Tree Agate in the soil to help growth in gardens.
What birthstone is Agate associated with?
In the Traditional Birthstone list (as opposed to the Modern list), Agate is associated with May and the Zodiac signs of Taurus and Gemini.
If you or someone you know is born in these times, try Agate and see if you can vibe with its energies.
Agate Varieties and their Metaphysical Meanings
Black Agate may show translucent, white, and brown bands.In crystal healing, Black Agate is a stone used for practicality, protection, inner strength, and grounding.
Blue Lace Agate
is the rarest and sought after of the Agate family for its graceful, pale blue colors created by Quartz crystals inter-growing through Chalcedony in cavities of volcanic rock. This laced blue version of Agate stone shows subtle white and blue bands. Blue Lace Agate is associated with the Virgin Mary, an icon of motherhood. In Scandinavia Blue Lace Agate is connected to Nerthus the Earth Mother. Use Blue Lace Agate for open communication and articulate speech.
Botswana Agate has a translucent gray background with striking rhythmic patterns of brown and white bands. These are durable stones chosen for their hardness and contrasting patterns. Botswana Agate is a stone to help with focusing on the details of your task. Like all Agate, Botswana Agate also provides grounding, vitality, and stamina.
Brazilian Agate stone is translucent with lines and patterns. This is commonly a gray banded Agate that is dyed brilliant colors with permanent chemicals.
Crazy Lace Agate
known as Mexican Lace Agate because it is found exclusively in Chihuahua, Mexico. This stone shows patterns, swirling bands, and wavy lines of cream, red and brown. Crazy Lace Agate gets its name from its complex patterns and colorful shades. Use Crazy Lace Agate stones to come to terms with the eccentricities of yourself and others. It aids in confidence and self-esteem.
Dendritic Agate is a translucent Chalcedony with dendrites. Dendrites are mineral inclusions that look like branching trees or plants. Dendrites make fascinating patterns in Agate stone.
Eye Agate is also known as Fish Eye or Third Eye Agate. This is one of the first stones we used to offer at Satin Crystals. The natural layers of Chalcedony make it look like an eyeball.Use Eye Agate for a positive outlook during difficult times.
Fire Agate is a popular form of the stone showing flashes of red “fire” due to thin layers of Limonite minerals. This glowing, translucent red stone may show spots of rainbow sheen and other magical inclusions. Use Fire Agate to be inspired into action.
Pink Agate is also known as Rose Agate, this stone is naturally pink and may show white, gray banded, and patterned inclusions. Pink Agate is associated with feminine, nurturing energy, and cultivating creativity.
Moss Agate is a translucent Chalcedony full of moss-like inclusions of Hornblende or Chlorite. The inclusions are usually green, but can also be found in other colors like purples and reds. Use Moss Agate to rejuvenate your life energy, also known as Chi or Qi. This crystal can be used to balance the Heart Chakra. Those feeling rundown from modern life will benefit from Moss Agate's earthy energies.
is also known as a form of Dendritic Agate. This stone is white with green inclusions produced by Manganese Oxide. Tree Agate is named for its green foliage pattern.
In Ancient Greece, Tree Agate was buried in fields to ensure a good harvest. Native Americans used Tree Agate to help connect with tree power. Gardeners like to use Tree Agate to cultivate plants.
Turritella Agate is a stone of brown masses embedded with ancient seashell fossil inclusions. Turritella Agate offers a glimpse back millions of years through its agatized spiral shellfish inclusions. Use Turritella Agate to deal with change and come to terms with new beginnings. It is also a stone used in healing the Earth.
White Agate varies from opaque to translucent white showing a wonderful crystal luster. Use White Agate for healing the Crown Chakra.
varies from opaque to translucent, pale yellow to deep mustard. Yellow Agate balances the Solar Plexus Chakra.
What is Agate Stone?
Agate stone is a variety of Chalcedony which grows in masses and is usually banded or patterned. It is formed from microscopic Quartz crystals forming in layered bands. These bands vary in thickness from stone to stone but are usually the same thickness in the same stone.
It is a harder stone at a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness making it great for lapidary work. Agate stone is often carved and gives an excellent finish.
How are Agates formed?
You will often find Agate within round stones known as geodes. These geodes are found as ball or almond-shaped nodules measuring from mere centimeters to many yards wide. Can you even imagine yard-lengths of Agate?
Some Agate geodes are hollow in the middle creating caves of Quartz or Amethyst points known as Druse. Some Agate geodes are solid with layers of Chalcedony. Very rarely you will also find Agate forming in the fillings of crevices in volcanic rocks.
The Agate stone gets its name from the Achates River (now known as the Drillo) of Sicily. Agate is found abundantly worldwide and in many different forms.
Agate Stone Jewelry
As the jewelry designer at Satin Crystals, Agate is a great stone for me to work with in jewelry making because it is so abundantly available. Each Agate bead is unique and eccentric in its personality.
Agate takes well to cutting, dying, and polishing, so you will find all sorts of cabochons, beads, and cameos created from Agate. It is a relatively affordable stone. However, Blue Lace Agate will be a bit pricier than the other Agates because of its coveted color.
Because of its wide array of colors, patterns, and inclusions, customers always find something that will attract them in the Agate family.
I love wrapping up Agate slabs as pendants, sculpting Agate cabochons as rings, and beading colorful Agate on necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for bold, statement pieces that give wearers expressive, self-confident energy.
Agate Healing Stones in Fashion
Who said you have to make sacrifices when you choose to be healthy? With Sheila Satin's designer pieces, you can have fun and stay zen at the same time. Our top-selling piece in the Agate jewelry collection is this gorgeous Blue Lace Agate beaded bracelet. It's love at first sight!
The natural stone bracelet is custom made with a sturdy stretch cord and can be ordered in the size that fits you perfectly.
Listen up, men and women- it's time to get crazy! Another audience favorite is Crazy Lace Agate Cufflinks, available in gold or silver.
Mineral Facts of Agate Stone
Surface Color: Multi-Colored
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Group: Silicates (silicon + oxygen)
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks)
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque
Crystal System: Trigonal (3 equal axes @ 120’ to one another and a 4th axis perpendicular to the other three)
Crystal Habit: Micro-crystalline or Massive (hunks of stone)
Is My Agate Dyed or Colored?
Your Agate may be dyed to bring out its patterns and deepen its colors. Sometimes you won't be able to tell because the process has become so sophisticated that your naked eye will not be able to spot the difference. Sometimes it is very easy to tell because the stones will be unnaturally bright blue, green, or pink.
Dyeing of Agates started way back in the Ancient Roman times, but it was perfected in the 1820s in Idar-Oberstein. If you are a rockhound, you will have heard of this famous German village known as the gemstone town. Idar-Oberstein is famous worldwide for its exclusive high-quality stone carvings, coloring, cutting, engraving, and sculptures.
Here in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission requires all gemstone alterations to be disclosed to the buyers. So, even if your Agate looks natural, a trusted seller will tell you if it was treated or not.
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