Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gemstone Series ---Botswana Agate

Botswana Agate
Birthstone Month:
Agate is associated with the birthstone month of May.
Agate is associated with the zodiac sign Gemini.
Chemical Make-up:
Agate is a Silicon Dioxide and is a variety of Chalcedony which is a member of the Quartz family. It is scientifically classified as a cryptocystalline or a microcrystalline Quartz.
History & Lore:
The name Agate is believed to derive from the Greek word given to a stone that was found thousands of years ago in the Achates River in Southwestern Sicily, now known as Dirillo River.
The name Botswana is derived from the country in which it is sourced.
Botswana Agate stimulates the crown chakra and is said to aid the exploration of the unknown. Botswana Agate also helps the wearer reach the state of enlightment. It is a very positive stone and helps the wearer find a solution to a problem rather then dwelling on it. It is a stone of protection, gentleness, and comfort.
Physically Botswana Agate is said to treat disorders of the nevous system and to help rid toxins in the body. It can also help reduce depression and stress.

Botswana Agate is sourced in a country in South-Central Africa known as Botswana.

Botswana Agate is rated at 6.5 to 7 on Moh's Scale of Hardness. Botswana Agate is a gray and brown mineral exhibiting white to pinkish-white circular or oval patterns/bands. The price of these stones depends on the carat weight and the bands structure. Botswana Agate examples found with distinctive or extraordinary patterns, particularly in larger sizes, will naturally demand a premium.

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