No gemstone is more creatively coloured and striped by nature than the Agate. Agate is often found as a round nodule with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. These beautifully stunning bands in Agate sometimes may look like eyes, fanciful scallops, mazes, leaves or even landscapes.
Ancient texts tell us that Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet. It was told to be able to quench ones thirst as well as protect from fevers; there are even legends that tell us that Persian magicians used Agate to divert unwanted storms.
Agate is said to enhance one’s perceptiveness and to stimulate general analytical capacity, as well as provide balance between one’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states. Agate is also said to alleviate hostilities and promote goodwill.
The ancient Egyptians wore Jasper scarabs as amulets, as this stone was believed to increase sexual energy. According to the Bible, it was a direct gift from God and would be the first foundation stone of the New Jerusalem. Also, both Indians in Asia as well as Native Americans see it as a magical rain stone and also a powerful healing stone.
Legend says that Jasper was used to drive away evil spirits and protect the bearer against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century, it was thought to bring about the rain when directed correctly. Traditionally, when worn as a decorative necklace, Jasper is known to combat exhaustion and fatigue. Aligning all the chakras and balancing the yin/yang energies, it is stabilizing and healing as well as grounding.