Crystal System: Trigonal
Hardness: 6.5 - 7
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Beneficial for: Analytical Abilities, Concentration, Destructive,
Giving Up Bad Habits, Maturity, Negative Energies, Obsessive Thoughts,
Protection, Perception, Psychic Attack, Security, Self-Confidence, Stability, and Stress Release
Botswana Agate is a variety of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is predominantly banded in shades of pink and gray, though some layers may contain a muted brown. Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. It is excellent for balancing emotional, physical, and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe. Botswana Agate is named for the location where it was first discovered, Botswana, Africa, and is predominantly mined. The volcanic activity that produced these stones dates back nearly 187 million years ago, and though the igneous stones of Botswana began as volcanic flow, they did not originate from normal, mountainous volcanoes. Rather the lava flowed in waves from long faults along the lower rock layers and rolled across the landscape, depositing layer upon layer of silica/quartz, creating the extra fine banding and patterns which make Botswana Agate highly unique and desirable. Native tribes have also called this stone, the Sunset Stone, believing it was capable of retaining sunlight and that its comforting nature was similar to feeling sunshine. A gentle and soothing stone, Botswana Agate gives comfort to the user, and is mainly used either for protection and comfort. Botswana Agate is an excellent choice for meditating, and can be used to focus one's thoughts into finding solutions to problems. A crystal of possibility and hope, it encourages artistic expression and exploration of the unknown, while still maintaining logic and attention to detail, which helps brings projects and ventures into reality. Agate stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negative energies. It encourages contemplation of one’s life experiences that lead to spiritual growth and inner stability.