Agate, Crazy Lace

$14.25

Healing Laughter

Be happy, relaxed, and trust yourself to do right.

Feel balanced and grounded while staying flexible.

Think and act positively and release negative beliefs.

Know that you will be supported and encouraged.

Let Crazy Lace Agate inspire you to have more fun!

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Healing Properties of Crazy Lace Agate

Spiritual: Crazy Lace Agate is a playful stone that joyful pushes us to approach the world with a sense of wonder, adventure and excitement. It teaches us that children, and those with a child-like heart, are closest to the Divine. Crazy Lace Agate is a fantastic talisman for mystics who are in the midst of a zany love affair with the Divine and model themselves after such Perfect Masters as Hafiz and Rumi.  Crazy Lace Agate encourages us to follow our own spiritual path and leave dogma behind. Crazy Lace Agate is attuned to the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Aries and Gemini. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the number 7.

Emotional: Crazy Lace Agate inspires lifelong happiness and contentment.  It reminds us to not sweat the small stuff and to know the difference between worries we can influence and worries that our outside of our control.  It reminds us that in order to stay in balance, we have to be flexible, rather than rigid.  Depending on the day, we may need to roll with the punches or we may need to relax our inhibitions and just dance.  No matter the day, Crazy Lace Agate encourages us to enjoy the present moment as best we can.  Like all Agates, Crazy Lace Agate has a soothing and grounding energy that is subtle yet strong.  Crazy Lace Agate is a stone of faith and trust, helping us to know that we are supported in our lives by the Divine as well as by those who love us and have our best interests at heart.  If we start to take ourselves too seriously, Crazy Lace Agate teases us until we loosen up.  It reminds us that having a relaxed and cheerful attitude will always make life a little easier and more pleasant for one and all.

Mental: Crazy Lace Agate is a fantastic stone for anyone who is working on changing their thought patterns to a more positive vibration. It helps us to look at our belief systems objectively and laughingly dismiss those beliefs which no longer serve us.  Crazy Lace Agate reminds us that we have the ability to change and shape our thoughts, and by so doing we change our reality. If we are in a mental fog or feel emotionally exhausted, Crazy Lace Agate encourages us to take a break and shake it off.  If we have a habit of constantly being busy and don’t have time to relax or play, Crazy Lace Agate will tease us relentlessly until our seriousness breaks.  It reminds us that all work and no play, makes us dull and unhappy.  Likewise, a rested mind and a contented soul, will always be more productive and creative.

Physical: Crazy Lace Agate reminds us that laughter is the best medicine. This isn’t just an old adage, laughter literally triggers the release of endorphins to relieve pain, decrease blood pressure and relax muscles.  In the short term, laughter increases our intake of air, stimulating the heart and lungs.  In the long term, it reduces the chemical stress reactions that weaken the immune system.  So Crazy Lace Agate urges us to laugh long and laugh often for a happy and healthy life!  Crazy Lace Agate is also a wise friend if we are feeling medically disempowered.  It helps us to be our own healthcare advocate, rather than waiting for someone else to fix us or tell us what to do. 

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Crazy  Lace Agate

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Crazy Lace Agate Slab, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate 

Chemical Composition: SiO2
Cleavage: None
Color: White with layers of yellow, red, brown
Crystal System: (Trigonal), microcrystalline aggregates
Form/Habit: Cryptocrystalline
Fracture: Uneven
Gravity: 2.6-2.64
Hardness: 6.5-7
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave), may vary with bands
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Translucent, opaque

Location: Agates are found all over the world. Crazy Lace Agate, both yellow and red varieties, are found predominately in Chihuahua, Mexico.crazy lace mine locations

Mineral Family: Crazy Lace Agate is a rare type of Agate and a Silicate mineral. Agate is a tiny twig on a far off branch of the crystal family tree. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Agate). All microcrystalline Quartz falls under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Agate. Crazy Lace Agate is a relatively rare type of Agate with stripes in a variety of colors, including white, red, yellow, purple/blue, and brown, that form waves and swirls, similar to lace.

