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Dolomite, Pyrite and Quartz

Dolomite, Pyrite and Quartz

Encourages generosity and giving of all kinds

Origin

Shangbao Mine, Hunan Province, China

General Description

Dolomite is an anhydrous carbonate mineral composed of calcium magnesium carbonate.  It can be colorless, white, gray, pink, and peach.  Depending on what impurities were present during formation, it can even be green and red.  dolomite is used to describe both a mineral and a rock; dolomite mineral is the pure form with a defined crystal structure and chemical formula, whereas dolomite rock is composed mainly of the mineral dolomite, but also contains impurities such as Calcite, Quartz, and feldspar.  Dolomite is used as a concrete aggregate and can be processed for the production of float glass.  In horticulture, dolomitic limestone can be added to soil, potting mix, and saltwater aquariums as a pH buffer.

Commercial Uses

Pyrite is an iron sulfide mineral.  Due to its metallic luster and brass-yellow color, it gives Pyrite a superficial resemblance to gold, which is why Pyrite is also known as Fool’s Gold.  As for uses, Pyrite is a semiconductor material and it’s used in low-cost solar power panels in addition to making marcasite jewelry.  Some of the best Pyrite specimens are found in La Riojo, Spain and this cubic form is very popular among mineral collectors.

Metaphysical Properties

Dolomite is a multi chakra stone.  It encourages generosity and giving of all kinds and opens the heart for one to appreciate the small things in life.

Milky quartz symbolizes hope and can purify negative energy.

Pyrite is said to be an excellent stone for someone who is grieving as it soothes anxiety and balances emotional levels.

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Velveteen Malachite

Velveteen Malachite

Fibrous Malachite

Origin

Ruashi Mine.  Katanga Province, Democractic Republic of Congo

General Description

Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral.  This opaque, green-banded mineral can crystallize in 3 different forms: botryoidal, fibrous, or stalagmitic masses.  Fibrous Malachite specimens show chatoyancy, an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones and minerals.  Light reflecting off of the fibrous clusters of malachite crystals creates a holographic effect.   

The mineral’s name derived from the Greek word, molochites lithos, “mallow-green stone” due to its resemblance to the leaves of the mallow plant.

Commercial Uses

Archaeologist evidence indicates that malachite has been mined for thousands of years.  The mineral is mined and smelted to obtain copper.  Malachite is also used as an ornamental stone and as a gemstone for jewelry. 

Metaphysical Properties

Malachite is known as the Stone of Transformation. It clears and activates all chakras and harmonizes one’s spirituality.  Malachite encourages unconditional love, change, and risk-taking. Gift this to a loved one who might be going through a difficult time.

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Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood

Increase Patience & Perseverance, Promote Calmness & Security, Excellent for Meditating

Origin

Ambilobe, Madagascar

General Description

Petrified wood is wood that has been turned into stone (or fossilized) through the process of permineralization. Our rare Petrified Wood specimens from the city of Ambilobe in Madagascar are formed from the Araucaria tree, a type of extinct conifer.  Petrified Wood from this region of Madagascar dates back to 220 million years ago.  This was the beginning of the Triassic period when the supercontinent of Pangea started to break apart into modern day continents along with the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Over the eons, the organic matter gets replaced by minerals, while much of the original structure such as tree rings stays intact. For this to happen the wood needs to be buried in an environment low in oxygen (to prevent it from decomposing) and with mineral-rich water flowing through. The coloration is due to the various minerals that were present during fossilization.  For example, green and blue colors are due to traces of copper, cobalt, and chromium.  Red, brown, and yellow are due to iron, and black is from carbon.

Commercial Uses

Petrified wood can be polished and used for decorative and entertaining purposes such as tables, bookends, coasters, and cutting boards.  Any LuxeRox Homeware item has been polished and sealed with food-safe treatment.  We recommend wiping clean with a damp cloth after use.

Metaphysical Properties

Associated with the Root Chakra, Petrified Wood is known as a calming and grounding stone that fills you with the feeling of security.  Since it was once a living, breathing tree that has fossilized over millions of years ago, it’s believed to promote patience and increase perseverance.  Gift this fossil for someone who is launching a new goal or taking a new path.  Petrified wood is also an excellent stone for meditating.

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Purple Fluorite

Purple Fluorite

Brings order to chaos, Provides Focus & Concentration

Primary

Fluorite  (also known as fluorspar)

Secondary

Barite

Origin

Berbes, Berbes Mine, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.

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.  Fluorite is also known as “the most colorful mineral in the world” due to the wide range of color variations.

