The Sumerians used agate by wearing it with other stones around the neck and wrist to conjure the curses of Goddess Lamashtu threatening the new-born children. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, it has been said that in the garden of the Gods, dewdrops were agates…
The Celts associated it to Ceridwen or Kerridwen, Goddess of death and fertility.
In ancient China, it was believed that agate came from the brain of a fossilized horse. It was also supposed to come from the recrystallisation of spilled blood during the era of the Yellow Emperor (2500-2600 BC). Agate was highly revered at least since the Han Dynasty of East China (25-220 BC) where its tints of red were extremely appreciated.
The moss agate variety was then also very coveted with its dendrites of manganese which reconstituted sceneries, plants or human forms.
Everywhere, it has been sold, offered, pledged and even taxed at 5% in the French Kingdom under the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).
Agate is one of the first materials known to man. According to legends it makes the wearer agreeable and persuasive, to cure insomnia and give its owner pleasant dreams.
Today, it is in the Islamic world that the greatest myths associated to the agate, survive the best. The Persians, Arabians and other nations from the Orient use the agate mainly in signet rings set in silver on which is engraved a Koranic verse, the name of the stone owner, some symbols or magic formula supposed to protect the owner from a great variety of calamities among which scorpion sting, thirst, pneumonia and could even improve his sight.