Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for August 28th is Ajoite

Gemstone of the Day

Ajoite  

 

Hardness: 3.5                          
Specific Gravity: 2.9 – 3.0
Chemistry: (K, Na)Cu7Al(Si3O8) 3(OH)6 – 3H2O, Hydrated Potassium Sodium Copper Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide                               
Class: Silicates                                
Crystallography: triclinic                                     
Cleavage: perfect                    
Fracture:     Streak: pale greenish white                               
Luster: dull to vitreous


Healing: Ajoite is a strengthener, healer and harmonizer of the emotional body. It is used to create an aura of peace and goodwill around the wearer. Used to meditate and to connect with Spirit.

Workings: Ajolite is an excellent stone for meditation. Ajoite helps in releasing grief, sorrow, anger, jealousy and fear. An excellent stone to heal old wounds and past hurts.
Astrological sign is Virgo. Vibrates to the number 6.

Chakra Applications: Use Ajoite to open and energize the heart chakra. Ajoite forms a connection between the heart chakra and the throat chakra and thus inspires creativity. Also creates self harmony.

Foot Notes: Ajoite often forms within quartz crystals. These crystals are called “Phantoms”. This occurs when the quartz crystal stops growing and another mineral  is deposited on the surface of the quartz. The quartz then starts growing again and covers the ajoite crystal thus creating a phantom.. Ajoite is a secondary mineral that forms from the oxidation of other secondary copper minerals. Ajoite is one of the rarest and most sought after crystals in the world.  Ajoite is found in the New Cornelia Mine, Pima County and Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA and the Messina District, South Africa, a mine that has been shut down for years.
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Gemstone of the Day for Aug. 26th is Rhodochrosite

Gemstone of the Day

Rhodochrosite

 
Hardness: 3.5 – 4               
Specific Gravity: 3.5                   
Chemistry:  MnCO3
Class: Carbonates                
Crystallography: trigonal; bar 3 2/m.             
Cleavage: perfect in three directions forming rhombohedrons               Fracture: uneven                    
Streak: white                                       
Luster: vitreous to resinous

Healing: Rhodochrosite is used to heal emotional wounds. Rhodochrosite is often used to release painful feelings associated with sexual abuse. It is also used in the treatment of heart and lung disorders.

Magical Workings: Wear rhodochrosite when working love magic. Rhodochrosite is known as the “stone of love and balance”. It is often used to help heal Mother Earth. Rhodoschrosite is associated with the astrological signs of Scorpio and Leo. It vibrates to the number of 4.

Chakra Applications: Rhodochrosite is used to energize the heart chakra. It is also used to balance the Base Chakra.

Foot Notes: Large crystals of rhodochrosite are rare. They are found in low-temperature, silver-bearing hydrothermal veins associated with granitic rocks in mountain regions. Colorado officially named rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002 based on a proposal by a local high school (Platte Canyon High School in Bailey,Colorado). The best locality for rhodochrosite is the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado.
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Crystal of the Day for Aug. 25th is Unakite

Crystal of the Day

Unakite



Unakite was first discovered in the United States in the Unakas mountains of North Carolina. The name Unakite originates from the Greek word “epidosis” (coming together).


Hardness: 6 -7                        
Specific Gravity: 2.7                             
Chemistry: KAlSi3O8
Class: Silicates                
Crystallography: Orthoclase                 
Cleavage: Perfect in one direction
Fracture: Granular to uneven                     
Streak: white                   
Luster: Pearly


Healing: Unakite is used to transcend beyond the physical symptoms of an illness in order to understand the mental and emotional sources of the illness. Unakite is used to help stimulate the health of the heart and circulatory systems.
Unakite is used to enhance hair growth and weight gain.

Magical Workings: Unakite helps folks to live in the present and not to dwell in the past. Unakite is a balancing stone. It is said to help unify the emotional, spiritual, mental, and spiritual aspects of ones self.
Unakite is a good stone to carry during pregnancy because of its soothing energies.
Unakite is associated with Scorpio and vibrates to the number 9. 

Chakra Applications: Unakite is used to balance the Heart chakra. It works well with the Root chakra and helps to reveal the causes of blockages.

Foot Notes: Unakite, also known as epidotized granite, consists of a salmon-pink feldspar, green epidote, and quartz.
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Gemstone of the Day for Aug. 23rd – Sapphire

Gemstone of the Day

 

Sapphire

The name Sapphire comes from the Sanskrit “sanipriya” (dear to the planet Saturn).

Hardness: 9              
Specific Gravity: 3.9 – 4.1                 
Chemistry: Al2O3 – Aluminum Oxide
Class: Corundum                     
Crystallography: Hexagonal                      
Cleavage: none
Fracture: uneven, conchoidal                              
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous


Healing: It is said that wearing a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat. Sapphire is used to treat blood disorders such as excessive bleeding and to thicken vein walls. Sapphire is the most effective healing stone for the nervous system. It also aids in regulating the function of the thyroid gland. 

