Agate, Fire (Burnt, Disc)
Dare to pursue your passions and desires.
Enjoy greater physical vitality and energy.
Be fearless and know you will be supported.
Unleash your creativity and know you will be supported.
Let Burnt Fire Agate make you as bold as a Dragon!
Healing Properties of Fire Agate
Spiritual: Fire Agate is at once grounding and inspiring. It is a stone of great passion which can be used for spiritual awakenings. It gives us courage and stamina to follow our spiritual path despite hardships. Fire Agate helps us feel safe and supported and repels psychic and emotional vampires. Fire Agate is attuned to the Root and Sacral Chakras and is linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius. It is connected to the elements of Fire and vibrates to the Number 7 and 9.
Emotional: Fire Agate inspires in us a passionate joy in the simple act of being alive. It reminds us to not take anything for granted, and also to not waste our precious time with people or things that make us unhappy. Fire Agate helps us to feel energetically safe and protected, so that we can have a strong emotional foundation on which to build an even happier life. Fire Agate is a wonderful aphrodisiac, helping us to attract new lovers and incite passion in existing relationships.
Mental: Fire Agate helps us to think independently and to not be distracted by the opinions and influences of others. It encourages us to follow our bliss and be the best possible version of ourselves. Fire Agate can help us to navigate the tricky terrain of a negative work environment. It shows us how to keep negative coworkers from bothering us so that we can stay productive and peaceful. Fire Agate is also particularly useful for artists as it can inspire both creativity and focus. Our own wild inspiration is more fully and quickly accessed when holding or being near this stone
Physical: Metaphysical healers call Fire Agate a stone of “eternal youth” and use it to bring heat and vitality to the entire body. It is said to increase digestion and assists with sexual dysfunctions. It is also used for treating the central nervous system. Like other Agates, it is commonly used to help treat eye disorders.
* Burnt Fire Agate has been heat-treated in order to bring out a more vivid coloring and patterns. This treatment only subtly changes the healing properties of the stone. In the case of Burnt Fire Agate, the energy is brighter and more dramatic, but not as grounding as natural Fire Agate.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Fire Agate
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Crystal System: Trigonal
Luminescence: Varies with bands: partly strong; yellow, blue-white
Transparency: Translucent, opaque
Location: The most important Fire Agate deposits are in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Additional deposits have been found in Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Iceland, and Morocco.
Mineral Family: Burnt Fire Agate is the heat-treated variety of Fire Agate, a rare type of Agate and a Silicate mineral. Agate is a tiny twig on a far off branch of the crystal tree. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Agate). All microcrystalline Quartz fall under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Agate. Fire Agate is a rare kind of colorless Agate which contains iridescent spheroids of limonite (iron) which creates its beautiful rainbow of colors ranging from brownish-red and orange to blue and green. When heat-treated these colors become much brighter and opaque, at which point it is called Burnt Fire Agate.
Formation: Agates are created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Agates are formed when thin sheets of Quartz are layered with other minerals, creating a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Mining: Agates are the primary product of numerous mines worldwide, and are typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. Agates are usually ball or almond-shaped nodules ranging in size from a fraction of an inch to several yards in diameter. If the Agate fills the entire hollow space left by the gas bubble, it is called an Agate Almond. If a hollow remains in the center, it is called an Agate Geode.
Enhancements: Burnt Fire Agates are heat-treated Agates. In their natural state they are gray/white, but when exposed to high temperatures they take on vivid coloring and patterns.
Synonyms: Snakeskin Agate
History of Fire Agate
Fire Agate was not specifically included as a distinct mineral in any early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.
Archaeological evidence amply shows that Agates have been treasured since the very earliest times. Agates have been found in many Stone Age graves and appear to have been kept either for their beauty or perhaps for their energetic power. Early lapidaries, dating as far back as 3000 BCE, referenced seals, rings, beads, and other ornaments that were carved out of Agate. The Sumerians were the first to describe the power of stones and state that wearing Agate gave a person special favor with the gods.
Agate’s modern name was first used by the Greek writer Theophrastus (372-287 BCE) who suggested that all Agates came from a Sicilian River then called the Achates River, and today known as the Dirillo River. (Agates are still found along this river today.) In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) repeated Theophrastus’ claim and further stated that looking at Agate rested the eyes and that sucking on a piece of Agate could quench thirst. As a result of these beliefs, Agate was still being prescribed by druggists for treating eye conditions as recently as the early 20th century.
Various modern lapidaries have suggested that Fire Agate was used in alchemy traditions and to worship fire deities, but this cannot be considered historically accurate. Alchemy was a medieval European chemical science and speculative philosophy that sought a method to turn base metals into gold. Fire Agate is found almost exclusively in Mexico and the American Southwest, neither of which has a comparable alchemy tradition or any native religions that worshiped fire deities. That being said, its understandable how anyone seeing the brilliant colors of Fire Agate could find themselves inspired to evoke fire energies and the power of transformation in their own life!
Photos: The Clymb
Ethically Sourced “Burnt” Fire Agate
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is relatively short but likely clean.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This “Burnt” Fire Agate comes from a small mine in Brazil.
The exact mine is unknown, but most likely caused only minimal environmental damage.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This “Burnt” Fire Agate was polished and heat-treated for color in a Chinese Factory for an American company.
The Lapidary is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners. He and I had an instant rapport.
Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock. He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke. In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin. When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.
Safe Handling of Fire Agate
“Burnt” Fire Agate Tumbled Stone
Color: Red-orange, with scale-like pattern (heat-treated). This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
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