The Opal Outlet Shop continues to offer a wide variety of gemstones. I have consolidated my inventory and will offer small batches of jewelry-ready gemstones.
Chalcedony 026 (White)
8.1 x 6 mm Oval
THE GEMSTONE CHALCEDONY
Chalcedony is the form of Quartz that is compact and microcrystalline. It occurs in many different forms, colors, and patterns, and many varieties have been used as gemstones since antiquity. In the gemstone trade, the term Chalcedony is often used specifically to describe the white, gray, or blue translucent type of Chalcedony, but its technical term includes all additional varieties.
Chalcedony is found in all types of colors, and its varieties are named based on color. The variety Agate is a multicolored form, well known for its distinctive banding patterns. Some forms of Chalcedony, such as Chrysoprase, are intensely colored, while others are light. In blue Chalcedony, the deeper the color, the more desirable the gemstone.
Chalcedony is the source of a host of different gemstones. Most gem forms are polished as cabochons and beads for use in bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and as costume jewelery. They are also used as animal carvings and cameos. Besides for all the named varieties that are used as gems, the translucent gray and blue forms of Chalcedony have recently gained much popularity.
CHALCEDONY TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS
Chalcedony is sometimes dyed to create more vibrant colors. This is especially true of vivid blue, red, and pink colors. White Chalcedony is also occasionally dyed light blue to resemble natural blue Chalcedony.
Chalcedony is abundant and found worldwide, with individual sources too numerous to mention.