WHAT IS AGATE?
Agates are semi-precious gemstones (a variety of chalcedony) that were first discovered near modern day Sicily. The name AGATE comes from the river Achates, now known as the Dirillo River where agate was first discovered sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
Most of the world’s agates developed in ancient volcanic lava, however, they can form in all types of host rock. Agate has been long known for its beauty, healing properties, and translucent color and has been used in jewelry making since 3000 BC.
How is Agate formed?
Agates naturally develop in rocks when an empty pocket is filled with micro-crystals and form concentric bands or other patterns. Agates develop as secondary deposits in hollow cavities known as vesicles.
When the hollow cavities and seams are filled with fluid concentrated with dissolved and suspended quartz molecules (known as silica), the fluid becomes very concentrated and turns into a gelatin like substance. Over time, the silica molecules form miniature fibrous micro-crystals that attach to the sides of the cavity. During this process, other mineral impurities that were formed when the cavities were filling begin to form intervening and contrasting bands.
Agate colors vary because the arrangement of the micro-crystals are affected by changes in pressure, temperature, and mineral content during the formation process.
Does agate have any healing benefits?
Agate is believed to cleanse and stabilize ones aura by eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate is also thought to improve concentration and enhance mental function. It is generally accepted that wearing agate can soothe and calm, heal anger or tension and can create a sense of security and safety.
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