Magical Workings: Sapphire is used to dispel bad feelings and to enlighten one’s mood, it is a crystal of harmony and peace.
It is often called the “Stone of Prosperity”. Sapphire is an excellent stone for meditation. Star Sapphire is used as protection from the evil eye.
The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love.
Yellow Sapphire attracts wealth and brings prosperity to the home.
The Black Sapphire provides centering, protection and grounding.
The White Sapphire is an extremely protective gem.
The Indigo Sapphire enhances psychic awareness. It eliminates negative energies from the aura.
The Green Sapphire improves internal and external vision and helps you to remember dreams.
India considered it to be the stone of Saturn, and believed it to be a portal to the heavenly realms.
Sapphire is thought to be one of the stones on the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.
Sapphire is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Libra and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number of 2, though Sapphires of different colors will vibrate to different numbers.

Chakra Applications: The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love. It opens and heals the thyroid and the throat chakra and has a calming and balancing effect on the nervous system.
Yellow Sapphire is associated with the Solar Plexus chakra.
The Black Sapphire is associated with the Base Chakra.
The Pink Sapphire clears emotional blockages bringing peace and unconditional love. It is associated with the Heart chakra.
The White Sapphire is associated with the Crown chakra.
The Indigo Sapphire is associated with the Third Eye chakra.
The Green Sapphire is known as the “Stone of Fidelity”, and stimulates the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is also a 45th Anniversary gemstone.
Sapphire is the non-red variety of corundum, and the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. Many Sapphire deposits are the remains of metamorphic or igneous veins of granite and marble weathered away into stream beds and mountain valleys.
An ancient Persian myth tells of a giant blue sapphire that Mother Earth rests upon, and that the sky is the reflection of this massive blue crystal.
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Crystal of the Day for August 20th – Garnet

Crystal 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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Gemstone of the Day for August 18th is Peridot

Gemstone of the Day

Peridot

Hardness: 6.5 – 7             
Specific Gravity: 3.22 – 3.45                 
Chemistry: (Mg, Fe)2SiO4      
Class: nesosilicate        
Crystallography: orthorhombic             
Cleavage: not discernible
Fracture: conchoidal                  
Streak: colorless                               
Luster: vitreous to oily


Healing: Peridot is worn to help slow the aging process. It is used in the treatment of digestive, heart, lung and eye disorders. Peridot is an excellent healing stone in that it rejuvenates the body.

Magical Workings: Peridot is said to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Peridot is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the numbers 5, 6, and 7.

Chakra Applications: Peridot is used to cleanse and stimulate the Heart and Solar Plexus chakras.

Foot Notes: Peridot is the gem variety of olivine. Peridot olivine is the birthstone for August. It is sometimes mistaken for emeralds and other green gems.
The Greeks and Romans referred to Peridot as “topazion” and “topazius” respectively and this name was later given to Topaz, to end the confusion with the two gems.

 

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Crystal of the Day for August 17th is Thomsonite

Crystal of the Day

 

Thomsonite

 
                      Thomsonite is named after the Scottish chemist, T. Thomson (1773-1852 CE). 

Hardness: 5 – 5.5         
Specific Gravity: 2.2 – 2.4                    
Chemistry: 2(Ca, Na2)Al4Si4O16.5H2O Hydrated sodium calcium aluminum silicate
Class: Silicates                             
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                         
Cleavage: perfect
Fracture: uneven                        
Streak: white                        
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Thomsonite is utilized to lower the heat of fevers. It is also used to treat cysts and oral fungus and to stimulate the thymus. Thomsonite is used to induce mental clarity. 

Magical Workings: Thomsonite produces an incentive to realize one’s dreams without restraint. Thomsonite offers protection against treachery and laziness.
Thomsonite is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini and vibrates to the number of 3.

Chakra Applications: Thomsonite promotes a strong connection between the physical and ethereal bodies.

Foot Notes: Thomsonite is the name of a series of tecto-silicate minerals of the zeolite group. Prior to 1997 CE, thomsonite was recognized as a mineral species, but a reclassification in 1997 by the International Mineralogical Association changed it to a series name. Thomsonite occurs with other zeolites in the amygdaloidal cavities of basaltic volcanic rocks, and occasionally in granitic pegmatites. It is one of the rarest zeolites.
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Gemstone of the Day for August 7th is Gypsum

Gemstone of the Day

 

Gypsum         


(Color: white, colorless or gray, but can also be shades of red, brown and yellow.)



Hardness: 2                   
Specific Gravity: 2.3
Chemistry: CaSO4-2(H2O), Hydrated Calcium Sulfate          
Class: Sulfates              C
rystallography: monoclinic
Cleavage: good in one direction and distinct in two others      
Fracture: uneven but rarely seen
Streak: white                           
Luster: vitreous to pearly

Healing: Used as an elixir to increase fertility. Also used to produce strong bones.

Workings: Graphite is associated with the element of Water and its energy is receptive. Its astrological sign is Aries and it vibrates to the number 2. Use for channeling and meditation. Gypsum is called the “Good Luck” stone and is used in workings of prosperity.

Chakra Applications: Use Selenite (clear gypsum) to energize the chakras. Helps one to connect with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Gypsum is one of the more common minerals in sedimentary environments. It is a major rock forming mineral that produces massive beds. Selenite is the clear, transparent form of the mineral gypsum. The ancient carving material called alabaster is another variety of gypsum. It is a common mineral and is found in Mexico, Italy, the United States, and throughout the world.
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