Banded Agate, also known as "Layered Agate" comes with a band like layers of microscopic Quartz crystals. It is formed from the deposition of layers of silica, in volcanic vesicles or other cavities. Layers and bands inside the stone are formed in stages and add to the beauty of this unique gemstone.
Mineralogy: agate with band looking layers
Color: multicolored, light color lines
Hardness: 7 Mohs scale
Emotions: protection, moral stability, security
Mental: planning, taking action
Physical: intestine, digestion, blood vessel elasticity, vein protection
Just like the most of Agate stones, the formation of banded agate occurred during volcanic eruptions when this stone is formed in cavities. Over time, layers of different inclusions created recognizable bands inside the stone. In many cases, the cavity of the stone is not fully filled leaving hollow void inside it.
There are no myths surrounding directly banded agate as variety, at least I was unable to find anything directly related in the literature that I used for my research. If you have interesting information, please share with me and I will add it to this article.
Banded Agate is considered as a great stone for healing mind, the body, and the spirit. It is used for protection, security and used for moral stability. It is used as well as a helping stone for organizing person life, soothing, and as a grounding stone. It is said that it can help with cutting cords with persons that have a negative influence on a person wearing, being a boss, partner, friend, or any other negative person that want to manipulate with you.
When talking about emotional healing, banded agate is associated as a helping stone for emotional stability, protection from negative energy, and negative thoughts. Gentle energy radiating from this stone works slowly but surely balancing emotions and other aspects of one's life.
People used this gemstone for improving memory, protection from negative thoughts and negative influence. It is also said that it brings good luck and wealth.
According to many documents, this stone is used for help with digestion, intestine, it improves the elasticity of blood vessel walls. There is some documentation stating that it prevents varicose veins.
Just like the most Agate stones, Banded Agate is most effective when worn for long periods as they slowly radiate their healing energy. Considering that it works directly on the cause of the problem, it is advised to place the stone on a problematic area over longer periods to get the most out of it.
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Please note that gemstones should not be used as a substitute for your prescriptions or alternative treatment for any illness or health problem. Healing gemstones are not the solution but additional help. Always consult your doctor.