Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for April 27th – Emerald

Gemstone of the Day


Emerald

(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.

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Crystal of the Day for April 20th – Bavenite

Crystal of the Day
Bavenite

(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.

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Gemstone of the Day for April 17th is Magnetite

Gemstone of the Day


Magnetite

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.

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Crystal of the Day for April 16th is Adamite

Crystal of the Day


Adamite

(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.

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Crystal of the Day for April 14th is Benitoite

Crystal of the Day


Benitoite

(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.

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Gemstone of the Day for April 13th – Diamond

Gemstone of the Day

Diamond

(Color: every color of the rainbow)

Hardness: 10

Specific Gravity: 3.52

Chemistry: C

Class: Carbons

Crystallography: Isometric, usually octahedral, with many crystal faces.

Cleavage: all sides – octahedral

Fracture: Conchoidal

Streak: White

Luster: Adamantine

Birthstone for the month of April

Healing: Diamond is used to balance the metabolism. It is also used for eye dis-orders and to counteract poisoning.

Workings: Diamonds are used to amplify ones intent while doing workings. Also used as protection and peace charms. They are used to enhance prosperity spells. Ruled by the Sun. Its element is Fire and its energy is Projective. Diamond is the personification of the Sun. Astrological sign of Aries, Leo, and Taurus. Vibrates to the master number 33.

Chakra Applications: Used to open the Crown Chakra thus enabling a connection between self and psychic awareness. Aids in clarity of ones spiritual path.

Foot Notes: Diamonds are a polymorph of the element carbon. The largest Diamond ever found was Cullinan at 3,106 carats. The Diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth. They are also the best conductor of heat, has the highest melting point of any substance, and has the highest refractive index of any natural mineral. They are formed deep within the Earth’s crust, and come to the surface via Volcanoes. Most diamonds are found in Kimberlite, which is volcanic rock. Diamond is thought to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.

 

 

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Gemstone of the Day for March 23 is Erythrite

Gemstone of the Day

Erythrite

 

(Color: deep red-purple to lighter pinks in massive and thin crust forms)

Hardness: 1.5 – 2.5

Specific Gravity: approximately 3.1

Chemistry: Co3(AsO4)2-8(H2O) , Hydrated Cobalt Arsenate

Class: Phosphates

Crystallography: monoclinic

Cleavage: perfect in one direction

Fracture: uneven Streak: pale red Luster: vitreous

Named from the Greek, “erythros” for “red.”

Healing: Erythrite is used for infections, inflammations, and diseases related to bone marrow and red blood cells. Never use as an elixir. Astrological signs are Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus. Vibrates to the number 2.

Workings: Erthrite is used to aid in meditation.

Chakra Applications: Used to open and connect all of the chakras.

Foot Notes: Erythrite is a secondary mineral in cobalt-bearing deposits. Best field indicators are color, associations and flexible crystals. Erythrite is sometimes called “Cobalt Bloom.” Erythrite can be found in North America in Idaho, and Ontario Canada. Morocco and Germany as well as Sornora, Mexico. It is a common mineral where nickel and cobalt are found.

 

 

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Crystal of the Day for March 16th is Ralsonite

Crystal of the Day


Ralsonite

(Colorless, White)

Named for J. Grier Ralston (1851-1880 CE) of Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, who first observed the mineral.

 

Hardness: 4.5 Specific

Gravity: 2.5

Chemistry: NaxMgxAl2-x(F,OH)6•(H2O)

Class: Halide

Crystallography: Isometric – Hexoctahedral

Cleavage: perfect

Fracture: Brittle – Uneven

Streak: White

Luster: Vitreous – Greasy

Healing: Ralstonite is used in the diagnosis of various ailments. It is also used for the treatment of tularemia and advanced cases of rabies.

Magical Workings: Ralstonite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: none

Foot Notes: Ralsonite is a colorless, white, or yellowish mineral composed of hydrous basic sodium magnesium aluminum fluoride, occurring in octahedral crystals.

 

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