Crystals/Gems

Crystal of the Day for July 19th is Benitoite

Crystal of the Day

 

Benitoite

Benitoite is named for its occurrence near the headwaters of the San Benito River in San Benito County, California.


Hardness: 6 – 6.5        
Specific Gravity: 3.6        
Chemistry: BaTiSi3O9, Barium Titanium Silicate                
Class: Silicates                
Crystallography: Hexagonal; bar 6 m 2           
Cleavage: poor       
Fracture: irregular                     
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Benitoite is used to treat disorders of the blood and to ameliorate excessive bleeding. It is also used to expedite the healing process.

Workings: Benitoite is used for astral traveling and connecting with other-world beings. Benitoit is worn to enhance feelings of emotional sensitivity, empathy and understanding. It aids in instances of telepathy. Benitoite is used to help one overcome one’s fear of water. 
Benitoite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Benitoite is associated with all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Benitoite is a rare blue barium titanium silicate mineral, found in hydrothermally altered serpentinite. Benitoite is thought to have been derived during a phase of low temperature and high-pressure metamorphism which relates to a blueschist metamorphic facies. The elements that comprise benitoite are thought to have been mobilized from the host rock and deposited in a late stage cooling of hydrothermal fluids in veins fracturing the wall rock of serpentine.
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Crystal of the Day for July 16th is Alexandrite

Crystal of the Day

   Alexandrite

Hardness: 8.5                    
Specific gravity:    3.68 – 3.75         
Chemistry: Beryllium Aluminum Oxide, BeAl2 O4                    
Class: oxides              
Crystallography: orthorhombic               
Cleavage: good in one direction, imperfect in another       
Fracture: conchoidal, brittle                           
Streak: White                                    
Luster: vitreous to greasy


Healings: Alexandrite is used to align and center the three states of our being (mental, emotional and etheric bodies) thus creating a more harmonious state of being. It is also used to re-enforce ones self-esteem. It has been used to address ailments of the nervous system as well as complaints of the testicles, pancreas and spleen. it is thought to be excellent for tissue regeneration.

Workings: Orientals use Alexandrite to bring Good Fortune. Alexandrite can be used to enhance love spells.
Alexandrite is associated with the astrologicals sign of both Scorpio and Virgo. It vibrates to the number 5.

Chakra Applications: Alexandrite is applied to the Heart, Third-Eye, and Base chakras. This is done to enhance astral travel and to generate past life regression.

Foot Notes: Alexandrite is named for the former czar of Russia, Alexander II, and was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia, allegedly on the day of his birth. Chromium gives alexandrite its color and while, in most minerals, a trace element like chromium would provide only one color to the mineral, in alexandrite it gives it two. Alexandrite  occurs in granite pegmatite’s and mica schist’s. Alexandrite is found in Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and New Mexico USA.
Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June. Alexandrite is also the anniversary gemstone for the 45th and 55th year of marriage.
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Crystal of the Day for July 15th is Opal

Crystal of the Day

Opal

 
(Color: White, colorless, light yellow or red, or gray)

Hardness: 6                            
Specific Gravity: 2                        
Chemistry: SiO2∙n(H2O)       
Class: Silicates                
Crystallography: Amorphous                       
Cleavage: None                
Fracture: Conchoidal                        
Streak: White                               
Luster: Vitreous – pearly

Healing: Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances the imagination and creativity as well. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances the memory. Opal is said to be helpful for eyesight and Parkinson’s disease. Fire opals (ranging from orange to red) have also been associated with improving circulation. Green opals help give an energy boost.

Workings: Opal is also said to be a very spiritual stone, and can help one be “invisible” in situations where they don’t care to be noticed. It has been known to bring happy dreams, and also to ease the process of change. Opals are also helpful for enhancing dreamwork or assisting spiritual journeys.
Opal can be a very creative stone, especially for writers and those who need to get their thoughts down on paper.
Fire Opal is said to be energizing, giving strength and endurance in stressful times. It is also a great meditation stone.

Chakra Applications: Blue opals can help open up the third eye, soothe the throat chakra, and encourage telepathic communications. Pink opals address emotional issues, offering nourishment and support to the heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Opal is a gemstone and the birthstone for October. Opals can form anywhere but are mostly found in places where there are hot springs. Opal color depends on how pure the stone is.  Most stones look white but have an iridescent shining of other colors, too.  If they show colors, they are called precious opals.
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Gemstone of the Day for July 14th is Tenorite

Gemstone of the Day

 

Tenorite

 
                                                                              
Tenorite was named for the Italian botanist Michele Tenore (1780-1861 CE) Professor of Botany, University of Naples.

Hardness: 3.5                     
Specific Gravity: 6.5                    
Chemistry: CuO
Class: Oxides                             
Crystallography: Monoclinic                         
Cleavage: none
Fracture: conchoidal                      
Streak: black                        
Luster: metallic


Healing: Tenorite is used to treat the spleen. It is also used to enhance the release of endorphins. Tenorite is used to assimilate zinc within the body and to ameliorate hair loss.

Magical Workings: Tenorite is used to stimulate the healing energies of the earth. It is a very calming stone. And as such is very useful in group endeavors. It is also said to help with relationships on the physical plane.
Tenorite is associated with the astrological sign  of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Tenorite is used to stimulate and ground the Base chakra.

