Agate is a beautiful stone that chiefly consists of chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz. These stones are translucent to opaque and their streak is white.
Agate symbolizes peace, maturity, harmony, happiness, joy, and strength. These stones are a calming and soothing stone that helps the wearer to reduce their anxiety or stress.
Let us learn more about Agate:
Agate is a variety of chalcedony and a natural form of Silicon Dioxide. These stones are typically banded in appearance. As chakra works according to color, these stones can help to open up and balance all the chakras of our body. It helps the wearer to promote self-respect, spiritual communication, and relationship. It is an excellent stone for cleansing and stabilizing the aura.
The name Agate was derived from French, via Latin from Greek "Akhates", during the late 15th century. This stone was believed to be first discovered by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher, around the 3rd and 4th century (BC). Over 3000 years ago, Achates (Dirillo) river was the source of colorful Agates and other chalcedonies.
Agates have been worn mostly by prophets in Islamic culture believing that it will help to ward off evil thoughts and deeds. It can be found throughout the world but the fines Agates come from a town in Germany, Idar-Oberstein.
Naturally, Agates are formed in the volcano when cave water that has an intense amount of silica keeps dripping through the cavities between the rocks. In the small holes of volcanic rocks, this silica keeps on piling up and after a long course, it ends up filling the holes. After the holes fill up completely, the layer starts forming themselves in the form of microcrystal. It results in forming up the bands found on Agates.
The chemical formula of Agate is SiO2(Silicon Dioxide). The hardness of this stone is 6.5-7 according to the Mohs scale and they have a waxy luster.
The price of Agate can vary from $1-$50 or $100 depending on its banding pattern and color. Among all the types of Agate, Fire Agate is the most sought after and valuable.
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