Moss agate is a stone that is multiple shades of green that resembles trees or moss from a distance. This powerful gemstone is known for its healing powers and honours Bona Dea, who is the Greek Goddess of Women and the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility. When it is used in a piece of jewellery it is said to bring the wearer health, friends and riches.
Moss Agate Meaning and Uses
Although moss agate is thought of as part of the ‘agate’ family, moss agate is not a true form of agate (well in scientific terms at least) due to the fact is devoid of the visible concentric banding of true agates. However, it can sometimes be found with bands of brown agate, when this happens it is called mocha stone.
Instead this semi-precious gemstone contains moss like inclusions, which certainly have an agricultural feel – hence it’s often referred to as the gardener’s stone.
Here are a few of the many meanings and uses that have been associated with moss agate:
- When the moss agate is planted in a pot with an unhealthy plant it will repair the damaged plant.
- The stone of warriors which when worn will bring then strength and victory.
- Dispels negativity
- It is used as a Feng Shui element; it is believed to bring health and prosperity to the home when kept in the southeast and eastern area of your home and office.
- Symbolises new beginnings – as well as eases pain so it is sometimes used by midwives as a birthing crystal to assist with the birth and reduce the pain. (Do let us know if you are one of these people as we would be curious to know if it assisted)
- Reduces difficulties associated overcoming addictive behaviour.
The Moss Agate Form
Moss agate is a member of the quartz family that can be found around the world in Russia, Australia, India and the United States. If we get really technical they are actually part a subsection within the quartz family called Chalcedony gemstones. Other stones that are members of the quartz family include Amethyst, Citrine and Chrysoprase; as well as many others. Quartz is one of the biggest families of gemstones that we use in jewellery.
Moss agate is slightly different from the normal forms of agate in it is not banded and instead displays branching (tree like) inclusions. These inclusions are made up of oxides of iron or magnesium. Despite the name there are no traces of moss or organic substance within the stone, however your eyes will certainly give you this illusion and you will find it hard to believe they are simply the natural inclusions within the stone.
Moss agate is a translucent to white stone that has green streaks and inclusions; each Moss Agate is unique with many different tones of green and some with more or less inclusions. There are a wide range of different colours and styles to choose from so there is a moss agate out there to suit everyone, we have two very different examples below.
You can see the moss appearance rather well on these vintage cufflinks to the left, which feature a natural opaque moss agate cabochon to the centre, with the moss like inclusions clearly visible. In fact they give the illusion of moss trapped within the stone, as opposed to the moss being the main feature and inclusions within the stone, rather beautiful do you agree? If the above meanings and superstitions are true they will also bring you much more than attention and satisfaction when worn!
Moss agate can also be referred to as landscape agate, with some samples offering up picturesque landscape scenes which almost look painted.
You can see some great examples on Pinterest here!
Caring for Moss Agate
Moss Agate has a dull to waxy lustre, it has hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale; this is a measure of how scratch resistant a material is. To put this into perspective Diamond has a Mohs hardness of 10 and is a defining material on the scale. Whereas pearls, which are known for being soft, are 2.5–4.
Although moss agate is a resilient stone, as with all gemstones, some care should be taken. Moss agate is easily cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft cloth, do not use any house hold cleaning agents as this can damage the stone as well as the metal that the stone is held in whether its gold, platinum or silver. Agates should be stored away from other stone to avoid abrasions and always keep them away from prolonged heat and light.
Moss agate is a beautiful stone that makes a great stone to have as part of your jewellery collection. It many positive meanings behind it, and there are many different styles to choose from whether you prefer the greener stones or the ones with clearer inclusions marked in to a white background, like the examples above. We would love to know which type you prefer!