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Agate Stone Origins And Spiritual Agate Jewelry

Agate Stone Origins and Spiritual Agate Jewelry

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Blue Agate Crystal NecklaceThe Agate stone was given its name by the Greek philosopher, Theophrastus, who actually discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates in the 4th century B.C. This area is known today as Sicily.
Greek Agate is the name given to the pale white to tan colored agate which was found originally.
The Ancient Greeks used it for making beads and Agate jewelry. Yet the stone had been around centuries before and was actually familiar to both the Egyptians and the Sumerians who utilized the gem both for decoration and religious ceremony.

Yet another type of Agate is Brazilian agate. This is found as sizable geodes of layered nodules. They occur in brownish tones inter-layered with gray and white. Quartz forms within these nodules, creating a striking specimen when cut opposite the layered growth axis. It is often dyed in various colors for ornamental purposes.

The Agate stone is believed to have significant spiritual powers, wearing Agate Jewelry is said to improve physical and mental health and balance, it makes one agreeable and persuasive, yet bold. Some say it brings God's favor and bestows the power to vanquish enemies and acquire wealth. Healing Agate Silver Necklace

In the early days of the stone's commercial-usage, locally found Agates were used in making various types of objects for the European market, this became a global business around the turn of the 20th century: Idar-Oberstein, for instance, imported Agate from Brazil, as ship's ballast.

Today, Agate is coveted for its use in the jewelry and fashion world. For instance, the lovely rock is a great addition to charm jewelry and can be seen in brooches, Agate necklaces, seals and charm bracelets.
Because of its high polish it has been used for centuries for leather burnishing tools. It is, in fact, identical with quartz in its composition and physical properties.

Agate usually occurs in cavities of eruptive rocks or ancient lavas. It forms when gas bubbles trapped in solidifying lava are filled with alkali and silica-bearing waters that coagulate into a gel-like substance.
Agate can be found in a spectrum of various colors: white to dark grey, pale to mid blue, pale orange to vivid red and black. The Agate stone is found all around the globe. In the United States it is produced in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana; while, Arizona is famous for its petrified wood agate because of the Petrified Forest National Park. Certain forms of the Agate stone, when examined in thin sections by transmitted light, display a diffraction spectrum because of the gentle texture of the successive bands. Oftentimes agate coexists with layers or masses of opal, jasper or crystalline quartz because of ambient variations during the formation process.

Other forms of Agate are carnelian agate (usually exhibiting reddish hues); Lake Superior agate; Ellensburg blue agate; Botswana agate; plume agates; blue lace agate; tube agate (with visible flow channels); fortification agate (which exhibit little or no layered structure); fire agate (which seems to glow internally like an opal) as well as Mexican crazy-lace agate (which exhibits brightly colored, complex banded patterns) also known as Rosetta Stone and Rodeo Agate depending on who owned the mine and at what time.

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