Facts, history, legend
Agate is one of the oldest known minerals. It was widely believed that agate would give the wearer a special favor with the gods.
Ancient Samarians and Egyptians made amulets and ornaments from this stone. The Greeks and Romans carved agate into cameos and intaglios; the Romans made intaglio signet ring of this gem.
In ancient Rome, the reddish-yellow agate, known as lion agate, was highly prized by gladiators, not only to bring victory in battle but also for attracting the love of women.
During the Renaissance, collecting agate bowls became very popular among European royalties, and many museums in Europe, including Louvre, have spectacular examples.
The Vikings and people of Saxon England used agate in their magical divination, known as axinomancia, to fine lost treasure. A 10th century Anglo-Saxon manuscript recommends agate as guard against devil and the assaults he may provoke through his human allies.
Since agate was known as early as 3000 B.C., it has a very long list of properties for good used of the stone. This stone believed to be a good emotional healer, strong aid to improve memory, concentration, develop analytic talents and strengthen will power.
Agate said to be the stone of truth and honesty, helping the wearer stay calm and focused under difficult circumstances. Another good property of the stone is assisting to recognize the difference between true friends and the false ones. Agate increases stamina and courage, and protects against danger.
For centuries people been using agate to protect children in danger, bring prosperity, happiness, love, good health and long life. It also brings optimism, peace and tranquility, helps to avoid negative behavior and balance emotions.
Legend says that power of agate could turn the words of your enemies against themselves; and opens the wearer to receive unexpected favor from the deities.
ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini, Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn