Agate is one of the most common rock formations consisting primarily of Chalcedony and Quartz in a wide variety of colors. Like Jasper, Agate is another form of Chalcedony, however Agate is the translucent (to semi-translucent) variety of this mineral. Though Agate can range widely in it's colors, it almost always is banded. Agate forms in areas of volcanic activity where silica rich waters, flow through fractures and cavities in igneous rocks. If the dissolved silica happens to be highly concentrated, a silica gel can form on the walls of these cavities. That gel will slowly crystallize to form micro-crystalline Quartz.
Varieties of Agate
Similar to Jasper, Agate acquires it's different colors from the "impurities" that are mixed in when the rock is formed (and the colors are almost infinite!). Thus, the different varieties of Agate are usually classified by the banding. There are thousands of varieties of Agate (sometimes named where it originates from) but here are some of the most common:
- Fortification Agate: the most common formation of agate. The distinct concentric crystallized bands follow the shape of the cavity (more or less). Shadow Agate is similar to the fortification agate with a distinct movement in the bands, similar to a smear or a "shadow".
- Eye Agate: as the name suggests, this mysterious Agate features small ring-like bands, similar to eyes on a potato.
- Plume Agate: this Agate features feather-like bands that give it an appearance similar to that of a paper fan.
Healing Properties of Agate
Since Agate is derived from Chalcedony, it's healing properties are very similar Jasper. It's said to cleanse and stabilize the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity in to positivity, thus giving way to clarity. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety. The different "impurities" mixed with the Agate can also offer different sought after metaphysical properties!
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