What is an Agate?
Agate is the banded variety of chalcedony, which comes in a wide variety of colors. Agates are primarily formed within volcanic and metamorphic rocks.
Where Can I Find Agate In South Africa?
The Drakensberg basalts contain a variety of agates, which erode from its outcrops within Kwa Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State and Lesotho.
This is an extremely slow source of a constant supply as the erosion takes place. Agates also occur in the alluvial sediments of the Orange, Vaal, Limpopo and Caledon Rivers.
Where is the best place to find an agate?
One of the best agate hunting spots is on any public beach or other location that has exposed rock gravel.
Is agate a stone or gem?
Agate is a versatile gemstone that is often used in jewelry making. Agate is favored for its durability, with a Mohs scale hardness rating of 6.5–7. It is known for its colorful, banded patterns and wide range of hues.
Why are agates so special?
Their healing properties are believed to help with many ailments bringing about balance to the physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It is also said that each Agate color variation has its own unique properties.