Gemological info: Agates are created from nodular masses in rock, like volcanic and certain metamorphic rocks. When split open, they reveal a variety of patterns, colors, and bands that distinguish the gemstone from other forms of Chalcedony. Agates are made of fibrous chalcedony (cryptocrystalline silica) and the fibers in thin slices are sometimes visible in a transmitted light which causes interesting optical effects.
Metaphysical Properties: It is believed to balance between the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical states, as well as to stimulate general analytical capacity and enhance perceptiveness. It improves concentration and memory, promotes goodwill, and assists in encouraging honesty and discerning the truth. Agate is also used by people who want pleasant dreams, because of its calming influence and insomnia- preventing effects.
Astrological sign: Gemini
Gemological info: Carnelian is a hard silicate (tectosilicates, silica group) mineral and a variety of Chalcedony. As a gemstone material, it is often used for cameos and beads or cut as cabochons. It can often be found in antique jewelry and can be uniform in color or faintly banded. The best Carnelian stones are said to be from India where people place it in the sun to assist a change from brown to tints of orange and red.
Metaphysical Properties: Carnelian represents the cauldron of the body’s lower three chakras. With its fiery and hot spirit that stimulates the root chakra, it is associated with taking bold action and helps circulate vital energy to your center which contains your powerful creative instincts and deepest sexual desires. The stone also strengthens concentration and helps in understanding the inner self.
Astrological sign: Virgo