Gemstone: Agate – Earth Rainbow

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NAME

Agate is the name given to varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family.

The stone was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek Philosopher and naturalist. He discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates (Greek: ß╝ł¤ç╬Ȥä╬̤é) sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.

 

COLOUR

The lovely colour patterns and banding make this translucent gemstone very unique. This banding can distinguish it from most gemstones.

Called the earth rainbow – the bands of Agate form in nearly every colour on earth, including a colourless form.

Agate colours can include black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple and gray.

 

IMPORTANT DATESagate_zps3d1017ce

Birthstone: Mythical Birthstone for September

Birthstone for the Zodiac Sign of Gemini

Anniversary: 14th

 

CUT

Agates can be found in very large sizes and in a variety of shapes. Most agates are cut cabochon to enhance their beauty, but they are also found in slabs and plain cuts.

 

SOURCE

Agates may be found in various kinds of rock, but are classically associated with volcanic rocks. They can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.

Agate deposits exist in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Poland,Botswana, India, Australia, and the United States.

 

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 HARDNESS

Agate measures a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.

 

 

 

FASCINATING FACTS

Historically, Agate was placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness.

Agate can be cleaned very easily using warm soapy water and a soft brush.
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Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle.

Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect. This makes it a beneficial stone for both students and artists.

imagesAgate is typically untreated but can easily be dyed to enhance colour as it is quite porous. Prices for agates are very affordable whether they have been dyed or are natural.

Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears.

White agate is especially considered a stone of hope.

 

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