My “service” this month is to tell you about Agates, yes plural. Agates are one of the most abundant kinds of stone on Gaia. “Microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands, very stable.” They come in clear or milky white, gray, blue, green, pink, brown, orange, banded, and – beware – often dyed. If it looks too good, bright, perfect! Many have individual names and properties like Blue Lace, Botswana, Fire, Moss, Dendritic, and more. There’s one for every step of the way.