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Agate is one of the world’s most common stones. But, don’t let its common occurrence lead you to believe it is anything less than special! This little gem is found all over the world. The main areas include Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal and the USA. The name Agate comes from the river Achetes in Sicily where it was first noted in ancient times. Agates have been discovered with Neolithic artifacts and were used before 3000 B.C. No doubt it was because of their rich colors and striking beauty that they were used for jewelry making in ancient India.
There are many varieties of Agate such as Blue Lace Agate from South Africa and Romania; Ellensburg Blue Agate from Ellensburg, Washington; Fire Agate from Mexico and Holly Blue Agate from Holly, Oregon, just to name a few. It comes in on the Moh’s Scale between a 7 and a 9. It is readily available and in such an array of colors that it is easy to see why it was one of the first stones in history to be widely used by man for jewelry and ornamental purposes.
Its common availability may also be the reason it has become a stone with a multitude of meanings and attributes. Agate has been said to bring good sleep and good dreams. It is also thought to have a calming effect, to improve focus and perception and to increase stamina.
Agate is thought to be one of the most powerful emotional healers with claims of imparting a zest for life to its wearer; igniting passions; decreasing ones tendency to fret or worry over petty situations; reducing mood swings and calming one’s mind and heart. It is even said to help the wearer let go of anger and resentment and see the real truth in situations. Dreaming of Agate is said to signify a safe journey and, if you are a Gemini, wearing an Agate ring on either hand will bring you wealth.