AGATE, Botsawana, pink
P. Most Agate forms are naturally colored, while others are heated or
permanently dyed for decorative effect.
This gemstone is specifically generated in eruptive rocks or in primeval lava zones
and are often found in the form of rounded nodules or geodes. When split or sliced,
these show their banding to good, sometimes startling effect. In some geodes there
is a central cavity, in other the center is hollow. The Native Americans of the western
American states referred to these Agate nodules as "thunder eggs".
Agate is the oldest stone in recorded history and has been used in jewelry since
Biblical Babylonian times. Agates were used to ward off storms and were prized
gems in antiquity. Traditionally, Agates with banded colors were once placed at the
head of a sleeper to give rich and varied dreams. Agate is considered a protection
stone. It is believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress
and the draining of energy.