Category Archives: Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for May 14th is Diaspor

Gemstone of the Day


(Color: greenish-grey, colorless and yellow)

From the Greek word “to scatter,” referring to the mineral’s easy disintegration in the blowpipe flame.

Hardness: 6,5 – 7
Specific Gravity: 3.3 – 3.5
Chemistry: AlO(OH)
Class: Oxides
Crystallography: Orthorhombic
Cleavage: good
Fracture: Brittle – Conchoidal
Streak: white
Luster: Vitreous – Pearly

Healing: Diaspor is used with AIDS patients as well as assisting in the treatment of Parkinson disease.

Workings: Diaspor is an excellent facilitator for recalling of dreams. Try sleeping with it under your pillow. Also good for use in meditation when you are seeking answers to questions. Used in astral projection. Useful when used in communication spells of all kinds.

Chakra Applications: Diaspor opens and energizes the heart chakra. Also energizes the Crown chakra, thus enhancing comprehension of ones surroundings.

Foot Notes: A component of bauxite (aluminum ore). Diaspor is found as a thin, flattened crystal formation. Diaspor is found worldwide.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Gemstone of the Day for May 4th is Hematite

Gemstone of the Day


(Color: silver gray to black in some forms and red to brown in other forms)

“Ancient people believed that large deposits of hematite formed from battles that were fought and the subsequent blood that flowed into the ground.”

Hardness: 5 – 6
Specific Gravity: 5.3
Chemistry: Fe2O3, Iron Oxide
Class: Oxides and Hydroxides
Crystallography: trigonal; bar 3 2/m
Cleavage: none
Fracture: uneven
Streak: blood red to brownish red for earthy forms
Luster: metallic or dull in earthy and oolitic forms

Healing: Use hematite to boosts ones self esteem and confidence levels. Hematite also enhances the memory. Use to regulate and strengthen the blood supply. Use hematite to treat circulatory conditions and as a blood cleanser. It is also used to treat anxiety and insomnia. As an elixir, it is used to treat fevers.

Workings: Hematite is an excellent stone for grounding and protection. Also used during Astral projection. Carry hematite when involved in legal situations. Astrological signs are Ares and Aquarius. It vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Use Hematite to balance the Heart Chakra.

Foot Notes: Hematite is an important ore of iron. Hematite is a very common mineral and comes in many varieties. It is believed that there was once water on Mars, because of the presence of Hematite.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Beltane Crystal of the Day for May 1st is Amber

Beltane Crystal of the Day


(amber, yellow to orange)

The word electricity comes from the Greek word for amber, “elektron.” Rubbing amber will produce static electricity.

Hardness: 2
Specific Gravity: approximately 1.1
Chemistry: C12H20O
Class: Organic
Crystallography: does not apply because amber is amorphous
Cleavage: none
Fracture: conchoidal
Streak: white
Luster: resinous

Healings: Amber is used to absorb negative energy and to transmute it into positive energy. Amber is also used for grounding. It is used in the treatment of kidney and bladder complaints. Amber vibrates to the number 3.

Workings: Amber is said to enhance the beauty of the wearer. It is used to tap into the power of the Sun, and is good for success, abundance, healing, vitality and joy. It is used as a Good Luck charm by those engaged in battle. It is sometimes burned to clear sacred space of negative energy. Amber is used in purification rites. Its element is Fire and it is ruled by the Sun. Its energy is projective.

Amber is associated with the astrological signs of Leo and Aquarius and vibrates to the number 3.

Chakra Applications: Amber is applied to the Crown Chakra in order to stimulate the intellect.

Foot Notes: Amber is fossilized resin of pine tree sap and can contain many preserved insects and other animals and plants that are tens of millions of years old. Thought to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest. Often found in sedimentary deposits and floats in seawater. It is found in many locations including the region around the Baltic Sea and the Dominican Republic, Russia; Romania; Burma, Wyoming USA, and Venezuela. Best field indicators are color, density, toughness, and trapped insects.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Gemstone of the Day for April 27th – Emerald

Gemstone of the Day


(Color: deep green, can have slightly yellowish or bluish tones)

Hardness: 7.5 – 8.0
Specific Gravity: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Chemistry: Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Class: cyclosilicates
Crystallography: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Cleavage: poor basal cleavage is seldom visible on {0001} Fracture: conchoidal producing smooth brilliant surfaces
Streak: White
Luster: vitreous

Birthstone for the month of May

The name emerald is thought to be of the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals.

Healing: It is good for the eyes and eyesight, it cures snakebites, encourages and preserves chastity, cures dysentery, prevents epilepsy, promotes cleverness, courage, eloquence, honesty, prosperity. Also used in the treatment of the spine, lungs and heart. Astrological signs of emerald are Taurus, Gemini and Aries. Vibrates to the number 4.

Workings: Emerald is a symbol of immortality. It is used as a talisman to protect against physical danger and evil. It is also used for divination. Emerald is also known as the “stone of successful love”. Its element is Earth and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Its energy is receptive. The Greeks associated this stone with the Goddess Venus.

Chakra Applications: It is used to activate and stimulate the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald’s precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emerald occurs most often in mica schist’s of metamorphic-hydrothermal origin wherein the schist’s and other associated host rocks formed by chemical interaction between granite rocks or pegmatites and the enclosing basic (silica-deficient) rocks. Best field indicators are its color, form, hardness and specific gravity.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Crystal of the Day for April 20th – Bavenite

Crystal of the Day

(White, green, pink, brown)

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.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Gemstone of the Day for April 17th is Magnetite

Gemstone of the Day


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.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Crystal of the Day for April 16th is Adamite

Crystal of the Day


(Color: typically green due to trace amounts of copper and/or uranium, sometimes yellow, occasionally purple due to trace amounts of cobalt, on rare white)

Named for Gilbert Joseph Adam (1795-1881), French mineralogists, who supplied the first specimens.

Hardness: 3 1/2.
Specific Gravity 4.3 – 4.5
Chemistry: Zn2AsO4(OH), Zinc Arsenate Hydroxide
Class: Phosphate Class
Crystallography: Orthorhombic
Cleavage: perfect in two directions at non-right angles to each other
Fracture: conchoidal
Streak: white to pale green
Luster: adamantine

Healing: Adamite is used to stabilize a persons inner emotions and helps one to express personal thoughts and ideas. Also instills one with the necessary courage to venture into the unknown. Used in treating disorders of the lung and heart.

Workings: This crystal is useful in attaining material gain. As such it can be used to supplement the energy of Prosperity spells, Employment spells and the like.

Adamite falls under the astrological sign of Cancer. Adamite vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Adamite is applied to the Third-eye Chakra in order to stimulate intellect. It is also applied to the Heart Chakra in order to stabilize the heart. Through the Heart Chakra it assists one in opening up, emotionally. Used to bring heart & mind together for balance and inner strength.

Foot Notes: Adamite produces bright green fluorescence under short and long UV light. Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, color, luster, density, fluorescence’s and associations. Adamite forms as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zones of zinc and arsenic-bearing hydrothermal veins. Adamite is a minor ore of zinc. It is found in Greece, Chile, France, England, and Death Valley, California. Small crystals also occur in San Bernardino, California, and in Gold Hill, Utah. The most magnificent occurrence for this mineral is the Ojuela Mine in Durango, Mexico.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

Crystal of the Day for April 14th is Benitoite

Crystal of the Day


(Blue, colorless and yellowish)

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.

Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods