An agate geode is a hollow agate lined with tiny quartz crystals. Agate geodes are formed in gas bubbles in lava. After the lava hardens around the bubble, water seeps through and deposits silicates and/or carbonates on the inside surface. Over time, this allows quartz crystals to form inside the hollow chamber. Bedrock containing geodes eventually weathers and decomposes, leaving geodes present at the surface. Agate geodes are found in Mexico, Brazil, Morocco and India.
One of the many members of the quartz family, amethyst gets its beautiful purple hue due to traces of iron. Deriving its name from the ancient Greek amethustos, amethyst literally translates as “not drunk” and was once believed to protect one against drunkenness. Many religions around the world have at one time or still do consider amethyst helpful in bringing one to a higher spiritual state and thus closer to god. Amethyst today is still used for spirituality and is considered the #1 addiction recovery stone. Amethyst is found in abundance in Brazil, Africa, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.A.