Crazy lace agate (also known as Mexican Agate) is young in comparison to many other minerals on Earth. Found exclusively within the area known as Chihuahua, in Northern Mexico, this lacy agate is known not only for its stunning banded patterns, but its powerful healing energies as well. Crazy lace agate is believed to have been created in the cretaceous period, about 65-90 million years ago.
Since it's only found in Mexico, crazy lace agate retains much of the energy of that area, in particular the tribal energies from ancient cultures that are still surrounded in mystery. There is evidence this agate was worn as an amulet by the earliest inhabitants of Mexico for endurance and courage in battle.
Crazy Lace Agate Metaphysical Properties
Similar to other agates and silica rocks, crazy lace agate is a good general healing stone. Crazy lace agate is commonly referred to as the "laughter stone," or "happy lace." It's a balancing and protecting stone, believed to ward off the "evil eye," bringing joy and absorbing emotional pain.
Crazy lace agate helps to increase one's energy and encourage concentration so that one can stay on task and complete goals much easier. This stone's help with focusing makes it a great stone for those with ADHD. It is said this stone promotes inner stability, composure and maturity and its warm protective properties encourage security and self-confidence.
Crazy Lace Agate Geological Properties
Crazy lace agate (also known as Mexican Agate) is a banded chalcedony (microcrystalline quartz) that's infused with iron and aluminum and is often brightly colored and complexly patterned. This produces the creamy browns, blacks, greys and golds (and occasional pinks or reds) swirled together in this stone. This stone is found exclusively within the area known as Chihuahua, in Northern Mexico.
Microcrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony--often infused with iron and aluminum
Whites, brown, blacks, greys, golds, pinks
6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)
2.60 - 2.65
1.544 - 1.553
Proper Care of Crazy Lace Agate
Clean crazy lace agate using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Although it has a high hardness, crazy lace agate can still be scratched or damaged by gemstones with a higher hardness, as well as other materials. Avoid using household chemicals when cleaning crazy lace agate beads, components or jewelry. This stone can be sensitive to heat, especially if they are dyed stones, and prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade color-enhanced types. Store crazy lace agate inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth.
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Designing with Crazy Lace Agate
Crazy lace agate's colors and designs are like a wonderful quilt you want to wrap around you. Creamy browns, blacks, golds and occasional pinks swirl together creating complex patterns that make this a unique agate. Combine it with other earth-colored gemstones or use it alone. Whether you use it in strands, earrings or pendants, it complements autumn fashions or makes a welcome change of pace from the bright colors of summer. Use it wherever you want to combine calmness, earth tones and your own uniqueness.
**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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