Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for October 22nd – Spinel

Gemstone of the Day

 

Spinel


       The name spinel is derived from the Greek “spinther”, which means sparkling.

Hardness: 8               
Specific Gravity: 3.5 – 4.1                      
Chemistry: MgAl2O4 Magnesium Aluminum Oxide
Class: Oxides                     
Crystallography: Isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m                         
Cleavage: none
Fracture: conchoidal                              
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous


Healing: In general, Spinel is used to treat issues with joints, muscles and bones. Red, Blue and Green spinel is used to alleviate stress and to treat depression.  Black Spinel is used to get to the source of ones dis-ease.

Magical Workings: In general, Spinel is a stone that can bring high energy to all efforts and all realms. Spinel is used to attract money, wealth and prosperity. It is also said to be a “Stone of Immortality”. It is said to help improve physical appearance, and help improve physical vitality.
Black Spinel is considered to be one of the top three protection stones. the other two are Blue Amber and Gel Sugilite. It is also helpful for those with issues of rage.
Blue Spinel is used to soothe and calm, bringing peace and transcendence.
Red Spinel is used to energize and strengthen.
Green Spinel  facilitates healing, communication and wisdom.
Orange Spinel is used to inspire optimism.
Violet Spinel is used to enhance communication between the generations and to avoid being victimized.
Brown Spinel helps to dispel negative energies, atachments or entities from one’s Etheric body. It also reflects  negative energy back to it’s original source.

Depending on its color, Spinel is associated with the astrological signs of: 
Red – Scorpio and vibrates to the number of 3
Blue – Gemini and vibrates to the number of 7
Brown – Cancer and vibrates to the number of 3
Black – Taurus and vibrates to the number of 5
Colorless – Sagittarius and vibrates to the number of 7
Green – Libra and vibrates to the number of 7
Orange – Aries and vibrates to the number of 9
Dark Blue – Sagittarius and vibrates to the number of 5
Violet – Virgo and vibrates to the number of 5
Yellow – Leo and vibrates to the number of 5 

Chakra Applications: All spinel colors are used to raise the Kundalini energy.
Red spinel is most effective on the Root and Heart chakras.
Blue spinel is effective on the Third Eye chaka.
Brown Spinel connects to the Earth Star chakra, and allows one to be protected and grounded.
Black Spinel is effective with the Root, Spleen and Solar Plexus chakras.
Colorless spinel is used to re-energize one’s energetic fields as well as the whole chakra system.
Green spinel connects to the Heart chakra, it helps with emotional issues allowing one to feel love, compassion and forgiveness for oneself and others.
Orange spinel connects to the Sacral chakra stimulating sexual and creative energies.
Violet is effective on the Crown chakra.
Yellow spinel connects to the Solar Plexus chakra and helps one remain focused mentally, and aids in manifesting abundance on all levels.

Foot Notes: Spinel and ruby are chemically similar. Spinel is magnesium aluminum oxide and ruby is aluminum oxide.The Black Prince’s Ruby (Prince Edward’s) set in the British Imperial State Crown is actually a spinel. The Spinel Group contains over twenty members, but only a few are considered common. These are;
Chromite (Iron Chromium Oxide)
Franklinite (Zinc Iron Manganese Oxide)
Gahnite (Zinc Aluminum Oxide)
Magnesiochromite (Magnesium Chromium Oxide)
Magnetite (Iron Oxide)
Minium (Lead Oxide)
Spinel (Magnesium Aluminum Oxide)
The red color of spinel is dependent in large on the amount of iron content.
In the middle ages  it was believed that if you touched with this gem the four corners of a house, orchard, or vineyard, they would be protected from lightning.
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Gemstone of the Day for October 19th – 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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Gemstone of the Day for October 17th – Moonstone

Gemstone of the Day

Moonstone


Hardness: 6                            
Specific Gravity: 2.57                        
Chemistry: Na(90-70%) Ca(10-30%) (Al, Si)AlSi2 O8, Sodium calcium aluminum silicate       
Class: Silicates            
Crystallography:  triclinic; bar 1           
Cleavage:  perfect in one and good in another direction                   
Fracture: conchoidal                            
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous to dull

Healing: Moonstone is used to draw love, hope and protection. And to promote unselfishness. Moonstone is used in healing ailments of the stomach and lymph glands, aids with female problems and helps to relieve stress. It is used to ease pregnancy and childbirth. It is also used in the treatment of circulatory disorders.

Workings: Use moonstone to strengthen intuition and psychic perception and to bring a connection of balance and harmony with Spirit. In India, Moonstone is known as a “dream stone”, as it is supposed to bring about clear and beautiful dreams. During the waning of the moon the stone aids in prophesy. It is also known as a stone of fertility. It is said to have the power to grant dreams. Wear Moonstone for protection while traveling on water. Use Moonstone as a talisman of Good Fortune. Its element is Water, its energy is receptive and its associated planet is the Moon. Its astrological signs are Cancer, Libra and Scorpio. It vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra Applications: Use Moonstone to cleanse the Chakras of negative energy. Use it to activate the Heart Chakra.

