Good morning crystal lovers, welcome to Crystal Thursday. This weeks topic is a moderately rare mineral called Serpentine originally posted to my blog on March 31, 2018.
From what I found the name Serpentine has two schools of thought. One says it is the color that is snake like. Being green with occasional flecks of brown, black and yellow is kind of snake like. The other says the name comes from the way it forms in plates that resemble snakeskin. I will leave it to you, my readers, to decide which story you want to believe.
Serpentine is not a single mineral, it’s a group of several divided into two categories. One being fibrous which are used in making Asbestos and the other non-fibrous which has been in use since ancient times for jewelry, ornamental pieces such as decorative bowls and statuary as well as decorative purposes in buildings as floor tile, wall or other creative uses. A couple non fibrous examples of are Antigorite and Lizardite.
Many ancient cultures were quite fond of Serpentine for it’s beautiful green color that is the result of a nickel, chromium and cobalt mixture. The color of the stone varies from light to dark green depending on the amount of these chemicals. It can also be found in a range from opaque to transparent.
On the Mohs Scale of hardness Serpentine is anywhere from a three to a six making it very useful for carving and shaping. Some of the locations it’s found in around the world are here in the US, Canada, China, Italy, Britain and Russia.
Now let’s get to the fun stuff and look at some of the metaphysical qualities of Serpentine.
Serpentine resonates, and clears all chakras.
It is said to develop a feeling of inner peace and calm.
It is said wearing or carrying Serpentine can protect against negative energy and bad luck.
It is said to help balance digestive problems.
It is said to help menstrual cramps.
Some people believe it helps you live longer.
It is said to help ease dementia and Alzheimer symptoms.
Like all crystals and minerals the list of benefits gained from working with them is always interesting. I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Serpentine. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing healing qualities of this or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning, welcome to Crystal Thursday! The original post for today’s discussion was back on February 9, 2018. Our topic is an interesting form of Calcite called Optical Calcite. It’s interesting to me because of two things; one is that it’s clear and the other is the cool parallelogram shape you find them in. With more research done let’s discover what Optical Calcite has to offer those who work with it; but first a little background.
Calcite is one of the most common minerals on earth. This form is special because it is highly transparent. When polished it honestly looks like an ice cube. It was first discovered in the Helgustaoir Quarry near Reyoarf Iceland, which is why its alternate name is Iceland Spar but can also be found in other places around the world like Mexico, Brazil, Germany, US, the Czech Republic and China.
You know I like to find out when a crystal or mineral was first discovered, but it was difficult trying to pin down a date and a name to verify a first discovery. In my research one name kept coming up, Rasmus Bartholin, a Danish Doctor, Mathematician and Physicist. In 1669 he began studying this crystals double refraction quality. This tells us that in the 17th century Optical Calcite was a known crystal. There are stories told about Norse sailors and Vikings between the 8th and 11th century being able to accurately navigate the oceans even on cloudy days. They apparently used something they called a “Sunstone” to find the sun and get to where they were going. That crystal is Optical Calcite.
Another interesting fact about is that during WW2 Optical Calcite was used for the sighting of the big Norden Bombsite equipment. It is a very soft crystal. On the Mohs Scale it’s a three so for jewelry it’s really not practical; but it does have ornamental and industrial uses. Back in the day it had been used for decorative tile and statuary as Optical Calcite can be found in a range of colors like pink, green, yellow and lavender. There was a choice as to what you wanted to work with. It is also used in making fertilizer and cement.
Now let’s take a look at the fun stuff and talk about the metaphysical uses for Optical Calcite. If I had to give one word to describe what I feel is its most helpful attribute I would say clarity. This high energy crystal helps you see things from a different, less emotional perspective. With this new level of clarity you can see beyond the issue or the mistake to find a solution.
Other qualities are:
Resonates well with the Crown and Soul Star Chakra.
It helps clear attachments.
When placed in a room it will clear stagnant energy.
It is an energy amplifier.
Helps increase focus.
Helps clear fear-based emotions.
It is said to increase memory.
It strengthens your ability to be discerning.
Helps balance calcium in the body.
Helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Optical Calcite. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing healing qualities of this stone or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Hello everyone, thank you for coming back to join in another Crystal Thursday. This week we’re talking about the beautiful Blue to Blue Violet mineral, Sodalite. My original post was back on December 21 of 2017. This mineral is sometimes confused with Lapis Lazuli. While Lapis does contain some white, Sodalite doesn’t contain pyrite inclusions but can occasionally have purple, orange or yellow inclusions.
Some sources consider it rare because gem quality Sodalite is not as common a find as other minerals and crystals. It has been used for jewelry and as an ornamental /architectural stone since its discovery between 1806 and 1811 in Greenland; it became more widely used after 1891 when a large deposit was discovered in Canada. Some other locations where Sodalite has been found are Namibia, Russia, Brazil and here in the United States. The Mohs scale of hardness has it a nice 5.5 – 6 and Sodalite resonates with the Throat and Third Eye Chakra.
Sodalite is a great stone to work with for spiritual and communication reasons. It helps align our physical and spiritual selves so we can live as our truest selves. Let’s look at some of the other metaphysical qualities it offers.
It helps improve focus and find clarity about issues going on in our lives.
It helps clear negativity and improves confidence.
Helps improve communication.
Encourages speaking your truth.
Helps balance your emotions.
Helps open and strengthen psychic ability.
Helps connect you to your intuition.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Sodalite. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing healing qualities of this stone or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning everyone. Crystal Thursday has come around again to share some information about Sapphire. The original post was back on December 15 of 2017. This crystal is a type of Corundum that is found in several colors. Blue is the most popular and valuable color but it is also found in pink, green, yellow, clear and red which we know as Rubies. All others are called Sapphire regardless of color.
Except for the Star Sapphire most are transparent to translucent. The Start Sapphire is the result of something called Asterism which is a fancy word that means the crystal is Rutilated. When the Rutile lays down in a particular way it creates either a six or twelve point star. These are sometimes heat treated to dissolve the Rutile and in the process the color of the crystal is intensified.
This is a hard crystal; even more than Quartz. On the Mohs scale of hardness it is a nine which is why it’s excellent for making jewelry. Sapphire resonates with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras.
The Sapphire is one of those crystals with such a long history that it’s difficult to know exactly when it was first discovered or by whom. From what I’ve been able to discover in researching The Etruscans were quite fond of Sapphires during the later part of their empire, around the sixth and seventh century. In the 13th century while Marco Polo was adventuring he took a trip to what is now Sri Lanka and found Sapphires which he talked about at length in his “Book of Wonders”.
Moving forward through history the ancient Greeks wore Sapphire when visiting an oracle. The Buddhists believed they brought enlightenment; Medieval Kings wore Sapphire as a symbol of power and wealth as well as to bring wisdom. During the Renaissance they became the favorite of the wealthy.
Here is the United States a source of gem quality Sapphire was discovered by gold miners near Helena Montana in 1865. A few other sources are in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Madagascar.
So let’s get to the fun stuff and take a look at some of the metaphysical qualities Sapphire has to offer those who work with it.
Helps to increase clarity.
Helps to strengthen intuition.
Helps to clear negative thoughts.
Helps to calm and focus the mind.
Believed to attract Divine favor.
It is said to improve creativity.
It is said to relieve headaches.
It is said to help connect with guides.
Helps gain wisdom.
Helps ease depression.
Helps restore balance to the body physically, mentally and spiritually.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Sapphire. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing healing qualities of this stone or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning everyone. It is Crystal Thursday again and we’re taking a look at the lovely Iolite. My original post for this crystal was back on the 8th of December 2017. Because of its beautiful blue color Iolite is sometimes mistaken for Sapphire. Some even call it Water Sapphire but it has, in fact, a different chemical makeup. Iolite is Gem Quality Cordierite and Sapphire is a type of Corundum.
The head of this crystal family, Cordierite, was discovered in Spain around 1813 and named for French Geologist Louis Cordier. It can be found in several colors, one of which is today’s topic so let’s get back to it. Iolite was discovered by W. Dan Hausel in Palmer Creek Wyoming in 1996. Iolite is considered fairly rare but it can be found in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Canada in addition to Wyoming.
