Chalcedony, Moroccan Stones
Moroccan Chalcedony is a fairly recent find in the gemstone world. These botryoidal Chalcedony specimens were first discovered in 2015 and introduced into the U.S. by one Moroccan mine owner at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in early 2016.
These interesting looking pieces instantly took off in popularity and now go by several different names — including Witch’s Wart Stone, Witches Wart Stone, Womb Stone and Truffle Chalcedony.
This listing contains both tumbled Moroccan Chalcedony and Raw Moroccan Chalcedony nodule specimens. You can see photo examples of each on this page, and choose the specimen you desire using the dropdown box above.
Most of these Chalcedony specimens to date are found near the Moroccan Sahara Desert, which lends to the gemstone’s tan and fawn, desert-like coloring.
Each Chalcedony stone has its own appearance, with its shape lending to its different healing properties and names. More on that in the FAQ below.
What Does Moroccan Chalcedony Look Like?
Chalcedony is a gemstone and a variety of the mineral Quartz. To get really technical, it is a Cryptocrystalline Quartz.
Chalcedony is a form of quartz made up of microscopic or submicroscopic crystals. Although they're nearly impossible to see in most specimens, Chalcedony aggregates fibrous quartz crystals that grow parallel to one another.
Some experts refer to Chalcedony as a type of microquartz. The material also typically includes a large base of Mogánite — a silica mineral that can make up between 1% and 20% of the entire specimen. As the stone ages, the Mogánite converts to quartz.
Chalcedony can also appear as a geode, with the popular Dugway Geode as a prime example.
Many Chalcedony specimens contain small trace amounts of water or other fluid that becomes trapped during the stone’s major growth stage.
Chalcedony in general can vary in color from white to pale blue or dove blue, often with a stripe patterning. You can also find this gem in shades of apple green, which is also known as onyx. Chalcedony in pinks, reds and browns a variety of Carnelian. Some Chalcedony also appears as a copper color.
The coloring of traditional Chalcedony makes it a favorite of jewelers who work in Sterling Silver and can pair it with a Jasper or other crystal specimen. Moss Agate is a popular pairing with Chalcedony.
Moroccan Chalcedony, on the other hand, has a waxy lustre and appearance that you can not mistake for any other variety of Chalcedony. This botryoidal rock comes in shades of browns and tans, often with multiple orbs, or balls, that make up its unique shape. Some portions of Moroccan Chalcedony may appear so dark that they looked burned. This is a natural part of the formation of this gemstone that comes from its mineral inclusions.
Because of its odd shape, you are better served using tumbled Moroccan Chalcedony for jewelry, as the raw Moroccan Chalcedony may have too odd of a shape to display properly.
Some forms of Chalcedony work great as jewelry — and are often found as the setting for a pendant, ring, necklace, or earrings. Moroccan Chalcedony, on the other hand, is better used as a display or carrying piece.
While each stone is totally unique and very few Moroccan Chalcedony specimens — either tumbled or raw — look the same, there are certain subsets and shapes that have their own properties and names. We’ll get into those next.
Why is Moroccan Chalcedony Also Called Womb Balls?
Womb Stone — also known as Womb Balls — are rounded, semi-spherical natural Chalcedony shapes that appear to look like a womb. These are like large un-drilled beads with a rough texture and form. Some Womb balls also have a small protruding nodule that looks like a head emerging from the womb.
As you might expect, these specimens are often associated with fertility and parenthood. As such, Womb Balls are thought to improve functions of the reproductive system in both males and females.
Womb Balls can stimulate libido and may boost production and quality of both sperm and eggs — which prepares the womb for the coming child.
Why is Moroccan Chalcedony Also Called Witch’s Warts Stone?
Moroccan Chalcedony that is not spherical and shows more of the botryoidal “bubbly” shape are nicknamed as Witch’s Warts Stone, or Witches Warts Stone. This is because the shape — especially with the brown or black noduled end — often gives the appearance of the warts that appear on fictional witch faces throughout history.
As such, these are tremendously popular stones around Halloween and remain favorites for those who enjoy a little witchery in their lives during the other 11 months of the year.
What are the Healing Properties of Chalcedony?
Chalcedony and Agate were favorite materials of ancient artisans who crafted statues to the Gods from these rigid specimens.
Chalcedony in general is a stone that stimulates the Throat Chakra and is thought to fight against hoarseness, tonsillitis, vocal cord problems and varicose veins. It is also a gemstone that can work to calm inflammation of the throat due to illness or injury.
Chalcedony is also a powerful rock for activating the Root Chakra to build a deeper connection with Mother Earth.
By grounding your energy, thoughts and emotions to this greater plane, you can slow your entire being and dispel the negative energy around you.
Moroccan Chalcedony is also known as a calming stone that helps you become more in touch with yourself and your surroundings. As you clear your mind, you can come to terms with what is most important to you and your spiritual path.
According to various literature, Moroccan Chalcedony belongs to the Cancer and Sagittarius Zodiac signs.
What Color is Chalcedony Naturally?
Chalcedony has a waxy luster, and often appears as a semi-transparent or translucent material. Chalcedony is found throughout the world in a wide range of natural colors — the most common of which are white to gray, grayish-blue or a shade of brown ranging from pale to nearly black.
Perhaps the most popular form of Chalcedony is Blue Lace Agate — which, despite its name — is actually a member of the Chalcedony family.
True Blue Lace Agate is often confused with more common Blue Chalcedony because of its name. In reality, Blue Lace Agate only comes from one mine in South Africa. There are similarly looking stones from Malawi and other locales — but they are not true Blue Lace.
Unfortunately, the lone Blue Lace Agate mine in the world has been shut down for some time as it is no longer safe to mine. Maybe that will change one day. But, until then, these stones are becoming harder and harder to find.
Can You Put Chalcedony in Water?
Since Chalcedony derives from a form of Quartz, it is completely water safe. In fact, some practitioners recommend cleansing and recharging your Chalcedony stones once a month by soaking or rinsing them in warm water.
Chalcedony is also an aquarium safe gemstone — as long as it is not treated in oils or other harsh materials.
Interested in Moroccan Chalcedony?
Whether you are looking for tumbled Moroccan Chalcedony or Raw Moroccan Chalcedony, you are sure to find a stone with a unique personality, as well as a shape and texture that you will love to hold in your hand.
We are pleased to hand-pick every Moroccan Chalcedony specimen we have and ship each piece with love from our business home in Florida. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in bulk Moroccan Chalcedony — both tumbled or raw — for your home or business.
You will receive one stone, which has a size and shape that may vary due to each stone being unique in color and form. Most stones range between 0.6"-1.2"