Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 30th is Halite

Gemstone of the Day

Halite


(Color: clear or white but can be found blue, purple, pink, yellow and gray.)




Hardness: 2                            
Specific Gravity: 2.1                        
Chemistry: NaCl, Sodium Chloride        
Class: Halides               
Crystallography: isometric                    
Cleavage: perfect in three directions forming cubes                  
Fracture: conchoidal               
Streak: white                                 
Luster: vitreous

Healing: Halite is used in the treatment of lower intestinal tract and colon disorders. Used for amelioration of water retention.

Workings: Halite is used in cleansing spells. It is also good for grounding and centering. Use halite to mark out your Sacred Circle. Use halite when engaging in deep introspection, for example; a Dream Vision. Astrological signs are Cancer and Pisces. It vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Use Halite when clearing the Heart Chakra.

Foot Notes: Halite, is better known as rock salt. Halite is found in ancient bedrock all over the world where large extinct salt lakes and seas have evaporated millions of years ago, leaving thick deposits of salt behind.
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Crystal of the Day for September 23 –

Crystal of the Day

  Topaz


                           

The name “Topaz” isfrom the Greek “Topazion”, an island in the Red Sea.

Hardness: 8         
Specific Gravity: 3. 49 – 3.57                
Chemistry: Al2SiO4(F,OH)2
Class: Nesosilicate Insular SiO4 Groups                  
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                   
Cleavage: perfect                     
Fracture: conchoidal                               
Streak: white                        
Luster: glassy


Healing:  Topaz stimulates the endocrine system and is used to treat isues related to disorders of the liver and gall bladder . It assists in general tissue regeneration and is valuable in the treatment of hemorrhages. It also allays poor appetite and helps to treat blood disorders.

Magical Workings: In ancient times, a figure of a falcon carved on a Topaz was thought to help earn the goodwill of kings, princes and magnates. Topaz was seen as a Stone of Strength by the ancient Greeks. Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. 
Topaz balances emotions and calms passions. It releases tension and gives feelings of joy. Topaz is known as a spiritual rejuvenation gemstone. It is a stone of trust and protection; it draws out negativity, exhaustion, and tension. 
It is also used to stimulate the intellect; it aids abstract thinking and creativity from the mental level to the physical form.
Topaz is said to be greatly empowered when combined with amethyst.
Topaz is associated with the astrological sign of Sagittarius and vibrates to the number of 6.

Chakra Applications: Topaz is used to stimulate the Throat chakra.

Foot Notes: Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine.  It typically crystallizes in granitic pegmatites or in vapor cavities in rhyolite lava flows. Topaz crystals with more water are yellow to brown, while those with more fluorine are typically blue or colorless. Many of the faceted gemstones one see’s on the market are enhanced through heat or irradiation.
Topaz along with Citrine are birthstones of Scorpio: Oct. 24 – Nov. 21. Topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 19th year of marriage.
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Gemstone of the Day for September 22nd – Lapis Lazuli

Gemstone of the Day

 Lapis Lazuli

 

Lapis Lazuli is listed as the traditional birthstone for December. (Note that the official birthstone list adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 denotes Turquoise and blue Topaz as the official birthstones.) It is also the Planetary stone for Capricorn and the birthstone for Libra. See the birthstone tables for additional references to lapis. Lapis may be given as a gem on the 7th and 9th wedding anniversary.

Lapis is considered a rock, not a mineral. It combines various minerals, mostly lazurite, but also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (fools’ gold, a metallic yellow) and to be considered a mineral it would have only one component.

Top quality lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan where is has been mined for more than 6000 years, but is also found in Siberia, Chile,  the U.S., Pakistan, and Canada.

A strong blue, sometimes with a hint of violet, lapis lazuli’s value decreases with the presence of white patches (calcite), while small veins of pyrite are often prized.

The Egyptians used Lapis for seals, ground it for an eyelid cosmetic and often carved it into vases and figurines.

A soft stone, 5 -5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, lapis lazuli is one of the most valuable semi opaque stones.

