Super Rare Find || #3|| XL Water Chamber Enhydro Agate Nodule || Filled with Ancient Water/Oils
An Enhydro is described as a natural water or fluid filled chamber that is found within a crystal or mineral. The water/fluid is usually millions of years old and is most likely very pure. The crystals or minerals grow around the liquid deposits and trap it within forever, unless it is broken open by natural conditions or manipulation by man. A large majority of fluid inclusion chambers break during their growth cycle in the ground or after they are freshly pulled out of the ground by miners or collectors.
This enhydro agate's belly is completely stuffed with water. Viewing the enhydro movement is incredibly easy. This is our largest enhydro, and it can be both felt and heard when shaken.
Weight: 5.25 oz (149 grams)
Measurements: 3.5" x 2.25" x 1.75"
An enhydro is a mineral or crystal which naturally contains fluid/water; the fluid could be eons of years old and is most likely quite pure; they are said to help one to recognize and understand the true feelings of another; they support the empathetic state; they provide for the coupling of imagination and practicality; they induce sensibility and acceptance of responsibility; they contain life-sustaining energy, which can decrease stress and allow one to be more adaptable to changes; they assist in metamorphosis and continued change throughout all times; impetus and catalytic motion are enhanced; they are most useful in healing; they assist in bringing the body to the state or specified condition that one is attempting to attain; they enhance the healing properties of all minerals; consider greatly the water cycle, without which no life could exist anywhere on Mother Earth's surface; water is the World's most valuable resource; human beings must not be allowed to turn its lifeblood into poison by polluting it; water helps maintain the body's functions, and is taken in to slake ones thirst and to help maintain the body's fluid and electrolyte balances; the main component of our bodies is water.
The enhydro is either mobile or immobile. It depends on the physical proportions of the chamber itself and the sizes of the contents within it. If the chamber is too narrow, the gaseous and solid contents can get trapped inside the chamber with the fluid and not move when re-positioned.
Most collectors prefer to have crystals with mobile contents, even if they only move a couple of millimeters. The enhydro is this particular agate is quite large and moves throughout the entire crystal. You can see the water shadow moving when shining a flashlight through one side. The level of the water will shift and slosh around when it is moved in different directions.
The Enhydro form of the Agate relates to achieving empathy for others, adaptability, change and metamorphosis of the self. Very useful in healing of the physical body and a strength to other minerals used in healing
Agate, also known as cryptocrystalline quartz, from Brazil frequently yields porous Agate Enhydro Geodes that are filled, or partially filled with water. The Agate usually grows around the water deposit. Many scientists feel that these “Agate Enhydros” are the true "Enhydros", while the others are referred to as “fluid inclusions.”
These agate geode-like formations have a constant flow of water running through them while they are still in the ground. They resemble common geodes in appearance, being roundish in shape and tannish or brownish in color on their exteriors. They have a rather porous outer coating which allows the water to flow in and out of them with ease. After they have been removed from the ground, the ground waters that flowed through them, which kept them filled with water, will eventually dry out if kept in warm environments or in direct sun. Please keep your enhydro agates in darker, room temp areas.
There is a second type of agate enhydro formation. They are found in a less porous agate "nodule" which is most commonly found in Brazil. These Agate Enhydro Nodules are also formed as the agate grows around the water deposit. They are beautifully colored and patterned agate nodules. This type usually has a roundish or an oval flattened shape, so it cannot have a viewing window. Their outer beauty compensates for that problem. You can still detect water inside them by shaking them vigorously next to your ear. You will be able to hear and feel the water sloshing back and forth inside them. Some may even have a thin enough outer layer that you may be able to see the shadow of the water level inside them. This can be done by placing them between two bright lights. Occasionally only one light is necessary. The water level line may be seen moving as you move the nodule around. These specimens are less likely to dry out, as they have a less porous outer coating, yet many may still do so. I prefer to keep mine in clear plastic bags. If they are being put on display, you can place them in well sealed acrylic cases. The majority of these particular Agate Enhydro Nodules are very aesthetic and display worthy. Some colossal sized enhydro agates have been unearthed in Fuxin City, Liaoning Province, China. Fuxin is known as the "City of Agate." These agates are often referred to as "boulders." The largest one discovered at that location was in 2006. It was round, weighed 310kg, and measured 63 centimeters in diameter. I am personally not aware of any larger ones being discovered there since that time. Most of those spectacular boulders have been hand carved with amazing detail and they still contain the water inside them. The artisans carve the sculptures around the water chamber and may even incorporate it into the design in some manner. These masterpieces are usually found in museums, private collections, or for sale at high end auction houses. They are extremely rare and carry a hefty price. They may also be referred to as "Chinese Water Agate" and "Enhydritic Agate.
Tips For Viewing Enhydro ~ Fluid Inclusion Quartz Crystals:
Hold the crystal in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up prior to examining it.
Inspect the crystal section by section, and mark each area with a small dot from a marker or pen after you have finished examining it. Pen ink and Sharpie marker marks can be easily removed with rubbing alcohol. This way you will not keep going over the same areas multiple times.
Hold the crystal in between two fingers and move it back and forth slowly at first. Some bubbles or debris move slower than others. Once you know what you've got, then you can move it back and forth more quickly or vigorously.
If you see something that you think might be mobile, give it a flick with your finger to see if you can give it a jumpstart. Then, continue moving it back and forth to see if it can move.
I suggest examining the crystal outside during the daytime under magnification. You can also adjust the amount of light passing through the crystal better in daylight by repositioning your body. Indoor lighting may cast too many shadows or reflections from other things, especially the TV. If you prefer examining it inside, do it next to a window with a lot of light coming through it, or under only one light source. Turn off the TV and/or computer monitor!
If you find one particular (or more) area more interesting than the others, place a circle around that area with a marker. You will be able to instantly find it the next time you view it.
More than likely you will examine the crystal many times and continue to find new things inside of it each time you look!
Enhydros and fluid inclusions may be difficult to locate at first. After some time you will be able to identify them as such. You may be able to make out their shapes. They actually look like they have water in them, or have a mirror-like appearance, as if you are looking through water. Sometimes the fluid's edges will move slightly when you reposition the crystal, making them easier to locate.
The more magnification you have, the better the view! Warning...these crystals are addictive :-)