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Agate

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Name: Agate

Color(s): Agate occurs in many colors that range from translucent to opaque.

Mineral Information: Agate is a form of Chalcedony (silicon dioxide.)

Chemical Make-up: SiO2

Hardness: 6 to 8

Where they are found: Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, England, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Canada, and the United States.

About Stone: Agates are for the most part quite durable stones. They can be dyed different colors, sliced exceptionally thin, and aside from doing a real number on your blades because they’re so hard, are quite nice to work with in jewelry. Agates provide unlimited options to work with because of the sheer number of types of agates there are in the world. Pricewise, some agates (like the Fire Agate for example) can end up being quite pricey for a good quality piece; but for the most part agates are very affordable stones, and great for beginners.
Agate is named after the river Achates in Greece, where it was discovered and named by Theophrastus in ancient times, in about the 3rd to 4th centuries BC. There are many varieties of agate that can be found throughout the world, some which exhibit beautiful colors, banding, and quartz-lined cavities.

Metaphysical Properties: Balance, precision,perception, eliminates negativity.

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