1 AGATE – Gems stone
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AGATE

AGATE
COLOUR : Layered stripes of gray _blue to beige, red to brown
COMPOSITION :SiO2+AL,Ca.Fe,Mn
CRYSTAL STRUCTURE : Trigonal

HARDNESS :6.5-7 specific gravity :2.7

LUSTER:Vitreous to waxy
TRANSPARENCY : Translucent to opaque
METAPHYSICAL :Protcetion ,Prosperity,fertility,weathercontrol,health
OTHER:A variety of chalcedony ;birthstone for Gemini
Agate occurs in nodular masses in rocks such as volcanic lavas .When spilt open, they reveal an amazing variety of colours and patterns, and a distinct bnding that distinguishes agate from other kinds of chalcedony ( the compact ,microcrystalline variety of quartz ). Band colours are determined by the differing impurities present ,although ,being porous ,agate is often dyed or stained to enhance the natural colour .Agate also occurs in several distinct forms .Fortification agate has angularly arranged bands resembling an aerial view of a fortress .Moss agate (or mochastone) is translucent and colourless ,white or grey ,with dark ,moss –or tree-like (dendritic ) inclusions. It is usually cut as thin slabs,or polished as ornament ,brooches ,or pendants . Agatized wood is fossilized wood that has had its organic matter replaced by agate .
OCCURRENCE : Probably the most famous area for agates in Idar-Obserstein in Germany ,where agates has been c

ollected since 1548 .It now imports agate from the huge deposits in Uruguayan

d Brazil .Moss agate occurs in the Hindustan area of India ; also china and the USA.The most famous agatized wood is found in the Petrified Forest in Arizona (USA).Agates are also found in Mexico ,Madagascar ,Italy ,Egypt , India, China , and Scotland .