Agate, Crazy Lace (Yellow)
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!
Mineralogy of Crazy Lace Agate
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: White with layers of yellow, red, brown
Crystal System: (Trigonal), microcrystalline aggregates
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave), may vary with bands
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.
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.
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
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.
Agate’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.
Healing Properties of Yellow Crazy Lace Agate
Spiritual: Crazy Lace Agate is a playful stone that reminds 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 have a zany love affair with the Divine and model themselves after such Perfect Masters as Hafiz and Rumi. Yellow Crazy Lace Agate encourages us to follow our own spiritual path and leave dogma behind.Yellow 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 happiness and teaches us to not sweat the small stuff or allow worries to dictate our moods. It reminds us that in order to stay in balance we have to also be flexible and able to roll with the punches and follow our dance partners. Like all Agates, Crazy Lace Agate has a soothing and grounding energy that is subtle yet strong. Yellow 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 know and love us and have our best interests at heart.
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. Yellow Crazy Lace Agate reminds us that we have the ability to change and shape our thoughts, and by so doing we change our reality. When we are in a mental fog or feel emotionally exhausted, Crazy Lace Agate energy reminds us to shake it off by going out to play!
Physical: Crazy Lace Agate reminds us that laughter is the best medicine. It is said to help trigger the release of endorphins to relieve pain and reduce physical tension. Metaphysical healers often use it to boost the immune system and protect the heart. Yellow Crazy Lace Agate is particularly good for helping you take charge of your own healing regimen rather than waiting for others to fix you or tell you what to do.
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These tumbled Crazy Lace Agates were mined in Mexico and tumbled in Hong Kong.
I first met the Hong Kong tumbling company at the 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Despite their beautiful tumbled stones, I was reluctant at first to buy from them. Of particular concern was their tumbled coral, which I feared was illegally harvested from the wild. When I asked them, they told me their coral was actually grown in an Aquaculture. This underwater practice is also known as coral farming or coral gardening. The corals are grown in nurseries for the specific purpose of supplying the live coral and ornamental coral trades. Aquaculture is more than just a financial farming practice, it also is instrumental for teaching us how best to grow, maintain, and help preserve wild corals. After our conversation, I purchased from the tumbling company with confidence.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Crazy Lace Agate for you.
You can buy a single Crazy Lace Agate or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Crazy Lace Agate measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will have a visually pleasing pattern of white, yellow, red, orange, and/or creamy brown with wavy stripes and swirls. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their subtle shimmer and clean energies, these Crazy Lace Agates are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of Crazy Lace Agate
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