Gemstone Guide: Agate

Gemstone Guide: Agate

If you don’t know about it, then it’s time that you do and this is the best place to learn because Agate is the next big thing. A semi precious stone, Agate is loved worldwide, and now we’re bringing it to you in India; but what is Agate? Keep on reading to find out!

 

HISTORY & ABOUT

Found for the first time between 4th and 3rd BC Centuries, Greek philosopher Theophrastus discovered it along the shore of the river Achates and named it Agate; it’s been around for a long time!

A type of chalcedony, Agate forms when layers and layers of silica deposit in a cave, giving Agate its distinct layered look. Agate is available in a wide variety of colours, from the basic white and black to dyed pinks, purples and even blues; and if this natural stone is viable it is then used in making home décor and jewellery.

Gemstone Guide: Agate - The Sparkle Story
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Agates have been used as gemstones for thousands of years. They were some of the earliest stones fashioned by people. Agate cabochons are popular and used in rings, earrings, pendants, and other jewelry objects. Agate beads are commonly made into necklaces and earrings. Some have been used as marbles.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Agate has been believed to enhance life and even prevent all sorts of diseases/disorders. Agates provide for balancing your physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual energies. In addition to that agates stabilize and cleanse your aura and act to smooth dysfunctional energies and transform or eliminate negativity.

Gemstone Guide: Agate - The Sparkle Story
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Different coloured agates are believed to posses different healing properties as well. Like Black Agate provides you prosperity, victory and courage. Green Agate enhances mental and emotional flexibility and improves decision making and pink Agate eases stress, promotes unconditional love for others.

AGATE CARE

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Agate is used in all kinds of jewellery, from earrings to rings necklaces and even to make beads. It scratches easily and so it is best to store your agate in a cloth pouch, away from direct sunlight to prevent any damage, especially discoloration. Because most agates are dyed to enhance its natural color, take extra care when cleaning the stone. Use mild soapy water to clean agate jewelry but avoid using harsh chemicals or ultra-sonic cleaners.

That’s all folks; that is all you need to know about Agate and Agate jewellery…now go buy some!

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