Moss agate is a beautiful milky white to translucent stone with green dendritic patterns that has a likeness to moss or little trees. It is a stone of growth and considered to be the best stone for gardening and agriculture. The patterns you see within this stone resemble growing plants and it's a stone that will help you grow in many ways. Learn more about this fascinating stone below.
Despite its appearance, Moss Agate does not have any organic or plant material in its formation. It has a chemical composition of SiO2, made up of Chalcedony (a variety of Quartz) with crystalline inclusions of Chlorite, Hornblende and/or green Amphibole which grow looking like leaves or branches. Oxidation changes in development create colors like red, blue, yellow, purple and black within the stones. The darker black or brown dendritic patterns in Moss Agate are made of Iron or Manganese. Although Moss Agate is not considered a "true" agate due to its lack of banding, it is still classified as an agate as it is made of silicon dioxide and has multiple colors & patterns as agates do.
Moss Agate rates 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Because Moss Agate is a fairly hard stone, you need to be careful not to have it near other softer stones that it may scratch. Do not use harsh chemicals, steam or sonic cleaners on Moss Agate. Gentle washing in warm soapy water will clean it beautifully.
Moss Agates are found in the Western USA, Australia, India, Canada, Brazil, Central Europe, Uruguay and Russia.