Chalcedony: The Gem That Nurtures
The use of chalcedony can be traced back as far as the Bronze Age when rings were made with it as the gemstone. It was also a popular choice for seals, as hot wax will not stick to it, and examples of these have been found dating back as far as 1800BC. Native American Indians believed chalcedony promoted feelings of wellbeing and good will and so it became known as the gem that nurtures these positive attributes. It appears in several different colors and is found in several places across the world, including Brazil, France, India, Germany, Mexico and the USA.
Characterized by small flakes and scales, Aventurine is a compact form of chalcedony that most often is green. It can help with creativity and motivation leading to prosperity and wealth. Green chalcedony means luck, and Aventurine is the luckiest of all crystals. It does also sometimes appear as an orange, brown or gray gemstone.
It’s not just the mainly pink color that gives the Chalcedony Rose its name, but it is also because it often resembles a rose in its shape. Known as the ‘Stone of Hope’, it encourages faith in the being, and to not to let go of dreams. It will help with perseverance as the ups and downs of life are traveled, always keeping goals in focus and fighting against depression and low moods.
Possibly one of the best-known versions of this gemstone, it is often used in jewelry because it is inexpensive. First discovered in what is now Sicily between the third and fourth centuries BC, it is often found by volcanoes. It appears in a large variety of colors and patterns, and no two agates are the same. Agate radiates a soft strength that connects with the energy of the earth, bringing harmony to all aspects of physical, spiritual and emotional being.
The orange version of chalcedony promotes courage and confidence. It was often worn by warriors when they went to war, and in ancient times was used to protect the dead on their journey into the after-life. It encourages ambition and drive helping you on the way forward of life’s path. It will also help in the reproductive regions of the body stimulating sexual energy.
Healing crystals of all types are semi precious stones that harness the energies of the sun, moon and oceans connecting us to the earth as soon as we come in contact with them. Their healing powers have been known and used for centuries and the many variations of chalcedony are not all of them by any means. However, chalcedony is known as the nurturing stone because it can help in so many different areas of life. It encourages when it is needed and enhances life by absorbing negative energy and replacing it with more positive feelings. It will put your mind and body into balance assisting you with coping with the everyday trials and tribulations we all have to endure.