Power & Benefits of Agate:
Agate is a very grounding stone and works well to protect you. It balances mind, body, and spirit so that you feel at peace. It heals emotional traumas on all levels and gives you the courage to start again.
Spiritual & Emotional Influence:
Agate harmonizes yin and yang. It encourages the assimilation of life experiences and facilitates stable spiritual growth.
The multiple layers and bands in the stones can signify emotions coming to the surface to be accepted.
The Physical Connection:
Agate is thought to help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bowels in general. It is said to balance the lymphatic system and blood circulation. It is also thought to help with skin disorders, eye issues, and detoxification.
The Chakras Connected to Agate:
Varies according to color and type.
Locations Found & History:
India, United States, Morocco, Czech Republic, Africa, and Brazil. Agates are a form of Chalcedony which was named after Chalcedon, 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.
A truth amulet in ancient Rome, or bound to the left arm to ensure bountiful crops, they were sometimes engraved with a snake to guard against snakebites.
Rarity, Value & Variations:
Chrysoprase is the most valuable type of agate because it is the rarest type of agate. Their prices reflect mainly labor and artistry rather than the value of the material itself. Larger Agates and ones with distinctive patterns are usually more expensive. Agate is a type of Chalcedony that comes in a variety of colors 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 colors that are mesmerizing to look at.
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. It has a Mohs hardness of 6.
How to Use Agate:
Hold Agate in mediation or place on your body where you need assistance in releasing blockages. Use in elixirs 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.