Agate derives its name from the Greek philosopher and naturalist who discovered the stone along the shoreline of the river Achates in the 3rd century BC.
Many colourful agates and chalcedonies were obtained from the river now called Dirillo in Sicily.
Evidence from the Neolithic period suggests that it was used as healing amulets and ornamentation. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians adopted it for medicinal and healing purposes which spread to other civilisations in time.
It occurs as nodules in volcanic rocks or lavas and as volatiles in the molten mass. When the Agate fills veins in volcanic rock and underlain with granite, cut it appears as banded, riband and striped agate. It is recognised by its fineness of grain and brightness of colour.
Agates are common in merit, usually banded in layers, or stripes, eye markings, colour specks which vary from fossilized inclusions to solids. The concentric bands portray every colour the earth can produce including a colourless form.
There are many forms of Agate, and they include:
Blue Lace Agate dissolves internal tension, brings peace of mind, counteracts suppression of fear of judgement and rejection, reduces stress and neutralises anger.
It improves concentration, perception and analytical abilities.
Agate has a low intensity and vibrates at a lower frequency, so it is a stabilizing and strengthening gemstone.
It balances emotional, physical and intellectual energy as it offers inner stability, composure and maturity. This gorgeous crystal supports a sense of reality and pragmatic thinking whilst assisting the soul with protection, warmth, security and self-confidence.
Agate aids self-analysis, self-acceptance, self-confidence and speaking the truth.
Agate offers protection during pregnancy and helps mother avoid the “baby blues”. A jewel worn between the breasts encourages lactation. It controls overindulgence and assists with multiple commitments.
Blue Lace Agate helps with skin disease, reduces inflammation and promotes regeneration and growth. It is the pregnancy stone for mother and child. Also, it aids disease in eyes, stomach (gastro and ulcers) and bladder, and intestinal inflammation.
Wearing it in the middle of one’s chest can strengthen the cardiac muscles healing emotional disharmony.
It is great for arthritic conditions and straightens the skeletal system. It aids disease of the uterus, protects from prolapse of the uterus and encourages normal shrinkage of the uterus after childbirth.
- Stimulates digestion and elimination process
- Helps to dissolve old programmes and patterns and allows self-expression.
- Brings protection and good luck, supporting a calm and contemplative view and aiding concentration
- It helps memory and retention.
- Helps young children learn to walk.
- Promotes marital fidelity.
- Can be used as a protection amulet whilst travelling & traffic accidents.
- Stimulates the aura by eliminating and transforming negative energies.
- Raises awareness and links in collective energy.