Agate, Blue Lace Tumbled Stones
Agate, Blue Lace Tumbled Stones

Agate, Blue Lace Tumbled Stones

Regular price $6.00 Sale

 

Blue Lace Agate 

  • Great for activating and healing the Throat Chakra.
  • Enhances verbal communication and expression.
  • Both a grounding and spiritual stone, allows one to bring their spiritual experiences into everyday reality.

Even though this stone is known as Blue Lace Agate, it isn’t a true agate at all. Instead, it belongs to the Chalcedony family — which is why it’s often confused with the more common Blue Chalcedony.

And, sadly, these beautiful stones are nearing extinction.

To date, the only known deposit of Blue Lace Agate was found on the farm Ysterputs 254 (meaning iron holes) in Namibia. The material exists in two different vein systems at Ysterputs, both of which were owned and mined by George Swanson since he discovered them in 1962. 

After several decades of operating the commercial mine, George retired and handed the mine down to his son Lionel. But after heavy activity since the ‘60s, the mine is no longer viable and safe to draw from. That means that no new Blue Lace Agate has entered the market in years — and none is expected in the foreseeable future, if at all.

The beautiful lacing, formed by the layers of material that have grown over time, is what separates Blue Lace Agate from common Blue Chalcedony. Over the last few years of the mine’s activity, the material removed from the earth had fewer and fewer bands, and the quality was starting to decrease.

Fortunately, we’ve sourced out tumbled stones from material removed from the mine in the early 1980s — which provides top-quality lacing and stunning blue color.

All tumbled stones are priced and sold individually, unless otherwise noted.

Due to the unique qualities in each stone, sizes can vary from 0.75 inches to 1.75 inches per stone.