What is Chalcedony?
Chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz. It comes from the Latin word chalcēdōnius. It is a variety of agate and a natural form of silicon dioxide of silica. Chalcedony is compact and microcrystalline. There are many varieties but the main kinds of Chalcedony are blue, grey, and white. Chalcedony meaning is stability and balance.
The Gemstone of Emotional Balance
Chalcedony is believed to take its name from the Greek port of Chalcedon which is known today as Kadikoy in Turkey. Named the speakers stone, this gentle cool-headed gem was said to be strung around the neck of the great speaker of Cicero. Cicero must have known that Chalcedony’s meditative moods and measured mindset were of great value. It wasn’t just the Ancient Greeks who saw the value in Chalcedony, Native Americans also considered it to be a sacred stone too. It was often used in ceremony’s to ensure a sense of grounding. To this day, Chalcedony is still a popular stone to use in meditative practice and spiritual sojourns. Chalcedony can be found all over the world including in Brazil and Namibia, India, Sri Lanka, Malawi, and Madagascar.
Chalcedony comes in many varieties and shades but Blue Chalcedony is often the picture that springs to mind when we think of this gem. It’s known for its nurturing power but also its ability to help your words and conversations flow. It’s loved by public speakers, orators, lawyers, and politicians for its ability to bring diplomacy to the tip of your tongue. Chalcedony is also a stone of balance and can bring the body, mind, and spirit into complete harmony.
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Varieties of Chalcedony
As mentioned, Chalcedony can show up in several different styles and forms. For example, the Agate form of Chalcedon has distinct bandings on it and comes in different colors whereas the flat layered kind is Onyx. All Chalcedony stones are grounding and balancing, but each kind will also bring its own unique properties to the table too.
Virtue and courage are ripe in the shimmer of the Sardonyx stone. This gem is all about not being intimated by others and seeking justice in ways that won’t put you at risk. It also cleanses the body.
Forever grounding, dark Onyx is all about mopping up negative energy and absorbing stress. For those who want an extra dose of protection, along with a stone that helps balance energies, Onyx is the one.
Comforting and calm, Jasper is here to help you through any time of stress and makes sure that you are free from the effects of EMF’s too. It also balances yin and yang energy. Find out more about Jasper.
Rich and nurturing and full of green Gaia energy, Moss Agate keeps you rooted, balances big emotions, and brings a breath of fresh air to your being. A stone of solid self-confidence and heart chakra energy.
A springtime stone that replaces despair with hope, this gem is awesome at giving the body, mind, and soul a solid cleanse so you can start afresh.
Blue Lace Agate
Beautiful and calming, Blue Lace Agate is excellent at helping facilitate smooth conversation and also bringing comfort and clarity to all who wear it. Find out more about the meaning of Agate.
A warrior stone drenched in strength and endurance, the Bloodstone is here to realign those lower chakras, boost your bravery, stabilize moods, and bring forth vitality and as much self-esteem as you need. Find out more about the meaning of Bloodstone.
A comforting stone that helps ground and eases depression, Botswana Agate cuts through toxic thought patterns and puts you on the path to stability.
Flashed with vibrant fiery energy, the Carnelian stone helps warm you up, brings abundance and joy, and stirs your soul back to life. This gem is excellent at kicking out pain, PMS, and can help fertility issues too. Find out more about the meaning of Carnelian.
Sometimes called Tree Agate, Dendritic Agate is a nervous system healer and encourages abundance and fullness so you can live a rich life. It also boosts the immune system helping the body be strong.
Gorgeously grounding, Petrified Wood directly links us to the earth so that all those anxieties can sink away and we can be left feeling fully cleansed and clear.
Chalcedony Healing Properties
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Charming as ever, Chalcedony is all about thought and flow. When people say take a breath before you speak, consider Chalcedony as that breath. It stops us from acting on quick impulse without first engaging our intuition and it always makes sure that whatever is simmering beneath the surface, gets a chance to flow from a positive place. Chalcedony is known for removing negative energies and making both our inner and outer space brighter. It takes us out of fear-based thinking and into sisterhood and generosity. Just like other blue stones, it facilitates thoughtful measured communication and can definitely be a dab hand at helping you through public speaking. In short, it’s a stone of peace, pause, and putting the right words in the right order.
As an orators stone, Chalcedony pays extra attention to all kinds of issues that are going on with the throat. From hoarseness to neck ache and even any upper respiratory or sinus infections that are going on, Chalcedony eases this and even makes sure that the fluid in your body is flowing right to ensure there’s no pressure blocking you up. It’s a great natural remedy for hayfever, allergies, and any kind of irritation and inflammation going on in the body. It also cuts back on some of the more extreme discomforts connected to OCD, Tourrettes, and Asperger’s too.