Iolite’s color can vary from light to deep blue/violet and from transparent to translucent. The more transparent it is the higher its value. It also has this interesting color flash characteristic called Pleochriosm. Now I am no geologist and don’t pretend to be but the best explanation I can give is that when turned in the light colors can be seen like yellow, light blue or grey depending on the angle. Emeralds and Tanzanite are known to also have this characteristic. The beautiful blue of this crystal resonates well with the third eye chakra. It’s also very hard, on the Mohs scale Iolite comes in at 7-7.5 making it a good choice for jewelry.
Let’s get to the fun part and discuss a few of the metaphysical characteristics of Iolite. Interestingly enough the energy of this crystal is quite calming. As it resonates with the Third Eye you’d think the energy would feel more active but it does all its work with an energy that’s calm.
Iolite relieves stress.
It relieves Migraines.
When placed under a pillow it will help relieve insomnia and nightmares.
It works very well for spiritual inner journeying but this should be done with an experienced guide.
It opens your intuition and helps expand psychic ability
It will help you move through periods of change in your life by helping you gain perspective and the determination make necessary change.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Iolite. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning, it’s Thursday and that means Crystal Thursday! Today’s topic is the beautiful shimmery Tiger’s Eye. The original post went up back on December 2, 2017. It’s an interesting stone; Tiger’s Eye is silica based and is actually a type of Quartz. The shimmer you see when turning it in the light comes from the way the Quartz lays and a mineral called Crocidolite which is a type of asbestos. Now before you freak out and vow to never touch Tiger’s Eye, when polished the threat of a problem is very low. To be on the safe side avoid breaking a polished piece and wash your hands after handling. Of course in raw form it’s a different story and care must be taken during and after handling.
The use of Tiger’s Eye for jewelry and other decorative pieces goes back approximately 2500 years. Archeologists have found pieces in tombs when excavating. The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used it for jewelry as well as talismans of a sort. Soldiers believed that wearing or carrying a piece into battle would not only give them strength and courage for battle, they believed it would protected from harm. The Ancient Chinese also believed Tiger’s Eye brought good fortune.
Between 1784 and 1803 there were two instances of men finding Tiger’s Eye. The first was by a French Ornithologist named Francois Levaillant. He made two trips to Africa in 1784 and 1796, while traveling found pieces along a river. The second man to document finding it followed in Levaillants footsteps in 1803 along the Orange River in Africa.
Aside from Africa Tiger’s Eye is found in Australia, India, Canada and here in the US. It’s best known color is a layered golden yellow and brown. It can be found in blue and red as well but the red is the result of heat treating. The Chakra association is a little unclear as every research source named a different Chakra. I’ve always found a resonance with the Root and Solar Plexus but some sources also include the Third Eye Chakra. As a member of the Quartz family I guess I understand making that connection. The Quartz family relationship gives Tiger’s Eye a good 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness so it can be shaped and carved fairly easy.
Let’s take a look at the metaphysical qualities Tiger’s Eye has to offer:
It’s grounding and protective.
Helps stabilize mood swings.
It improves your energy level so you can keep going.
Encourages you to be bolder.
Strengthens your courage and willpower.
Give you confidence to believe in yourself.
Helps raise your self esteem and self worth.
Helps clear mental blocks so you can focus better.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Tiger’s Eye. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this stone or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning everyone, welcome to this week’s Crystal Thursday. We are taking a look at a conglomerate called Pudding Stone. To avoid confusion this stone is also spelled as a single word, If you are from or ever lived in Northern Michigan the word is pronounced “Puddin’ Stone.”
My original post was back on November 24, 2017. Like most of my early posts it didn’t tell the reader much of anything, but finding anything out about Pudding Stone is not easy. The few sources of information either repeated what I already know or contradicted every other source. So I will do my best to share something you didn’t already know about this stone.
As I mentioned Pudding Stone is a conglomerate, which simply means it is made up of a bunch of small things that came together to form a bigger thing; while still being able to identify its separate parts. How they were created is kind of an interesting story. All nature needs to make these lovely stones are moving water, an assortment of crystals and minerals, some nice sedimentary material, an Ice Age and lots of time, according to my research, between 1 – 2 Billion years worth.
