Chalcedony belongs to the group of microcrystalline quartzes. The gemstone is named after the city of Kalchedon, which is found in modern-day Turkey. The Chalcedony is said to have many healing powers. It is said to strengthen its owner’s spirit and positive attitude, and bring them peace of mind. It is also believed to help prevent nightmares and sleep disturbances and have a healing effect on infections. The Chalcedony is November’s birthstone.
The color of the Chalcedony may vary depending on its origin. The color scale ranges from grey to lavender blue and even encompasses reds (like Carnelian) and greens. A Chalcedony crystal is slightly translucent and appears slightly cloudy. It has a waxy to glassy shine. The search for Chalcedony gemstone with especially intense colors is a particular challenge.
You can clean your gemstone with lukewarm water and soap. The gemstone should be protected from extreme temperature variations and potential shocks and scratches. Make sure to store it safely.
Chalcedony is found in various countries such as Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Especially beautiful gemstones with light blue color intensity can be found in Namibia.