Different Types of Gemstones and Crystals

This chapter covers many different types of gemstones and crystals. You will learn the qualities each type possesses, what it is best used for, as well as other important details. Now that you are familiar with the various methods of cleansing gemstones and crystals, you will also learn about any special instructions for cleansing certain types of stones. In this chapter, you will get to know each particular variety of gemstone or crystal better in order to learn how each one can be utilized. In a later chapter, we will discuss how to unlock the powers of the stones and channel them for achieving your specific intentions and goals. 



Agate



Agate is characterized by the formation of bands or lines upon its surface. These bands are naturally formed from volcanic rocks and lava that crystallize within the rock cavities. There are several different types of Agate; their differences lie in the various patterns that are formed within them. Each type of Agate has its own form and appearance, and each is beautiful in its way. No two pieces of Agate are ever alike; each piece is unique. It is not surprising that many people are drawn to the marvelous beauty that each unique Agate possesses. 


In ancient times, Agate was used in the European and Eurasian lands as an amulet for protection against sickness and natural calamities. Other cultures used Agate as protection during wars and times of crisis, to keep danger at bay. 


The Magical Powers of Agate 


What it helps with:  


  • Physical and emotional balance  
  • Healing  
  • Grounding  
  • Protection 

How it can help you: 


Agate is very effective for grounding because it creates a balance between your physical and emotional aspects. It helps you to get in touch with your physical and emotional state, so that you are more aware of both of these aspects, therefore creating balance within your soul. It balances your view of any situation, also due to your heightened awareness of both your physical and emotional realities. 


When you need healing, especially emotional healing, Agate can be very helpful. The emotional healing which Agate brings also frees you from any form of bitterness inside you, allowing you to practice forgiveness and show compassion to others. Agate is very useful for pacifying your emotions and creating a sense of calm within you. 


Because Agate can attune well to your emotions, it can also protect you from anything that may emotionally, mentally, or psychically drain you. Agate prevents bad dreams, dark thoughts, or depressing memories from leaving lasting effects. Just as it heals you from sadness and anger, it helps you release any bad or negative feelings quickly. 


Cleansing Recommendation 


You may cleanse your agate using any of the methods we have previously discussed. 



Varieties of Agate 


Crazy Lace Agate 


Crazy Lace Agate is also called Mexican Lace Agate. This type of agate is called “crazy lace” because of its unique, beautiful, paisley-like pattern. Each piece of Crazy Lace Agate has its own unique mixture of colors and flowing shapes. 


The Magical Powers of Crazy Lace Agate 


What it helps with:  


  • Self-confidence and self-esteem  
  • Comfort  
  • Courage  
  • Healing 

How it can help you: 


Just gazing at the beauty of this attractive piece of Agate will inspire you and remind you of your own natural beauty; both outside, as well as within. When you are fully aware of your own natural beauty, skills, and talents, your self-confidence will increase, causing you to see yourself in a more positive light. Whenever you look at a piece of Crazy Lace Agate, you should know that it does not have another exact match, just like your beauty and capability as a person. 


Crazy Lace Agate also provides comfort in times of distress. This stone will help to inspire hope within you, despite any difficulties and challenges that you may be facing. Have this stone with you whenever you feel exhausted or doubtful of achieving good results in a situation. 


In addition to driving away despair, this beautiful stone also chases away fear and anxiety. In times of weakness, this stone will awaken your spirit, and remind you that if you continue to move on with your life and face everything that comes at you head on, you will always find the resources you need in order to reach your goals. 


Any form of failure can leave you feeling wounded or discouraged. True strength lies in how fast you can recover from this state of depression. With the help of a piece of Crazy Lace Agate, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing will take place at an accelerated rate. 


Dendritic Agate 


Pieces of Dendritic Agate have amazing patterns within them. Instead of lines parallel to one another, the formations on these stones resemble trees or shrubs. Because of these tree-like patters, Dendritic Agate is also sometimes called Tree Agate. 


The Magical Powers of Dendritic Agate 


What it helps with:  


  • Connecting with nature  
  • Prosperity  
  • Healing  
  • Friendships  
  • Protection 

How it can help you: 


When you need to connect with nature – clearing your mind with the ocean’s waves, grounding yourself, receiving wisdom from the wind, energizing yourself with the sun, or getting in touch with your inner human nature – Dendritic Agate can help you in establishing and strengthening this connection. This wonderful stone will enrich even the experience of taking a walk along the beach or in the park. 


Dendritic Agate is also a prosperity stone. It is not just for increasing prosperity in terms of monetary wealth, but also for drawing in the abundance offered by nature. This stone reminds you that there can never be any lack in your life because the universe you live in will always provide for you. Natural riches, both from the world around you and from within you, are magnified and drawn to you by this stone. 


Because of its connection with the cycles of nature, this type of agate can be very useful in healing exercises and rituals. The natural cycle of healing and restoration is a gift that you have been given by nature, and Dendritic Agate possesses the power to enhance this natural healing and restoration ability, making it faster and less painful. 


Human beings are part of the natural world. With Dendritic Agate, connecting with others becomes much easier, and the bonds of friendship become much stronger. The bond you have with your existing friends, as well as friendships that are still forming, are strengthened and deepened by this stone. Dendritic Agate can make the roots of your friendships grow deeper, just as the roots of a tree grow to make the tree stronger, firmer, and tougher. 


Dendritic Agate is also a protective stone, like most Agates. You can use it for protection, particularly for safe travel. 



Moss Agate


Pieces of Moss Agate contain patterns that resemble moss, and are usually greenish in color. 


The Magical Powers of Moss Agate 


What it helps with:  


  • Strength  
  • Emotional balance  
  • Healing  
  • Wealth and abundance  
  • Focus and concentration 

How it can help you: 


Moss Agate is a very helpful stone to have during challenging and stressful times. It can provide you with energies that strengthen your spirit. At the same time, it balances your emotions, so that you do not become overwhelmed by negative feelings such as anger, self-pity, and other emotions that will only serve to make any stressful situation worse than it already is. 


This stone can help speed up any form of healing or recovery that you are currently undergoing. Its powerful healing energies work in conjunction with your own natural healing ability, doubling the effects. 


Moss Agate is the perfect stone to have in your work area, or to carry with you whenever you need to accomplish something that requires complete focus and concentration. It also helps to sharpen your attention to detail. This stone guides your mind towards success, helping you to focus on your goal, and do what needs to be done to achieve it. 


Wealth and riches are attracted to the energies of this stone. As the bearer of Moss Agate, you will experience the shower of wealth and abundance this stone brings into your life. Abundance may come in various forms, such as money, friends, beauty, or creative ideas. It all depends upon what you need at the moment.