Please note these pieces do have natural fractures.
Now extremely rare, this mine was first dug 2500+ yrs ago. Before Istanbul was Constantinople, a section of the city was named Chalcedonia and earned it's name from this material which was exported in abundance during the Byzantine and Roman Empires. This ancient mine lies ~4hrs SE of present day Istanbul, a short distance from the city of Saricakaya.
Blue Chalcedony is a demure crystal, subtle and mystic, cool and serene, ethereal yet solid. It has an inviting, soft blue translucence, and an almost imperceptible movement within the stone that invokes a stillness of silent reverence. It's calming, and speaks of spirit and trust.
Chalcedony is a member of the Quartz family with a cryptocrystalline structure, perfect for magnifying its crystal energy to soothe and restore balance, from the conscious mind to the inner child, all the way down to the animal self. Its name may be derived from the Greek port city of Chalcedon. The ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece and Rome used varieties of Chalcedony in jewellery and carvings, and, as gems of antiquity, they were believed to imbue their holders with certain powers.
Chalcedony is known as the Speaker's Stone, the stone of one who must measure his words. It encourages reflection and meditation, its gentle radiance preparing us for action but helping to hold back words we might regret. The great Roman orator, Cicero, is said to have worn one around his neck.
Considered a nurturing stone, Chalcedony absorbs negative energy and dissipates it before it can be passed on. It promotes brotherhood and good will, opening the mind to new ideas, instilling feelings of benevolence and generosity.
Chalcedony was considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, using it to promote stability during their ceremonial activities. It is still in use today for meditations, and as a pathway for receiving successful thought transmissions.
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