Agate is essentially a Quartz (Silicon and Oxygen) – but it is microcrystalline (doesn’t form into Crystals) – and features wavy banded (and sometimes quite colorful) layers, due to the deposit of the component elements in pockets of igneous rock. As such – it provides more of a visual than metaphysical experience, per se – but partakes of the “Hallucinogens” (my name) – which are evocative to the imagination, due to their rich and varied patterns. In other words, on top of being beautiful, they are also inspiring, creatively.
Many Agates are dyed, and the trained eye can identify which are not natural, generally untreated Agates have more muted colors. You can tell a red Agate from a Carnelian, because the former has clear layers, and the latter’s more amorphous (almost biological) in its formation. Agate is also the matrix out of which most Amethyst grows, so you often find under Amethyst crystal clusters, including Blue Lace Agate.
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