It is believed that Agate’s most noticeable property is balancing yin / yang energy. Historically it was placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness. The metaphysical and healing properties of any specific type of agate depend to some extent on the color, but all agates have certain things in common. Agate is a stone of strength. It was used in Ancient times on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength physically. Agate is said to enhance creativity and strengthens the intellect making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone and a stone of harmony. Agate increases energy, however, since it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, Agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity. Agate is a very protective stone. It is especially protective for children and makes an excellent stone for children’s amulets, medicine bags, jewelry, or just to carry around in a pocket. Agates are said to be especially useful for protecting children from falling. It can also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. It has emotional energies of removing and releasing resentments, and bitterness. It is also considered by many to be an excellent stone for helping to heal and improve relationships. Agate can cleanse and stabilize the aura by removing or transforming negative energy. As far as relationships go, agate is a stone of marital and romantic fidelity. Agate is said to strengthen the body and the body’s connection to the earth. Agate is also considered a stone of hope. Agates can remove blockages from any chakra. Agate is so popular and so widespread that it is the state gemstone (or stone) of a number of US states.