Color(s): Grey background, brown, light grey, white bands
Mineral Information: Microcrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony
Chemical Make-up: SiO2
Hardness: 6-1/2 – 7
Where they are found: Africa
About Stone: Named for the area in Africa where it is mined, Botswana Agate is called the Sunset Stone because it retains sunlight and comforts people through dark, lonely nights. It was traditionally used in African fertility ceremonies to encourage potency and the conception of strong, healthy offspring.
The volcanic activity that produced these lovely 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 Agates highly unique and desirable. Some collectors consider them royalty among Agates.
Zodiac Association: Gemini and Virgo
Metaphysical Properties: A protective stone, considered especially lucky. Promotes inner stability, composure, and maturity. Its warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence.