Be more kind, compassionate and loving.
Approach life with wonder and curiosity.
Trust in the inherent goodness of others.
Nurture and protect your inner child.
Let Pink Chalcedony delight your spirit!
Mineralogy of Pink Chalcedony
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Crystal System: Hexigonal/Trigonal
Fracture: Rough, brittle
Luminescence: Greenish-white (long wave) / Green (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Chalcedony is found worldwide, but the Pink variety is rare. Pink Chalcedony deposits have been found in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Morocco, Scotland, United States (Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah).
Mineral Family: Pink Chalcedony is a Silicate mineral. 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. Some of the minerals in this category are called Chacledony, some are called Agates, with others have unique names like Carnelian or Onyx. A plain pink stone without any band is usually called Pink Chalcedony or Pink Carnelian. If the pink areas are decorated with white bands, it is typically called Apricot Agate or Botswana Agate.
Formation: Pink Chalcedony 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. Chalcedony is formed when thin sheets of Quartz are layered with other minerals, creating a wide variety of colors and patterns. Trace particles of various impurities, including Iron, Manganese and/or Titanium give Pink Chalcedony its coloring.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock.
Enhancements: Pale Pink Chalcedony may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing. “Hot Pink” Chalcedony/Agate has been dyed.
History of Pink Chalcedony
In modern times the name Chalcedony is a large mineral family that includes all of the Agates and Jaspers, as well as many other unique stones. But in antiquity, the name Chalcedony referred to a specific translucent mineral whose color ranged from milky-white to pale blue. It was included in many early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.
Today Pink Chacledony may also be called Pink Carnelian, although the latter name is only used if the color is vivid, rather than pale. Likewise, if the Pink Chalcedony is striped with white bands, it may be called Apricot Agate, Botswana Agate or other similar names. All of those names are essentially marketing names rather than scientific ones.
The name Chalcedony is believed to come from the ancient seaport of Chacedon, which today is a district in modern Istanbul, Turkey. The earliest reference to Chalcedony dates back to the Byzantine Era and states, “The stone Chalcedony is bored in iron: he who wears it conquers.”1 A poem written around the same time described the stone as one which, “shines with a faint paleness. It comes between the hyacinth and the beryl. Anyone who carry it will, it is said, be successful in lawsuits.”2 From the medieval period onward, lapidaries linked Chalcedony to the weather and stated that it could offer protection from storms, both natural ones and those found in the heat of battle.
Early medical texts prescribed Chalcedony to strengthen the eyes and treat eye diseases, to increase lactation in new mothers, as well as a cure for depression. It was specifically suggested that Chalcedony be worn as a bead and strung on donkey’s hair for best results, regardless of what specific protection, healing or good luck, was desired from the stone!
When studying Chalcedony, it is beneficial to also explore donkey as a totem animal. Donkeys are hardworking, intelligent, and patient. They can be stubborn and resistant to change, but they are willing to serve others and work for the greater good. They thrive when offered kindness and humbly keep their faith in a better tomorrow.
1. Damigeron, Tran by Patricia P. Tahil, De Virtutibus Lapidum: The Virtues of Stones. (Seattle: Ars Obscura, 1989) p.48
2. Aberdeen University Library Translation and Transcription, Bestiary, The Aberdeen Manuscript. (1995)
Photos: Mini Donkey
Healing Properties of Pink Chalcedony
Spiritual: Pink Chalcedony brings out all our own best qualities and helps us to see, and bring out, the good qualities in others. It has a very warmhearted energy that makes us feel safe in the present and trust that the future will be alright too. During times when things feel bleak, it reminds us that all nights come to an end and that there are far more good people in the world than bad ones. Pink Chalcedony helps us to become a part of the brotherhood of humanity, and to know that we have an important part to play in bringing better balance and more goodness into the world. Pink Chalcedony protects us so that negativity cannot overwhelm us. It encourages us to listen more closely and to hear the words/fears that are not always said out-loud. Even though it can be hard to do, Pink Chalcedony encourages us to be willing to see the pain that others are experiencing and rather than recoiling in fear or disgust, allowing compassion and empathy to grow within us. Pink Chalcedony helps us to recognize the root cause behind negative emotions and events and to deal directly with the root, rather than getting distracted by all the offshoots. It also helps us to examine our own “stories” and find out whether they are true and good. If they aren’t true and good, then Pink Chalcedony helps us to shift our thoughts/actions until our stories are authentic and comforting. Pink Chalcedony encourages us to be generous and benevolent on all levels, emotionally, physically and financially. Pink Chalcedony is attuned to the Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer and Sagittarius. It is connected to the Element of Wind and vibrates to the number 9.
Emotional: Pink Chalcedony encourages us to be more kind and compassionate – to ourselves, to our loved ones and to strangers everywhere. It helps us to care more about other peoples’ well-being, without being fearful that their well-being must come at a cost to ourselves. Pink Chalcedony teaches us very simply that, “everyone should be taken care of”. Pink Chalcedony helps us keep things simple and to not allow fear to needlessly over-complicate things. Pink Chalcedony reduces anxiety and helps us to have more faith in ourselves and others. It also helps us to make good decisions on a practical level so that we don’t just “hope” for a better future, we do our part to make it a certainty. For people who have a tendency to worry themselves sick (either metaphorically or literally), Pink Chalcedony is very soothing especially in regards to sadness, fear, irritation and hostility. It calms us down, reminding us that we are safe and that we can effectively deal with whatever is bothering us. Pink Chalcedony helps us to create and maintain inner peace and health.
Mental: Pink Chalcedony inspires a childlike wonder of the world and the belief that miracles are possible and heroes will always win in the end. It encourages us to be open to new ideas and experiences and to climb out of mental ruts. Pink Chalcedony teases us that we are never too old to learn or to make a positive difference in the world. Pink Chalcedony inspires creativity and curiosity, while also reducing perfectionism. It helps us to recognize when something is “good enough” and to be proud of our accomplishments along each part of the journey, from beginner to master. Pink Chalcedony is an excellent talisman for historians, storytellers, therapists and writers. It is also good for anyone who is involved with community building or service.
Physical: Pink Chalcedony is used by metaphysical healers to explore/heal psychosomatic diseases as well as for heart problems and general immune system health. In particular, Pink Chalcedony is said to encourage the lymphatic fluids to flow smoothly, which in turn allows white blood cells to quickly reach infections and fight them effectively. Pink Chalcedony is also believed to help the body more easily assimilate vitamins and minerals. Pink Chalcedony is often used by metaphysical healers to improve breast health in both men and women, and to increase lactation in nursing mothers.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Pink Chalcedony
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Pink Chalcedony comes from Ysterputz Mine, a small mine in South Africa.
The mine most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Pink Chalcedony was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Pink Chalcedony Tumbled Stone
Color: Pink. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Pink Chalcedony
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