Category: rock
Cleavage: none
Crystal habit: compact, massive
Specific gravity: 2.7 – 2.9
Luster: dull
Fracture: uneven
Streak: light blue

 

Lapis Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

Strengthens total awareness, creativity, ESP, skeleton, thyroid, helps to expand viewpoint. It is believed to improve sleep and cure insomnia.

The Romans used lapis as an aphrodisiac.

During ancient times lapis was ground up and used for medicinal purposes as well as a cosmetic. The ground powder was mixed with milk and used as a compress to relieve ulcers and boils and, during the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was believed to maintain the skeleton in healthy condition while keeping the spirit free from the negative emotions of fear and jealousy.

Lapis is used to energize the throat chakra and when placed over the brow chakra it induces a heightened state of awareness.

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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 21st – The Ruby

Gemstone of the Day

  Ruby

                                                          
                                                                                
Hardness: 9           
Specific Gravity: 4            
Chemistry:  Al2O3:Cr aluminium oxide with chromium
Class: Corundum                       
Crystallography: Trigonal                        
Cleavage: none
Fracture: Uneven or conchoidal                   
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: An elixir made from ruby is used externally to lower fevers. Ruby is also used to treat disorders of the heart. Wearing a ruby helps the blood system to purify itself of toxins. Ruby is also used to treat the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.
Ruby is used with child bearing and to balance the menses.

Magical Workings: Ruby is an excellent stone of protection and helps to protect against psychic attacks. Ruby teaches you how to make wise decisions and assists you in making decisions from the heart, it promotes dynamic leadership. Having a ruby in one’s possession assists in maintaining one’s wealth. Ruby is considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life.
Ruby is associated with the astrological signs of Leo, Scorpio and Cancer. It vibrates to the number of 3.

Chakra Applications: Ruby is associated with the Base chakra. It is also used to to energize and balance, stimulate   the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: The red color of ruby is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Rubies were first synthesized in 1902 CE. The process of creating synthetic rubies is known as the Verneuil process. Many rubies on the market are synthetic. Only experts can distinguish between natural and synthetic rubies.
Ruby is the red variety of corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind.
Ruby is the gemstone given on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Ruby is said to be one of the stones used in the breast plate of the Hebrew High Priest.
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Gemstone of the Day for September 19th is Garnet

Gemstone of the Day

 Garnet

 
Hardness: 6.5-7.5                                                     
Specific Gravity: 3.5-4.2
Chemistry: Ca3Fe2+2(SiO4)3           
Class: Silicates           
Crystallography: Isometric – Hexoctahedral
Cleavage: None                  
Fracture: Conchoidal                        
Streak: White                        
Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Garnet comes from the Greek word “Granatum” which refers to the color of the pomegranate seed.

Healing: Garnet is known as a Healing stone. It is used to purify and cleanse the body and/or spirit. It’s healing abilities work on all levels of mind, body and spirit. Believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. It stimulates the pituitary gland, relieves rheumatism and arthritis pain.

Garnets were believed to protect one from poisons.

Garnets are also known as a Stone of Commitment.

Workings: Garnet is used to protect homes from fire and lightning, heal snakebites and food poisoning, protect people from nightmares, and warn of danger. Garnet is also believed to promote true love. Astrological signs of; Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius. Vibrates to the number 2. Its energy is projective and it is ruled by the planet Mars. The element is Fire.

Chakra Applications: Garnet is used to draw negative energy from the chakras.  Stimulates both the Base and Crown chakras, thus energizing the body.

Foot Notes:  Birthstone for the month of January. Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. Garnets belong to the isometric crystal class, which produces very symmetrical, cube-based crystals. They are double silicates; one of the metallic elements is calcium, magnesium, ferrous iron, or manganese and the other aluminum, ferric iron, or chromium.
Garnet occurs in many different kinds of rocks ; in metamorphosed impure limestones, in basic igneous rocks, in granite rocks, in schists and other metamorphic rocks as well as in igneous rocks. Garnet jewelry has been found that date back to the Bronze Age (3000 BCE).
Garnets can be found in the U.S. (Arizona), South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania .
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Stone of the Day for September 18th is Sulphur

Stone of the Day

   Sulphur

 
                                                                    

Sulphur comes from the Latin word “sulfur” (brimstone). 


