Agate – International Crystals Encyclopedia

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Originthe place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.

Agate is a crystal of primary formation which means it was formed from molten magma. This usualy happens in cavities in volcanoes where the combination of chemistary and structural arrangements of mineral deposits, atoms and substances pass from gas or liquid into a solid state or by means of going out of solution by precipitation or evaporation.

Agate is made up of silicon dioxide a variety of Chalcedony which is a part of the Quartz family. The intricate bands found in Agate crystals is said to be a result of saline water trapped in the gas. When it starts to cool it begins to fight the iron in the lava by pushing off the walls of its cavaties creating a rippling effect and subsequent beauty in its formation.

Although Agate crystals are often found in volcanic rocks they can also be found in many other rocks including metamorphic rocks.

All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Agate crystals belong to the Trigonal system.

Historythe past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or something, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.

Ancient myth tells the story of this interesting and unique crystal stone being found in the Achates river in Sicily which was a Greek colony at the time.

The river is now know as the Drillo River but the old Greek word ‘Agateec’ which means happy was adopted as this beautiful crystals name. A greek philosopher named Theophrastus is said to have discovered the stone between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.

Agate is said to have been widley used in ancient Egypt and became popular throughout the middle ages in Europe. It has grown in popularity over the years mainly due to its unique and interesting desings. Agate and its diffiring variants are now widley sought throughout the world.

Specificationthe act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
In its raw form Agates are rough and need to be polished down to reveal the stones true form and unique style. Agates come in many different colours and each one will be different in design. Many Agate crystals have a band like design running through them, somewhat similar to the rings on an old tree.

Agate is a very strong stone and is specifically good at resisting acids. It is also widly used to create ornaments and jewlery. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and pattrens and is know for its glass like apperance when polished.

Varietiesa number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.

There are many different varieties of Agate, these include and are not limited to;

  • Agate
  • Fire Agate
  • Fortification Agate
  • Lace Agate or Crazy Lace
  • Agate, pink, Apricot Agate
  • Agate red, Blood Agate
  • Dendritic Agate
  • Eye Agate
  • Layered Agate, Banded Agate
  • Snakeskin Agate
  • Star Agate
  • Tubular Agate
  • Agate, white Peace Agate
  • Agate, white/black Zebra Agate
Esoteric Attributesa quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.

Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.

Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrtional frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.

The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Agate crystals.

Mental: Agate crystals are said to help a person enhance their sense of reality and develop pragmatic thinking skills.
Emotional: Agate crystals can be used to assist a person develop an inner stability and composure within themselves and aids one to harness their maturity. It is also a very good crystal for building self confidence, security and warmth.
Physical: Agate crystals are primilary used to aid physical healing for the eyes, stomach, blood vessels and skin. It is a strong protection stone and is known especially for its protective qualities during pregnancy.


Crystal Chart – Agate

Crystal: Agate
Mineralogy: Banded Quartz – Silcon dioxide, SiO2
Geometric form: Trigonal
Formation: Primary (moltan magma)
Family: Quartz
Birthstone: Ayurvedic Birthstones – Agate is the stone associated with the month of May.

Astrology Birthstone (Zodiac) -Agate is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini (21st May to 20th June).

Apperance: Glass like, waxy lustre, white streak, translucent, striped, banded.
Aura: Agate crystals are often used to remove and transform negative energy from the aura and can help cleanse and stabilize it bringing about a calmer and more balanced energy flow within.
Colour: Colours range from soft milky browns, greys, pinks, blues, white and orange, to more vibrant coloured reds, greens and reds. They also appear in striking varients of black and banded shades and patterns.
Chakra: Agates can help remove blocks within all the chakra, with specific colours being more atuned to their coresponding chakra.


International Crystals – References and resources:

Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001

New Oxford American Dictionary




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