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Crazy Lace Agate

Crazy Lace Agate is a sagenitic banded semi precious gemstone chalcedony (microcrystalline quartz) that is infused with iron and aluminum. Creamy browns, blacks, grays and golds (and occasional pinks or reds) swirl together in these gemstone cabochons, creating complex patterns that make this a unique and lovely agate. This Crazy Lace Agate is from the Sierra Santa Lucia of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Mined since the 1950's, a huge amount of Crazy Lace Agate material has been consumed in the lapidary world. Crazy Lace Agate forms in veins and is encased in Limestone, making it difficult to recover.

Agate has a hardness of about 7 on the Moh's scale, making the degsigner cabochons excellent for jewelry. The name is derived from its occurrence at the Achates River in southwestern Sicily.

In many traditions agate is believed to cure the stings of scorpions and the bites of snakes, soothe the mind, prevent contagion, quiet thunder and lightning, secure the favor of the powerful, and bring victory over enemies.

Metaphysical Properties: In general Agates are said to be stabilizing and strengthening. They improve memory and increase energy.