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Chalcedony, Agate & Jasper - What's the diff?

Chalcedony, Agate & Jasper - What's the diff?

[vc_row type="in_container" full_screen_row_position="middle" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" column_shadow="none" width="1/1" tablet_text_alignment="default" phone_text_alignment="default" column_border_width="none" column_border_style="solid"][vc_column_text]Now.. what is chalcedony?  Let me break it down as easy as I can!  This is NOT the most scientific, BUT will give you some clarity and confidence when you are holding these pretty gems in your hand! There is Quartz (made of silicon and oxygen) and this is plentiful around the planet.  Think of it as sand and air. From quartz, there are macrocrystalline - larger crystal formations that we can see with our naked eyes, like smoky quartz, amethyst, citrine.  Those are the BIG ones we see as house decorations!  Then there are the microcrystalline - smaller crystal formations that form gemstones like chalcedony, carnelian, agates, and more. Chalcedony is from quartz.  From chalcedony comes the jaspers, agates, bloodstone, chrysoprase and carnelian.   Jaspers (of which there are many!!) are OPAQUE quartzes where impurities and foreign matter changes the color of the microcrystalline.  Agates (of which there are many!!) are where the chalcedony is concentrically banded.   Hope that helps when you see a tag that says Agate or Jasper![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" column_shadow="none" width="1/1" tablet_text_alignment="default" phone_text_alignment="default" column_border_width="none" column_border_style="solid"][vc_column_text]

These are SUPER SPECIAL Blue Chalcedony beads.  The color has a beautiful violet hue that I've rarely seen, actually only ONCE prior in the last 20 years, so imagine my excitement to find that color in multiple shapes!  I love this stone (wearing it now, and everyday for the past 2 months), and it reminds me of a misty blue sky with a pure cornflower blue color that I remember from my original box of crayolas!  

A relaxing color to the eyes and spirit - let it be a reminder to breathe and let go… Center yourself and find peace and calm amidst the chaos.   I read a short story about a bird nested next to a noisy waterfall.   And the takeaway was "Peace does not mean the absence of noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

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