The process begins with crystals and minerals tumbling in the moving water of a lake shore, river or creek, wearing down their sharp edges. In time they clump together and come to rest in sedimentary material that dries up. It’s possible the lake goes shallow or river dries up or relocates as they sometimes do. This is where time and an ice age are required. The Ice Age comes in, cools and compresses the material into nice solid pieces. As the ice flow melts and moves the stones break and get dropped in sizes from small pieces you can hold to massive boulders you’d need some real muscle and machines to move.
Pudding Stone can be found all over the world. A couple of the countries are India, and Australia. Although there are two real good places for finding them and they are in the United States and Canada around the Great Lakes going east and as far south as Kentucky. The other is in England. I’ve never been to England but I understand the best places to find these stones are in the area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. One source also mentioned the London Basin. If someone from England could verify locations that would be cool.
I searched and searched for who found and used the stone first but that was not successful. With some minerals and crystals use began so long ago that records may not have been kept. I do know that Pudding Stone is largely decorative. I’ve seen a few really lovely pendants and having a beautiful piece in your home is nice and quite the conversation starter.
I spent several years living in Northern Michigan and it’s not uncommon to find houses, walls and garden decorations built with Pudding Stone. One of my favorite things to do was drive country roads and look for washes and dry creek beds where we could find Pudding and Petoskey Stones. My yard was full of them. I brought a couple of my favorites with me when I left but it was so sad to leave the rest behind.
An interesting bit of information is that each piece is different; from the crystals and minerals in the stone to the sediment holding them together. Even regionally they are different. A Pudding Stone found in Northern Michigan is going to be completely different from one found in New Jersey. The types of material often found in these stones are various kinds of Jaspers, Quartz, Hematite, Chert, Shale and Slate. On the very, very rare occasion Pudding Stones have been found with precious gems and metals in them, but as I said that’s a rare find! The binding material is often a quartz based sand but that can vary from location to location as well.
Now to the fun stuff, the metaphysical properties Pudding Stone has to offer.
They are a fairly high yet smooth energy stones because they contain a combination of several brought together by nature; each one adding its own energy and qualities to the whole. Because of this I feel it’s difficult to say with any certainty what particular chakra a stone may resonate with. Chances are it could be more than one or all of them. I couldn’t find a Mohs scale association but not having a test kit of my own my best guess is between a 5 or 6. Pudding Stone is dense and heavier than they appear.
The same situation applies to the metaphysical and healing qualities. They can vary depending on the combination of the stones within an individual piece, but in my research I did find a few overlapping qualities from one source to another, and they are:
They help relieve stress and anxiety.
They help ease depression.
They help you remember dreams.
They help with astral travel.
They help improve clarity and imagination.
They help improve psychic ability.
They are a wonderful meditation aide.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Pudding Stone. If its qualities resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this stone is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning welcome to Crystal Thursday. Today’s topic was first posted in November of 2017 and is Prehnite. This mineral was first found in the 18th century by a Mineralogist named Hendrik von Prehn. Born in South Africa he spent many years serving in the military after which he returned to his home in the Cape of Good Hope colony, eventually becoming Governor. During his time in South Africa before moving his family to Europe he discovered the mineral that would eventually be named for him in 1788. This was said to be the first mineral to be found in South Africa and the first to named for the person who found it.
Prehnite, as I mentioned was first found in South Africa and for a long time was considered a rare mineral. It still is but not to the extent that it was previously. It has been found in France, Australia, India and the US as well. Most people know this mineral by its translucent to opaque pale green color but from what I’ve found in my research it’s also found in pink, blue and clear. Then in April of 2000 a new color was found in South Africa, and that was orange. I myself have only seen green so I’ve got some looking to do!
I’ve said Prehnite is fairly rare and that makes it more expensive. Beyond that its clarity also adds to the cost. The most valuable form of Prehnite is clear green. The other is included with Epidote and/or Black Tourmaline. The sample I have has tourmaline inclusions. I think inclusions can make a crystal or mineral more interesting because the energy of the included mineral adds to the whole. That’s not to say if I were to find a nice clear piece of Prehnite I wouldn’t buy it because, you know me and I absolutely would!
