Agate is associated with the birthstone month of May.
Agate is associated with the zodiac sign Gemini.
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.
Currently supply meets demand. In general, prices for Agate tend to be quite modest, with the majority of the price being for the fashioning of the stone rather then the stone itself. Only stones with extraordinary color strips/bands are expensively priced.
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. There is not any specific care required yet general gemstone precautions are always a good idea so the original condition of the stone can be retained. 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.
The cut is a very crucial trait for the end look of Agate. The colors of this stone are found in strips, bands, or blended in clouds. With Botswana Agate in particular, the cutter must concentrate on these natural strips/bands well, cutting to assure that their beauty will be enhanced. Agate is often found in Cabochon cuts but can generally be cut into most of the common gemstone shapes/cuts.
There are no known enhancements for Botswana Agate.
Care & Cleaning:
Botswana Agate is best cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft brush. As with most gemstones, Agate should be kept away from household chemicals and prolonged exposure to excessive heat that can cause damage to the stone. Botswana Agate jewelry should be kept in a fabric-lined box away from other jewelry items in order to avoid scratching.