The name chalcedony (pronounced “kal-SEH-dony” or “chal-SEH-dony”) is an blanket term for many varieties of cryptocrystalline (small-grained) quartz. Often when jewelers and gemologists talk about chalcedony, they mean the white-to-blue variety, but we’ve also seen lovely specimens of black mystic chalcedony, and other types exist in almost every color. In fact, many forms of quartz are technically also forms of chalcedony: jaspers, agates, onyx — even petrified wood! The reason for this is that when Earth’s geological activity break up her abundant supply of quartz, small crystals often morph into something new, picking up all kinds of minerals and other stuff in the process.
Metaphysical uses: Chalcedony in a stone of balance, which can counteract any scattered tendencies, as when sometimes we want to have things both ways. Compromise and generosity, chalcedony’s gifts, encourage our better side. The stone fosters openness, agreeability, and personal charm. Its milky appearance suggests some of the properties historically associated with it; for example, Italian women traditionally wear chalcedony beads after childbirth for successful lactation. Chalcedony — especially the common blue kind — has a cool, soft quality soothes inflammation of the eyes, blood, and sexual organs.
Properties of Blue Chalcedony: Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) for enhancing group cooperation and communication, to aid in telepathy, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit, to enhance generosity by yourself or by others, to bring joy to any situation, to increase self confidence, to enhance enthusiasm, to stifle bad dreams, to cleanse wounds, to dispel dementia, and to regulate one’s circulation.
Properties of Pink Chalcedony: Use at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to aid one in recovering positive childhood memories, to aid in healing afflictions of the skin, to help one to value all life (even the tiniest creature), to instill compassion toward all living things, to connect with the energies of the Goddess Kuan Yin, and to balance the emotions.