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!
Mineralogy of Turritella Agate
Rock Type: Fossil, Agatized
Major Mineral: Agate
Color: Brown and white
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.
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.
Enhancements: All Turritella Agates are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.
Synonyms: Elimia Agate, Turritella Jasper
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethically Sourced Turritella Agate
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen involved.
This Turritella Agate comes from a small mine in the Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage and
it would be relatively safe conditions for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Turritella Agate was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Turritella Agate Tumbled Stone
Color: Brown with white fossils. 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
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Turritella Agate
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