||Agate is the mystical birthstone for the month of September. Its Greek name is named for a stone originally found in the Achates River in Sicily. Many prominent civilizations have used Agate for its healing properties, to protect themselves from evil, to bring good fortune, and boost fertility. The Egyptians, as far back as 3,000 BC, have used the mystical Agate for talismans, amulets, seals, rings, and vessels. Agate’s multifunctional use can even be found as early as 20,000-16,000 BC during the Stone Age.
This microcrystalline variety of chalcedony can be found all over the world. It has identical compositions and physical properties with quartz—composed of silicon dioxide, Moh’s hardness of 7, and a glassy luster. These beautiful stones come in a multitude of colors and shapes. Agates come in a variety of fascinating patterns with streaks, nodules, concentric circles, and fractured shapes that stun the eyes. Patterns run from simple to the complex—some even resemble snakeskin or living trees.
These mystifying Agate stones deserve special attention to its details. It will be a beautiful contribution to your next jewelry project or may be used for its legendary healing properties.