Its been QUITE awhile. I can't even recall when the last of these rock appreciation days occurred, but the desire sparked after acquiring some of these lovelies...this month we have:
MEXICAN FIRE AGATE.
You know. The mesmerizing stones that look like fire spewed from a Phoenix and then solidified? Because well, they kind of are. Formed in volcanic activity that is.
Mexican fire agate is formed in volcanic activity in the Tertiary Period, and found in the Southern USA and northern Mexico. It is actually a form of layered chalcedony quartz (agate is in the quartz family). This type of agate is rare because of its iridescent qualities that give it the look of fire and flame. It ranges 6.5-7 on the MOH's hardness scale, and like other quartz can be polished to a great reflective waxy shine. My favourite pieces are ones with solid white or semi transparent quartz as a host rock to the fire agate. Iron oxide is what gives the fire agate its browner colourings. Rarer types include rainbow colour patterns to their shimmer from specific minerals. Metaphysically Mexican fire agate is used for calming, grounding, healing, and creativity.
Past Mexican Fire Agate pieces:
^these two stackers available at Arcana Healing Arts in Portland, Maine.
Two rings with Mexican fire agate have been made for the shop, to be included in Sunday's update. A little twisted band stacker, and this glorious mini shadow box inspired piece:
****** Stay tuned for July 4th news, and thanks for reading!
If you have any requests for stones, gems, or minerals for the next Rock Appreciation Day, comment below!
xx Stray Arrow