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Resembling cross sections of psychedelic tree trunks, Agate is one of nature's most vibrant and creative designs
The weird and the wonderful
Mostly formed in cavities of ancient lavas or other extrusive igneous rocks, Agate is a variety of chalcedony, formed from layers of quartz which follow the cavities outline; hence its uniquely banded appearance.
A popular choice for jewellery due to its varied appearance and relative hardness, agate ranges from transparent to opaque. Varieties include Blue Agate, Blue Lace Agate, Crazy Lace Agate, Green Agate, Indian Agate, Moss Agate, Fire Agate, Tree Agate, Onyx, Sardonyx and Wood Agate.
The 'Petrified Forest National Park' in Arizona, has hundreds of acres of agatized wood in a multitude of colour - an awe inspiring natural spectacle.
History in a nutshell
It has been worked since prehistoric times, and was among the first lapidary materials.
Mentioned several times in the bible, it has been used in jewellery since Biblical Babylonian times, where it was thought to ward off storms and was a prized gem. It was also highly valued as a talisman or amulet and was said to quench thirst and protect against fever.
Persian magicians used agate to divert storms.
Agates with banded colours are said to bring about rich and varied dreams if placed under your pillow at night.
Considered a protection stone, it is believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy.
Red agates are associated with the 3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra, and blue agates are associated with the 5th Throat Chakra.
Quartz (Cryptocrystalline or Chalcedony)
Where in the world
- South Africa