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Collage Rock: Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate

Communication, Stabilizing, Calming

Blue Lace Agate is a gentle, calming stone that brings you grace and tranquility! It lessens all anger (even deep anger issues) and calms nervousness. It assists in releasing the fear of death and oppressive burdens. It brings peace and inspiration and it enhances clear self-expression while helping to access the highest energetic realms.

Chakras: Throat, Third Eye

Zodiac: Gemini, Pisces

Blue Lace Agate History

Various types of agate gemstones have been valued throughout history, all the way back to the Neolithic Era. It is believed these stones were originally used as amulets of healing, and this tradition continued on through Ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations. It's said the Greek philosopher Theophrastus gave agate its name because he found the stone in the Achates River of present-day Sicily, Italy. (The River has since been renamed the Dirillo River.)

Agate is a birthstone associated with the months of May, June, and even September, depending on the culture. Agate as a general gemstone is also connected to the Zodiac signs Gemini and Capricorn.

Blue Lace Agate Metaphysical Properties

With its soft blue color, it's no surprise blue lace agate is said to be a soothing stone. The circular, graceful banding is stimulating but still exudes calm energy. Blue lace agate is said to be a stone of communication, making it easier for people to become confident and articulate. For this reason, it's considered a good idea to wear jewelry with blue lace agate or carry a stone in your pocket when required to speak in public. As a bonus, blue lace agate is sometimes referred to as the Stone of the Diplomat, helping ensure your words are not angry and your meaning is clear. Since agate has a slower vibration frequency than most stones, it is valued as a stabilizing gemstone.

Blue Lace Agate Geological Properties

Blue lace agate is a type of variegated chalcedony, more specifically a variety of quartz. This type of agate is most notably recognized by its predominantly light blue banded layers that have also been known to include bright blue, white, and brown hues. Agates typically form as nodules or geodes in igneous rocks. When an empty pocket or hole inside a porous rock fills layer by layer and the molecules begin to crystallize, bands of agate form. The color and banding patterns vary depending on pressure, temperature, and mineral content. The unique colors of various agates are sometimes enhanced through dyeing techniques. The art of agate dyeing was perfected in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, one of the most well-known areas for cutting and dyeing agates since the early 16th century.

Blue lace agate was discovered in Namibia, originally in South West Africa. Small amounts have also been found in Brazil, China, India, and various places in the United States. Agates in general are found alongside multiple other rocks and minerals, including amethyst.

Mineral Information Microcrystalline quartz, chalcedony group

Chemical Composition SiO2

Color Black, usually dyed these days

Hardness 6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)

Specific Gravity 2.58 - 2.64

Refractive Index 1.530 - 1.539

Proper Care of Blue Lace Agate

Agates tend to be hardy stones, making it a cinch to clean these gems. The best method is to rinse agates in warm soapy water and use a soft brush to remove any extra dust or debris. Due to the soft color, some people assume blue lace agate is less hardy than other agates, but don't let the color fool you. It's still not the best idea to use harsh cleaners though, especially if your agate has been enhanced through any dyeing techniques.



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