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Mineralogy of Apricot Agate
Mineral Family: Tectosilicates
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Pink, banded pink and white
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Fracture: Rough, brittle
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave), may vary with bands
Location: While pink-hued Agates may occasionally be found with other Agate deposits, the majority of Apricot Agates are from Botswana.
Mineral Family: Apricot Agate is a type of pink Agate and a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. 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 a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Carnelian). All microcrystalline Quartz falls under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Agate. Apricot Agate is a relatively rare type of Agate that can be either a solid soft pink color, or banded pink and white.
Formation: Apricot Agate is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rock. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Agates are formed when thin sheets of Quartz are layered with other minerals, creating a wide variety of colors and patterns. Trace particles of iron in clear Agate give Apricot Agate it’s soft peachy-pink color.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. Typically Agates are found in their primary deposits and still have their original relationship with the host rock. 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.
Enhancements: Agates are porous and have been dyed bright colors since the Roman Era. As a general rule, the more vivid the coloring, the more likely that it has been dyed. This is particularly true if the color is vivid while the price is cheap! With most Agates there will be “hard” spots that are bright white which won’t take dye, while other areas are “soft” and take dye easily. Currently most of the dyed Agates come from Brazil. They are naturally a pale grey and white stone, but are dyed vivid colors like hot pink, deep purple or bright blue. By contrast, soft pink Apricot Agates are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.
History of Apricot Agate
Apricot Agate is a relatively “new” stone on the market, and is often better known as natural Pink Agate or Pink Carnelian. Apricot Agate is not included any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, Agates as a larger family have a very old and well documented history.
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 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) who suggested 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.) There are many different kinds of agates including Blue Lace Agate, Botswana Agate, Crazy Lace Agate, Fire Agate, Moss Agate, Onyx, Sardonyx and Tree Agate. The most famous of all Agates is bright orange Carnelian.
Apricot Agate is sometimes called “Pink Carnelian”. But most of the time, the name Carnelian is reserved for bright orange Agates, while its pink cousin is named after the sweet pink and orange fruit.
Healing Properties of Apricot Agate
Spiritual: 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. Apricot Agate is attuned to the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. It is connected to the Element of Fire and vibrates to the numbers 5, 6 and 7.
Emotional: 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: 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: Apricot Agate is most commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat the eyes and uterus, as well as problems with the bladder/intestines/pancreas/stomach, circulatory system, lymphatic system, and various skin disorders. It is also commonly used to treat physical and emotional wounds caused by abuse or addiction. Apricot Agate is believed to be a general energy booster and is often used to revitalize the physical body or to provide support during detoxes. It has been used to stanch the flow of blood, from cuts as well as heavy menstrual flow. Apricot Agate is also useful for helping bring attention to any physical ailment which is interfering with our well-being, and to resolve the matter as swiftly as possible.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Apricot Agate
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in neighboring countries, but there are no middlemen involved.
This Apricot Agate comes from a small mine in Botswana.
The exact mine is unknown, but Botswana is one of the few countries that has adopted
environmentally-friendly and sustainable mining practices.
Botswana has the safest mining standards in Africa.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Apricot Agate was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Apricot Agate Tumbled Stone
Color: Pink or pinkish-orange, may have white bands. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Apricot Agate
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