Crystals/Gems

Crystal of the Day for December 17th – Galena

Crystal of the Day

Galena    


Hardness: 2.5+                     
Specific Gravity: approximately 7.5+                    
Chemistry: PbS, Lead Sulfide                            
Class: Sulfides                      
Crystallography: isometric                     
Cleavage: perfect in four direction forming cubes        
Fracture: uneven and rarely seen because of the perfect cleavage         
Streak: lead gray           
Luster: metallic to dull

Healing: Galena is called a Stone of Harmony. Excellent for use in grounding. Galena reduces inflammation and increases circulation of the body. Used to increase the assimilation of selenium and zinc. 

Do not use as an elixir.

Workings: Astrological sign is Capricorn. Vibrates to the master number 22 Use during meditation.

Chakra Applications: used to align the chakras

Foot Notes: Galena is the most important ore and the principal source of lead. It is found throughout the world. In the United States it is found inMissouri, Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Utah as well as in Australia, Canada, England, France, and Mexico. Galena specimens tarnish when exposed to air becoming dull in luster. Galena from certain regions is rich in silver.
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Gemstone of the Day for December 16th – Gypsum

Gemstone of the Day

Gypsum


 
Hardness: 2                   
Specific Gravity: 2.3
Chemistry: CaSO4-2(H2O), Hydrated Calcium Sulfate          
Class: Sulfates             
Crystallography: 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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Gemstone of the Day for December 15th – Annabergite

Gemstone of the Day

Annabergite

                                              


Hardness: 1.5 – 2.5           
Specific Gravity: 3.0 – 3.1          
Chemistry: Ni3(AsO4)2-8(H2O) , Hydrated Nickel Arsenate
Class: Phosphates                   
Crystallography: Monoclinic                      
Cleavage: perfect in one direction                    
Fracture: flaky                              
Streak: pale green or gray                            
Luster:  vitreous to adamantine


Healing: Annabergite is used to treat cancer, celluar disorders and dehydration. Annabergite can also help the body to alleviate the effects of radiotherapy treatment. It is also used to treat infections.

Workings: Annabergite works as healing stone for resolving stuck post-traumatic issues. Annabergite can assist communication with the past spiritual masters of this world and can also help you to better comprehend the mystic elements of our world.
Annabergite is associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 6.

Chakra Applications: Annabergite is used to align the subtle bodies and to strengthen the meridians. It is associated with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Annabergite is a rare mineral consisting of a hydrous nickel arsenate in monoclinic crystalline form. It is sometimes called “Nickel Bloom”.  Most annabergite is found in a crust or powder form, but a few specimens from Greece show small, well-shaped crystals.
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Gemstone of the Day for December 14th is Unakite

Gemstone of the Day

 

Unakite

(Epidote)


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 December 12th is Angelite

Gemstone of the Day

Angelite



Hardness: 3.5             
Specific Gravity: 3.0                
Chemistry:  CaSO4, Calcium Sulfate
Class: Sulfates                  
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                   
Cleavage: is in three directions forming rectangles, but perfect in one
Fracture: conchoidal                              
Streak: white                             
Luster:


Healing: Angelite is used for relief from throat inflammations, and to balance the thyroid. Angelite also repairs and soothes tissues and blood vessels. Angelite is helpful with burns, tumors, respiratory ailments, back injuries, broken bones and pain of any kind. It is also very useful for weight control.

Workings: Angelite counteracts harshness; if somebody is acting insensitively in a situation, angelite will help that person to become more compassionate. It helps to dispel fear, anger, stress and anxiety and encourages forgiveness.  Angelite is considered a stone of awareness, representing peace and awareness. It is said to facilitate contact with angels.
Angelite is associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius and vibrates to the number 1.

Chakra Applications: Angelite is used to unblock energy pathways in the meridians. It is associated with the Throat chakra.

Foot Notes: Angelite is the common name for Anhydrite. It is a relatively common sedimentary mineral that forms massive rock layers. Anhydrite does not form directly, but is the result of the de-watering of the rock forming mineral Gypsum.
Angelite is mined in Britain, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Libya
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Gemstone of the Day for December 11th is Selenite

Gemstone of the Day

Selenite


Selenite comes from the Greek “selenites” (moon stone) with the root word “Selene” meaning “Moon”.

Hardness: 2               
Specific Gravity: 2.3                      
Chemistry: (CaSO4·2H2O) Hydrated Calcium Sulphate
Class: Sulphates                     
Crystallography: Monoclinic, 2/m                     
Cleavage: vitreous to pearly
Fracture: good in one direction, distinct in two others               
Streak: white              
Luster: vitreous to pearly


Healing: Selenite is referred to as “scanners,”it is said to have the ability to scan the body for disease or malfunction, pinpointing what areas may need attention. Selenite is used to correct deformities of the skeletal system. It is also used to treat epilepsy. The use of Selenite is thought to extend one’s life.

Magical Workings: Selenite is associated with the Greek Goddess Selene, Selenite contains feminine energy and is often used to connect and commune with the Divine, especially goddess energy. It is known as the “Stone of Mental Clarity”.
Selenite is one of two minerals (the other being Apophyllite) that are strong enough to clear negative energies from Quartz.
Selenite can be used for scrying into both the past, present and future.  Past life regressions are also assisted with the use of this crystal.
Selenite is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus and vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Selenite is associated with the Third Eye and Crown chakras. It is used to open the Third Eye chakra. Selenite is used to remove blockages up and down the sushumna.

Foot Notes: Selenite is an alternate name for the mineral Gypsum. Selenite is usually found in massive beds of tabular or block crystal form.  These sedimentary deposits are formed through a hastened acceleration of evaporating saline water, and in the process may retain trapped bubbles of either air or water called “enhydros”.
Selenite is a natural insulator and will appear much warmer to the touch than other crystals.
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Gemstone of the Day for December 9th is Zoisite

Gemstone of the Day

    Zoisite


Hardness: 6.5                     
Specific Gravity:             
Chemistry: Ca2Al3(SiO4)3(OH) Calcium Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide
Class: Silicates                 
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                        
Cleavage: perfect
Fracture: none                    
Streak: white                         
Luster: vitreous
        

Healing: Zircon is used to treat issues related to the heart, spleen, lungs and pancreas. Zoisite is believed to be a natural detoxifier and to help reduce inflammation. It is said to stimulate fertility and to help heal diseases of the ovaries and testicles.

Workings: Zoiste is an excellent grounding stone. Zoisite is a good stone to carry to throw off bouts of laziness and/or idleness. Zoisite works very well in combination with Ruby in increasing one’s sense of awareness. It is also a stone theat enhances ceativity.
Zircon is used to connect with spirits. 
Zoisite is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini and vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra applications: Zoisite is associated with the Third Eye and Heart chakras. Its vibration within the third eye chakra combines with the heart chakra. It is also used to energize the Crown chakra.

Foot Notes: Zoisite is found in metamorphic and pegmatite rocks. Zoisite, like all epidote minerals, is a structurally complex mineral having both single silicate tetrahedrons, SiO4, and double silicate tetrahedrons, Si2O7.
Anyolite, is the natural combination of ruby and zoisite crystals in a single specimen.

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Gemstone of the Day for Dec. 8th -

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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