The beautiful agate is named after the Achates River in Sicily, which is now known as the Dirillo River. Agate can occur in numerous colours and can display delightful band patterns, yet I am particularly fond of the grassy green variety. The green agate is often linked with good health and is a gemstone of high durability, which allows for various wonderful cuts. Read on, if you would like to know more about the lovely green agate! ♡ Shiri

The spiritual qualities of the green agate include: Harmony, health, protection and concentration. The green agate is said to promote good health and create balance within the body and mind. It is considered to hold a soothing and stabilizing quality, making it an excellent gemstone for remaining calm in stressed situations.

In ancient China, agate was considered to be a lucky gemstone. Agate in Chinese is “ma nao”, meaning “horse brain”, as the agate was said to originate from the brains of a fossilized horse. In many cultures, the green agate has been believed to hold various protective powers. The beautiful gemstone was often worn as an amulet, believed to ensure the safety of the wearer.

In Europe, decorative bowls carved from agate became popular amongst royalty during the Renaissance. The small German town, Idar Oberstein, was an important source of agate until the 1800s and is still known to craft exceptionally beautiful carvings of the agate gemstone.

The agate consists of alternating layers of chalcedony, appearing as bands of varying colours. Chalcedony is formed from microscopic crystals of quartz, making the agate a part of the quartz family. Thin slices of agate can make some of its bands appear translucent, but the gemstone is generally opaque in other cuts. Agates are usually found in shades of grey, white, yellow-brown or red-brown, but can also display green and blue hues. This colour is determined by the presence of elements such as manganese and iron oxide within the gemstone. Its durable nature also makes it possible to artificially dye the gemstone in vivid colours. Agate is categorized at 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

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