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.
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These Botswana Agates were mined in Botswana and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Botswana Agate for you.
You can buy a single tumbled Botswana Agate or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Botswana Agate measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips, and have a visually pleasing series of bands and whorls in grey blues, pink-orange or a combination. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their beautiful colors and clean energies, these tumbled Botswana Agates are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of BotswanaAgate
Good To Know:
Botswana Agates are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Botswana Agates can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Botswana Agate can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Tumbled and fully smooth Botswana Agate can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Botswana Agate Water” for drinking or bathing. Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic. Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones. When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.
Botswana Agate can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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