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  Agate, Botswana Gemstone Properties 


Design Possibilities

If there was ever a "man's stone," especially a "thinking man's stone," this is it. Think intrigue! Think distinction! Think southern Africa--the subtropics, Kalahari-lion, elephant, hippopotamus, crocodile country. Mix them together and you've got Botswana agate. Set these distinctly banded agate cabochons into rings and tie tacs (for the man of distinction) and belt buckles (for the man who wants intrigue) and you won't be able to keep them in stock. Better yet, make a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for that one-of-a-kind man in your life and see what happens! I can almost guarantee you'll have his undivided attention. And when you've got that kind of attention, you've got him!

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Agates were used in ancient times as talismans to protect the wearer from storms, to quench thirst and to bring good luck--all important things for surviving in the subtropics. Botswana agate, in particular, has been used traditionally to sustain attentiveness to detail. It's an ability needed by every successful person in today's changing but nonetheless difficult world, regardless of what kind of jungle that person goes off to each morning (or returns to in the evening).
Mineral InformationMicrocrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorGrey background, brown, light grey, white bands
Hardness6-1/2 - 7
Specific Gravity2.60-2.65
Refractive Index1.544-1.553

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.


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