Blue Lace Agate
Three fine grade blue lace agate gemstones each of which exhibits magnificent banding and fascinating crystallization and being translucent, they become even more beautiful when held up towards the light. Surprisingly despite its name, blue lace agate cannot be classified as a true agate because although it's a translucent variety of the mineral chalcedony which exhibits wavy bands, they did not come about because of layers forming around a central cavity which is considered to be a prerequisite of agate. A more appropriate name for this stone would therefore be blue lace chalcedony but for the purpose of simplicity, it has always been referred to as agate.
Very small amounts of blue lace agate can be found in several countries around the world but the vast majority comes from Namibia in south west Africa. The deposit lies close to the Orange River and was discovered in the 1960's by George Swanson who subsequently mined it extensively until his death in 2010. Although the mining operation has now been scaled back significantly, small quantities of blue lace agate continue to be mined at this locality.
Blue lace agate is particularly hard which makes it popular as a lapidary material and finer grade pieces are often cut as gemstones. When used for the purpose of crystal healing it's said to be serene and calming and has the ability to activate and heal the throat chakra.
Once polished blue lace agate has a vitreous lustre so stones tend to exhibit a slightly glassy appearance.
These polished blue lace agate gemstones are being offered for sale individually so make your selection from the drop down list before proceeding to checkout. The first stone on the left which has the curious inclusion has been sold but the stone in the middle which is number 2 in the drop down list and the one on the far right which is number 3 are both still available.