|Chalcedony Gemstone Information
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Chalcedony is named for the ancient seaport of Chalcedon. In the third or fourth century AD, Greek seafarers wore chalcedony to avoid drowning. It was once believed that someone seeing the nocturnal phantoms took in disease through their eyes, but the "alkaline" content of chalcedony could remove it. The Bghai tribe in Burma believed that both good and bad spirits lived in their chalcedony fetishes.
ENHANCEMENT CODE N
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Refractive Index 1.535-1.539
Hardness = 6.5-7 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity = 2.60
Species - Chalcedony
Optic Character - aggregate
WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Usually safe
Steamer: Usually safe
Heat: Poor; color change may occur with heat
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid.
Host rock chipped away and partially polished.
Crystal system: Hexagonal fibrous aggregates, micro crystalline quartz
Blue - Africa
Lavender - United States
|November||Topaz or Citrine|
|December||Blue Topaz or Zircon|
|Cabochon is the popular cut used in jewelry for chalcedony.
Cabochons are smooth polished surfaces not faceted.
Common Cut Examples.