Agate is a rock consisting primarily of cryptocrystalline silica. Agate is characterized by its fineness of grain and variety of color. Agates are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks. Agate is thought to increase inner stability, composure, maturity, and help with protection.
Agates are unique and fascinating pieces and come in many varieties. Agate is a variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. Translucency, patterns of color, or moss-like inclusions may distinguish this stone from other forms of chalcedony.
Agates can show a wide variety of vivid, multiple colors. These are principally the result of traces of oxides of iron, manganese, titanium, chromium, nickel, and other elements. Agates are a tough gemstone with a Mohs scale of 6.5-7 and can be easily polished. Agates can be found in South Africa, India, Mexico, the US, Scotland, Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar, Namibia
Agates were found by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus. They were said to ward off all kinds of evil, to heal scorpion stings and snakebites, to calm raging storms, and to bring victory in times of war.
Agates are thought to cover each of your chakras depending on the variety. For instance, blue lace agate is associated with the throat chakra. Agates are thought to help stabilize, heal, and ground. It keeps the wearer or bearer open to the abundance of the universe. It is thought to increase self-confidence and increase one’s connection with their deeper intuition. It also enhances our mental functioning.
Each piece is similar, though no item at Crystal Joys is exactly the same as every item uses a unique stone that is non-fabricated. Every item at Crystal Joys is truly "one of a kind". Slight variations in color, size and bead shape exist.