Facts About Agates

Agates

Agates , Agates, Agates

I could go on and on listing out all the different varieties of these stunning beauties, there are thousands. Some named after their formation others named location found or sometimes name after both. You can find Agates in every color combination and pattern imaginable, not two agates look alike.

Agate is a banded form of tiny, finely grained crystals, microcrystalline. Each band can be made up of several smaller dozen bands, appearing as one band. These micro bands repeat thousands of times before completing the pattern. While banding is most common other Agates like Moss Agate do not band but form tubular branches within.

Agates are composed of several minerals, each Agate a different chemistry make up. The ever-changing variables present in Agate deposits are the reasons for the unique ranging specimens. Agates form in nodular and vein form . Nodules, knobs or geodes must be sliced and polished to expose the colorful banding. The outside of the stone is unappealing, but you should never judge a rock completely by its outer layer .

Agates are formed when layers of silica fill up a gas cavity within a host volcanic rock . The layers form in stages, each stage brining a new color. The cavities are irregularly shaped giving each Agate its own unique color pattern based on the original cavity shape. Most often cavities only partially fill up, leaving a hollow void where crystalline quartz grows. If the cavity fills up completely it will be a solid mass.

Agates have also been found filling up open cracks in a variety of host rocks, this is referred as a vein. Agates have been found replacing cellular structure in petrified wood and fossils such as dinosaur bones. Prime specimens are found throughout Utah, Wyoming and Arizona.

 

All Agates can heal and remove blockages from any chakra. Individual Agates can activate specific chakras based on the stone colors.

 

 

Some popular Agate Types :

Blue Lace Agate

Crazy Lace Agate

Moss Agate

Eye Agate

Fire Agate

Fairburn Agate

Laguna Agate

I could keep going but you should do some research yourself 😉

 

* Note when shopping for Agate’s you will find both dyed stones and natural colored agates. It is wise to know what you are looking for and what you want . Do your research.