Agate Stone : Cheap, Durable, Beautiful

By: Alok Jagawat

Chemical Formula: SiO2
Mineral: Chalcedony
Color: Varies from green to blue
Hardness: 6.5 - 7.5
Specific Gravity: 2.6 - 2.64

Agate is a fine-grained, fibrous variety of chalcedony with colored bands or irregular clouding. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in host rock. It is found in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures in various colors, forms that range from being transparent to opaque.
It comprises of intricate patterns varieties like: blue lace, green, Indian, Kentucky and moss. In the earlier times, Agate was given high value as a talisman or amulet. It was said to quench thirst and protect from fevers.
It is believed that Agate renders the wearer invisible and due to its strength and durability, it is used for making ornaments or for astrological purposes.

Being a cooling stone, Agate is said to cure insomnia, protect against danger, promote strength and healing and ensures a healthy life.
Agate Stone BeadsThe Agate-stone beads are very familiar among the people and these beads are considered as very good for courage, energy, healing, protection and mental calming. Although, there is no scientific evidence present behind these believes. Another abstruse theory regarding these agate stone beads are that the intensiveness of these properties varies form one color agate bead to another color agate bead. But, one thing is common and unanimous among these stone beads and this is their capacity of enhancing the creativity and intellectual power among those who use these beads. Therefore, these beads are very popular among the students and artists. The different names of the beads are: Blur Ice Agate beads, Moss Agate beads, Golden Agate beads, Botswana Agate beads etc. the common features of these beads are:


  • These beads are available in crypto-crystalline form.

  • These beads are found both in translucent form and opaque form.

  • These beads consist in multi-colors and multi brands.

  • These beads are available in different names, like Ex. Mexican Lace, Ex. Botswana Agate etc.

  • These beads are considered as very good for jewelry making


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