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Chalcedony, which is found worldwide, is the name for a group of stones made of a microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, which means the quartz crystals are too small to be seen without high magnification.
Chalcedony is bluish-grey-white gemstone. It can be rather translucent, with a waxy look to it - varying to somewhat opaque. It usually is prefixed by the word "Blue" to distiguish it from the geolgist's term "chalcedony" meaning a "cryptocrystalline quartz". The blue form is the best known version of this type of gemstone.
Chalcedony seems very smooth and hard when polished, but it actually is microscopically porous, making it easy to dye. In fact, if you accidently splash coffee on your chalcedony pendant, it can stain the stone - so be sure to rinse any spills with lots of water immediately.
Native American Indians believed chalcedony was a sacred stone and used in the spiritual ceremonies of the tribe.
It is thought to increase vitality, stamina, and endurance and to promote emotional balance and charity while relieving melancholy, fever, gallstones, and eye problems.
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