Holly Blue Chalcedony
OR
HOLLY BLUE AGATE

Holly Blue Chalcedony is one of the most favored materials from the Northwest of today's jewelers outside of the Ellensburg Blue Chalcedony. Holly Blue was found in the hills around Sweet Home, Oregon till a major timber company bought all the surrounding land where this material was found and made it private property with NO TRESPASSING of any kind for what ever reason. This hurt the rock hound community as this was a material with such vibrant colors that ranged for a light blue to an almost lavender in color. Holly could fetch from $5.00 per pound to $35.00 a pound back in the days when the material was still being dug. Today, it's going from $35.00 per pound and upwards of $400.00 and $500.00 per pound for the choicer grade of this excellent material. As for the cut stones, either faceted or cabed, the stones are sold by the carat and fetch an excellent price for the hobbyist or the professional jeweler. It was not uncommon to attend a gem show at a local west coast city and find pounds of this material on dealers tables for just a couple of bucks. Now days the material is rarely seen in the average gem shows in the rough for sale and if you find any, it has been cut into cabs that have grown very expensive.
The material is of a quartz makeup and is a very hard material and being of the quartz family it takes a mirror polish and the higher domes of the cabs bring the most money. The material is almost always fractured as for the ground movement when this material was being formed. It is the custom that when you got the rough with the outer rhyolite that it was to be tumbled to get the outer crust off and then you were able to see the fracture lines and brake the larger chunks down to smaller ones that would then be free of the fractures. Sometimes the old timers would then go ahead and tumble the pieces to a mirror polish as then the most discrete of cutters could see what they were buying. This was always the case and with some dealers is still being practiced today.
Here at the shop we are carrying on that tradition in what we have in Holley Blue and have purchased some of the west coasts finest materials from a couple of the old time dealers that majored in this excellent material. Our supply is limited and our hopes are that we will have some for a while for your enjoyment to purchase for your jewelry needs.


AAA Grade material
This material is a rich blue color with a just a hint of lavender at times in some of the pieces.
$18.60 per ounce


AA Grade material
This grade of material is a beautiful vibrant blue in color but not as much as the AAA and is tumble polished.
$13.40 per ounce

All above prices are for a five-ounce minimum, please!


AA Grade with ryholite

This material has a beautiful medium blue color
$150.00 per pound


B Grade
This material has a sky blue color to it and has some darker spots in it and needs to be broke up and tumbled to achieve color variations
$40.00 per pound with a two-pound minimum order.


 

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