Agate is a stone that transmits strength, creativity, protection, and courage onto its owners. It strengthens both physically and mentally. As it applies energy to different counterparts, it qualifies one of its most important attributes, which is to balance yin and yang energy. Although it assists in increasing energy, it does so only as needed. In this way, Agate acts as a conservative stone, applying its elements only when necessary. For individuals who need a boost, Agate is a useful stone as it offers courage and emotional strength while dispelling fear and envy. As Agate heals, it strengthens the body's connection to the earth and harmonizes its various elements. In Ancient times, Agate was found in the river Achetes in Sicily, which is where it gets its name. The stone was used before 3000 B.C. by the early Egyptians, and in jewelry in Ancient India. Agates acted as the foundation of the German stonecutting and polishing industry which boomed in popularity during the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries.