A type of banded chalcedony, blue lace agate belongs to the quartz family. Normally, it is delicately banded in multiple colors including (predominantly) light blue, bright blue, white, and brown. Agate is often referred to as “the earth rainbow,” as its naturally occurring concentric bands form almost every color that can be produced by the earth. This includes even a colorless variety. Historically, agate was discovered among artifacts of Neolithic people and has been used in the form of ornamentation and healing amulets dating all the way back to Babylon. It has also been used for medicinal purposes and later inspired a major polishing and stonecutting industry in Germany that still exists today. Blue lace agate is counted among the rarest and most popular of agates on the market today. It is commonly found in Namibia, South Africa, and exhibits a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale, a vitreous luster, and is opaque to translucent.
Metaphysically, like other agates, blue lace agate vibrates at a slower frequency and exhibits a lower intensity than most other stones. It is regarded as a stone of calm, support and stability, and is primarily associated with the throat chakra. If you struggle to communicate with others without letting your emotions get the best of you or commonly find yourself in high stress situations, try keeping a specimen of blue lace agate on your person. Additionally, this stone is known for its work in promoting new methods of growth and self expression. This tends to be especially important for men, who are more likely to have been taught to suppress their feelings from a young age. Men under the influence of blue lace agate might find themselves more aware of and accepting of their sensitivities and feelings– a benefit that girlfriends and wives everywhere might be grateful for. This stone is also said to make public speaking easier and more effective for students or those who speak publicly for a living (such as lecturers, teachers, workshop directors, and the like), enhance success for singers, aid nervous and tactless talkers, help the ability to keep secrets, provide clarity (including for imaginative children), and promote trust, composure, inner stability, security, self confidence and maturity. It may help to prevent post partum depression and stimulate lactation in new mothers. Just wear it between your breasts to enhance milk production.
Blue lace agate is also believed to provide physical healing benefits. Healers and receivers maintain that it effectively relieves swollen and aching glands in the neck, eases sore throats, aids issues of the thyroid, strengthens bones and treats bone deformity and arthritis, mends bone fractures, enhances brain function and health, alleviates gastritis and aids the digestive system, promotes health of the eyes and the hollow organs, heals skin conditions and irritations, soothes high blood pressure and tension headaches, cures fever, reduces seizures in those who suffer from epilepsy and lessens the occurrence of sleepwalking.