Foot Notes: Tenorite occurs in the weathered or oxidized zone associated with deeper primary copper sulfide ore bodies. It is an ore of copper and cupric oxide. Melaconite, the massive variety, is common as earthy deposits in the oxidized zone of copper lodes.
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Crystal of the Day for July 11th is Tarbuttite

Crystal of the Day

Tarbuttite

 
 

Tarbuttite is named after Percy Coventry Tarbutt, a Director of the Broken Hill Exploration Company who collected some of the first specimens at Broken Hill (now Kabwe), Zambia.

Hardness: 3.5          
Specific Gravity: 4.2   
Chemistry: Zn2(PO4)(OH) Zinc Phosphate Hydroxide
Class: Phosphates                  
Crystallography: Triclinic                      
Cleavage: perfect in one direction
Fracture: brittle, uneven                               
Streak: white                        
Luster: vitreous, pearly


Healing: Tarbuttite is used to draw out infections. It is also used to treat zinc deficiencies and to develop proper bone structure.

Magical Workings: Tarbuttite is utilized in automatic writing and for enhancing ones ESP abilities.
Tarbuttite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number of 2.

Chakra Applications: Tarbuttite is associated with the Third Eye chakra. 

Foot Notes: Tarbuttite is found in the oxidized zone of zinc deposits which has been subjected to phosphate rich solutions.
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Gemstone of the Day for July 10th is Anglesite

Gemstone of the Day

Anglesite


                                  (Transparent to translucent, colorless, blue, green, yellow, grey)
Anglesite is named for the Type Locality, Pary’s Mine on the Island of Anglesey in Wales, U.K.


Hardness:  2.5 – 3                
Specific Gravity: 3                          
Chemistry: PbSO4, Lead Sulfate
Class: Sulfates                                 
Crystallography: orthorhombic                           
Cleavage: Good      
Fracture: conchoidal                             
Streak: White               
Luster: Adamantine


Healings: Angelsite is used in the treatment of nervous disorders and to improve circulation of the blood.

Workings: Anglesite is used for channeling and connecting with spirits. It is used for staying grounded while visiting other spiritual realms. Angelsite can help to manifest dreams into this reality. It is an excellent meditation stone.
Anglesite is associated with the astrological sign of Pisces and vibrates to the number 2.

Chakra Applications: Used with the Third-Eye Chakra to connect with spiritual entities.

Foot Notes: Anglesite is a rare lead mineral. Anglesite has the same structure as barite (BaSO4) and forms very similar crystals. However, Anglesite has a very high density and even though Barite is a rather heavy mineral, Anglesite is nearly 50% more dense.
Anglesite occurs in Mexico; Peru; Germany and New Mexico and as an extremely rare secondary mineral at Mont Saint-Hilaire. Named in 1832 after its discovery locality, on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. Anglesite, a lead sulfate mineral of the barite group, was first reported from Sterling Hill by Palache  in 1935 C.E.
Anglesite contains lead. Do not grind dry or inhale dust. Wash hands after handling.
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Gemstone of the Day for July 9 is Sunstone

Gemstone of the Day

Sunstone

                                                                              

The terms “sunstone” and “heliolite” (from Greek helios, meaning sun, and lithos, meaning “stone”).

Hardness: 6 – 6.5               
Specific Gravity: 2.69 – 2.72                 
Chemistry: (Ca, NA)(Al, Si)2Si2O8 sodium calcium aluminum silicate
Class: Fieldspar                     
Crystallography: Triclinic                        
Cleavage: perfect in two directions
Fracture: uneven to splintery                     
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Sunstone is used to decrease stress and to treat ulcers and sore throats. It is also used to treat cartilage issues, rheumatism and spinal isssues.

Magical Workings: Sunstone is worn to enhance leadership qualities. Sunstone can assist contemplative processes and bolster the energy level. Sunstone and Moonstone together are often used together in Solstice rituals. Sunstone is a very powerful stone of protection.
Sunstone is thought to have been used by the Tibetans in medicine rituals to help spirit guides access the healing power of the sun.It was used by the Vikings to be a talisman for navigation.
Sunstone is associated with the astrological signs of Libra and Leo and vibrates to the number of 1. 

Chakra Applications: Sunstone is primarily associated with the Sacral chakra. But when placed on the solar plexus, Sunstone will lift out heavy and/or repressed emotions and will transmute them. It is also used to clear all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Sunstone is a plagioclase feldspar and is  the official gemstone of Oregon. Sunstone is formed and crystallized in lava flows, mica schists and pegmatites. Sunstone is also called Heliolite. The presence of hematite or goethite creates a reflections of light, hence the name sunstone.
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Crystal of the Day for July 7th is Roselite

Crystal of the Day

 Roselite


                                                                              
Roselite is named after Gustave Rose (1798-1873), professor on mineralogy at the University of Berlin, Germany.

Hardness: 3.5           
Specific Gravity: 3.5 – 3.7           
Chemistry: Ca2(Co, Mg)(AsO4)2 – 2H2O, Hydrated Calcium Cobalt Magnesium Arsenate
Class: Phosphate                     
Crystallography:                   
Cleavage: perfect in one direction
Fracture: uneven                         
Streak: light red                       
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Roselite is used to diagnose heart disorders.

Magical Workings: Roselite is an excellent stone for communication, especially in personal and business relationships. It is also a good stone for meditation and for enhancing one’s ESP.
Roselite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number of 4.

Chakra Applications: Roselite is used in conjunction with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Roselite is a pink or rose-colored, monoclinic mineral consisting of a hydrated arsenate of calcium, cobalt, and magnesium. The color of roselite comes from namely cobalt.
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