Agate, Gray


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Mineralogy of Gray Agate

Gray Agate Geode, Chihuahua, Mexico

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2
Cleavage: None
Color: Dark grey to soft white
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Cryptocrystalline
Fracture: Uneven
Gravity: 2.6-2.64
Hardness: 6.5-7
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Translucent, opaque

Location: Grey Agates are found all over the world.  Particularly beautiful specimens have been found in  Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Poland, Scotland, United States (California, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Wyoming) and Uruguay.

Mineral Family: Gray Agate is a type of Silicate mineral. Agate is a tiny twig on a far off branch of the crystal family 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 Quartzes fall under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Agate.  Gray Agate is relatively common and includes the rare Cradle of Humankind stone.

Formation: Agates are created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rock. 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 mines located around the world. Typically Agates are found in their primary deposits and 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: Agates are porous and have been dyed bright colors since the Roman Era.  As a general rule, the more vivid the coloring, the more likely that it has been dyed. This is particularly true if the color is vivid while the price is cheap! With most Agates there will be “hard” spots that are bright white which won’t take dye, while other areas are “soft” whi, ch take dye easily.  Currently most of the dyed Agates on the market are actually pale gray  and white Agates from Brazil.  They are dyed vivid colors like hot pink, deep purple, turquoise green or bright blue.  Gray Agates themselves are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing.

Synonyms: Grey Agate, Gray Chalcedony, Grey Chalcedony

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Grey Agate,  Dyed AgatesCradle of Humankind Archaeological Site


History of Agate

Agate has one of the oldest historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, 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 which 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.

The name “Agate” 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.) There are many different kinds of agates including Apricot Agate, Blue Lace AgateBotswana AgateCrazy Lace Agate, Dendritic AgateFire AgateMoss AgateOnyxSardonyx and Tree Agate.   The most famous of all Agates is bright orange Carnelian.

While rare deposits of agates are occasionally found with naturally bright colors, the majority of agates on the market started out as opaque Gray Agates, with few markings.   As early as the Roman era, Gray Agates have been artificiality dyed.  This practice was perfected in the 19th century in the Agate region of Idar-Oberstein, in the Rhineland of southwest Germany.  Today, most of the generic Agates on the market were mined in South America and normally appear gray without any markings.  Only when they are dyed, do they get their banded patterns.  The exact details about the dying process are closely-held commercial secrets.  But what is known, is that the pigments are certainly inorganic, since organic dyes will fade over time.  Since 2007, all dyed Agates are legally required in the US to be labels as “dyed” or “treated”. This law is sometimes followed by wholeseller businesses, but is often ignored by stores that sell directly to customers.

Photos: Dyed Agate Windchime


Healing Properties of Gray Agate

Spiritual: Gray Agate has a very calm, gentle and steady presence, which encourages us to more conscious of our thoughts and feelings and their affect on our long-term well being.  Gray Agate stabilizes the aura and balances our yin and yang energies.  It also shows us how to be in better balance with the larger world around us.  It aids us in seeing the positive and negative forces that exist in the world, and to be both realistic about our limitations and empowered in our possibilities.  It helps us to walk through “the real world” with greater ease, neither giving into despair nor sheltering ourselves from painful realities.  Gray Agate invites us to help raise the collective consciousness, starting with ourselves and our loved ones, and then extending steadily outward to eventually embrace the whole world.  Gray Agate shows us that we can in fact create a better world where all beings are safe and given the means to grow and thrive.  But first, we must personally embrace a more mature spiritual path where fear is no longer a driving force in our lives.  Gray Agate is also useful tool for remembering past lives and prenatal memories. It is attuned to the Root Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Gemini. It is connected to the element of Earth and Wind and vibrates to the numbers 1 and 7.

Emotional: Gray Agate dissolve inner tension and turmoil.  It helps us to calmly make good decisions that will best support our Highest Good and the Highest Good of those around us.  Gray Agate releases anger, fear and bitterness that has gotten trapped in our heart and helps us to better understand the complexity of human emotions and responses.  It specifically helps us to correctly identify the forces that are causing the most discomfort in our lives and to find practical solutions for them.  It councils patience too, reminding us that healing and progress sometimes takes considerable time and effort.  Gray Agate inspires feelings of emotionally safety and security.  It is also a fantastic stone for increasingly emotional intelligence and maturity.

Mental: Gray Agate encourages analytical thinking and a love of truth.  It helps us to see what is truly real, rather than fitting facts to conform to our expectations and desires.  Gray Agate councils us to be cautious about our instinctive emotional reactions, and to not allow them to hijack our sense of reason.  It helps us to be more comfortable with complexity.  Unsurprisingly, Gray Agate is particularly good at helping us see “the shades of gray” that often exist.  It quietly reminds us to avoid dividing the world into overly-simplistic categories of “good” and “bad”.  Gray Agate aids mental concentration and encourages us to stay calm even under pressure.  It helps us to engage in honest self-analysis when needed and to be precise in our thinking and conclusions.  Gray Agate encourages quiet contemplation and a willingness to continually refine our beliefs based on new knowledge and experiences.

Physical: Gray Agates is used by metaphysical healers to stabilize physical health and to encourage healthy digestion and elimination.  Gray Agate is believed to support the uterus and is thus considered a valuable pregnancy stone.  It is said to protect and encourage the healthy growth of the infant in utero.  It is also said to encourage a normal deliver and help the mother recover swiftly after childbirth.  Like other Agates, Gray Agate is said to be extremely good for eye health.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

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These Gray Agate were mined and tumbled in India.

It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Gray Agate for you.

Your Stone

This price is for one stone.

You can buy a single Gray Agate or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Gray Agate measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a rounded shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.

The stone I choose for you will be a beautiful soft gray color, and may be opaque or slightly translucent. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.


Safe Handling of Gray Agate

Good To Know:

Gray Agates are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.

Gray Agate can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Gray Agate can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.

Tumbled and fully smooth Gray Agate can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Agate Water” for drinking or bathing. Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic. Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones. When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.

Gray Agate can be left in the sun without its color fading.  However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.


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