Geology

Most Agates occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or ancient lavas where they represent cavities originally produced by the disengagement of volatiles in the molten mass, then filled wholly or partially by siliceous matter deposited in regular layers upon the walls.

Agate has also been known to fill veins or cracks in volcanic or altered rock underlain by granitic intrusive masses. Such Agates when cut transversely exhibit a succession of parallel lines often of extreme tenuity. This gives a banded appearance to the section. Such stones are known as banded Agate, rib Agate & striped Agate.

All varieties of Agates have been utilised by humans for centuries with a great variety of purpose, most famously for ornate carvings other uses included bowls, utensils, jewellery, decorative tiles & cameos. At least 3,000 years ago the Egyptians adorned themselves with Agate gemstones.

Metaphysical Properties

A mentor with immense nurturing capacity, providing safety, harmony & security. Agate is an excellent grounding stone bringing emotional, physical & intellectual balance. The harmony of Yin & Yang or light & dark energies is found within. Agate is soothing & calming working either slowly or quickly, whatever pace serves the highest good to bring great strength, self-confidence & spiritual growth.

Improves concentration through healing inner anger, this eliminates distractions giving increased flow to creative thought. Agate holds within & shares a powerful force of love & strength which builds solid foundations to facilitate new growth. The bringer of peace dissolves negativity & internal tension.

Agate kick starts dormant Kundalini energies raising spiritual consciousness & opening all chakra energy centers. Excellent as healing aids for they are sensitive to ones underlying needs & have the ability to transmit massive light blasts or small shots of light, either near or far. Agates transform negative influences to positive & teach us that what looks like a scar is actually a beauty spot.

Agate enhances psychic abilities increasing prophetic vision & divine understanding. All chakras can be tuned & energised with Agate. As a powerful booster of energy fields it releases blockages in the way of spiritual enlightenment & connects to all levels of higher existence.

Crystal Healing

Stimulates digestion, heals eyes, stomach, & uterus, strengthens blood vessels & heals skin disorders.


Mineralogy

Group: Quartz

Crystal System: Trigonal-Rhombohedral Lattice

Composition: SiO2 silicon dioxide

Form/Habit: Microcrystalline aggregates

Hardness: 6.5 - 7

Cleavage: None

Fracture: Conchoidal

Lustre: Dull

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.58–2.64

Transparency: Translucent

R.I: 1.530–1.540

Colour: White to grey, light blue, orange to red, black. banded

Birefringence: up to +0.004 (B-G)

Pleochroism: Absent