- Origin of the name : River Achates in Sicily
- Belonging group : Quartz
- Chemical composition : Silicium Dioxide, SiO²
- Hardness : Between 6,5 and 7
- Crystal System : Rhombohedral, geode-shaped, frequently associated with quartz crystals
- Deposits : Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, United States, Madagascar, Mexico, Uruguay
- Colors : Almost all colors are present in agate.
- Patterns : Parallel lines, polyhedral geometric figures, orbicular effects, concentric convolutions, dendritic foams.
The name that we know today of the agate stone comes from the river Achates, nowadays Dirillo, in Sicily. During the ancient period, several civilizations (such as the Celts, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, etc.) were led to exploit this stone not only for its virtues, but also for its natural beauty.
Before the Christian era, between 2500 and 1500 B.C., agate stone was mainly exploited and recognized by the Greeks and Romans who commercialized its deposits. Thus, it was not uncommon to see jewelry such as agate necklace, agate bracelet, etc., objects or vases made of this stone. It was very much in demand because of its variety of colors and different shapes.
In fact, agate stone finds its origins in several countries of the world. One can find its deposits in Germany, Australia (variety of agate with green, yellow, pink, or red stripes) or in the United States. If one continues to travel the planet, it is very easy to find other varieties and deposits of agate, particularly in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Madagascar and China.
Of its composition, agate stone belongs to the quartz family and is mainly composed of silica formed through volcanic lava. This stone can be constituted, in complement or not, of water molecules. After eruption, the lava is transformed into drops called melphyry drops, which solidify to become a mass of quartz. The agate stone has a hardness of between 6.5 and 7 (scale of 10) and a density of between 2.58 and 2.64.
Agate Meaning and Properties
In lithotherapy, the main property of agate stone is that it is a stone of luck and an anchor stone. Its properties and virtues revolve around a contribution at the level of physical, emotional and intellectual balance by allowing those who wear it to overcome any type of energy blockage. The agate stone allows to stabilize the aura or the energy of the physical body.
Agate Healing Properties
The agate stone is a stone calming anxieties, it soothes and harmonizes yin and yang. It helps each being to gain self-confidence and to accept himself as he is. It brings courage in difficult moments and brings courage to the one who wears it. Agate stone offers in lithotherapy virtues of self-psychoanalysis and extra-sensory perceptions of hidden elements. It is not uncommon to see people wearing an agate pendant, all the virtues can then be exercised throughout the day.
The agate stone can also bring more sincerity and encourages to say the bottom of his thought. This natural stone develops concentration and favors memories. It is also a stone that promotes clairvoyance, the recording of different experiences and contemplation. Always in this optics of calm and plenitude, the agate stone makes it possible to disarm the interior anger. Its role is to dissipate all inner disturbing elements and emotional shocks to establish a sense of security.
Agate Properties on Environment
Just as on the psychological level, the agate stone in lithotherapy allows to soothe in particular the places, by harmonizing the global energy. The simple fact of positioning an agate in your home or workplace will bring you its two main virtues: calm and luck. If you position your agate in the room of someone suffering, the agate stone will give him morale and courage.