In this post, we will review the banded agate healing properties, its meaning, how it formed, its types, and where to get one. You will also find in this comprehensive and complete guide ways to cleanse and charge your banded agate stone, plus the best crystals to pair it with. You will also know why banded agates are called the “Rainbow of the Earth.”
Banded Agate Meaning
Essentially, banded agates are layered agates that are a combination of two main minerals: quartz and chalcedony. In a sense, it’s an opaque form of these minerals, but because of its rather special formation process, it developed a unique appearance to the others. Up close, you can see microscopic quartz crystals. This is especially true for banded agates.
Banded agates are also known as “Earth Rainbow” because of the striking colors on their surface, forming stripes. In reality, these colors are more than just their appearance because they extend to the very core of the stone. If you slice up an agate into thin disks, you will see these bands forming in a circular pattern.
Agates look this way because, during their formation, silica-rich fluids found themselves trapped in nodules or vesicles of igneous or sedimentary rocks. As more silica-rich fluids get trapped in this way, layers form upon the previous layers until it eventually cools down and thus becomes an agate.
Many agates are created this way. In fact, another name for banded agate is layered agate, which is obviously in reference to how it was formed.
Banded agates can be found all over the world. The most famous sources of banded agates are Brazil, Madagascar, the United States, Mexico, and Botswana.
Banded Agate Meaning and Healing Properties
Banded agate helps in bringing a sense of calm and peace to its wearer. It’s a famous grounding stone, able to bring back a person’s energy to the earth whenever they feel “out of sorts.” It’s a crystal known for improving day-to-day life by balancing the mind, body, and spirit.
Banded agate also helps you organize your life, assisting you in putting everything back together.
It helps you release unhelpful ideas, thoughts, and connections so you can take control of your life once more.
It reinstills order in chaos, transmuting the negative to the positive, all the while organizing all the details in your life and helping you stand on your own feet.
It helps you appreciate the beauty and joys of nature, life, and the Earth.
Banded Agate Uses and Benefits
Banded agate has many potential applications as a stone that could protect and heal its owner. Of course, its most popular usage is jewelry and ornament. Banded agate is also quite hard and durable, making them perfect for rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets, or any other type of jewelry.
Although it’s recommended to bring banded agate’s healing energy with you by wearing them as jewelry, larger crystals are more suited for home, office, or car decor. They can help purify the negative energy in your surroundings, helping you and the people in the vicinity.
If you can’t wear them as jewelry, carry cabochons, polished stones, or even small raw banded agates in your pocket or purse. They are just as effective as well.
Other uses of banded agates are:
In crystal healing, banded agates have many positive effects which I will cover below.
Crystal Health Disclaimer
While crystals have been used throughout time to heal medical and emotional ailments, the information in this blog is not to be taken as medical advice. Additionally, you should always follow the advice of medical professionals per their diagnoses. Crystal healing should only be seen as supplemental.
Banded Agate Physical Benefits
Banded agates are used for physical healing. Some of its well-known applications are the following:
Banded Agate Emotional Benefits
The stone has many benefits to the mind and heart as well. Here are some known benefits of banded agate to your mental and emotional well-being:
Banded Agate Metaphysical Properties
When it comes to the metaphysical, banded agate is also held high for its abilities. It’s particularly effective in grounding one’s energy to the Earth and releasing negative vibes. Here are the benefits of having a banded agate with you:
Banded Agate Meditation and Grounding
Banded agates are commonly used in meditation because of their calming and grounding abilities. Its powers are so strong that some crystal healing practitioners claim that only by having it nearby you could experience its wealth of benefits. Having a crystal or two around could help cleanse the surroundings from negative energies and protect you from harmful entities. It also grounds you to the energies of the Earth, thus preventing overwhelm.
To meditate, take deep breaths and close your eyes. Ask permission from the crystal to borrow its energy and powers. Meditate for as long as needed. Make sure to thank the crystal for its help after you are done.
Banded Agate Chakras
Banded agate can connect with a number of chakras, both major and minor ones. Its most powerful connection, though is the Root Chakra, which is why we put it at the very top of the list. Next is the Third-Eye Chakra. I will explain each of its significance below.
Types of Banded Agate
Banded Agate is a catch-all term for any agate with bands on the surface. Thus, there are truly many types of banded agate out there. Some of them are the following:
Sardonyx is a type of chalcedony which is a mixture of sard and onyx. Often found as a stone with alternating red, brown, and black colors, it’s a protective crystal used since ancient times.
Black Banded Agate
A black and white variety of banded agate, it’s stone that could help bring balance to your yin and yang energies.
Blue Lace Agate is a blue and white type of agate, believed to have the ability to promote calm and tranquility.
A type of banded agate with moss inclusions, it’s said to have the power to shield its wearer from negative energy.
With patterns of fiery red, orange, brown, and black, fire agate is a stone of positivity and protection.
Known for its coal black colors, some types of onyx have black and white bands. These types of onyxes are known for their protective and grounding abilities.
Also called sunset stone for its brown, cream, yellow, black, and white coloration, Botswana Agate helps in reducing stress and anxiety.
A type of agate with bands of varying gray hues, grey banded agate gives protection and promotes harmony.
Banded Agate Crystal Combinations
Banded agates can be paired with a wide variety of crystals. Combinations will largely depend on the type of banded agate you are using and your intentions, so please refer to the above section.
In general, the following works well with banded agates:
Smoky Quartz is one of the best stones to use for protection and grounding. Pairing it with banded agate will make it even stronger.
Carnelian stimulates creativity and promotes bravery. The stone resonates well with the first three chakras, much like banded agates.
Black Tourmaline is a strong protective stone that could shield you from negative energies and entities. Like banded agates, it has grounding powers.
Red Jasper is a calming stone that also promotes self-confidence. Its qualities make it a good pairing with banded agates.
Amethysts have been known to promote inner peace and calm. Its a powerful stone for enhancing spirituality, which is why it could work well with banded agates and all its subtypes.
Charging and Cleansing
All crystals need to be charged and cleansed regularly to keep it free from negative energies. At a Mohs hardness level of 6.5 to 7, banded agate is quite durable, making it safe for almost any type of cleansing method, including:
Keep in mind though, that when putting them in water or under the sun, avoid subjecting them for long periods of time. When cleaning it with soapy water, use mild detergent and wipe it dry with a soft cloth. Never use harsh chemicals or put it near hard objects, as it could still be damaged or scratched.
Banded Agates may be common, but they are among the most popular stones. It’s not just because of their mesmerizing beauty and quality but also due to their various metaphysical and healing properties. Thankfully, banded agates are easily available. You can buy them online or in-store from trustworthy sellers.