Fine grade banded agate crystals from Botswana. These highly polished tumbled stones have a vitreous lustre so reflect light in a similar way to glass. This characteristic makes them exceptionally tactile.
Agate is a variety of the mineral quartz but more specifically a variety of chalcedony distinguished by its colour and banded structure. The wide variation of colours and appealing patterns in which it occurs plus the fact that it's relatively tough, makes it ideal for cutting and polishing.
Banded agate is one of the most common varieties and probably the most easy to recognise because of its prominent circular concentric bands. Agate occurs as a filling in rock cavities and veins or as a replacement within some sedimentary rocks. Stones can generally be found in shades of grey, red or brown with banding mostly being white or grey. Although it can also be an exceptionally colourful mineral, it widely occurs in black, white and grey. These stones are often dyed which some believe makes them more appealing to the wider commercial market. It's not unusual to find stones and particularly agate slices that have been dyed using colours that just wouldn't occur naturally.
These banded agate tumbled stones are aesthetically pleasing and exceptionally tactile. They make a great addition to any collection of polished rocks and minerals and can also be used for their metaphysical properties.
Empathic warriors are stones which have at some point in time sustained some kind of damage, usually a chip or fracture. With rocks and minerals having evolved over millions of years we do not believe in throwing them away. These pieces are available to buy at a significantly reduced price. Empathic warriors are not always available. More information can be found in our article on empathic warrior crystals.