Blue Chalcedony

"I think the idea of purple and lavender chalcedony being lumped with blue chalcedony dates from the yo-yo who coined the term 'Holly Blue,'" says gem cutter—gemologist Will Johnson, owner of Premier Gem Design in Ellensburg, Wash. Ellensburg is known for its blue—not lavender—chalcedony. Holly Blue, found in Holly, Ore., is lavender—not blue—according to Johnson. "This guy should be drawn and quartered for the confusion he's caused. I've cut hundreds of pounds of Holly. None of it was remotely blue." And so it goes. Call a supplier and ask for blue chalcedony and they will most likely send you some stones in the purple-to-violet-to-lavender ranges, along with some true blue chalcedony. That's because all these colors have some blue or gray that your client might appreciate. Quickly now, purple is a bluish-red. Lavender is a reddish-blue. And violet is a purplish-blue. Chal

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