The term “agate” comes from the Achates River, which can be found in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is known as chalcedony, which is a member of the quartz family, formed as a nodule inside of the volcanic rocks and/or lava. Due to being formed in these volcanic cracks and hollows, it can cause impurities, which lead to a variety of colors, including blue. Agate is found all around the world, but primarily in Brazil, India, Uruguay, Australia and the United States.
Naturally, agate stones are often “grey,” commonly found in South America; however, natural blue agate stones, referred to as a Holly Blue Agate as well as Blue Lace Agate, can naturally occur. This color is often sought after by jewelers and collectors alike since it can make captivating pieces of jewelry as well as pleasant home decor pieces. Like the many types of agate found on the market, most agates blue in color are often dyed, which is a practice known as far back as Roman times.
Blue agate metaphysical properties
Calming energies: Since blue agate is known for its calmness, it’s wildly believed that it can help ease negative energy tension as well as stress. In any situation where you’re experiencing stress or tension, blue agate can help reconcile your energy.
Communication: Blue agate is also believed to help with communication, which can be ideal for anyone who communicates frequently throughout the day, whether at work or in casual situations. This crystal can help build your self confidence, which can make for effective communication.
Concentration: If you’re looking to concentrate for an upcoming exam/test, blue agate may be able to help, as it’s said to help increase your concentration skills. Having a blue agate stone nearby can help you calm down, allowing to think seriously.
Spiritual growth: Some believe it can help enhance your spiritual awareness and intuition. It’s though to help connect the user with their higher self and promote inner peace.
Emotional healing: Spiritualists believe it can help heal past emotional wounds, which can promote emotional stability. This can be useful for anyone suffers with anger and insecurities.
Blue agate benefits
- calms the mind and emotions
- reduces anxiety and stress
- enhances communication skills
- facilitates understanding between individuals
- aids in public speaking
- helps with self-expression and creativity
- increases self-confidence
- promotes inner peace and tranquility
- enhances spiritual awareness and intuition
- balances and harmonizes energy fields
Blue agate uses
Jewelry: Blue agate is very popular in jewelry, particularly necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.
Decorative objects: It’s also used as decorative objects around the home, such as bookends and coasters.
Meditation: Blue agate is also used for meditation, as it’s seen to help enhance spiritual awareness and inner peace.
Feng shui: It may also be used in Feng shui to help balance and harmonize energy fields in the home or office.
Blue agate properties
Blue agate is part of the quartz family and is also considered a chalcedony, which is a form of silica, composed of very fine quartz and moganite. It was formed from the filled cracks in volcanic/lava rock and is associated with volcanic rocks as well as metamorphic rocks. While most blue agate is dyed, natural blue agate, such as Holly Blue Agate as well as Blue Lace Agate, does occur.
The stone has a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Mohs and a refractive index of 1.544 – 1.553.
How to care for blue agate
Like all agates, it’s best to use a soft brush and warm soapy water. Never use harsh chemicals or heat to clean. Due to the stone’s hardiness, it’s wise to keep it separate from other crystals/gems to avoid scratching.
Types of natural blue agate
Blue lace agate: This type of natural blue agate is just like any other agate, only that it has bands of naturally blue colors, most of which range from very light to almost a sapphire-like color. In some circumstances, you can see a tint of brown. Blue lace agate is commonly found in Namibia, as well as other countries, such as Brazil, China, India and parts of the United States. Blue lace agate is known to bring a feeling of calmness as well as building strong emotional health.
Blue moss agate: Moss agate belongs to the oxide and quartz families and it’s known to have a faint sky blue color or a green hue. It’s known as an excellent gem for opening the throat chakra.
Holly blue agate: This is known as a mentally calming stone, which is said to be a good stone for the crown chakra, as it can help release any emotional traumas. This semi-precious gemstone is one of the thousand types of agate and is a variegated form of chalcedony. It is commonly found in Oregon, particularly near the city of Holley.
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