Mental & Emotional Healing
Above all else, Chalcedony is known for its fabulous balancing act. This stone swaps out self-doubt for peace and surety and razors any hostility to the ground to make way for harmony. It is a stone that calms big emotional patterns, bursts of anger, frustration, anxiety, and rising panic. By clearing away the confusion and smog of these emotions, you may find yourself better equipped to breathe deep and take a more measured approach to all that happens in life. Chalcedony encourages sweet speech, well-formulated opinions, and it helps you intuitively understand when it's best to bite the tongue or when it’s time to speak up.
Being an orator stone it comes as no surprise that Chalcedony excels when it comes to clearing those upper chakras and especially the throat chakra. This soft and balancing stone will shake out the folds in your vocal cords, removing any blockages that keep you chewing on your words or struggling to communicate what you truly want. Imagine the throat as a way of releasing pressure in the body, if blocked, all that energy just builds up inside until you are ready to blow. Chalcedony makes sure that’s not so by keeping your channel of energy open and clear from root to heart to throat.
While everyone who is drawn to Chalcedony should make place for it in their world, this stone is particularly suited to Sagittarians. As a Sagittarius birthstone, Chalcedony helps those born under this sign to aim their arrows straight and true and to bring their sometimes illusionary thinking back to a place of intuition. Those who keep Chalcedony close are able to stand in harmony with the body and the spirit and can also stand protected from any dark magic and psychic attacks too.
How to Use Chalcedony Healing Crystals
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One of the best ways to welcome the healing energy of Chalcedony into your life is to wear it close to the body. When gemstones are able to have direct contact with the skin, they are able to transmute that energy and work on a much deeper and conscious level. Wearing gemstones not only raises your own vibrations, but these stones also actively work to keep your chakras clear and your aura cleansed and surrounded by a protective light. It also helps you to set an intention every single day – by wearing Chalcedony you are letting the universe know that you want to be in balance.
You can also use Chalcedony before giving a speech, having a hard conversation, or doing any kind of public speaking. By pressing the stone to your lips or resting it on your throat even just for a moment – you infuse your voice with truth, power, and integrity too.
If you are looking for gemstones that can help lift up the healing powers of Chalcedony then Hematite is a highly protective and grounding stone that helps bring an extra layer of safety. Amethyst also backs up Chalcedony’s serene vibes. Amethyst is known for its spiritual depth and gentle level headed energy. To deepen that spiritual journey into balance and light the Violet Flame Opal is another good soulmate for Chalcedony. You can also use it with Yttrium Fluorite, Tourmaline, and Moldavite too.
How to Cleanse Chalcedony Stones
Take a moment once a month to cleanse your Chalcedony stone. You can do this easily by running it under tepid water and letting any built-up energy discharge. You can also leave it out in the rain if you want to infuse it with natures kiss. You can also use Hematite to help Blue Chalcedony discharge. To recharge your Chalcedony you can place it in an Amethyst Geode or you can simply place it in the moonlight for a few hours or the sunlight for a brief spell of time.
|Chemical Classification||Silicate mineral|
|Color||White, gray, blue, brown, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, black, and more|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent|
|Occurrence||Found worldwide, especially in hydrothermal veins, geodes, and nodules in sedimentary rocks|
|Formation||Forms from silica-rich solutions that precipitate in cavities and fractures in rocks|
|Diaphaneity||Translucent to opaque|
|Mohs Hardness||6.5 - 7|
|Specific Gravity||2.58 - 2.64|
|Diagnostic Properties||Waxy luster, often banded or patterned|
|Chemical Composition||Silicon dioxide (SiO2)|
|Optical Properties||Uniaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||nω = 1.530 - 1.539
nε = 1.532 - 1.540
|Birefringence||0.004 - 0.007|
|2V angle||60° - 90°|
|Other characteristics||Occurs in many colors and varieties, including agate, jasper, and onyx|
Chalcedony isn’t just a one-trick pony. This nurturing stone is for those who want to welcome balance and benevolence into their lives. Chalcedony smooths over the cracked edges making you soft and whole again without losing your sense of inner power. It reminds us that we can be soft and strong simultaneously. It strengthens our relationships with those around us (it’s a known brotherhood stone), and also helps us to remain open and enthusiastic for all the brightness of life.
What are your thoughts on Chalcedony? Does this stone soothe you? Which is your favorite kind – do you prefer the lullaby of soft Blue Lace Agate or does the ripeness of Carnelian call to you?