Moss Agate is a beautiful gemstone with dendritic moss like patterns in green, orange or red migrating throughout the stone . The gemstone seems to have real moss strands within it but in fact the appearance is due to its mineral composition. Each gemstone is completely unique.
Moss Agate is a silicon dioxide with thread like dendritic inclusions caused by the presence of oxides of manganese or iron. These dendrites create the moss like patterns within the stone creating a marbled effect. Moss Agate is formed from pre existing weathered volcanic rocks. Agate artefacts have been found in Neolithic deposits dating back 10.000 BC .
This gemstone is quite enigmatic. Hold it up to the light and see a myriad of threads within it . Place it on a white surface and the appearance chages again . When worn it has a beautiful subtle appearance against the skin
Moss Agate is thought to encourage tranquility and emotional balance and was often exchanged as a token between friends. It is one of the birthstones for Virgo.