Agate, which is part of the quartz family, is a variety of banded chalcedony that forms in layers of translucent bands and swirls. Agate is a common stone that forms in many colors, varieties, and patterns - and can be found around the world. Agate is said to promote balance and stability, help people connect to the Earth, and support calm. It is is also said to be soothing and aid in relaxation. This makes it an especially good stone for meditation. Even though it’s properties tend to be on the slow, calming, and soothing spectrum, this doesn’t mean that agate is not also a stone of strength: it just works in a way that is more slow and steady than some other stones.