Botswana agate

ETYMOLOGYThe "agate" name comes from the river Achates (Dirillo currently located south of Sicily, Italy), where Plinio found the first agates.
MINERAL CLASS: Oxide, quartz group.
HARDNESS: 7 in the Mohs scale.
FIELDS: Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Czech Republic, Madagascar, India, United States.
MINERALOGY: The blue agate is a submanifold of quartz, presented in concentric bands that alter the white and blue colors. It is formed in cavities of volcanic rocks in which hot solutions rich in silica (SiO2) are filtered. Variations in the impurities of the solution and the conditions under which minerals are deposited give rise to different layers. If cooling of the solution is slow, they can produce quartz macrocrystals the central area, while if it is fast, the crystals are microscopic.

READ MORE: The blue tones are achieved through heat treatment where iron is the coloring substance.


MYTHOLOGY: During the Renaissance in the West Blue Agate was a gem of great value to the development of beautiful cameos. At present in China and India blue agate is a prized gem by the role this plays in Buddhism, and color for the interior under the system of aesthetics of feng shui.


: It is said that the blue agate is healing, soothing, bringing peace of mind, it helps improve verbal expression, facilitating communication between parents and children. Neutralizes anger.

CHAKRAS: Throat.
ZODIAC SIGN:Gemini and Aquarius.
USES:Meditation, collection, jewelery.
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