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Month: January 2021

Vanadinite

Vanadinite

Curiosity, Sexual & Reproductive Energy

Origin

Vanadinite (pronounced va*na*di*nite) can be found in Austria, Spain, Scotland, South Africa, Morocco, Argentina, Mexico, and parts of the United States.

General Description

Vanadinite is usually bright-red or orange-red in color.  It can also be brown, red-brown, grey, yellow, or even colorless. Its distinctive and vibrant color makes it popular among mineral collectors. Vanadinite is very brittle, producing small, conchoidal fragments when fractured.  Due to its low hardness, it should be handled with care and it’s typical for small crystals to break off.  Vanadinite is a lead vanadate chloride that belongs to the Apatite group of minerals.  Vanadinite's classic crystal habit is short hexagonal prisms terminated by a pinacoid, or flat basal face.

Commercial Uses

Vanadinite is one of the main industrial ores of the element vanadium, which can be extracted by roasting and smelting.  Most of the vanadium produced today is used as an additive to strengthen steel.

Metaphysical Properties

Vanadinite is said to help balance and enhance your sexual energy and reproductive functions. Vanadinite encourages creativity and curiosity.  It can assist in helping you focus and maintain direction.  Vanadinite has a strong connection to the base chakra. It grounds your soul and puts your spirit into action.

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Lavender Amethyst Agate Geode

Pink Amethyst Agate Geode

Meditation, Focus, Femininity

Origin

Africa, England, Brazil, Namibia, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

General Description

Geodes are a type of natural rock formation that contains a cavity lined with crystals or other types of mineral. The hollow pocket inside is formed by volcanic forces or chemical precipitation.  Water gets into a rock through fine cracks, and as the water evaporates, the minerals and other impurities left behind form the crystals.  The word Geode comes from the Greek term, Geoides, which means Earth-like. 

Geode banding and coloration is the result of different impurities during formation. Most geodes contain clear quartz crystals, while others have amethyst crystals that can come in a range of colors. Some geodes can have agate, chalcedony, or jasper banding, along with crystals such as calcite, celestite, etc. There is no easy way of telling what the inside of a geode holds until it is cut open or broken apart!

Commercial Uses

Geode can be used for home decor and jewelry.  Larger specimens can be faceted into bookends and countertops for tables.

Metaphysical Properties

Geodes can help in communicating with divine beings.  It balances and improves moods and provides energy for meditation, reduces stress, and aids decision-making. Geodes are often viewed as a feminine property due to the cavity which resembles the womb.

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Cave Calcite

Cave Calcite

Cleansing, Growth, Clarity

Origin

Calcite can be found throughout the world including Brazil, Germany, Romania, England, Canada, China, Pakistan, Mexico, Russia, and throughout the United States.

General Description

Calcite is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate.  Over 800 forms of calcite crystals have been identified. It occurs in diverse crystal shapes and colors.  Calcite is the primary mineral component found in cave formations.  Most common color of calcite is white but it can manifest in almost every color imaginable depending on what impurities the mineral is charged with.  Calcite is extremely common and can be found throughout the world in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks.  Cave Calcite (specifically) is formed out of aragonite crystals. Calcite and aragonite are both carbonates with the same exact chemistry. The difference is in their crystal structure and symmetries. They are the most common minerals to form cave structures like stalactites and stalagmites.

Commercial Uses

Calcite has more uses than almost any other mineral on earth.  It is the principal constituent of limestone and marble and makes up a significant portion of the Earth’s crust. It is used in construction materials, abrasive, agricultural soil treatment, pigment, along with pharmaceuticals and other health and dietary applications.

Metaphysical Properties

Calcite is believed to be a powerful amplifier and cleanser of energy.  Having the presence of Calcite in a room it will lower negative energy and enhance positive energy levels. Calcite is said to be an active crystal that speeds up development and growth physically, mentally and spiritually. Calcite is a spiritual stone that facilitates the opening of higher consciousness and psychic abilities.

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Barite with Cerussite on Galena

Barite with Cerussite on Galena

Grounding, Motivation, Wisdom

Origin

Morocco. Parts of the minerals can also be found  throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

General Description

Barite’s main source of the element is barium, which is used as an added-value filler in paint and plastics, sound reduction in engine compartments, along with coating of automobile finishes for smoothness and corrosion resistance.  Barite has the ability to block x-ray and gamma-ray emissions and it is used in the medical industry.

Cerussite (also known as lead carbonate) is an important ore of lead. 

Galena is the most important ore of lead and an important source of silver.  Lead’s most common use is for making batteries, however, significant amounts are also used to make lead sheets and pipes.  Due to its low melting point, it can also be used as an alloy.

Barite is a mineral consisting of barium sulfate and it crystallizes in the form of masses, tabular crystals, and sometimes as stalactites (hanging like icicles).  Barite is generally white or colorless, but it can also display colors of pink, blue, yellow, grey and brown. Barite is most abundantly found in the countries of Romania, England, Morocco, and the USA

Cerussite forms some of the most interesting, complex, and varied crystals and groupings in the mineral kingdom. Its most prevalent form is as small, flat, thin plates, as well as prismatic and tubular crystals.

Galena, also known as lead glance, is a cubic stone that is made of lead minerals. Its name is derived from the greek word “galene” which means ore of lead. It was first reported by Pliny in 77 AD. This mineral has been mined for thousands of years due to its lead and silver content

FUN FACT: Did you know that Galena is the official state mineral of the U.S for the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin?  The former mining communities of Galena, Kansas and Galena, Illinois took their names from deposits of this mineral.

Metaphysical Properties

Cerussite is most commonly used as a grounding stone since it has a strong connection with both the Crown and Upper Crown Chakras, clearing them and bringing pure light into the body. It aligns the nervous system and leaves the body open to be healed.

Galena is said to inspire and harness the personal power that exists within, so that you are able to complete tasks and accomplish your goals. Galena can help you stay motivated and increases the drive to succeed. 

Barite is a stone of inner vision and acts as a magnet to high frequency energy.  It activates and clears blockages in the upper chakras allowing for a stronger connection to intuitive and psychic abilities. Barite assist in recognizing where one must let go and to allow change. It increases one’s wisdom and mental awareness.

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Azurite Malachite

Azurite Malachite

Compassion, Change, Healing

Origin

Azurite Malachite has been found in Morocco, Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, China and the United States.

General Description

Azurite is a soft, deep-blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits and often found along with Malachite.  The name Azurite comes from the Persian word, “lazhward”, meaning “blue”, and Malachite came from the Greek word, “molochitis”, meaning “mallow plant”.

Commercial Uses

Azurite-Malachite is commonly cut into cabochons or carved into small decorative objects/ collectible items.

Metaphysical Properties

Azurite, also called the “stone of heaven” is believed to provide insight into all areas of life, promote intuition, stimulate creativity, and remove barriers and create love and compassion. Malachite, with its striking green bands of color, has been said to encourage action, create change, heal heartaches, enhance creativity, increase fertility and protect the spirit.  Together as Azurite-Malachite, it is believed this mineral can freshens one’s outlook on life, as well as getting rid of egocentric characteristics; dispelling conceit, arrogance and vanity; calming anxiety and enhancing flexibility in motion and thought.

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Fluorite

Fluorite

Confidence, Positivity, Balance

Origin

Fluorite (also known as fluorspar) can be found in Canada, Spain, Russian, England, Africa, China, Mexico, along with the United States

General Description

The word fluorite is derived from the Latin word, fluere, meaning “to flow”, since the mineral is used as a flux in iron smelting.  Fluorite is allochromatic, meaning that it can be tinted with other elements during formation. Fluorite comes in a wide range of colors and it’s also known as “the most colorful mineral in the world”.  You can find a variety of colors with fluorite samples.  Most common colors are purple, blue, green, yellow, or even colorless. Less common are pink, red, white, brown, and black. Color zoning or banding is commonly present. The color of the fluorite is determined by factors including impurities and exposure to radiation.

Many samples of fluorite exhibit fluorescence under ultraviolet light, a property that takes its name from fluorite.

Commercial Uses

Industrially, fluorite is used as a flux. Flux is used to prepare metal surfaces for soldering by cleaning and removing any oxides and impurities. Oxides are formed when metal is exposed to air and may prevent the formation of good solder joints.

Fluorite is also used in the production of certain glasses and enamels.  

Pure fluorite is transparent but elemental impurities make it a colorful mineral which can be used for ornamental carvings and lapidary.

Metaphysical Properties

Fluorite is said to absorb and neutralize negative energy and stress. An excellent learning aid, Fluorite increases the powers of concentration, self-confidence and helps in decision-making. It encourages positivity, balances the energies, and improves balance and coordination, both physically and mentally.

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Hematite on Quartz

Hematite on Quartz

Energy, Safety, Security

Origin

China, Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Canada, Venezuela, and the United States

General Description

Hematite is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth's surface. It is iron oxide and a common rock-forming mineral that can be found throughout the world.

The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood, or haima, due to the red coloration found in some varieties of hematite.  Iron oxidation causes the reddish color, which is why red hematite tends to be a rusty red instead of a vivid, bright red. The hematite itself is opaque and tends to have a dull to slightly shiny appearance; however, when it is in quartz, it will appear translucent because the mineral is diffused throughout the quartz. 

Hematite is highly variable when it comes to appearances.  Its luster can range from earthy to submetallic to metallic, and it can come in a variety of forms from crystalline, fibrous to botryoidal (which resembles a cluster of grapes).  Color ranges from red to brown, to gray to silver.  An important clue for identifying hematite is that all hematite produces a reddish streak.

Commercial Uses

Hematite is the most important ore of iron in addition to being one of the most important pigment minerals. Hematite was one of the first pigment minerals used by people.  Cave paintings, known as “pictographs” dating back to 40,000 years ago, were created with hematite pigments when it’s crushed into a powder.

Metaphysical Properties

Hematite has a hexagonal crystalline lattice. Crystals with this lattice structure manifest, energize, and amplify energies. Hematite is linked to the root chakra, which is associated with the feelings of safety, security, grounding, standing up for oneself, and establishing healthy boundaries.

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Sky Blue Celestite

Sky Blue Celestite

Friendship, Love, Sleep

Origin

Celestite (also known as Celestine) can be found worldwide from Madagascar, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Mexico, Tunisia, Peru, Poland, to the United Kingdom and in the United States.

General Description

Celestite is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. It’s best known for its delicate blue color.  It can also occur as colorless, white, pink, pale green, pale brown, black and even orange.  Celestite derives its name from the Latin word caelestis meaning celestial, which in turn is derived from the Latin word caelum, meaning sky or heaven.  Celestite can occur in geodes as well as crystals.  Celestite is found in small quantities throughout sedimentary rock, rivers, streams, and ocean beds.  It is often found growing alongside Gypsum, Anhydrite and Halite.

Commercial Uses

Celestite and the carbonate mineral strontianite are the principal sources of the element strontium, which is commonly used in fireworks and in various metal alloys.  High quality Celestite can be faceted for jewelry.

Metaphysical Properties

Celestite is thought to bring calmness and balance. It encourages inner peace, sleep, and powers of compassion, love, friendship, fertility, growth, spirituality and reconciliation. It is also useful for remembering dreams and has always been thought to attract good fortune. Celestite is a great stone for creative people, as it aids in helping the wearer to access their intuitive creativity. It also encourages a great openness to new experiences

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