Agate, Turritella

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Slow down and appreciate the little things.

Make time for spiritual and personal reflection.

Feel safe and protected, and transition with ease.

Calmly find solutions to big and small problems.

Let Turritella Agate inspire a new sense of wonder!

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Mineralogy of Turritella Agate

Rough Turritella

Rough Turritella Agate, Southern Wyoming, USA

Rock Type: Fossil, Agatized
Major Mineral: Agate

Color: Brown and white
Gravity: 2.6-2.64
Hardness: 6.5-7
Luminescence: Unknown
Texture: Vitreous
Transparency: Opaque

Location: While Agates and Agatized Fossils are found in may locations worldwide, Turritella Agates are found exclusively in the Green River Formation, in Wyoming, USA. turritella-mine-locations

Rock Type: Turritella Agate is a fossil; a remnant or impression of an organism which lived in the past. Fossils come in many different forms and, depending on what is being preserved, the fossilization process can also be very different. In the case of Turritella Agate, the shells of the freshwater snail, Elimia tenera were gradually entombed by brown Agate, a silicate mineral. 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.

Formation: Turritella Agate was created when the shells of dead snails sank to the bottom of lakes, in such prolific numbers as to form almost an entire sediment layer. This shell layer was eventually buried by more sediment. Over time, groundwater carried small amounts of microcrystalline silica through the layers. The silica hardened in the cavities of the shells and the spaces in between them, forming a rich brown fossiliferous Agate.

Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. In some areas it is scattered along the surface, making it easy to collect. 

Turritella mine

Turritella Agate, scattered near Wamsutter, Wyoming

Enhancements: All Turritella Agates are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.

Synonyms: Elimia Agate, Turritella Jasper   

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Turitella AgateTuritella Deposit

History of Turritella Agate

Turritella Agate is both an Agate and a Fossil of ancient freshwater snails. Both Agates and Fossils have many traditions associated with them and were included in lapidaries dating back into ancient times. This specific stone, however, was first documented in the mid-20th century and so has relatively few stories associated with it.

Snails

Freshwater Snails, ‘Pomacea insularum’

When it was first studied, the fossils were thought to be shells from the saltwater snail family Turritella, hence the name. But further study soon revealed that the shells were actually from a specific species of freshwater snail, Elimia tenera. However, by this point the trade name of “Turritella Agate” was so entrenched in the gem and mineral community that few questioned the moniker. While some purists have argued that it should be called “Elimia Agate,” the name has not caught on with the general public.

Sweetwater

Sweetwater River, Wyoming

Elimia tenera flourished during the Eocene Era (56-39 million years ago), but are now extinct. They were native to a section of the American mountain west, an area which today comprises Wyoming, northern Colorado, and northern Utah. During that period, the area was divided between rough mountains and broad intermountain basins. These basins were dotted with lakes which were home to countless Turritella Snails. So many, in fact, that their empty shells would sink to the bottom of the lakes and form entire layers of sediment! The best examples of Turritella Agate come from the Fort Laclede Bed, in Sweetwater, Wyoming.

Anyone wishing to work with this stone would do well to study the totem medicine significance of the snail. This small invertebrate teaches valuable lessons in patience, inner growth, protection, and self-reliance. Snail medicine also teaches us to slow down and take time to smell (or munch!) on the flowers.

Snail flower

Just one of the many adorable snail photographs by Vyacheslav Mischchenko

Photos:Freshwater SnailsSweetwaterSnail with Flower

Healing Properties of Turritella Agate

Spiritual: Turritella Agate increases our connection to the natural world, especially to the Earth’s smaller animals, as well as plants. It helps us to recognize that all beings, from the enormous to the infinitesimal, are worthy of our respect and attention. Turritella Agate helps us to be better caretakers of the planet and to understand how each species contributes to the well-being of others. It also reminds us to slow down and to make it a priority to spend time in spiritual contemplation and self-reflection. It teaches us that when we take time to actively think and make good decisions, rather than just instinctively reacting, our stress level is lowered and our outcomes are improved. Turritella Agate is attuned to the Root Chakra and is linked to the astrological signs of Gemini, Cancer, Aquarius. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 7 and 8.

Emotional: Turritella Agate has a wonderful earthy energy that reminds us to stay humble and let go of any superiority complex that our ego may have developed. It also eases the stress of transition, particularly when we are uprooting ourselves and moving to a new home. It helps us to feel safe and protected, and to know that we can create a home and refuge anywhere we go. Turritella Agate helps us remember who we are, at the core of our being, and to stay true to ourselves. It teaches us that we can be vulnerable to the world and open to new experiences, while still staying safe and relaxed. Turritella Agate can also be particularly good crystal ally for exploring our own sensuality and sexuality, in a safe and emotionally freeing way.

Mental: Turritella Agate encourages us to stay positive and practical during times of hardship. In particular, it helps us to focus on doing what is necessary to survive and thrive, and to do so with ease. It reminds us to simply focus on finding and implementing a solution to problems, rather than wasting time distributing blame or claiming the problem is impossible to fix. Turritella Agate has a very logical and creative energy, helping us to analyze situations, come to reasonable conclusions and calmly move into action.

Physical: Turritella Agate is used by metaphysical healers to combat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is also said to be very soothing to the stomach and digestive tract, and to help the body absorb all necessary nutrients. In addition, Turritella Agate is believed to help us understand our habits and beliefs surrounding food and our emotional environment, and to start making new and healthier choices. It is also said to be very good for treating conditions associated with the feet or legs.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing. 

Earth to Pocket

Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.Tumbled Turritella Agate Stone

These Turritella Agates were mined in Wyoming, USA and tumbled (polished) in South Africa.

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

Your Stone

This price is for one stone.Tumbled Turritella Agate Stone

You can buy a single piece of Turritella Agate or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Turritella Agate measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique 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 dark brown with clear white/tan fossil shells. 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.

With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Turitella Agates are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.

Safe Handling of Turritella Agate

Good To Know:

Turritella 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.

Turritella Agates can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Turritella 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 Turritella Agate can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Turritella 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.

Turritella Agates can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. 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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