While there are many beautiful sub-types of agate, the stone in general is known for offering protection. It is also recognized for balancing and harmonizing. From here, varying types of agate offer unique strengths.
Silver Leaf Agate – Is used for grounding, stability, and protection. Wear it when you need acceptance.
Green Moss Agate – Known as the stone for gardeners, it is healing and refreshing for the body and mind, and balances emotional energy. It is offers abundance, so it may enhance health, wealth, and friendships. Also, it may help cleanse the circulatory and elimination systems. This stone has been commonly used by warriors.
Red Agate – Symbolizes courage, strength, and success. It offers protection specifically from theft. Physically, it is known to help issues with the blood, such as kidney problems, anemia, and healing wounds. May enhance physical energy.
Fire Agate – Its deep red patterns signal the essence of fire, and therefore that it offers courage. It connects one to their passions and emotions, and helping to make decisions. Also useful for creativity and expression, as well as sexual enhancement.
Dream Agate – A soothing stone, which fosters love and nature. Said to offer protection from bad dreams.
(Note: the stones used in my jewelry that are referred to as “Dream Agate” are only identifiable as heat-treated natural agate. Therefore, the general agate meaning, along with the description here should apply to its use).
Yellow Agate – Known to offer courage and strength. Again, this one is beneficial for creating balance.
Blue Agate – Used for support, calming, and neutralizing negativity. It is a spiritual stone which may help with the digestive and nervous system. Wear it to obtain peace.
Agate is believed to have been named from the Achetes River in Sicily where it was first discovered over 3,000 years ago. It has been found in works such as agate bowls, dating from the time of Babylon. Agate bowls remained popular among kings through the Renaissance. Pieces of agate have also been found in pieces dating from Ancient Egyptian, Greek, African, and Russian times. Agate mining and carving became a popular practice in Germany in the 1400’s.
Agate is made up of chalcedony layered with crystallized quartz. Though agates are prevalent, and found around the world, they are one of earth’s most impressive makings. The concentric bands and markings are a natural art, and come in many colors. They are often found with volcanic rock. Agates are often dyed, heat-treated, or crackled to enhance the stone’s appearance, so beware that sometimes they might look different from how our planet created them.
Agate may be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Since agate is comprised of quartz, it is quite hard, so it can only be damaged by other materials comparably as hard. Agate scores a 6.5-7 on Mohs’ scale. Avoid extreme heat and harsh chemicals.
Many pieces of A. Nicola jewelry are wrapped around gorgeous pieces of agate. To see a few, view a silver leaf agate two-toned copper bracelet, a copper dream agate ring, a red agate silver bracelet, or a crackle agate copper pendant.