Turritella Agate is one of the most strangely named stones I know of.
Most Agates are made of flowing bands of translucent or transparent, cryptocrystalline Quartz. We can see this clearly in stones like Blue Lace Agate or Lace Agate, however Turritella Agate doesn’t show any of the banding patterns of other, more traditional, Agates. Because it lacks these distinctive bands, it might be better classified as a Chalcedony, but the name Turritella Agate has really stuck.
Even more interesting (and MUCH more incorrect), is the fact that these stones don’t contain Turritella fossils at all! The name “Turritella” Agate is actually an incorrect name that was given to this material decades ago. In fact, the species studded inside most of this material is actually Elimia tenera, not a Turritella species.
A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Turritella Agate: “I spiral into the center of myself and listen to my inner guidance.”
Common Healing Properties of Turritella Agate:
- Boosts your creativity
- Supports you as you heal past emotional pain
- Promotes a sense of oneness and connection with others
- Helps you release unwanted energy connected with things that aren’t serving you
- Keeps you grounded during times of great life shifts
- Assists in healing Mother Earth
- Promotes maturity
- Enhances emotional stability
- Encourages new ways of thinking
- Increases your wisdom based on what you’ve learned from your past experiences
Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Capricorn
Companion Flowers: Bloodroot
Companion Essential Oil: Ginger
Companion Stone: Brown Banded Aragonite
Common Origins: South of Wamsutter, Wyoming, USA near the Delany Rim (Green River Formation) – May also be found in Colorado and Utah
Notes: The name “Turritella” Agate is actually an incorrect name that was given to this material decades ago. In fact, the species studded inside most of this material is actually Elimia tenera, not a Turritella species.
More Information About Agate:
Agate comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns, many named after plants and animals. These names not only describe the stone’s appearance, but they also add meaning to the stone’s uses as well.
The Ancient Greeks called tawny-colored Agates “lion skin agates”. These stones were thought to have great strength, and were also thought to counteract a wide range of poisons, especially scorpion stings.
On the other hand, some ancient writers cautioned against keeping Agates with the spotty pattern (appearing like hyena fur), claiming those would cause domestic troubles.
The green of a tree agate was said to attract positive attention from the agricultural goddess Ceres. Farmers not only wore this stone as an amulet, but they would also tie a piece to the horn of their oxen while plowing.
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