Agate is a member of the Chalcedony family and has many variations. No gemstone is more creatively colored, striped and textured by nature than agate. Agates have a Trigonal crystal structure and occur in nodular masses in rock such as volcanic lavas. When split open, they often reveal an amazing variety of colors and patterns and a distinct banding that distinguishes them from other forms of chalcedony (the compact, microcrystalline variety of quartz).
It is said to have been one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest. There are legends that tell us that Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. In ancient times Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet, it was also said to quench thirst and protect from fevers. Historically it was placed in water used for cooking and drinking in order to dispel sickness.
Bowls crafted from agate were popular during the Byzantine Empire. Collecting agate bowls became common among European royalty during the Renaissance and many museums in Europe, including the Louvre, have spectacular examples.
Agate is an excellent stone for rebalancing and harmonising body, mind and spirit. It has the power to harmonise yin and yang, the positive and negative forces that hold the universe in place. It cleanses and stabilises the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety.
Agate gently facilitates self acceptance and builds self confidence. It encourages quiet contemplation and assimilation of life experiences, leading to spiritual growth and inner stability.
Because of the harmonizing qualities of Agate, and its emotional energies of removing and releasing resentments and bitterness, it is also considered by many to be an excellent stone for helping to heal and improve relationships.
Agate is a very protective stone and is especially protecting for children.
Agate can cleanse and stabilize the aura by removing and/or transforming negative energy. It can strengthen the body and its connection to the earth. It also increases energy. Agate enhances healing of all kinds. It is particularly helpful with tooth and gum issues, strengthening sight, stomach problems, physical endurance, insomnia, strengthens the blood vessels, and is very useful for skin disorders.
Different types and colours of Agates will have additional properties to those above.