FOUND IN: BRAZIL, CHINA, INDIA, SCOTLAND & USA
Moss Agate is not banded, and therefore not strictly an Agate in scientific terms; but is included in the Agate family. Agate is a variety of Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is clear to milky white, with dendritic inclusions of manganese or iron that has grown into patterns similar to moss or lichen. Spots of red may occur in some specimens, and occasionally the crystal is dark green with bluish inclusions.
Agate is a semi-precious gemstone, and defined as a “banded chalcedony”, or a variety of quartz, filled with a translucent, multicolored chalcedony, some with parallel bands. The composition is silica with a variety of trace elements. The names of agate varieties are chosen for their appearance or how they are cut. Therefore, there are many agate “varieties”
Moss agates are considered the most powerful of the agates. It was the agate of warriors. Moss agate is the most powerful of the agates that helps balance emotional energy. It helps the user to let go of anger and bitterness, so the emotions are balanced. When used in jewelry the moss agate is believed to bring the wearer health, friends and riches.
Moss agate enhances concentration, persistence, endurance and success in one’s endeavors. It is an abundance stone. Moss Agate strengthens in times of stress. It is helpful in relieving sensitivities to weather and pollution. Midwives use it to assist in successful birthing. It is used to speed up recovery, conteract long term illnesses, cleanse the circulatory and elimination systems.
Color: Colorless with green inclusions
Color of streak: White
Moh’s hardness: 6½-7
Specific gravity: 2.58-2.62
Crystal system: Hexagonal (triagonal), microcrystalline
Chemical composition: SiO2 silicon dioxide
Refractive index: 1.54-1.55
Double refraction: up to +0.006
Absorption spectrum: Not usable