Think “outside the box” to find solutions.
Tap into your own boundless creativity.
Feel happy, grounded, patient, and loving.
Find a richer and more fulfilling spirituality.
Let Botswana Agate encourage you to explore confidently!
Mineralogy of Botswana Agate
Mineral Family: Tectosilicates
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Pink and grey banded
Crystal System: Trigonal
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Mineral Family: Botswana Agate is a rare type of 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 fall under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Agate. Botswana Agate is found only in the southern African country from which it takes its name, and is famous for its natural pink and orange hues in addition to soft grey, blue and purple rings.
Formation: Botswana Agate is created when liquid magma flowing in long fault lines cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, thin streams of silica acid shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. These thin layers of silica acid stack on top of one another, creating extra fine banding and patterns in a variety of colors.
Mining: Agates are typically mined from primary deposits that 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. In the case of Botswana Agate, Agate Almonds are often found in secondary alluvial deposits, notably along the Bobonong River.
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, Botswana Agates are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.
Synonyms: Sunset Stone
History of Botswana Agate
Botswana Agate is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, this particular Agate was not included in early 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 Apricot Agate, Blue Lace Agate, Crazy Lace Agate, Fire Agate, Moss Agate, Onyx, Sardonyx and Tree Agate. The most famous of all Agates is bright orange Carnelian.
Botswana Agate is nicknamed the “Sunset Stone” because of its pink/orange and blue/purple coloring and the belief that holding one brings comfort during dark times of the soul. It has been said that native African tribes in the area use it as a tool in fertility rites and believe that anyone who possess a Botswana Agate will have increased sexual stamina and passion.
Healing Properties of Botswana Agate
Spiritual: Botswana Agate is a stone for exploring the unknown. It provides us with courage to embark on spiritual journeys and to seek truth in all its myriad forms. Botswana Agate energizes the auric body and helps us to recognize that Love is the great constant of the universe. It is a stone that encourages spiritual maturity, moving us beyond dogma and into a more full and rich personal experience of the Divine. Botswana Agate is attuned to the Heart, Throat, and Crown Chakras and is linked to the astrological signs of Gemini and Scorpio. It is connected to the Element of Fire and vibrates to the Number 3 and 7.
Emotional: Botswana Agate helps us to overcome feelings of repression – especially in terms of artistic expression. It recalls our childlike wonder of the world, that time when we felt (or wanted to feel) that everything was possible and we could do anything we put our minds to. At the same time, Botswana Agate has a soothing energy that is extremely grounding and helps us to see things from their proper perspective. It is a wonderful stone for anyone who has a dream and wants to see it come to fruition. It is also very helpful for anyone who is actively seeking new friends or a new romantic relationship. It encourages us to act conscientiously and lovingly towards ourselves and others, and to be both confident and happy.
Mental: Botswana Agate inspires creativity, both artistically and when seeking solutions to vexing problems. It encourages us to think “outside of the box” and helps us to remain emotionally detached so that we can use our logic and intuition more fully. Botswana Agate encourages us to stay alert and attentive to details. This is a stone for patience, helping us remain calm and focused even during stressful times. 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.
Physical: Botswana Agate is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat sickness associated with the lungs, throat, nervous system, eyes and brain. It is considered the very best stone to help with quitting smoking or healing from the effects of smoke. It is also commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, and is particularly useful for anyone who is involved with art therapy.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Botswana 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 Botswana 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 Botswana 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.
Botswana Agate Tumbled Stone
Color: Multi-colored, may be purple, orange and or pink. 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 Botswana Agate
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