|Price is per ten of these beautiful long 30mm x 7mm beads.|
What is agate?
Agate is nature’s most striped gemstone. A variety of microcrystalline quartz that forms in layers and many colours and texture, by filling a cavity in a host rock - although it is usually in round nodules with bands looking like eyes in the rings of a tree trunk. Different colours are caused by iron oxide or limonite crystals carried by water seeping into the cavity. Some people swear that wearing agate heightens spiritual consciousness and balances the body's physical and mental state.
Agate was valued as a powerful talisman in ancient times, when it was used on the breastplates of armor to give strength and courage. Agate is also thought to protect from stress and bad dreams, and help stomach upsets. Agate can't change emotions, but improves our level of acceptance. Wear agate when you have to make an important decision. It is also considered to be an excellent stone to heal and improve relationships, and is especially protective for children.
Fire agate has a translucent deep reddish-brown base, with flashes of orange, red and green that appears as living flames within the gemstone - prompting alchemists to believe it contained the essence of fire. Its mysterious ‘cracked crystal’ appearance provides a vibrant energy that awakens the lower chakras and stimulates a zest for living. The inner heat enhances sensations and stimulates creativity, sexuality and will. Fire agate is a stone of integrity for the ambitious that increases stamina and circulation, as well as stirring the emotions of others to aid attraction between mates. It is said to liven up the feeling of humdrum routine.