Discovered by the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus, Agate takes its name from the river Achates, from whose shores it was discovered. A microcrystalline silica, Agate is known for its breathtaking variety of colours and textures.
Agate has been used for protection for centuries, and is believed to attract strength and awaken talents. It is also said to repel bad dreams, and although it cannot change our emotions, it is said to be particularly useful in helping form an acceptance of emotional response, allowing the wisdom to see that these things will pass and the strength to help see it through.
Similar in aesthetics to onyx, Agate is used to create slices for decoration, showing its natural colours and beautiful banding. It is also popular in the form of eggs and pyramids, and makes striking cameos due to the highly variegated, hard structure of the stone lending itself well to intricate carving work and creating dramatic contrasts.