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Fire Agate

Fire Agate is like an odd uncle in the Agate family of gemstones. While most agates are neat little cabochon cut gemstones with subtle colors and regular banding, Fire Agate hits you with crazy iridescence and curious bulges.

Fire Agate Colors

Fire Agates tend to have dark brown to almost black bodies upon which a iridescent display of colors such as red, gold, green and blue can dance and dazzle.

The base color is due to the presence of iron and the iridescence is the result of light travelling through microscopically thin layers of alternating silica and iron. White light bounces this way and that before breaking up into individual colors like a prism.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Fire Agate Species

Fire Agate is a type of chalcedony which in turn is a kind of quartz.

There are many varieties found in agate, usually determined by the color or pattern such as:

  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Sardonyx
  • Moss Agate
  • Dendritic Agate

Fire Agate is made special by its unique layered composition. During formation over the course of millions of years, volcanic activity heated various minerals including iron and silica. A thin layer of iron oxide would form then a translucent layer of silica followed by another layer of iron oxide and so on. This layered composition allows for the optical effect of iridescence or the 'Schiller Effect' to occur.

What are the spiritual benefits of Fire Agate?

Fire Agate has all the benefits of normal agate such as vitality, self-confidence and a cool, calm attitude plus a few extras such as spontaneity and motivation for change.

Fire Agate is also a gemstone known for boosting sexual stamina and romantic energy so the bedroom could be the place for this type of Agate!

Other virtues include:

  • Balance
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Courage and Strength

See our detailed article on Agate meaning and uses

Fire Agate and the Chakras

Certain gemstones can help unblock and realign the Chakras - energy centers located around the body which influence our physical and emotional health.

Fire Agates resonate with the Root Chakra. A clear sign that your Root Chakra is troubled is a feeling of general anxiety or insecurity. Find a quiet place to lie down and relax then place the Fire Agate at the base of your spine or bottom of your stomach and let the gemstone do its work.

Find more details on Chakra gemstones here

Fire Agate Price

The price of Fire Agate depends on a few factors which are mostly based on color:

  • Vibrant iridescent colors showing two or more colors are most highly valued
  • The iridescent colors covering much of the gemstone's surface
  • Blue and purple colors are the favorite followed by green, red, orange and yellow

Fire Agates tend to come in odd shapes because of its natural botryoidal composition and because cutters will try to get as much of the colorful iridescence into the gemstone as possible. Which of the strange outlines appeals the most is up to you.

Carat Weight

Fire Agates have a strange composition which is often technically described as botryoidal which means it is shaped like a bunch of grapes. Of course this makes cutting and polishing quite tricky and finding calibrated or regular sized Fire Agates almost impossible.

Cutters will attempt to display as much iridescence as they can and make the carat weight as heavy as possible. Small stones do not show off the color display as well as bigger sizes so, in general, the price of Fire Agate is totally dependent on its colors and not carat weight.

With such a variable gemstone it is difficult to pin down a per carat price but the average price for a reasonable looking Fire Agate will be around $10 - $15 per carat and only exceptional stones will reach the top $50 per carat limit.

For more details please refer to our full Fire Agate Info page here

Treatments

Fire agate is not known to be treated or enhanced in any way.

Fire Agate History

While Agate has a history that goes back to the beginnings of our civilization, Fire Agate is a much more recent discovery. It was first mined in the 1950s in the western parts of the USA although there are some claims that it was first found in Arizona in 1939!

Where is Fire Agate found?

So far there is only one area in the world where we can find a regular supply of Fire Agate - the south western parts of the USA and in northern Mexico.

What jewelry is Fire Agate suitable for?

Fire Agate is rated at 7 on Mohs hardness scale which makes them suitable for all jewelry items including daily wear pieces.

The odd shapes and fascinating color display make them an ideal gemstone for anyone looking for unique one-off items and the deep colors also make them ideal for men's jewelry.

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