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Agate properties

Agate, history and healing properties
"Autumn reflections" ring with dendritic agate

The name "agate" traces its origins to the meticulous observation of the Greek philosopher and naturalist, Theophrastus, during the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. He cleverly bestowed this name upon the stone he identified near the "Achates" river in Sicily, now known as Dirillo. However, well before this recognition, more than 3000 years had passed since artisans were exploiting agates with various hues in this iconic region. This extensive history attests to the enduring fascination with agates and their rich legacy in gemmology.

Agate, a variety of chalcedony, forms through successive deposits of diverse color tones, resulting in an amalgamation of crypto-crystals. Its remarkable chromatic diversity is sometimes artificially intensified. This process, owing to the stone’s porosity, appears to have been mastered since ancient Roman times, demonstrating early sophistication in the art of treating this gem.

The variety of agates is genuinely vast, possibly extending to thousands of different types, each with its unique characteristics. In this brief exploration, we only scratch the surface of the general properties of this stone, underscoring its immense diversity and ancient heritage that has captivated gem enthusiasts for millennia.

History, beliefs and legends about the agate

Agate, an omnipresent material throughout history, captivates with its relative abundance and a broad spectrum of shapes and colors. Its use transcends jewelry, reaching diverse fields like architecture, adorning stained glass windows, and crafting vessels, symbolizing opulence during the European Renaissance monarchy.

Beyond practical applications, agate has found a place in folklore and ancient beliefs.

In Persian tradition, magicians burned agate to ward off storms, considering it a protective charm.

In the rich tapestry of Greek mythology, agate holds symbolic significance. Linked to the Earth Mother, Gaia, it embodies strength and stability. Occasionally associated with Nyx, the goddess of night, agate suggests mystical ties to natural and cosmic forces, adding a spiritual dimension to its presence in history and culture.
Even powerful kings succumbed to the allure of this exceptional stone. The Greek ruler Mithridates of Pontus amassed an impressive collection of approximately 4000 agate vessels, underscoring the value and esteem bestowed upon this rare gem.

history and healing properties of agate
"Amazon" necklace with green agate

The Romans ascribed profound mythic significance to agate, linking it with Aurora, the goddess of dawn and mother of the winds, as well as Bona Dea, the goddess of virtue and protector of women. Cherished by the Romans, this precious stone was renowned for its medicinal virtues. They advocated agate powder mixed with water as a remedy for snake venom, showcasing their trust in its healing powers.

Agate’s influence extended far beyond Rome’s borders. In Welsh mythology, it is associated with Ceridwen, the goddess of death and fertility. Queen of the west, water, and autumn, she embodies the initiator of all magic and reigns as the sovereign of witches in Anglo-Saxon mythology.

Beyond its mythological ties, agate was revered as a protective stone, believed to ward off dangers and prevent diseases. Even insect bites and lightning were thought to be repelled by its presence, bestowing upon agate an extended aura of protection in various ancient cultures and beliefs.

Mines: it can be found everywhere in the world but more particularly in Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Mexico, Nepal, USA, Sicilia, Uruguay and Canada.

Healing properties and benefits of the agate

The diversity of agates translates into an impressive array of properties. While we will delve into specific varieties on this site, here are some common virtues shared by all agates:

  • Oral Refreshment: Traditionally, agate is reputed for alleviating thirst when placed in the mouth.
  • Strength and Courage: Held in the right hand, agate is believed to bestow strength and courage upon shy individuals, becoming a talisman of confidence.
  • Digestive Well-being: Long employed for digestive issues and stomach ailments, agate provides soothing support for these troubles.
  • Power Augmentation: Agate is renowned for amplifying the strength of other stones it’s associated with, creating a harmonious synergy.
  • Wound Healing: Its benevolent energy contributes to physical healing, making agate an ally in the recovery process from injuries.
  • Restful Sleep: Placed under the pillow, agate is thought to combat insomnia and promote beautiful dreams, offering a night of restorative sleep.
  • Prevention of Baby Blues: Worn as a pendant between the breasts, agate is reputed to help prevent postpartum blues and encourage breastfeeding, providing emotional support to new mothers.
  • Dental Care: Particularly effective against dental problems, agate is sometimes used in the field of lithotherapy to promote good dental health.

 

⚠ Please note that all healing properties presented for gemstones are gathered from various sources. This information is provided as a service and is not intended to treat medical conditions. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional for serious medical issues and not to rely solely on gemstones as a treatment.

Agate jewelry samples

Winter sun, nature necklace in silver and dendritic agate
206.00 Euros
Be still my soul, flower necklace in silver and dendritic agate
189.00 Euros
The song of men, communion earrings in silver and green agate
162.00 Euros
Between the stars and the moon, astronomical ring in silver and moss agate
148.00 Euros 104.00 Euros
Peony, flower earrings in sterling silver and agate
159.00 Euros 111.00 Euros
The shrub on the cliff, bonsai pendant in silver and dendritic agate
122.00 Euros 92.00 Euros
Quietude, landscape necklace in sterling silver and dendritic agate
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Blue pine, rustic pendant in sterling silver and blue agate
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Garance, sterling silver, coral, carnelian and agate necklace
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Zephyrine, green agate sterling silver ring
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Zephyrine, sterling silver ring with your choice of stone
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Forest cat, cat earrings in sterling silver, blue and green agates
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Lumi, vegetal brooch in sterling silver and fossil agate
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Ama, Native American water earrings in sterling silver and blue agate
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Amazon, Amazonian luxuriance necklace in sterling silver and green agate
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Moss leaf, winter forest ring in sterling silver and moss agate
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Nebuleux, Graveyard point plume agate and sterling silver pendant
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Eagle eye, raptor head pendant in sterling silver and Botswana agate
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Phaistos, phaistos disc engraved pendant in sterling silver and dendritic agate
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Sagar, character bracelet in sterling silver, leather and fossil agate
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Sapheda, dentritic agate, leather and sterling silver bracelet
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Sayap, draco volans pendant in sterling silver and Mexican crazy lace agate
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Shandar, picture jasper, leather and sterling silver man bracelet
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Shina, red sand bracelet in sterling silver, leather and picture jasper
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Shiroi Ha, white oak leaf tree pendant in sterling silver and dendritic agate
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Ice earth, floe pendant in sterling silver and moss agate
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To learn more about litotherapy, we recommend you the following books:

Crystalpedia: the wisdom, history, and healing power of more than 180 sacred stones
Around 27.00 US dollars
Crystals for healing: the complete reference guide with over 200 remedies for mind, heart & soul
Around 17.00 US dollars
Crystals for beginners: the guide to get started with the healing power of crystals
Around 15.00 US dollars