CHALCEDONY STONE ENCHANTS WITH ITS TEXTURE,COLOR AND APPEARANCE
In Van Cleef & Arpels’ “Alhambra” collection, chalcedony is featured on necklaces, pins, rings, and earrings in gray, blue, lavender, and milky white. This semi-precious stone, which adds charm and sparkle to the brand’s iconic four-leaf model, is also an essential element in the jewelry collections of brands such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Pomellato, Pasquale Bruni, Dior, and Chaumet.
The stone, called chalcedony, is actually a derivative of quartz (SIO 2) with a microcrystalline texture. Chalcedony still holds an important place in the antique jewelry of the world. Chalcedony played an important role in Mesopotamian, Hittite, Egyptian, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures. In Roman times, they were transported from the port of Kadiköy, now Istanbul, to new ports where they eventually became part of ancient jewelry. Chalcedony takes its name from the Kadiköy district, which was called Chalcedon at the time.
Known as the “blue gold” of Anatolia, this stone usually ranges in shades of blue from very light to very dark blue, almost white. mRarely, it is also found in a medley of colors, a mixture of brown and yellow, called chalcedony agate. The Romans believed that chalcedony protected them from negative energy, regulated their memotions, and brought them good luck, so they carved it into magical amulets, seals, miniatures, and jewelry, including rings, pins, bracelets, and necklaces.
With the fall of the Roman Empire, chalcedony lost its appeal as a decorative stone and disappeared from jewelry world for the time being. However, with the Renaissance and the birth of classicism, chalcedony’s powerful energy, unique nuances, and elegant appearance reappeared. Along with other colored stones such as carnelian, agate, sapphire, etc., chalcedony became an object of desire for aristocrats in luxurious and elegant jewelry. Today, chalcedony is still one of the most beloved decorative stones and a popular mineral used in all kinds of men’s and women’s jewelry.
With the ability to increase vitality, stamina, joy and energy, the stone is better known as African chalcedony … It is also mined in Chile, Tanzania, Mexico and Türkiye. The oldest quarry is the Eskisehir Chalcedony Quarry, which has been mining and producing the stone for 3,000 years. Mining with primitive methods since the 1970s, the quarry officially began mining in 1997 after a long hiatus, and exports its gemstones to many countries around the world. Because chalcedony is in lump form, it is suitable for any processing and is higher than other chalcedony mined around the world in characteristics such as color and clarity.
‘Kalsedon Istanbul, offers retail sales of Chalcedony jewelry in a boutique located next to the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul. In addition to jewelry, you can also purchase key chains and natural stones. Kalsedon Istanbul is also taking steps to export its elegant jewelry.