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Country of Origin: Russia, Africa, Australia, Brazil, USA, Chile, Romania
General information: Crazy Lace Agate is also known by the name of "Laughter Stone", "Happy Lace", or "Mexican Agate". It is associated with sunny Mexican fiestas and dancing, and brings joy to those who wear it. Historically, Agate has been discovered with the artifacts of Neolithic people, and was used as a healing amulet and ornamentation dating back to Babylon. Agate sparked a world renowned stone cutting and polishing industry in Germany that flourished from the 15th to the 19th century, and exists today.
Physical Properties: Crazy Lace Agate is a variety of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. It is predominantly white, with layers of creamy browns, blacks and grays. Some include layers of yellow ochre, gold, scarlet and red. Agate is sometimes called the "earth rainbow" because the concentric bands in nature form nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form.
Metaphysical properties: Crazy Lace Agate is said to help people stay focused. It is also a balancing and protective stone. It bring laughter and absorbs emotional pain. This agate is useful as a protective amulet when travelling, and is especially effective against traffic accidents, that is why it is also said to ward off the "evil eye".