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  Agate, Golden Leaf Gemstone Properties 


Design Possibilities

Put yourself into another place--on a path through a forest. It's fall. It's maple country. Beneath your feet is a carpet of golden leaves dappled by soft earth. Every step takes you deeper into a world of intriguing textures and patterns. That's golden leaf agate, a deep brown agate with mid to dark tan/gold patterns pressed through it. Although much agate is a banded chalcedony, this stone is primarily a solid brown with a gold color surfacing from deep inside. It's perfect when you want a deep brown to mix with other colors. Sprinkle these beads among interestingly shaped pale green beads, add various shapes of sterling silver beads including heishi, and you've got a necklace that suggests silvery water flowing through a "forest" of golden leaf agate. Other people will want to go there, too-and can-through the jewelry you've created.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

One of the metaphysical values attributed to gemstones is that they heighten the qualities of a particular type of person. Brown agates with gold/yellow tones such as golden leaf agate correspond to people who are serious, gentle people with good memories, people referred to as "long-thinkers." They're the kind of people I can easily imagine walking through a forest of maples-the kind of people I'd like to have walking along with me.
Mineral InformationMicrocrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony-often infused with iron and aluminum
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorDeep brown with mid to dark tan/gold swirls
Hardness6-1/2 - 7
Specific Gravity2.60-2.65
Refractive Index1.544-1.553


**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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