By: Marlene Affeld
Since biblical times agates have been considered power stones, talismans of protection and healing energy. The agates found in Montana are no exception. Native Americans believed the intriguing stone told stories from the earth mother and provided protection. It was the stone of warriors. Montana Moss Agate is considered by many to be the most powerful of all agates and is said to ward off storms.
Montana Moss Agate, a semi-precious stone found in the alluvial gravels of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries, is an exquisite and valued form of “chalcedony”, one of many types of the mineral, quartz. Montana Moss Agate is classified as a cryptocrystalline or microcrystalline quartz and has a hardness rating of 7.