If you have ever seen a stripy stone and wondered what it was then it was probably the most common form of agate. You get agate in many different colours as it is easily dyed and can therefore be neutral colour or bright pink! I love the versatility of the stone.
Most stripy agates come from volcanic activity. Molten mass that has volatiles in it form cavities. Then siliceous matter goes into the gaps. When the agate is cut then the stripes appear. It can be called banded agate or riband agate as well as striped agate.
· Inner stability, composure and maturity
· Personal security and self-confidence
· Assists those juggling commitment or multiple jobs
· Stops burning desires for things that we do not need.
· Helps writers express ideas in marketable form
· Protection when travelling
· Zodiac stone for Gemini
· Alternative birthstone for October
The stone was found by the river Achates (now called Dirillo) in Sicily sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. It was given it’s name by a Greek philosopher and naturalist, Theophrastus. Since then it has been used by many cultures as an amulet and decoration. The piece on the right is the “Rubens Vase” from the Byzantine Empire. It is carved in high relief from a single piece of agate. It was most likely created in an imperial workshop for a Byzantine emperor.
Please note that the stone attribute section is not proven to be a direct outcome of wearing or owning the stone. It is also not a prescription and should not be used alone to treat health problems.