The gemstone of this week is the “waxy” beauty, Chalcedony. There’s just so much we adore about this gemstone and we had to share it with you, too. From the appearance to the identification, and to its properties, read on to know everything you need to know about this gemstone to fall in love with it!
What is Chalcedony?
Chalcedony is not scientifically its own mineral species, but rather a form of Quartz in microcrystalline form. It is transparent or opaque and can be found as geodes and small masses. The colors of chalcedony are white, pink, blue, red or gray. In common practice, only the translucent, single-color types of this material are sold under the name “chalcedony.” The rest of this group are sold under individual variety names or as agate or jasper.
Fine examples of first-century objects made from chalcedony, possibly Kushan, were found in recent years at Tillya-tepe in north-western Afghanistan. Hot wax would not stick to it so it was often used to make seal impressions. The term Chalcedony is derived from the name of the ancient Greek town Chalkedon in Asia Minor, in modern English usually spelled Chalcedon, today the Kadıköy district of Istanbul.
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The colors of chalcedonies are a result of metallic impurities (such as iron, nickel, copper, and titanium) present during crystallization. The unstained material is often grayish blue. Chalcedony is a tough gemstone, good for all jewelry applications. Pieces are usually cabbed or carved, although an exceptional, near transparent piece, may be faceted.
How to identify Chalcedony?
Chalcedony quartz can typically be identified from other minerals through its composition (silicon dioxide), hexagonal crystal structure and superior hardness. Chalcedony cryptocrystalline quartz is a compact to dense form of silica, which means it has extremely fine crystallization. In fact, most cryptocrystalline crystals are so fine that distinct particles cannot even be seen under a microscope.
Chalcedony and its varieties are named based on color. The variety Agate is a multicolored form, well known for its distinctive banding patterns. Some forms of Chalcedony, such as Chrysoprase, are intensely colored, while others are light. In blue Chalcedony, the deeper the color, the more desirable the gemstone. The classic Chalcedony varieties are – Agate, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Jasper, Onyx, Sard and Sardonyx, and Tiger’s Eye.
The properties are fabulous.
Chalcedony is a nurturing stone that promotes brotherhood and goodwill and will enhance a group’s stability. It can be used for telepathy and transmission. This stone absorbs negative energy and then dissipates it so that the energy doesn’t move to someone else.
It brings the mind, body and spirit into alignment. It sends feelings of generosity and benevolence to you. Chalcedony eliminates unwanted feelings of hostility and melancholy. It also eliminates self doubt and builds self confidence. Using this stone to meditate will help you become a more open and enthusiastic person.
Chalcedony is a powerful healer and cleanser. This stone helps if you have a lack of maternal instinct, lessens the effect of dementia and senility. Chalcedony balances the mind, body, emotions and spirit into a whole. It heals the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system.