Formation: Crazy Lace Agate is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rock. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Agates are formed when thin sheets of Quartz are layered with other minerals, creating a wide variety of colors and patterns.  

Mining: Agates are the primary product of mines located around the world. Typically Agates are found in their primary deposits and still have their original relationship with the host rock. Agates are usually ball or almond-shaped nodules ranging in size from a fraction of an inch to several yards in diameter. If the Agate fills the entire hollow space left by the gas bubble, it is called an Agate Almond. If a hollow remains in the center, it is called an Agate Geode.  

Crazy Lace Agate Mine
Sierra Santa Lucia Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico

Enhancements: Agates have been dyed to artificially enhance their colors and patterns since, at least, the Roman Era. As a general rule, the more vivid the coloring, the more likely it has been dyed. This is particularly true if the color is vivid while the price is cheap! Crazy Lace Agate has striking and vivid coloring yet is completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Mexican Agate, Happy Lace, Laughter Stone

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Polished Crazy Lace Agate SlabSierra Santa Lucia Mine

 

History of Crazy Lace Agate

Crazy Lace Agate is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  According to Mexican lore, Crazy Lace Agate was used in ancient times to placate the gods and to bring courage.

Archaeological evidence amply shows that Agates have been treasured since the very earliest times. Agates have been found in many Stone Age graves and appear to have been kept either for their beauty or perhaps for their energetic power. Early lapidaries, dating as far back as 3000 BCE, referenced seals, rings, beads, and other ornaments which were carved out of Agate. The Sumerians were the first to describe the power of stones and stated that wearing Agate gave a person special favor with the gods.

CoahuilaceratopsAgate’s modern name was first used by the Greek writer Theophrastus (372-287 BCE) who suggested that all Agates came from a Sicilian River then called the Achates River, and today known as the Dirillo River. (Agates are still found along this river today.) In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) repeated Theophrastus’ claim and further stated that looking at Agate rested the eyes and that sucking on a piece of Agate could quench thirst. As a result of these beliefs, Agate was still being prescribed by druggists for treating eye conditions as recently as the early 20th century.

Crazy Lace Agate was first documented in 1895, but it was not until the mid-20th century that they were actively mined. While most Agates in the region were formed roughly 38-44 million years ago, Crazy Lace Agate is found exclusively in a limestone layer dating back to the much older Cretaceous Age (90-64 million), the final period of the Dinosaur Era. Crazy Lace Agate was thus formed around the same time that Coahuilaceratops with his four-foot horns, was roaming Northern Mexico.

Photos: Coahuilaceratops

Ethically Sourced Crazy Lace Agate

 

The Miners sell to a Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer. 

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.

The Mine and wholesaler are in neighboring countries.

 

 

The Mine

This Crazy Lace Agate is from a small mine in Sierra Santa Lucia, Chihuahua, Mexico

Conditions would be safe for miners and the mine has a low environmental impact.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary & Export Company

This Crazy Lace Agate was tumbled in China.

Lapidary factories in China are typically safe for workers.

The Crazy Lace Agate was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.    

The Importer is a husband and wife business without any employees.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met this wholesaler on the last day of the 2017 Denver Gem Show.  I took one glance at their booth and realized that we buy from many of the same sources.  We also love the same size of stones and the same high quality.  But while virtually every other source sells in bulk bags, this wholesaler allows me to handpick the best and leave the rest.  We are usually pretty good at playing by the rules of the mineral industry and don’t discuss sourcing.  But I know.  And they know, I know.  And I know, they know, I know.   We’re a very knowledgeable group.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, this relationship has deepened considerably since I have been able to restock with them when it’s impossible to buy from my usual suppliers in South Africa and China.  This wholesaler has built up a considerable crystal stockpile that they are sharing with me.  They invite me to their home and allow me to handpick for hours.  When the shopping is done, we share a bottle of wine and talk.  Lately we’ve been breaking the rules of the industry – we’re talking quietly but openly about ethical sourcing.

Safe Handling of Crazy Lace Agate

Crazy Lace Agate

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Crazy Lace Agate

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Mexico

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Multicolored, typically yellow, red, gray and white.
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape:  Rounded irregular shapes
  • Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 0.6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

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