Hardness: 1 1/2 – 2 1/2                  
Specific Gravity: 2.07
Chemistry: S                    
Class: Sulpher                                
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                   
Cleavage: imperfect, fair                 
Fracture: Sectile                 
Streak: Colorless                  
Luster: resinous, greasy


Healing: The medicinal use of Sulphur goes back to ancient times when it was used as a laxative (purgative), antiseptic and disinfectant. Sulphur was also burnt in medieval times to stop infections from spreading. It is used in hot springs/baths for arthritis, pain, rheumatism, swelling, lymph, cysts, hemorrhoids.
Sulphur  is found in all body tissues, and is needed for the synthesis of collagen, a principal protein that gives the skin its structural integrity.
Sulphur is used for a wide variety of skin diseases such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne. It is also used as a rejuvinating drug. Sulfur helps alleviate wrinkles, and skin damage, including scarring. Sulfur helps repair injured joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue.

Magical Workings: Sulphur is used to cleanse one of negativity. It aids in calming the mind prior to meditation. Sulphur is a stone of protection.

Sulphur is used by shamans to connect with the six elements (Cardinal points, Father Sky and Mother Earth). Sulphur is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number of 7.

Chakra Applications: Sulphur is associated primarily with the solar plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Sulfur is an electrical insulator. Sulphur is found in garlic, mustard, chives and onions.
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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 16 is Flint

Gemstone of the Day

 

Flint

 
(Color: Dark brown to black siliceous nodules, usually found in chalk)

Hardness: 7                         
Specific Gravity: 2.65                           
Chemistry: SiO2 silicon oxide                          
Class: Silicates                                
Crystallography: none                                        
Cleavage: None                                  
Fracture: Conchoidal                
Streak: colorless or greenish                              
Luster: Waxy, dull

Healing: Useful when severing emotional ties. Used in the treatment of kidney stones, skin lesions, lung disorders and indigestion.

Workings: Flint is also known as Elf Shot, Thunderstone and Faery Shot. It is used to keep faeries away. Flint is also used as a protection amulet. Its energy is projective. It is ruled by the planet Mars and its element is Fire. Use in protection and healing spells. Astrological sign is Scorpio. Vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use in connection with the Third Eye Chakra, especially during thought transfers.

Foot Notes: Flint is a granular cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, typically dark in color. It is a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony  Flint is found in many localities throughout the world. Flint and chert nodules occur typically in limestone and chalk.
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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 13 is Tiger’s Eye

Gemstone of the Day

Tiger’s Eye

                                                        

Hardness: 7                    
Specific Gravity: 2.6                      
Chemistry: SiO2
Class: Quartz                     
Crystallography: Trigonal                      
Cleavage: none
Fracture: Splintery to conchoidal                      
Streak: yellow – brown                        
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Tiger’s Eye relieves high blood pressure. Tiger’s Eye is also used to treat bronchial issues, asthma, kidney, rheumatic and heart disease issues.

Magical Workings: Roman soldiers once wore Tiger’s Eye for protection in battle. Tiger’s Eye is used for focusing the mind, it is thought to be all seeing due to its unique appearance.. It is said that Tiger’s Eye offers protection during travel, strengthens convictions and confidence. A personal symbol carved in Tiger’s Eye is excellent for use in meditation. It is used to enhance one’s psychic abilities.
Tiger’s Eye is associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra Applications: Tiger’s Eye is used to attune the Third Eye chakra. It is also used to energize the Base chakra and to open the Solar Plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Tiger’s eye is quartz that contains oriented fibres of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. During volcanic events, the fibrous asbestos is replaced by iron-bearing quartz called limonite.  Quartz is the most common mineral on earth and makes up to 12% of the earth’s crust.
Tiger’s Eye is the anniversary gemstone for the 9th year of marriage.
Protect tiger eye from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes.
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