Chalcedony: It’s Back and Blue

We noted in our February issue that lavender chalcedony is fast becoming a hot commodity among gem artists and jewelry designers ("Lavender Chalcedony: A New Find," JCK, February 2001, p. 58). And that has sparked renewed interest in an old favorite—blue chalcedony. "It's been around a lot longer than I have been in the business," says Greg Fraser of Fraser-Chan Designs in Toronto. "I'm a relative newcomer though, just five years or so. But I have read articles about blue chalcedony in which people moaned about not buying truckloads of it in the '60s when it was dirt cheap." Blue chalcedony has been confused with the lavender material, but only when the two are not seen side-by-side. There is a somewhat subtle color difference, and both can vary in saturation and depth of color. "The material I use most is from a mine in Namibia, owned by Topstones, of South Africa," says Fraser. "

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