Healing stone Agate
The Greek philosopher Theophrastus, naturalist and of Eressos, a pupil of Aristotle, gave the Agate 300 BC his name.
Way back then, the gem was found in large quantities the river Achates (in today’s Sicily), and seven hundred years back, jewellery, vases and gems were made out of the fascinating gem in Egypt.
The special feature of the agate is probably in his banding, which appears depending on the density of the stored materials into fine or thick strips, and gives it a glamorous touch. Their form is created through change of pressure, temperature and composition of the materials, where the microcrystalline structure of the gemstone gets a amplitude-like arrangement.
To complete the fascination of agate through the many colour variations, this includes all shades, except for cobalt blue and magenta.
From the 17th Century the gem was established as a commodity and the beginning of the 19th Century saw the gem artificially discoloured by heating.
In mineralogy, Agate – as well as Chalcedony – is considered a microcrystalline variety of crystal quartz. In contrast to the agate, the Chalcedony lacks the diverse colours, often being milky to grey blue.
Although these two gems share a lot of similarities, like structure and composition, however act in different realms.
The healing stone agate as an earth stone sharpens our sense of reality and establishes the connection to “earth mother”, while the Chalcedony in the element of air quickens our rhetorical skills and promotes the insight, to accept us as we are.