MINERAL OF THE MONTH: March 2012 – 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.


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