Agate is a microcrystalline variety of quartz (silica), chiefly chalcedony, characterized by its finesse of grain and brightness of color. The name is derived from its occurrence at the Achates River in southwestern Sicily. Agate is the most common variety of chalcedony which is a form of quartz. Agate is, in fact, identical with quartz in composition and physical properties. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks. Agate is a common semiprecious silica mineral that has long been used as a gem and ornamental. Agate is one of the most common materials used in the art of hardstone carving, and has been recovered at a number of ancient sites, indicating its widespread use in the ancient world.
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Agate Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Agate is said to have mystical powers to guard one against danger, to cure insomnia, to ensure pleasant dreams and to help with clarity enabling one to see the world through a broader perspective. It attracts good fortune, increases concentration and promotes good will.
Agate is reported to be an aid in overcoming flaws, fears, and loneliness. It is believed to remove curses and spells and helps to eliminate bad luck. Many believe that agate has a calming effect during times of stress and that it gives a sense of strength and courage. It is thought to stimulate fertility and to be advantageous in relieving bone marrow ailments and allergies. Artists and writers have also used agate to enhance creativity.
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