Published February 2016  •  Updated August 2022  •  Read Time: 8 minutes
Apricot Agate is a sweet little crystal.  It is found in Botswana near some vivid orange Carnelians, and so is sometimes marketed as “Pink Carnelian.”  It is a natural pink Agate, with a distinctive pastel-pinkish-orange color.  By contrast, most of the dyed Pink Agate on the market is a garish hot pink.  Apricot Agate has an energy that evokes “home” the place where we are most comfortable and where we are surrounded by love.  It has a gentle and kind energy that encourages us to be good to ourselves and to follow the Golden Rule in how we treat others.  It can also be a fantastic choice for anyone exploring family issues related to boundaries and/or codependency.

Apricot Agate

Apricot Agate Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Apricot Agate has a very nurturing and warm grounding energy which makes us feel safe and loved. It gently releases fear and helps us to understand, or at least make peace with, death and other great unknowns. Apricot Agate helps us to become more spiritually mature and provides us with a deep internal sense of stability and peace. It is useful for self-reflection, contemplation of the world and meditation and can help us have a keener sense of reality. Apricot Agate cleanses the energy of everything that it comes in contact with, leaving us feeling refreshed and accepting of the abundance the universe has to offer us.

Metaphysical Properties Apricot Agate
Chakra Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, and Heart
Element Fire
Numerology 5, 6 and 7
Zodiac Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo

Emotional Healing Properties

Apricot Agate evokes the essence of “home” – a place where we are loved, accepted and very much wanted. It is especially good for promoting love and understanding between parents and children and helps dissolve tension. Apricot Agate helps us to create good relationships especially within our family unit or close friend groups. Apricot Agate reminds us that we all have important gifts to share with others. Moreover, it teaches us that the key to a happy life is to find those people who have the gifts we need and who need the gifts we have. Apricot Agate helps us to let go of anger and bitterness, and if necessary, find the courage to begin anew. Apricot Agate helps us feel safe, but equally important, Apricot Agate encourages us to create and maintain healthy boundaries so that we actually are safe. It is particularly useful for anyone who suffers from codependent relationships. It helps us to explore and understand the difference and healthy progression between dependence, independence, and interdependence.

Mental Healing Properties

Apricot Agate has a very soft and loving energy, but is also very logical, rational, and no-nonsense. It helps us to properly analyze and solve our problems and encourages us to take action. It reminds us that our best chance for making our dreams come true is by working hard, working smart, and working well with others. Apricot Agate helps us to make decisions swiftly and for the best, and to be truly open to change. It is also a wonderful stone for self-analysis since it’s energy is gentle yet also very honest, a combination which can help us to build self-confidence and self-acceptance. Apricot Agate stimulates our creativity and combines it with pragmatic common sense. It helps us to find the pathway forward that will bring us the most joy and serve the Highest Good.

Physical Healing Properties

Apricot Agate is recommended to treat both physical and emotional wounds caused by abuse or addiction. It is especially good for issues that date back to childhood and may be difficult to understand because we see them through a child’s limited understanding, rather than an adult’s wider perspective. Apricot Agate can help us to understand the deeper emotions and motivations that may be hidden beneath the more obvious surface level ones. For example, anger may be a mask for fear, or a refusal to get treatment or leave an abusive situation, may be a mask for shame. Apricot Agate helps us to explore what is going on above and below the surface, so that full healing is possible. It is a sweet talisman for recovering addicts. It is also a good talisman for anyone suffering from problems affecting the bladder or stomach.

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Apricot Agate Mineralogy

Where does Apricot Agate come from?

Agates are found all over the world.  The variety known as Apricot Agate comes from Botswana, but Pink Agates can also be found in other countries.

Mining and Treatments

Apricot Agate is mined in it’s primary deposit in association with the igneous rock in which it formed.  Agates are common minerals that not valuable enough to be the primary focus of any large-scale mining operation.  It is however commonly mined in tandem with other precious metals and minerals in small-scale and artisanal mines, especially if the stones are particularly colorful or distinctive.  In the case of Apricot Agate, the mine is focused on the bright orange semi-precious gemstone Carnelian.  As a result, Apricot Agates are sometimes called “Pink Carnelians.”  Agates are usually ball or almond-shaped nodules ranging in size from a fraction of an inch to several yards in diameter.  If the Agate fills the entire hollow space left by the gas bubble, it is called an Agate Almond.  If a hollow remains in the center, it is called an Agate Geode.

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Mineral Family

Apricot Agate is a silicate mineral.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is divided into two main groups, macrocrystalline and microcrystalline.  Macrocrystalline quartz has well-formed crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst or Clear Quartz.  Microcrystalline quartz has crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope.  These are typically grouped together under the name Chalcedony, or it’s subcategories Agate and Jasper.  Microcrystalline quartz can be colorless or appear in every shade of the rainbow.

Apricot Agate’s energy works well with its family – other Agates.  Try it in combination with Blue Lace AgateBotswana AgateCrazy Lace AgateDendritic AgateFire Agate, Gray Agate, Moss AgateSardonyx, and Tree Agate.

Apricot Agate Formation and Crystal Associates

Agates are created after a volcanic explosion has transformed magma and lava into igneous rock. During the cooling down period, various gases form bubbles, which then become hollow spaces in the igneous rock.  Agates are formed long afterwards, when silica-bearing water permeates the rocks and begins to fill the hollow spaces.  Sometimes the hollow fills quickly and the resulting Agate is a solid color or has a random scattering of trace inclusions.  Depending on which inclusions are added, the Agate will take on a variety of different colors, patterns and transparency levels.  Banded Agates are formed more slowly, with one layer of silica-water solidifying, before another layer is deposited on top.  This sequence is repeated over and over until the hollow is filled.  Some of the layers will have picked up different trace elements or different quantities of the same element, resulting in bands of different colors.  In the case of Apricot Agate, the pink color is caused by inclusions of iron.

Apricot Agate’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Botswana Agate, Carnelian, and Snow Quartz

Mineralogy Apricot Agate
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Pink-orange
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Cryptocrystalline
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

History of Apricot Agate

Agate has one of the oldest historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Archaeological evidence amply shows that Agates have been treasured since the very earliest times. Agates have been found in many Stone Age graves and appear to have been kept either for their beauty or, perhaps, for their energetic power. Early lapidaries, dating as far back as 3000 BCE, referenced seals, rings, beads, and other ornaments which were carved out of Agate. The Sumerians were the first to describe the power of stones, and their texts state that wearing Agate gave a person special favor with the gods.

The name “Agate” was first used by the Greek writer Theophrastus (372-287 BCE). He wrote that all Agates came from a Sicilian river then called the Achates River, and today known as the Dirillo River. Agates are still found along this river today. In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) repeated Theophrastus’ claim and further stated that looking at Agate rested the eyes and that sucking on a piece of Agate could quench thirst. As a result of these beliefs, Agate was still being prescribed by druggists for treating eye conditions as recently as the early 20th century.

While Agates can be found with naturally vivid colors, the majority of Agates worldwide are colorless or gray. As early as the Roman era, these duller Agates were artificially dyed brighter shades. This practice was perfected in the 19th century in the Agate region of Idar-Oberstein, in the Rhineland of southwest Germany. The exact details about the dying process were closely-held commercial secrets. What is known is that the pigments were inorganic, since organic dyes will fade over time and these dyed agates from the Rhineland remain brightly-colored despite the passing of the decades.

Today, it is relatively easy to find brightly-colored natural and dyed Agates. Since 2007, all dyed Agates are legally required in the United States to be labels as “dyed” or “treated.” This law is sometimes followed by wholesale businesses, but is often ignored by stores that sell directly to customers. If an Agate is vividly colored “hot pink”, “neon blue” or a similarly lurid shade, it is likely dyed.  By contrast, Apricot Agate with its bubblegum pink and pinkish-orange hue is fully natural.