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Mineral: Spider Agate
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ETYMOLOGY: The name "agate" comes from the river Achates, (Dirillo at present, located to the south of Sicily, Italy), where Pliny found the first agates. Agate with texture similar to the skin of the snake
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Trigonal.
PRINCIPLE OF FORMATION: Primary.
MINERAL CLASS: Oxides, quartz group.
CHEMICAL FORMULA, MINERAL ELEMENTS: SiO2,Fe,Mn,Si
HARDNESS: 7 on the Mohs scale.
FIELDS:India, Morocco, Czech Republic, Africa, Brazil, USA
MINERALOGY: The agate is the chalcedony variety, formed by iron and manganese remains. The chemical composition of the agate is the same as that of the quartz, but with a different physical structure. Instead of being formed as large crystals, it is made up of tiny fibers and crystals whose shapes give rise to schemes or drawings that acquire different names: as in this case "agate snake skin". This mineral is formed in rock cavities of different types, especially lava.
MYTHOLOGY: In Islam an agate ring guarantees a long life. 5,000 years ago the Sumerians, Assyrians and Phoenicians used it to make ornamental carvings.
PROPERTIES: It is said that the agate snake skin is a stone that helps eliminate worry and the depression of everyday life and connects you with the joy of living, it reminds you that, just like the snake change your skin, you can leave your past behind and be reborn, lends you the cunning of a snake when you have to deal with people or tortuous situations.
CHAKRAS: Sacral, spleen.
ZODIAC SIGN:: Libra.
USES:: Jewelry, decoration, meditation