Moss Agate (also known as Mocha Stone) unlike its name, is not actually an Agate at all, rather it is a Chalcedony with dendritic inclusions of Manganese, Chrome, and/or Iron. The impurities within resemble moss and other various patterns, leading one to believe true organic matter is encased inside. However, that is not true at all, as Moss Agate formed from the weathering of strong volcanic rock. The deep colors and vibrant patterns are simply due to different levels of oxidation of the crystals within. These colors are most notably green or brown, but can also be seen as yellow, red, and black. Moss Agate has localities all over the world, with the most important commercialized deposits being in India. In fact, around 75% of all Moss Agate on the market is directly sourced from India.
*Moss Agate is commonly faked and/or dyed and sold as lower quality Agate. Most of it gets heat treated and coated in similar color patterns. This is due to the ease at which Moss Agate sells. Not only is there the historical name attached to it (Mocha Stone, named after the famed ancient deposit of this mineral in Mocha, Yemen), but also the vibrant colors normally not found in an “Agate” (Chalcedony).*
Moss Agate brings us closer to Mother Earth, with energies capable of helping us ground and pursue our most benevolent ideas. This crystal offers up shells of protection around your aura and truly lets you be you. Moss Agate encourages self expression and a rebuilding of divine connection to nature that most of our childhoods were consumed with. Pure happiness and joy is all around us; through life, animals, food, and art. Moss Agate provides one with a new desire to find comfort in smaller, more human things; as opposed to unnatural desires society presents to us. One is encouraged to go back to their “roots'' when meditating with this stone, and allow that inner, carefree child to shine through. There is love within you just waiting to be released and what better way to release this energy then with the simplest things life has to offer. The less stress in your life, the more you will enjoy your time here. That is something Moss Agate’s energies are sure to remind us about, as we all so blissfully forget that golden rule.
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