The Chalcedony family of rocks (microcrystalline quartz) includes agates and jaspers.
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.
Crazy Lace Agate is infused with iron and aluminum and has a pattern similar to lace.
Crazy Lace Agate can contain distorted bands, swirls, eyes, tubes and dots, hence the name Crazy Lace.
Occasionally it has interesting sagenitic inclusions.
Our Crazy Lace Agate cabochons come from lapidary material from the Sierra Santa Lucia of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Crazy Lace Agate was created in the cretaceous period, about 65-90 million years ago.
Mined since the 1950's, (the first commercial claim was filed in 1954), a huge amount of Crazy Lace Agate material has been consumed in the lapidary world.
There are current active claims, as well as inactive claims that are worked sporadically. The locations are in rugged territories and difficult to reach.
Crazy Lace Agate forms in veins and is encased in Limestone, making it difficult to recover. It is primarily recovered with explosives.
Agate has a hardness of about 7 on the Moh's scale, making the designer 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 of Crazy Lace Agate: In general Agates are said to be stabilizing and strengthening. It is believed they can help improve memory and increase energy.