鹽源瑪瑙產於四川省涼山彝族自治州鹽源縣,地質疏鬆、環境惡劣、交通不便,極易發生滑坡、山泥傾瀉等自然災害。從鹽源縣城騎馬入山需要兩三天方能到達,外人很難進去。鹽源瑪瑙主要由當地彝族石農採挖,產量本身較低,加上鹽源瑪瑙與南紅瑪瑙一樣的多裂特性,導致製成品較少。

鹽源瑪瑙在密度、韌性、玉化性、油潤度都非常好。作為雕刻原料來說,鹽源瑪瑙擁有以下優點:

1. 鹽源瑪瑙硬度高。與和田白玉等其他玉料相比,鹽源瑪瑙硬度較高。一般和田玉硬度約在摩氏6.0-6.5、南紅瑪瑙在7.0左右,而鹽源瑪瑙則可達到7.5-8.0,因此鹽源瑪瑙成品很穩定,而且有利雕刻,自然精雕出細貨。

2. 鹽源瑪瑙是一種多彩瑪瑙,顏色有很多種:紅色、黃色、綠色、黑色、藍色、翠綠、紫色等等,色彩繽紛,不同顏色之間過度自然,沒有明顯分界。

3. 鹽源瑪瑙韌性高,晶質較細膩、油潤度高,雕刻少崩口、不易裂,因此受到不少雕玉者芳心。

瑪瑙有以下功效:

瑪瑙增強免疫力,促進血液循環,增強新陳代謝,可防止手腳冰冷,增強皮膚彈性,平衝身體各部分機能。

瑪瑙平衡和穩定人體的每一個輪位(亦稱能量中心),也加強了每一輪位的能量。

瑪瑙幫助個人平伏緊張的情緒。

瑪瑙具有平衡,穩定及保護的作用,也是護身符及辟邪物,有保平安功效。

瑪瑙維持身心和諧,增強愛、忠誠及勇氣。

瑪瑙有助消除疲勞、治療癲癇、夢遊、皮膚病。

把瑪瑙珠放在枕頭下,有助睡眠安穩。

In ancient times the beauty and durability of agate prompted man to use it in both practical
and ornamental forms. It was believed that agate had unique properties that protected the wearer from dangers and promoted strength and healing.

Agates in general come in many different forms and are formed in at least five different ways. The main conditions necessary for agate formation, are the presence of silica from denitrified volcanic ash, water from rainfall or ground sources, and manganese, iron and other mineral oxides that form the bands and inclusions.agate

This stone helps prepare one for change and gives energy for projects and such.
It makes a powerful elixir which enhances strength and gives courage.
It stabilizes the Aura and transforms negative energy to positive energy.
Agate may be used for massage in sphere, egg or wand form.
Agate helps one focus on what they need for general well-being.
It helps one to analyze and come up with solutions to seemingly complex problems or issues.
Agate comes in many flavors, such as Blue Lace, Botswana, Moss, Breciated and many more! Each have the above properties in addition to their own unique qualities.

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