Agate is a form of Chalcedony (silicon dioxide) that usually exhibits “banding” forming patterns and similar markings, although some forms of Agate do not. The color range is grey, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, blue, and blue/violet. Some Agates are dyed to produce quite vivid colored effects.
There are many varieties of Agate, the more general properties and energy is briefly described below, while others can be found under their names. The color will help to indicate as to which chakra a particular Agate connects, and what issues it may help with.
Agates generally have lower, vibrational energy that helps one to ground and balance one’s energy fields bringing stability to one’s being. They are supportive and nurturing so that energetic vibrations can be transformed, but in a slower, sustaining manner, maintaining a steady connection.
White Agate and purple-toned Royal Aztec Agate have a strong resonance to the crown chakra, cleansing this chakra, and connecting one to the higher dimensions for guidance.
Blue tones such as Blue Lace, Ellensburg Blue, and Blue Holly – have a strong resonance with the throat chakra for communication and the third eye chakra for psychic senses.
Green and pink tones such as Botswana pink, Green Tree, and Moss have a strong resonance with the heart chakra for emotional healing.
Yellow tones such as Snakes Skin have a strong resonance with the solar plexus chakra for confidence and willpower.
Orange tones such as Fire and Montana have a strong resonance with the sacral chakra for creativity.
Brown and black tones such as Black and Turritella have a strong resonance with the base chakra for stability, support, and balance.
Agate is extremely beautiful and most noted for its banded and multicolored schemes. For instance, the bands on many Agate stones wrap around the stone like a tree’s rings in various colors. These stones have been sought after since the beginning of time and through the ages man has given them mystical qualities such as making one invisible or protecting one from sickness. Today, Agate comes in many different varieties on almost any type of jewelry piece.
Agate – The History and Origins
Agate has been known to man for thousands of years and there is evidence that Stone Age man located in Western Europe from 20,000 to 16,000 BC had access and used this gemstone. Ancient Egyptians also were aware of this precious and beautiful gemstone as well.
One of the folklores on the origin of this stone equates back to the Greeks. “Agateec” is a word in Greek that means happy. Greek legend states that Agate was found in the river Achates which is located in Sicily. The name of the river has changed as is now called the Drillo River. The Drillo River is still today a major reserve and source of Agate.
Agate origins show that the Europeans were aware of the stone and used it quite often during the middle ages. For instance, Part of Germany known as the Idar-Oberstein district is well known for the abundance of Agate. While mainly for ornamental uses, Agate spread due to its beauty and unique properties. Many people thought that the stone had magical properties which enhanced its popularity and it eventually spread throughout Europe and North Africa where it is well known to this day and extremely valuable.
Agate continues to be popular today and always in demand due to the fact that practically every stone is different and unique. Agate is definitely one of the more beautiful precious stones available and will remain popular due to its attractive traits.
- Earth Star
- Base Root
- Solar Plexus
- Third Eye
- Balance and Stability
- Physical Wellbeing
- Higher Dimensional Guidance
- Psychic Senses