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Named after an ancient town on the banks of the Bosporus, chalcedony is porous silica with intergrowths of quartz and morganite minerals.
The earliest recorded use of chalcedony was for projectile points, knives, tools, and containers such as cups and bowls. Early man-made weapons and tools from many varieties of chalcedony are highlights of stone-age museum exhibits.
Legend has it that a thief bound for execution may find freedom and good luck if he slips a chalcedony under his tongue.
Today chalcedony is a popular gemstone as the material is beautiful, abundant, durable, reasonably priced, and the variability is nearly unlimited.
A gift of chalcedony is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming. Far from being only a winter gem, the chalcedony, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.
The beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings we have in our chalcedony jewelry collection provide an extraordinary glimpse into the multi-faceted personality of this beautiful gemstone. If you're a fine jewelry collector or an up-to-the-minute trend setter, you will find the chalcedony jewelry your heart desires at Ross-Simons.
Our jewelry designers have a special place in their hearts for chalcedony, and the more famous members of the chalcedony family. Bloodstones, carnelian, onyx and agates are prized for their variety of color and milky luster. Chalcedony takes well to carving and some of our finest chalcedony jewelry is presented in beaded necklaces.
The milky blue tones of the gem set up perfectly with turquoise and lapis, and chalcedony necklaces and chalcedony earrings work perfectly with blue jeans rings and sun dresses. Indeed the blue overtones are delightful when paired with sterling silver, and some of our most popular chalcedony rings are presented in sterling for an elegant, but casual appeal.
Chalcedony is relatively durable, rating 6-7 on the Mohs scale and is found in various forms the world-over.
While chalcedony is reasonably durable, it can take on scratches so care requires no more than a gentle polish with a soft cloth. Chalcedony's color can be influenced by sunlight and Ross-Simons recommends storage away from direct light. We suggest you keep your chalcedony in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use.