Blue Lace Agate is a gentle blue banded Agate, a Chalcedony mineral that belong to the Quartz family. Originally found in Sicily, Agates were named for the Achetes River. The Earth Ecology Awards selected blue lace agate as their symbol for World Ecology in 2007, based on its visual similarity to the Earth from space. Blue Lace Agate is rare. Best specimens come from South Africa. It can also be found in Romania.
An extreme geological event caused quartz materials and crocidolite (the mineral responsible for the blue hue) to liquify and fill cracks and cavities within the surrounding terrain. The Quartz filled stones were periodically submerged and cooled during ancient times, as the tectonic forces gradually subsided. This created irregular layers and fractures within the Agate, adding to its lacy pattern.
Blue Lace Agate is 7 on Mohs scale, with a white streak and a vitreous lustre. It has an opaque to translucent transparency and it is naturally found in white, light blue, grey blue banded colors.
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The NW Native American tribes held a high regard for this blue agate. The Chief was sometimes the only individual allowed to wear these agates. It was essential for a Chief to have one. Native Americans even tried to trade their blue treasures with the new settlers, but the latter could not see the value in a blue rock.