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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Caribbean Blue Larimar Sphere

Caribbean Blue Larimar Sphere

Dissolves emotional barriers, Calming, Relieves Stress

Origin

Los Chupaderos Mine, Dominican Republic

General Description

Larimar is a variety of pectolite. Pectolite is a type of rock composed of acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium.  Pectolite can be found throughout the world but Larimar has a unique volcanic blue coloration, which is a result of copper substitute for calcium.  Larimar is formed when volcanic activity causes a unique mixture of minerals in a hydrothermal fluid to cool and crystalize into the gemstone.  Larimar was first discovered in 1916 but the request to explore and exploit was rejected by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Mining .  It was not re-discovered until 1974 by Miguel Mendez and a Peace Corp volunteer on a beach at the foot of the Bahoruco Mountain Range.  Mendez named the mineral by taking the first few letters of his daughter's name, Larissa, and adding the Spanish word for sea, mar, to create Larimar.

Commercial Uses

High quality larimar can be faceted for jewelry and it is sold throughout the Dominican Republic and the Caribbeans.  Quality grading is based on the intensity of the color, crystal configuration in the stone, and the presence of impurities during formation.

Metaphysical Properties

Larimar is said to contain the tranquil energy of the sea, soothing tempers and fears, and dissipating stress.  It is associated with the throat chakra to bring clarity in communicating.  Holding this stone can help one speak openly from the heart to express unresolved feelings from deep inside.  Larimar beads/ jewelry can be worn by women going through IVF and struggling with infertility to assist with difficult pregnancies and to improve fertility.

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Golden Calcite Flower

Golden Calcite Flower

Boost memory, stimulate insight, excellent for meditating

Origin

Calcite can be found throughout the world including Brazil, Germany, Romania, England, Canada, China, Pakistan, Mexico, Russia, and throughout the United States. Our Golden Calcite Flower is from Morocco.

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 mineral is extremely common and can be found throughout the world in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Dogtooth Calcite or spar are found in limestone caves formations and open spaces including veins, fractures, and geodes. They consist of very large calcite crystals which resemble dogs’ teeth (hense its name). These distinctive sharp-tooth shaped crystals can be a few centimeters long.

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, fear and stress. 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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Aragonite

Aragonite

Combats Anger, Acceptance, Patience

Origin

Aragonite deposits can be found in Spain, France, United States, Mexico, and Morocco.

General Description

(pronounced: uh*RAG*oh*nite) Aragonite is a carbonate mineral and it’s one of the 3 most common naturally occurring crystal forms of calcium carbonate. Aragonite is chemically the same as calcite and it is what gives mother-of-pearl it’s luster. Calcite and aragonite are both carbonates but the difference between these 2 minerals is in their crystal structure and symmetries. Aragonite are formed in marine and freshwater environments including precipitation. Various colors of Aragonite have been discovered from shades of yellow, orange, to blue, geen, and even pink. Aragonite was named after Molina de Aragon, a province in Spain where it was first discovered in the late 1700s.

Commercial Uses

Due to its low hardness scale, Aragonite is not usually faceted for jewelry. However, Aragonite is considered essential for the replication of reef conditions. Aragonite provides the materials necessary for sea life and also keeps the pH of the water close to its natural level. Aragonite has also been successfully tested for the removal of pollutants like zinc, cobalt, and lead from contaminated wastewaters. Some water conditioning manufacturers convert calcite into aragonite to reduce limescale.

Metaphysical Properties

Aragonite is said to foster truth and understanding. A wonderful mineral for people that are experiencing difficulties in their personal relationships, bringing calmness and insight to a difficult time. Aragonite also promotes discipline and motivation in people, providing insight into stressful situations, especially in business.

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Ammonite

Ammonite

Luck, Prosperity,Childbirth

Origin

Found in mountains and sedimentary basins from the Devonian to Cretaceous periods throughout the world

General Description

Ammonite, also known as Ammonoid is a group of extinct cephalopods (such as squid, octopus, cuttlefish, or nautilus), a fossil that are found in shallow water to deeper oceanic conditions dating back to as early as 419 millions to 66 millions years ago. Ammonoids are important index fossils because of their wide geographic distribution in various marine conditions along with their rapid evolution, and easily recognizable features. Palaeontologists can link specific geologic time periods from rock layers in which Ammonites are found.

The name 'ammonite' originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. In medieval times, fossilised ammonites were thought to be petrified coiled snakes, and were called “serpent stones”. They were considered to be evidence for the actions of holy saints and believed to have healing and mystical powers.

Metaphysical Properties

Ammonite is believed to bring luck and prosperity. It is said to alleviate trauma and help depression. It’s spiral pattern is thought to convert negative energy flow into positive energy flow (chi). Some also believe that Ammonite can support the process of childbirth and ease labor pain.

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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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