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Blue Chalcedony

Nebraska State Gemstone

Charm bracelet with blue lace agate teardrops and ovals and chalcedony rondells; photo by Complete Fragments on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Blue Chalcedony (Blue Agate)

Nebraska designated blue chalcendony (commonly called blue agate) as the official state gemstone in 1967. Blue chalcedony is a pale stone which sometimes has a dark internal form with bands of blue and white and often has a colorless streak. Blue agate is often used to make jewelry.

Blue agate is found in northwestern Nebraska, where it formed in wind-blown silt and claystone deposited in the Chadron Formation of the Oligocene Age.