Foot Notes: Moonstone is a semi-translucent stone that is made of albite and orthoclase feldspar.
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Gemstone of the Day for Oct. 16th – Magnetite

Gemstone of the Day

Magnetite


Known as the “Stone of Stability”

(Color: Black)
Hardness: 5.5 – 6.5                             
Specific Gravity: 5.1+                       
Chemistry: Fe3O4, Iron Oxide        
Class: Oxides and Hydroxides               
Crystallography: isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m                     
Cleavage: absent                   
Fracture: conchoidal                                  
Streak: black                                
Luster: Oxides and Hydroxides

Healing: Magnetite is used to increase blood circulation. Also used as a relief for chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Also used for emotional healing. Use it to heal muscle pains and spasms. Also useful for stopping nosebleeds.
Use magnetite to strengthen virility and to cure male sexual dysfunction.

Workings: Use magnetite for grounding and centering. A talisman made from magnetite is thought to increase physical strength. Magnetite aids in meditation and visualization. It is also used to attract love. Use magnetite to strengthen spells. Use it to attract money or in business to attract customers.
Its energy is receptive, its planet is Venus and its associated Element is Water. Magnetite is considered to be feminine. Its astrological signs are Ares, Capricorn, Aquarius and Virgo. It vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra Applications: Use magnetite to align the Chakras and the meridians of the subtle and etheric bodies.

Foot Notes: Magnetite is a valuable source of iron ore. It dissolves slowly in hydrochloric acid.
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Gemstone of the Day for Oct. 14th – Malachite

Gemstone of the Day

 Malachite

Named for the Greek word for “mallow”, a green herb.

(Color: banded light and dark green or (if crystalline), just dark green)

Hardness: 3.5-4                
Specific Gravity: 3.9+                
Chemistry: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide.        
Class: Carbonates              
Crystallography: monoclinic; 2/m                    
Cleavage: good in one direction                   
Fracture: conchoidal to splintery               
Streak: green                                
Luster: dull to silky

Healing: Malachite is known as a powerful healing stone. Use it to relieve stress and depression. It is also used in cases of rheumatism, asthma, Parkinson’s, MS, cholera, as well as some heart problems. Malachite is used for deep emotional healing. Malachite is useful for treating cramps such as menstrual cramps and is used to faciliate child birth. It is also used to lower ones blood pressure.

Workings: Malachite is used for money and love spells. Also for grounding and centering. Use it to absorb negative energies. Use malachite to enhance ones psychic abilities. It is used in protective magic (especially concerning children) and guards against negative influences and physical dangers. Ancient cultures believed that by drinking from malachite vessels we would be able to learn to communicate with the animal kingdom. Malachite is sometimes used for scrying purposes. It is often used for deep introspection. Its astrological signs are Capricorn and Scorpio. It vibrates to the number 9. Its energy is receptive, its planet is Venus and its associated Element is Earth.

Chakra Applications: Malachite is used to clear and activate all of the Chakras. Use it to stimulate the Throat and Heart chakras.

Foot Notes: Malachite was used as an eye paint in the Badarian age, circa 4000 BCE. Malachite dust is toxic, avoid breathing this dust.
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Gemstone of the Day for October 2nd – Malachite

Gemstone of the Day

Malachite


Named for the Greek word for “mallow”, a green herb.

(Color: banded light and dark green or (if crystalline), just dark green)

Hardness: 3.5-4                
Specific Gravity: 3.9+                
Chemistry: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide.        
Class: Carbonates              
Crystallography: monoclinic; 2/m                    
Cleavage: good in one direction                   
Fracture: conchoidal to splintery               
Streak: green                                
Luster: dull to silky

Healing: Malachite is known as a powerful healing stone. Use it to relieve stress and depression. It is also used in cases of rheumatism, asthma, Parkinson’s, MS, cholera, as well as some heart problems. Malachite is used for deep emotional healing. Malachite is useful for treating cramps such as menstrual cramps and is used to faciliate child birth. It is also used to lower ones blood pressure.

Workings: Malachite is used for money and love spells. Also for grounding and centering. Use it to absorb negative energies. Use malachite to enhance ones psychic abilities. It is used in protective magic (especially concerning children) and guards against negative influences and physical dangers. Ancient cultures believed that by drinking from malachite vessels we would be able to learn to communicate with the animal kingdom. Malachite is sometimes used for scrying purposes. It is often used for deep introspection. Its astrological signs are Capricorn and Scorpio. It vibrates to the number 9. Its energy is receptive, its planet is Venus and its associated Element is Earth.

Chakra Applications: Malachite is used to clear and activate all of the Chakras. Use it to stimulate the Throat and Heart chakras.

Foot Notes: Malachite was used as an eye paint in the Badarian age, circa 4000 BCE. Malachite dust is toxic, avoid breathing this dust.
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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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