Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for August 25th is Bavenite

Gemstone of the Day

           Bavenite

 

                                      Bavenite is named after the type locality of Baveno, Piedmont, Italy.


Hardness: 5.5                  
Specific Gravity: 2.7             
Chemistry: Ca4Be2Al2Si9O26(OH)2                
Class: Silicates                
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                 
Cleavage: perfect        
Fracture: uneven                     
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous – pearly


Healing: Bavenite is used to treat disorders of speech, hearing, sight, smell and touch.

Workings: Bavenite is used to provide incentive to grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. It is used to enhance one’s self image. Bavenite is associated with the astrological sign of Libra and vibrates to the Master numbr 33.

Chakra Applications: Bavenite is associated with the Throat chakra.

Foot Notes: Bavenite is a rare silicate that forms radial crystals in shades of white. It is found in beryllium-rich granite pegmatites.
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Gemstone of the Day for August 20 is Euclase

Gemstone of the Day


Euclase

(Color: includes colorless, blue-green, blue, yellow, light green and rarely purple)

Named from the Greek words “eu” meaning “well” and “klasis” meaning “breaking,”

Hardness: 7.5
Specific Gravity: 3.09 – 3.11 (slightly above average)
Chemistry: BeAlSiO4OH, Beryllium Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide
Class: Silicates
Crystallography: monoclinic
Cleavage: perfect in one direction (prismatic), poor in two other directions.
Fracture: conchoidal
Streak: white
Luster: vitreous.

Healing: Euclase is called the happiness stone. It increases happiness by stimulating activity ruled by the heart and intuition. It is used to provide relief from various aches and pains such as cramps, muscle tension, inflammation and bruises.

Workings: Use in employment and love spells. An excellent stone for use in communication skills. Astrological signs are Virgo and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Euclase stimulates the crown, throat, and heart chakras.

Foot Notes: Euclase gets its name from its easy cleavage, euclase simply means easily cleaved. Euclase is found in granitic pegmatites with other gem minerals such as topaz and beryl. The crystals of euclase are commonly prismatic with slanted termination faces.

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Gemstone of the Day for August 2nd is Pyrite

Gemstone of the Day


Pyrite

(Pale brass-yellow)

 

The name Pyrite comes from the Greek word “pyr” (fire) because pyrite emits sparks when struck by steel.

 

Hardness: 6–6.5

Specific Gravity: 4.95–5.10

Chemistry: FeS2 Iron Sulfide

Class: Sulfides

Crystallography: Isometric Diploidal

Cleavage: Indistinct

Fracture: Very uneven, sometimes conchoidal

Streak: Greenish-black to brownish-black

Luster: metallic

Healing: Pyrite is used to tprevent and to treat DNA damage. It is also used in the treatment of Bronchitis and other lung diseases. And it is used to lower fevers and related inflammation.

Magical Workings: Pyrite is an excellent stone to use when shielding against negative energy. Carry this stone when engaged in hazardous types of work. Pyrite is also useful in memory enhancement. It helps one to communicate more openly and honestly, providing both emotional and physical protection. Pyrite is also used to ease the discomfort of menstruation.

Folks in ancient Mexico made scrying mirrors out of pyrite; they were created by polishing one side flat, to use for scrying, while the rounded side was carved with mystical symbols to assist in the scrying process.

Pyrite is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Pyrite is used to open and energize the Kundalini/Root chakra. Pyrite also vibrates to the solar plexus chakra, thus strengthening ones will.

Foot Notes: Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool’s gold because of its resemblance to gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock, as well as in coal beds, and as a replacement mineral in fossils.

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Crystal of the Day for July 28th is Rosasite

Crystal of the Day

 

Rosasite


                                                                        (Blue green, Light blue, Sky blue)

Rosasite is named after its discovery locality, the Rosas Mine, Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy. It was discovered in 1908 CE.

Hardness: 4 1/2                 
Specific Gravity:                      
Chemistry: (Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2  
Class: Carbonates              
Crystallography: Monoclinic                 
Cleavage: Good in two directions at right angles.
Fracture: Splintery – Thin             
Streak: Light blue                          
Luster: Vitreous, Silky           


Healing: Rosasite is used to treat disorders of the internal organs. It is used to heal measles and chicken pox and to regenerate tissue lost to a internal rupture.

Magical Workings: Rosasite is an excellent stone to use for meditation and to attain a state of calmness in one’s life. Rosasite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and it vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use in association with the Throat and Third Eye chakras.

Foot Notes: Rosasite forms in the oxidation zones of zinc-copper deposits. Minerals associated with Rosasite include limonite, smithsonite, hemimorphite, malachite, aurichalcite and calcite.
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Gemstone of the Day for July 23rd is Sapphire

Gemstone of the Day


Sapphire

 

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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Gemstone of the Day for July 21 is Palladium

Gemstone of the Day

Palladium

 

Palladium was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, who named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was discovered at about the same time. Pallas was the Greek Goddess of Wisdom.



