Red agate is a semi-precious stone, natural in color, often forming white bands or layers, which are formed from various types of quartz and additional mineral deposits. In some instances even, you may see smaller druzy crystals, which, if you look up close, are tiny crystal-like formations that glisten beneath the light.
Red agate is sourced from all around the world, mostly Brazil, Mexico, South America and United States, and is used in a variety of ways. From polished tumbled stones to faceted cabochons, bracelets and rings, you can find quite the variety on the crystal market.
Red agate crystal meaning
Protection: For many years, dating back to the Egyptian civilizations, red agate, which was referred to as the Warrior’s Stone, was known to help protect from any negative energy. It was said that if you wear jewelry with a red agate crystal, it would act as a shield of sorts. In turn, this would provide you with positive vibes, giving you the confidence you need to motivation whatever you’re looking to accomplish. Simply put, it helped warriors give them the strength to fight battles with confidence.
Creativity: Red agate is known to boost your creativity skills, as experts have noted that the energy, tied in with positive effects, can help you focus on any projects you may be working on. Because of this, it can be a great option for both students and artists. Also tied in with creativity, red agate can help you think clearer, which, in turn, helps you make logical decisions during crucial decision making situations.
Financial struggles: Holistic therapists have recommended red agate for years if you’re encountering any financial struggles. As this stone can provide you with positive energy, as I have noted, this can help you think clearer when managing/thinking about your financial situation. It’s a way to self reflect in a way. With a clearer mind, this can help you make much better decisions for your financial future.
Increase your energy: Since red agate is a grounding stone, it can help increase your energy in bursts when needed.
Red agate benefits
- acts as a shield to negative energy
- boosts creativity by clearing your mind
- allows you to focus on whatever is motivating you
- because of a clear mind, it can help you with financial struggles
- able to provide stability, pointing out weak areas in your life that needs improvement
- helps people who want to multi-task
- tunes to your inner intuition, helping you find clear paths in life
- creates bursts of energy when needed
- encourages you to listen to your inner self to logically find the truth about your self-acceptance/self-confidence
- it can help open a closed heart
Red agate vs carnelian
At first glance, both red agate and carnelian are very similar visually. They are both smooth, red-orange in color and shimmer in the sun. However, it can often be hard to distinguish the difference between the two.
Both red agate and carnelian are a form of chalcedony, which is a subspecies of quartz, and both are also a semi-precious variety of chalcedony. Red agate, however, has distinct bands of colors and transparency, whereas carnelian has a red color formed due to the dispersed hematite at its time of formation. In simpler terms, carnelian won’t have those bands that agate does when you look at it up close.
Whenever this chalcedony is red in color, it’s referred to as carnelian, but if you see banded forms of chalcedony, it will be known as agate. Over time, as an agate stone forms, bands will begin to show as they form parallel to the cavity walls. Both of these stones will be red in color, which is from the iron oxide, known as hematite.
Is red agate the same as carnelian?
In some ways, yes. If we are talking metaphysical properties, carnelian, just like red agate’s frequencies, resonates with your heart, helping you overcome negative feelings related to a current or previous romantic relationship. Both of these crystals allow you to think clearly and start fresh, effectively allowing you to seek out a relationship that suits your needs.
Red agate vs red jasper
Red agate is often confused with red jasper, however, there are differences between the two. The biggest difference is that jasper is an opaque stone, whereas agate is translucent. What this means is that you cannot see through a jasper stone nor can you see the light shine through. While red jasper has the same appearance and structure, jasper is going to be more like a typical rock that you find on the ground.
Next, a red agate will have more of a glossier finish, whereas red jasper will be more of a matte, flatter appearance. If it isn’t shiny, it’s more than like red jasper.
The patterns are another thing to closely look at, as this can give you a clearer idea as to what you’re working with. Red agate will typically show you a banded pattern that takes over the stone, and these bands tend to be lighter or darker in color.
Red agate chakra affiliation
Because of its vibrant red color, red agate is closely affiliated with the heart chakra. If you’re in need of confidence in the love department or you feel you need a fresh romance start, this may be a crystal to consider. Also, if you were part of a recent romantic breakup, it may be able to help think clearly as to what truly happened romantically. A red agate, combined with meditation, should be able to help you figure out what you need in a relationship.
Red agate is also closely related to the root chakra as it can help promote vitality, grounding and even safety. As noted, it can increase your energy throughout the day, influencing certain points of energy within the body.
Red agate zodiac sign
While there’s no definite birthstone, it’s said to closely be tied to the Capricorn zodiac sign. This is mainly because Capricorn signs are often timid and shy, which means there’s a lack of confidence. Red agate can often instill a sense of empowerment, improving these aspects.
Aside from being tied to the Capricorn zodiac sign, red agate is also said to be linked to Scorpios, as they are seen as being passionate. Red agate can help provide protection, bringing about emotional balance to ensure this passion felt isn’t overdone.
Cleansing red agate
Like most crystals, you can cleanse red agate in a variety of ways. The most common ways is to simply let it soak up the sun for the duration of the day or you can discharge it by placing it under running water. Aside from this, you can also place it on top of a piece of hematite as a simple way to remove any bad vibrations that may be present within the stone. Try your best to cleanse your red agate at least once a month for optimal effects.
Red agate stone price
The price will greatly depend on what you’re looking to purchase. In most cases, red agate is commonly turned into a bracelet, as this is one of the prettiest ways to use red agate. Red agate bracelets can range from $5 for a lower-quality piece to as much as $50+ for a handcrafted bracelet. You can also find pendants, rings, and earrings, to name a few.
Smaller tumbled stones, beads or cabochons can retail for about $3 to $6 a piece.
Red agate towers, depending on the size, can retail for $10 an inch, on average. Again, like jewelry, this will depend on the quality and who you’re purchasing from.
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