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MINERAL OF THE MONTH

March 2012 - Mexican Crazy Lace Agate

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate

The mineral of the month for this update is Mexican Crazy Lace agate. Crazy lace agate, also known as Mexican agate, is an attractive, multi-colored agate that is patterned like a beautiful, multicolored paisley cloth. It is found in Northern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua. This is the largest of the 31 Mexican states – slightly larger than Great Britain.

Although Mexican agates were first documented in 1895, it wasn't until some 50 years later that a few American rockhounds found a few small agates not far from the newly constructed highway they were travelling between Ciudad Juárez and Ciudad Chihuahua. Many different types of agates are found in this region, mostly in isolated deposits within andesites, rhyolites, and ash flow tuffs that range in age from 38 to 44 million years old. The only exception is Mexican Crazy Lace Agate which is uniquely found in a limestone layer of Cretaceous age (90 to 65 million years old). The Crazy Lace deposit is located southwest of Villa Ahumada.

In ancient times, this agate was worn to placate the gods, and to give courage. It will improve eyesight, illuminate your mind, allow you to be more eloquent, and give vitality. It keeps the wearer well-balanced, focused, and improves ability to accomplish goals and overcome adversity. Like other agates and silica rocks, Crazy Lace agate is a good general healing stone.

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate
Mexican Crazy Lace Agate
Mexican Crazy Lace Agate
Crazy Lace Mexican Agate

 


Mineral of the Month Archives

May 2007: Rainbow Fluorite

June 2007: Lake Superior Michipicoten Agate

July 2007: Labadorite

August 2007: Rain Flower Agate

Fall 2007: Malachite

December 2007: Nepheline Syenite

January 2008: Native Copper

February 2008: Amazonite

June 2012: Moqui Marbles

March 2008: Lake Superior Agate

April 2008: Shadow Agate

May 2008: Apohpylite

June 2008: Ocean Jasper

Summer 2008: Marra Mamba Tiger's Eye

September 2008: Mohawkite

October 2008: Mexican opal

November 2008: Prehnite

December 2008: Picture Jasper

January 2009: Sea Shell Jasper

February 2009: Polychrome Jasper

March 2009: Selenite Desert Rose

Spring 2009: Coyamito Agate

July 2009: Obsidian Needles

August 2009: Goethite

September 2009: Banded Iron Formation

Fall 2009: Fairburn Agate

March 2010: Fossilized Dinosaur Bone

April/May: 2010 Kentucky Agate

June 2010: Nantan Meteorite

July 2010: Mookaite Jasper

Aug/Sept 2010: Polyhedroid Agate

Fall 2010: Ammonite Fossil

Winter 2011: Argentina Condor Agate

Spring 2011: Petrfied Wood

September 2011: Petoskey Stones

January 2012: Mary Ellen Jasper

March 2012: Mexican Crazy Lace Agate

September 2012: Chlorastrolite Greenstone

March 2013: Jacobsville Sandstone

August 2013: Unakite

November 2013: Skip-an-Atom Agate

April 2014: Tiger's Eye

September 2014: Black Corundum

February 2015: Condor Agate

June 2015: Petoskey Stone

November 2015: Slag

June 2016: Lake Superior Copper Replacement Agates

August 2016: Puddingstone


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