Grape Agate, also known as Purple Chalcedony, as you may have guessed derives its name from its distinctive appearance of tiny rounded shapes, that resemble bunches of grapes. Did you know Grape Agate isn't actually Agate at all? Read on to learn more about Grape Agate and its properties.
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WHAT IS GRAPE AGATE?
If Grape Agate isn't really Agate, then what is it? Grape Agate is actually a botryoidal purple chalcedony, which is a scientific way of saying it resembles a cluster of grapes. Grape Agate is a market name that has stuck due to its grape-like appearance. Each grape-like formation is composed of tiny, tightly packed crystals, resulting in a velvety, bumpy texture that is incredibly pleasing to the eye and to touch. Its coloration can vary from translucent lavender to deep violet, with some specimens even displaying colour zoning or banding, adding further character and charm to each piece.
WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF GRAPE AGATE?
Grape Agate is a very soothing and stabilizing stone, that balances ones energy. It is a wonderful crystal that assists in dispelling feelings of anger and fear. Its protective properties encourage security and self confidence.
Place a piece of Grape Agate beside your bed for a peaceful nights sleep and assistance in understanding dreams.
WHERE IS GRAPE AGATE FOUND?
Grape Agate is a relatively new discovery first appearing in the market in about 2016. It is primarily found on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. This region has become known for its rich deposits of grape agate, and it remains the primary source of this gemstone. Grape Agate is only sourced from a very small area, making it quite rare and hard to come by. The unique formation is a result of the interaction between volcanic activity and mineral-rich water that permeated through the earth's layers over a period of time. As the water evaporated, it left behind concentric layers of chalcedony, giving rise to the grape-like formations that make grape agate so distinct and sought-after.
HOW TO CARE FOR GRAPE AGATE?
Like many other gemstones, Grape Agate can be sensitive to prolonged heat and direct sunlight. To best preserve the intense colour of your Grape Agate specimen, is it is recommended to be displayed in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use. If you plan to use and display your Grape Agate specimen, ensure it is placed in an area away from direct sunlight minimise exposure from harmful ultraviolet rays.
HOW TO CLEANSE GRAPE AGATE?
Grape Agate has a hardness of 7 on the MOHS scale, however should still be handled with care to avoid scratching or impact from other materials. Cleansing Grape Agate can be achieved using the smoke from incense sticks and cones, and is an effective way to safely cleanse all crystals. Another method to cleanse crystals safely is by using Selenite. Selenite is a crystal that doesn't need cleansing itself as it transmutes negative energy naturally, but holds the ability to cleanse and purify other stones in its presence.
WHERE TO BUY GRAPE AGATE?
At Celestial Stones, we are proud to offer a wide range of exquisite grape agate specimens for gemstone enthusiasts and collectors. As a trusted online retailer, we strive to provide our customers with high-quality and authentic pieces. Our carefully curated selection showcases the mesmerizing beauty and unique formations of grape agate. We understand the importance of sourcing gemstones from reliable suppliers, ensuring that each specimen meets our stringent quality standards. With a convenient and secure online shopping experience, you can explore our collection from the comfort of your own home. Whether you're looking for small clusters or larger display pieces, we have options to suit every preference and budget. Discover the captivating allure of grape agate and add a touch of natural wonder to your gemstone collection with our exceptional offerings at Celestial Stones.