ETYMOLOGY: The name "agate" comes from the river Achates (Dirillo currently located south of Sicily, Italy), where he allegedly found the first agates Pliny.
MINERAL CLASS: Oxide, quartz group.
HARDNESS: 6,5 - 7 in the Mohs.
FIELDS: Brazil, Uruguay (Artigas), Argentina, Morocco, Czech Republic, Madagascar, India, United States.
MINERALOGY: Source hydrothermal in silicon-poor volcanic rocks in the crevices formed by gas bubbles, as lava cools solidify to form quartz depositing on the walls of the slits, the typical banded of agates is achieved by depositing other quartz such as carnelian, onyx, jasper and chalcedony.
READ MORE: When the agate completely fills the slot is called "almond" , if there is an empty space inside is called a " agate geode."

MYTHOLOGY: In India, Nepal and Tibet, they used the straight-banded agate and carved to make charms, these people called the agate as the stones of science, with it, the Indians thought they could cure eye diseases and agates whose interior was filled with water (eagle stone) used them as protective of pregnancy. Egyptians used agates to counteract the bites of spiders and scorpions, these people also put agate in the eye sockets of mummies. In Islam agate ring ensures a long life.


PROPERTIES: It says it helps to have an idea of life in a calm manner, helping to solve the issues collected and concentrated own way, it helps get maturity and spiritual growth. Making more stable. Agate transmits emotionally protection and security. Mentally power logical and rational thinking, stimulates concentration.

CHAKRAS: It depends on the color and type of agate.


ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius Scorpio, Pisces.


USES: Because of its hardness and resistance to acids used in making mortars intended to mix chemical reagents. Their physical characteristics allow used for finishing leather materials. Also to make decorative objects and jewelry, collection, meditation.

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