Golden Leaf Agate Meaning and Properties

Golden Leaf Agate History

Golden leaf agate--also called golden leaf jasper--is a deep brown opaque stone with dark tan or golden patterns. While "agate" is commonly used to refer to translucent, banded forms of chalcedony, this stone's opacity often shifts it to being labeled as a "jasper." The two stones are similar in makeup, with "agate" primarily used to indicate translucent forms and "jasper" to indicate opaque forms.

Both agates and jaspers are listed in translations as being stones in the breastplate of the High Priest of the Israelites, according to the Book of Exodus.

Golden Leaf Agate Metaphysical 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 and people referred to as "long-thinkers."

Agates and jaspers in general are both considered stones of balance, harmonizing their wearer’s world inside and out. They are thought to strengthen those on the "tortoise" path: determination and perseverance, no matter how slow the going. Golden leaf agate/jasper in particular is believed to be a protective stone, said to help lift depression and increase friendliness and happiness.

Golden Leaf Agate Geological Properties

Found worldwide, agates and jaspers often contain organic materials and mineral oxides, giving the stones their fascinating arrays of bands, patterns and colors.

Mineral Information Microcrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony-often infused with iron and aluminum
Chemical Composition SiO2
Color Deep brown with mid to dark tan/gold swirls
Hardness 6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 2.60 - 2.65
Refractive Index 1.544 - 1.553

Proper Care of Golden Leaf Agate

While golden leaf agate/jasper is a strong and resilient stone, it is not invulnerable. It is best cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft brush or cotton cloth. Do not clean this stone using steam as it can be sensitive to heat.

Store golden leaf agate/jasper jewelry in a separate pouch or box to prevent it from damaging other stones. Do not store in direct sunlight or in a warm location.

To learn more about golden leaf agate and other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann's revised and expanded edition of Gemstones of the World.

Designing with Golden Leaf Agate

Faint patterns, like autumn leaves on the forest floor, are the beauty of this stone. Its golds and browns mean it works beautifully with warm metallics such as gold, "vermeil" and copper. The subtlety of the patterns means this stone can be overwhelmed by bold color contrasts with brighter materials, although it works beautifully with non-saturated shades of stones such as new "jade," aragonite and natural mother-of-pearl.

View design inspirations featuring golden leaf agate in the Gallery of Designs

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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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