Agate is a type of chalcedony that comes in a variety of colours and appearances. There are also other specific types of agate as well including moss agate, blue lace agate and iris agate. Agates make great decorative stones because of their layers of patterns and colours that are mesmerizing to look at.
Physical Energy Properties: Helps with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bowels in general. Balances the lymphatic system and blood circulation. Also helps with skin disorders and eye issues. Great for detoxification.
Emotional Energy Properties: Agates are very grounding stones, and they work well to protect you. They work to balance mind, body and spirit so that you feel at peace. The multiple layers and bands in the stones can signify emotions coming to the surface to be accepted. Heals emotional traumas on all levels and gives you the courage to start again.
Chakras: Each different type of agate will correspond with a different chakra, and there is an agate for every chakra.
Astrological signs: This stone is associated with Gemini.
History: Agates are a form of chalcedony which was named after Chalchedon, an ancient port on the Sea of Marmara where stones were mined and traded. It has been used throughout history as a stone for household items such as goblets and decoration. When it was one of the only gemstones used it was considered very valuable, but now the value is lower. One type of agate is higher in value though, and that is Chrysoprase.
Where it's found: Agates are found everywhere around the world including India, the United States, Morroco, Czech Republic, Africa and Brazil.
Variations, Rarity and Value: As mentioned above, Chrysoprase is the most valuable type of agate because it is the rarest type of agate. Their prices reflect mainly labour and artistry rather than the value of the material itself. Larger agates and ones with distinctive patterns are usually more expensive. The costs of agate are more about the craftsmanship involved in carving or making the agate into something whether it be a piece of jewelry or a home item.
How to use it: Hold in mediation or place on your body where you need assistance in releasing blockages. You can also make an elixir using agate by allowing the agate to sit in water overnight and then straining the water to separate the crystal and the water. You can also use agate slices as a coaster to put your drinks on and it will charge your beverage with the balancing energy of the crystal.
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