Agate: The Aura Cleanser Crystal

Agate: The Aura Cleanser Crystal

All About Agates




Agates 

Agates are a common rock formation, consisting of chalcedony and quartz as its primary components. Agates are found in a wide variety of colors and are primarily formed within volcanic and metamorphic rocks. The ornamental use of agate dates back to Ancient Greece where it was used in assorted jewelry and the seal stones of Greek warriors. Today, agates are still a popular gemstone used in jewelry and home decor.

Healing Properties of Agate

Agate is a semiprecious gemstone that has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It is said to cleanse and stabilise the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate is also known to enhance mental function, improve concentration, perception and analytical abilities. In addition, agate is said to soothe and calm, healing inner anger or tension and creating a sense of security and safety. 

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Chakras 

Agates have been used for centuries for their beauty, but also for their powers to heal and protect. Each type of agate has different properties, and these properties can be used to influence and clear your chakras.

blue lace agate

Blue Lace Agate is an excellent stone for those seeking to heal the throat chakra. If you find yourself struggling to communicate your needs or express yourself, Blue Lace Agate can help by clearing any blockages you may have in your throat chakra. This Stone is also known for its calming properties, making it a great choice if you are looking to reduce stress or anxiety.

Moss Agate

Moss Agate is known as the "heart Stone" because of its ability to open and heal the heart chakra. If you are feeling disconnected from others or are struggling with forgiveness, Moss Agate can help by clearing any blockages in your heart chakra. This Stone is also known for its ability to attract abundance, so it is a great choice if you are manifesting more love or abundance into your life.

Yellow Agate

Yellow Agate is an excellent stone for those seeking to balance their sacral chakra. If you are feeling creatively blocked or are struggling with sexual dysfunction, Yellow Agate can help by clearing any blockages in your sacral chakra. This Stone is also known for its ability to increase energy levels and boost circulation, making it a great choice if you are looking for an energizing pick-me-up.
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Formation of Agates

As we stated before, agates are formed from chalcedony and quartz. Chalcedony is a microcrystalline variety of the mineral silicon dioxide while quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s crust. Together, they create a beautiful banded appearance that we know as agate. Agates form in layers and these layers can be any color imaginable! Most agates form within cavities of ancient lava flows or gas bubbles in metamorphic rocks. The gas bubbles get trapped and slowly fill with silica-rich water which forms the agate over time through a process called deposition.

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The Colors of Agates

Agates come in a wide variety of colors due to the presence of different minerals within the rock formation. The most common colors are white, gray, black, yellow, and red. However, agates can also be found in shades of blue, green, pink, purple, and brown. The color of an agate is not only determined by the minerals present but also by the amount of iron oxide in the rock.

Where Agates Are Found

Agates are found all over the world with notable deposits in Brazil, Uruguay, India, Madagascar, Mexico, China, and the United States. In the U.S., agate deposits can be found in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. The state of Wisconsin is especially known for its abundance of agates which can be found along its beaches and shores after a storm has passed through.

Agate Uses Throughout History

The first known use of agate dates back to the Neolithic period around 24,000 BCE! Since then, it has been used for everything from jewelry to mosaics to weapon grips. In fact, during Roman times, agate was very popular in stained glass work. It wasn’t until the 19th century that gem quality agates were found outside Europe which resulted in a decline in popularity for a short time. Nowadays, agates are commonly used in all sorts of jewelry as well as being collected for display purposes. You can even find them incorporated into many different home décor items!

The 9 Different types of Agate:


1. Fortification Agate - These are the classic agates: striped, colorful and generally forming rings.


2. Moss Agate - The inside of this stone is a mixture between silica and calcium carbonate, with little specks that could be called inclusions. These tiny particles have an appearance similar to what you would see if looking at healthy moss plants on earth!


3. Plume Agate - Is a type of stone that has the shape and form of feathers or smoke.


4. Tube Agate - These stones have mineral tubes or sticks forming in them when they were underground.


5. Iris Agate - These stones seem to be mostly transparent chalcedony with a bit of white banding. When light hits at just the right angle, they display different colors throughout their tight bands and give off an otherworldly vibe.


6. Fire Agate - One of the most valuable, and spectacular varieties. The inclusions take form as botryoidal formations made up iridescent minerals inside clear chalcedony!


7. Eye agate - A type of stone that often has orb-shaped inclusions. These round grains can be cut and shaped like an eye


8. Seam Agate - A type of rock that forms in the seams between mineral layers instead of being distributed across round nodules.


9. Waterline Agate - These stones only have horizontal stripes, unlike other types which have complete bands and can possess many thinning sheets throughout their thicknesses.

As you can see, there is a lot more to agates than meets the eye! These beautiful rocks have been used throughout history for all sorts of purposes and come in an array of colors and patterns. Whether you’re looking for a new piece of jewelry or a home décor item, make sure to keep agates in mind