Chalcedony Meaning and Benefits.



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Chalcedony Meaning – General Information.

Chalcedony or Calcedony can be considered as an individual crystal type as well as a family or group name. It is a catch-all term that includes many well-known varieties of cryptocrystalline Quartz gemstones. Furthermore, each of these varieties has its own distinct characteristics that allow it to stand apart.

Chalcedony is a fibrous cryptocrystalline form of silica with very fine intergrowths of Quartz. It is a semi-precious stone that occurs in many shapes and can assume a wide range of colours. However, those most commonly seen are white to grey, greyish-blue or a shade of brown ranging from pale to nearly black. Green,  Red, Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Orange also occur. It is a dense, more or less translucent stone, with a wax-like lustre, a hexagonal crystal system, and a Mohs hardness factor of 6.5 – 7.  It occurs in sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.

Chalcedony comes from the Latin ‘calcedonius’. Also derived from the name of the ancient Greek town Khalkedon in Asia Minor, today the Kadıköy district of Istanbul.


Chalcedony Meaning – History.

Because of its abundance, durability, and beauty, Chalcedony is amongst the earliest raw materials in use by humankind. Primitive men made weapons and tools from Chalcedony as well as utilised it for ceremonial purposes and personal adornment.

People living along the Central Asian trade routes used various forms of Chalcedony. They used it to carve intaglios, ring bezels (the upper faceted portion of a gem projecting from the ring setting), and beads that show a strong Greco-Roman influence. It has been in use from as early as the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean region. Recovery of Chalcedony seals dating to circa 1800 BC has taken place at the Palace of Knossos, on Minoan Crete.

Further examples of first-century objects made from Chalcedony, possibly from the Kushan Empire, were found in recent years at Tillya-tepe in north-western Afghanistan. Hot wax would not stick to it so it was often useful for making seal impressions.

The Romans prized it for seals, and the Victorians carved it into an endless array of cameos and intaglios. Chalcedony appeared throughout the Renaissance, for magic, health and safety. Prized by engravers across the ages, with many coloured varieties cut and polished into ornamental stones, today.

Chalcedony is one of the gemstones that are used in commesso, also called Florentine mosaic. This is a technique of fashioning pictures with thin, cut-to-shape pieces of brightly coloured semiprecious stones. The system developed in Florence in the late 16th century. Commesso pictures are used mainly for tabletops and small wall panels. They also range from emblematic and floral subjects to landscapes.

At least three varieties of Chalcedony were in the Jewish High Priest’s Breastplate.

Considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, Chalcedony is also a nurturing stone that promotes brotherhood and goodwill.


Chalcedony Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.

Chalcedony promotes calm and peace. It brings the body, mind, emotions and spirit into harmony. Chalcedony instils feelings of benevolence and generosity and creates openness and enthusiasm. It alleviates self-doubt.  It lessens hostility and transforms melancholy into joy. Absorbs and dissipates negative energy along with negative thoughts, emotions and bad dreams. It is useful for banishing fear, hysteria, depression, mental illness and sadness. It stimulates creativity and may also assist with telepathy. Chalcedony eases self-doubt and ushers a helpful peace to inner reflection. It can remove hostility and encourage light-hearted optimism.



Chalcedony Meaning – Healing. 

Chalcedony improves mineral assimilation and also combats mineral build-up in veins. It lessens the effects of dementia and senility and may help soothe the symptoms of autism and Asperger’s disease, bipolar, Tourette’s syndrome, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. It increases physical energy. Mothers can use it to increase lactation, and it also fosters the maternal instinct. It is a powerful cleanser, reduces fever, and heals the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system. It helps alleviate hay fever and other respiratory problems.


Tips for Using Chalcedony.

  • Wear Chalcedony to absorb and dissipate negative energy.
  • Hold Chalcedony to remove hostility and encourage light-hearted optimism.
  • Place Blue Chalcedony in the home to encourage stillness and calm and peace.
  • Wear Blue Chalcedony around the neck to overcome stage fright and also the fear of public speaking.
  • Take Chalcedony on your daily trip to work and enjoy its beneficial energy.
  • Keep Chalcedony at work to open your mind to new ideas.
  • Have Chalcedoy nearby to foster stability during ceremonial activities.
  • Carry Chalcedony as it helps to alleviate allergies, hay fever, and other respiratory problems.
  • Put Chalcedony in your pocket to ease any self-doubt you may be carrying.
  • Hold Blue Chalcedony to calm and settle any bouts of irrational anger, fear, panic or anxiety.

Specific Colours.

In addition to the generic healing properties of Chalcedony, specific colours have additional attributes:

Blue Chalcedony
Blue Chalcedony.

Blue Chalcedony is a creative stone that imparts mental flexibility and verbal dexterity. It also stimulates the ability to learn new languages and improves memory. Blue Chalcedony promotes a feeling of lightheartedness, as well as the ability to look forward optimistically, and improves self-perception. It enhances the immune system. Furthermore, it has an anti-inflammatory effect and lowers temperature and blood pressure. It aids the regeneration of mucus membranes and heals the lungs. It also clears the respiratory system of the effects of smoking.

Blue Chalcedony is a powerful aid for communicating with Spirit. Moreover, it can support speaking in tongues, or the language of Light. It is beneficial for repairing wounds and clearing deep anger patterns in the energy field. It stimulates telepathy and all communications with the invisible realms. Furthermore, it assists in remembering past lives and articulating regained wisdom.

Pink Chalcedony
Pink Chalcedony.

Pink Chalcedony is a spiritual stone that encourages empathy and inner peace and creates a deep sense of trust. It encourages kindness and brings out a sense of childlike wonder and willingness to learn new things. It will help reassure children during a divorce. Furthermore, it is also good for helping adopted, foster or stepchildren who may be feeling insecure. It is also a great stone for first-time mothers and quite useful for any post-natal difficulties. It will also help to relieve shock and trauma.

White Chalcedony.

White Chalcedony instils feelings of benevolence and generosity. Removes hostility and transforms melancholy into joy.


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First presented in the Nov 2011 Newsletter, and edited Jan ’23 for inclusion here.

© Ron and Sue Windred.
Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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