Agate, Fossil Gemstone Properties

Design Possibilities

As a child I used to pick up agate in its raw form along the Piedra and San Juan Rivers in southwest Colorado. For me fossil agate, in particular, captures a sense prevalent in the southwest-a sense of walking where people and creatures from a far earlier time had also walked. Everything about this agate speaks of something far older and more lasting than we are. The word agate comes from the Sicilian Achates River where agates were found in antiquity. And the pink and white swirls through the grey background of these beads give them a lovely time-aged mottled effect. Include fossil agate beads with shell or wood beads to heighten a sense of the beauty of things ancient and natural.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Because Hindus, especially, know about the physical and spiritual values of agate, they have often used it in their worship services. They also credit its magnetic properties with removing anxiety from the body. Having picked it up amidst sagebrush in deep, rock canyons where the only sound is the scream of a hawk, I have felt those connections as well--a sense of awe that puts one entirely into the moment.

Mineral Information Mycrocrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony--often infused with iron and aluminum
Chemical Composition SiO2
Color Grey background with pink and white swirls
Hardness 6-1/2 - 7
Specific Gravity 2.60-2.65
Refractive Index 1.544-1.553

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**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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