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- Chalcedony is a variety of quartz.
- Its chemical composition is SIO2, has a MOHS scale hardness of 6.5 - 7, and has a trigonal crystal system.
- Chalcedony is a mixture of cryptocrystalline quartz and mogánite, rather than being a fibrous cryptocrystalline variety of Quartz.
- It's distinguished from other quartz varieties by its translucency.
- The stone is solid and has a lighter color, typically ranging from bluish to white or gray.
- Chalcedony gets its colors from various impurities like iron, nickel, copper and/or titanium.
- Chalcedony is found forming in sedimentary and volcanic environments. it occurs over a long period of time, as minerals are slowly deposited into a pocket of another type of rock, such as granite.
- They can found in many parts of the world including Germany, India, Brazil, the United States, italy, and Mexico.
- Chalcedony has been used since the Bronze Age.
- The name originates from from the Latin word 'Chalcedonius', which is thought to be derived from 'Chalcedon'. Chalcedon was an ancient seaport of Asia Minor, now known as Kadikoy, Turkey.
- Metaphysically, chalcedony is the stone of acceptance. It encourages kindness, responsiveness, receptivity, generosity, charity and friendliness.
- Chalcedony also represents brotherhood, goodwill, and togetherness.
- Blue chalcedony is also called the Speaker's Stone. It helps with communication skills, improve memory, encouraging reflections on one's actions, and making languages easier to learn.