Hardness: 4.75                            
Specific Gravity: 106.4                       
Chemistry: PD       
Class: Isometric – Hexoctahedral              
Crystallography: Cubic                 
Cleavage: none                
Fracture: elastic              
Streak: Grey                                
Luster: metallic

Healing: Palladium is an excellent stone to use in healing. It is used in the treatment of lung disorders, circulatory problems and cerebral cortex issues.

Workings: Palladium is used in astral projection and for connecting with ancient wisdom on the ethereal level. Palladium is associated with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Ares. It vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Palladium is used to cleanse and energize the Solar Plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Palladium chloride was at one time prescribed as a tuberculosis treatment but was discontinued due to its many side effects. Palladium is one of the three most popular metals (along with nickel and silver) used to make white gold alloys. Palladium itself has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, as an alternative to platinum or white gold.
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Crystals for Protection


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Crystals for Protection

 

The power behind Earth’s minerals can be felt the minute you put a crystal in your hands or near your physical body. Crystals are the treasures of the earth. These stones are filled with energy to be used. Each crystal, stone, gemstone is rated by its hardness, shape, size, qualities and often have a metaphysical significance as their personality. Some of the best crystals for protection include Bloodstone, Carnelian, Hematite and Obsidian.

Ammonite:

Properties: Ammonite is often used for stability in life. This is actually a fossilized creature that resembled a snail, over 65 million years old. It is now a helpful stone which offers a sense of relaxation. It is believed that Ammonite brings stability and order in life. Ammonite is a stone of protection. It provides for insight and it helps to assist one in seeing the “whole picture.” Since it is associated with the Root Chakra, it encourages ones survival instincts and is grounding.

Bloodstone:

Properties: Increases courage helps in avoiding dangerous situations by soothing the mind. Metaphysically, bloodstone is used to either promote a calm, tranquil atmosphere that is grounding or revitalize insufficient energy. A great stone for mental exhaustion. This stone represents both courage and strength and is used for achieving these attributes. It is associated with honesty and integrity and is useful in removing obstacles in life. Most effective on the Heart (green) and Root (red) Chakra.

Carnelian:

Properties: This stone represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness and outgoingness. Precision, analysis, stimulates appetite, encourages celebration and brings awareness of feelings. This stone helps you feel anchored and comfortable with your surroundings. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events. Carnelian can improve motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters. Helps ground people who meditate. Carnelian is one of the most helpful crystals for healing trauma, stress and emotional wounds that have accumulated in the etheric body or the Aura and are now manifesting as physical symptoms.

Hematite:

Properties: This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra, by encourages ones survival instincts and is centering. Hematite condenses scattered feelings, turns fuzziness into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, practicality and helps with sound sleep. Considered the symbol of life energy, hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. Helps us adjust to being physical. A protective stone and helps bolster low self-esteem. Hematite is known to deflect negativity. It brings our awareness back to the body and helps one maintain their sense of self.

Jade:

Properties: The ancient Chinese culture has revered Jade for centuries. Jade is considered the health, wealth and longevity stone, used also for courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility, generosity, peace, harmony. Jade has been used for protection for centuries. Jade is known as androgynous, therefore it is considered having a gentle, steady pulse of healing energy. Jade is found in different colors and can be used on the appropriate Chakra based on its color. Properties common to all colors of Jade include its ability to mellow one’s existence. Helps one rid themselves of negative thoughts and energy. Very beneficial to the heart in both physical and spiritual senses. It is a very protective stone and will keep its wearer out of harm’s way. Jade bounds us to our earth energies and physical instincts. Jade is a humbling stone.

Jet:

Properties: Jet is a form of petrified wood similar to coal, though much harder. This stone has absorbing qualities. Helps draw out negative energy. Especially useful for people who have unreasonable fears that limit their lives. Therefore, that is why this black stone, it relates to the Root Chakra, the center that connects us to our earth energy. The Root chakra is connected to survival and our trust in the physical world, and in one’s own body. Recommended for stimulating psychic experience and guiding one in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. If worn, it should be set in silver. Jet has been used as a protective stone in life’s physical journeys. It’s known as a traveler’s amulet, and the wives of sailors often burnt it to protect their husbands while they were at sea. Jet has been known historically, to also protect from scorpions and snake bites, especially when the stone is wore over the heart. Jet has been used to help soothe the pain of both a broken heart due to seperation or the loss or death of a relative or loved one. In the past, this protection stone has been used to ward against enemies, evil spirits, witchcraft and harmful magic spells.

Obsidian:

Properties: This is a strong grounding stone and is known as “the protector”. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy. It is a warm and friendly stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Black obsidian brings higher Chakra light into lower ones; cleanses and uplifts. Changes fear into flexibility with the advent of change. Obsidian is used for transformation.

“On life’s journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.” ~Buddha

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

http://www.peacefulmind.com/protection.htm

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Crystal of the Day for July 13 is Tarbuttite

Crystal of the Day

Tarbuttite

(Colorless, pale white, red, green, yellow or brown)

 

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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