Latest from MrBead with Free Shipping & Chalcedony

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1,000 Royal Blue Seed Beads
1,000 Devil Black Seed Beads
500 Pink & Clear Seed Beads
84 Multi Watermelon Tourmaline Rondell
6-Petal Silver Caps for Large Beads
Large Flower Bead Spacers
Large Swarovski AB Octagonal
Swarovski Clear AB Teardrop
Green Amber Pyramids
FAC Amber Diamond Rondells
Cinnabar Carved Phoenix & Flowers Fan
Square Fire Engine Red Carved Cinnabar
FAC Smokey Diamond Crystal Rondells
Sparking Bicone Crystal
Long White Baroque Siamese Pearls
Unusual White Flower Pearls

Chalcedony - A Graceful Stone for the Spring!

Chalcedony is a very fine-grained variety of quartz. It has a waxy luster with a compact fibrous structure. Because it is also porous, it has been dyed since the Middle Ages. Natural chalcedony is usually grayish blue and sometimes with hints of pink. However, it's usually color enhanced to light blues and pale minty-greens - although these days you can also find emerald green, intense purple, tangerine, raspberry, peachy pink and other colors.

Because of its microscopic quartz crystals, chalcedony is usually semi-opaque. This adds to the gracefulness of your jewelry, since the light diffuses within the stone, making them appear very soft and glowing. Chalcedony has been used as gems for thousands of years, with many colored varieties still cut and polished as ornamental stones. However, unless it is intricately carved or featured, chalcedony is valued much less than it once was.

In the petrified forests of the American Desert Southwest, many of the original tree tissues have been replaced by chalcedony in the formation of petrified wood. What remains is a mineral replica of the original tree in various fantastic colors. The brilliant reds and greens are caused primarily by traces of iron oxides. Some of the best displays of petrified wood can be seen in eastern Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.

It is said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe. Chalcedony is thought to augment emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, charity and friendliness. It also supposedly alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy.

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