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. 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.

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. Some Agate geodes are hollow in the middle creating caves of Quartz points known as Druse. Some Agate geodes are solid with layers of Chalcedony. Very rarely you will find Agate forming in the fillings of cervices 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 in many different forms.

Agate Varieties and their Meanings

Black Agate

Black Agate may show translucent, white and brown bands. Black Agate is at stone used for protection and grounding. Use Black Agate to balance the Root Chakra.

Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate is the most rare 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.

Botswana Agate

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

The 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

Also known as Mexican Lace Agate, this stone shows patterns, bands and wavy lines of cream, red and brown. Crazy Lace Agate shows distinctive patterned layers within the healing stone. Crazy Lace Agate derives 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.

Eye Agate

Also known as Fish Eye or Third Eye Agate, this stone is layered and naturally looks like an eyeball.

Fire Agate

Fire Agate is a popular form of the stone showing flashes of red “fire” due to thin layers of Limonite minerals.

Pink Agate

Also known as Rose Agate, this stone is naturally pink and may show white, gray banded and patterned inclusions.

Tree Agate (Dendritic)

Also known as Dendritic Agate this stone is white with green inclusions produced by Manganese Oxide. Tree Agate is name 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.

Turitella Agate

Turitella Agate is a stone of brown masses embedded with ancient seashell fossil inclusions. Turitella Agate offers a glimpse back millions of years through its agatized spiral shellfish inclusions.

White Agate

This Agate stone varies from opaque to translucent white showing a wonderful crystal luster. Use White Agate for healing the Crown Chakra.

Yellow Agate

Yellow Agate varies from opaque to translucent, pale yellow to deep mustard. Yellow Agate balances the Solar Plexus Chakra.

Metaphysical Meaning of Agate Stone

  • 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.

Black Agate – practicality, grounding and inner strength

Black Banded Agate – endurance, dealing with death and change

Blue Lace Agate – open communication, aids in speeches, decrease stammering

Brazilian Agate – regulate pulse rate, constipation

Crazy Lace Agate – confidence, self-esteem and diminishes fears

Eye Agate – positive outlook even during difficult times

Fire Agate – inspiration and action, eye sight

Pink Banded Agate – femininity, nurturing, creativity

Turitella Agate – deal with change, healing the earth

Tree Agate – cultivate plants, for gardeners, seeing beauty in all things

How to Use Agate Stone

  • Make an Agate gem elixir to drink for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • 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 stones when astral traveling.
  • Place Blue Lace Agate on the eyes for tired eyes.
  • Make a Blue Lace Agate gem elixir to drink at gatherings that may create conflicts.
  • Use Blue Lace Agate with infants learning to talk.
  • Gargle with Blue Lace Agate water for sore throats.
  • Plant Tree Agate to help growth in gardens.

Mineral Meaning 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)

Luster: Waxy

Transparency: Transparent to Opaque

Crystal System: Trigonal (3 equal axis @ 120’ to one another and a 4th axis perpendicular to the other three)

Crystal Habit: Micro-crystalline or Massive (hunks of stone)

Personal Experience

Although I tend to gravitate towards bolder colors, there's something about the pale blue bands of Blue Lace Agate 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 a specific energy.

Agate Stone Jewelry

Agate is a great stone for me to work with in jewelry making because it is so abundant and each one is eccentric in its personality.  It also takes well to cutting, dying and polishing, so you will find all sorts of cabochons, beads and cameos created from Agate. Blue Lace Agate will be a bit pricier than the other Agates because of its attractive color. Because of its wide array of colors, patterns and inclusions, the majority of my Agate jewelry pieces at I Dig Crystals are one-of-kind. The stone comes in so many colors and patterns that customers always find something that will attract them in the Agate family. I love wrapping up Agate slabs as pendants for bold, statement pieces which give my wearers a self-confident energy.

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