Most sources say Prehnite resonates with the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras, but I think it also works well with the Third Eye to enhance psychic ability and help lucid dream. On the Mohs scale it comes in at 6 – 6.5.
Prehnite is considered a stone of transformation. Its energy is very soothing helping to calm stress and encourage inner peace. Let’s get to the good stuff and take a look at some of the other qualities Prehnite has to offer.
It opens a feeling of unconditional love for all life.
It’s said to help stop nightmares.
It helps increase focus.
It helps detox the kidney and lymph systems.
It is said to repair connective tissue.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Prehnite. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this stone is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning everyone, it’s Crystal Thursday again and this week we’re taking a look at Yellow Calcite. My original post was back on October 28, 2017. Calcite is a calcium carbonate mineral containing limestone. It’s actually pretty interesting; given time, the right amount of moisture, temperature and pressure conditions the same base becomes calcite then marble.
I found a couple of possibilities for first discovery in my research. One was from the year 79 and it has Pliny the Elder naming the mineral Calix because of its lime content. I have seen a few variations of the spelling but each source was talking about the same thing. This tells us Calcite is a mineral that’s been used for a very long time. I believe the Egyptians used a type of calcite called Alabaster, when they made the burial jars to hold items the dead would need to live on the other side.
The only reference to yellow calcite being known and used was one speaking about Sage of St. Olaf writing that a yellow stone was being used for ship navigation. There is another type of calcite called Iceland Spar that’s been known to have been used for the same purpose but this article specifically mentioned a yellow stone with refractive ability. This article was dating back to the 1400’s in Iceland.
Calcite is a fairly large family of minerals. I believe there are currently 300ish known types. I don’t have samples of all of them …yet! 😀 <3!! Calcite can be found in a range of colors, both clear and opaque, all over the world but the countries I am aware of, right now, for finding and mining Yellow Calcite are Brazil, Peru and the Czech Republic. On the Mohs scale it comes in at a soft 3, and resonates with the Solar Plexus Chakra.
The energy is very gentle yet effective. Yellow Calcite is an energy transformer and amplifier, which means that it works with us to let go of stagnant low energy thought and beliefs systems as well as habits that need to go so we have room for new and better in our lives. Since it works well with the Solar Plexus Chakra the energy of this mineral will help build our confidence and motivate us to change what needs to be so we can be our best selves.
Let’s take a look at some of the other metaphysical qualities Yellow Calcite will share:
Being a calcium carbonate material it helps with bone and joint issues.
Working with the Solar Plexus Chakra it will help improve energy levels.
It helps heal sadness, grief and depression.
I’ve never used it for this purpose but it is said to improve memory and learning.
It helps support the immune system and improve the metabolism.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Yellow Calcite. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this stone is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Good morning everyone, welcome to Crystal Thursday. This week we are talking about an ancient mollusk called Ammonite. The original post was back on October 21, 2017. This was the younger sibling to the Nautilus. Unfortunately it didn’t survive the event which took out the dinosaurs and became extinct around 65 million years ago. The older sibling, Nautilus, did and approximately ten species can be found in the oceans today. Ammonite was named for the Ethiopian God Ammon who had spiral ram horns. In time knowledge of Ammon spread to the Egyptians (Amun) and Greeks (Jupiter) who adopted this God into their pantheons.
Ammonites first began to appear somewhere between the Devonian and the Jurassic period. At that time there was a whole lot more open water on Earth because the land masses were closer together. For this reason they are fairly common and can be found all over where sedimentary material can be found. These fossils unfortunately aren’t very durable; on the Mohs scale they are a 3.5 to 4 so care must be taken with them. They are naturally brown to grey; the iridescent colors we love don’t come out until the fossils are polished. Being so ancient Ammonites hold a great deal of earth energy and resonate with both the root and third eye chakras.
The spiral formation of Ammonite speaks to its capabilities for assisting us in our lives. They are all about increasing energy, growth, and moving forward. Let’s get to the good stuff now and take a look at a couple of the metaphysical properties of Ammonite.
They are said to attract good health, success and prosperity.
They are said to be powerful healers helping to improve blood pressure, ear and lung issues as well as improving degenerative disorders.
They are said to remove negativity and help overcome depression.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at the fossil Ammonite. If its qualities resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.