BOTSWANA – man’s necklace of Botswana agate and black onyx with sterling silver clasp
This is a beautiful man’s necklace made of Botswana agate rounds, with black onyx and a large (33 mm X 23 mm), beautifully striped Botswana focal stone at the center. Each of these focal stones will be slightly different from those in other necklaces. The man who wears this necklace will actually be wearing stones with a long, long history of being valued by humans.
The necklace is 20 inches long, so can also be suitable for a larger man. It is closed securely by a sterling silver s-shaped clasp.
Agate has been interesting and useful to humans for thousands of years. The Egyptians are known to have mined it back as far as 3,500 B.C. because they felt it had strong powers. The Sumerians felt it gave favor with the gods. Pre-historic men made axe heads and spear and arrow tips of agate because it is so hard and yet easy to carve. These tools have been found in pre-historic grave sites.
The name, AGATE, comes from a river in Sicily, called the Achates. It was one of the early sources of agate. Roman warriors felt that agate stones gave them courage and strength when they wore them into battle. Europeans felt that agate made the wearer bold and persuasive so it was much preferred by businessmen.
Botswana agate has been connected through history with sensuality, passion and artistic expression.
The stone in the ring that Queen Elizabeth I gave her lover, the Earl of Sussex, was an agate. There is quite a tragic story connected with the giving of that ring and with what happened to the Earl later. No room to tell it here, but I recommend the story.
When I make men’s necklaces, I don’t usually add my TISA maker’s mark tag, but if you want that on the necklace I can add it before shipping. Just e-mail me and let me know.
Your necklace will arrive carefully and safely packaged and in a lovely gift box, complete with gold ribbon, ready for gift-giving.
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Item ID: NM03