Agate, Blue Gemstone Properties
If you're creating jewelry for "blue purists," try combining this semi-translucent stone with a variety of other blue beads--pale blue lace agate, blue fossil beads, or various shapes and shades of Austrian crystal. Enhance it by mixing it with complementary cool colors such as greens and lavenders. Or cool down warm yellows by using blue agate as an accent. Set the cabochons open backed in pendants so their blue glow shines through. People who love blue will just naturally gravitate toward you. Other people will know you have some magic that they want for themselves. They just won't know that it's all in the color!
If blue is your color (it is "the color" for millions), the jewelry you create with this vibrant sky blue agate will be a "must have." In its natural form, agate--especially South American agate--is often grey. The art of dyeing agate has been a closely guarded secret that's been perfected in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, one of the most important centers for cutting and dyeing since the early 16th century. With this brilliant blue, they've outdone themselves.
Blue is associated with truth, loyalty and reliability. Its importance for healing has been recognized since the Golden Age of Greece. It was revered in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations. Today, healers who work with color use blue stones for diagnosing and treating throat-related problems. And poise and serenity have always been associated with blue light. Even the expression "feeling blue" comes from blue's cool, sedative effect. No wonder even people who don't "love blue" are drawn to people who do.
|Mineral Information||Microcrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony, infused with iron|
|Hardness||6-1/2 - 7|
|Refractive Index||1.544-1.553|**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.
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