Now it’s Crystal Clear: Tourmaline

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Tourmaline.

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Tourmaline gemstone is a semi-precious mineral similar to granite. With colors ranging from magenta to teal-blue, meadow-green to vibrant yellow, and even black, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali,” which means, “stone mixed with vibrant colors.” It’s believed that no two tourmaline stones have the exact same color!

Historicaly revered as a “magic” stone that is capable of protecting its wearer, it is said that Tourmaline has powerful effects such as: helps with detoxification, supports fat loss, reduces water retention, improves circulation, supports the liver and kidney, promotes a healthy mood, helps eliminate toxic metals and reduces lactic acids and free fatty acids. [**]

I’d have to agree that these stones are magical — just by looking at the colors they naturally form in are absolutely incredible!

Many tourmaline color varieties have inspired their own trade names:

Rubellite is a name for pink, red, purplish red, orangy red, or brownish red tourmaline, although some in the trade argue that the term shouldn’t apply to pink tourmaline.
Indicolite is dark violetish blue, blue, or greenish blue tourmaline.
Paraíba is an intense violetish blue, greenish blue, or blue tourmaline from the state of Paraíba, Brazil.
Chrome tourmaline is intense green. In spite of its name, it’s colored mostly by vanadium, the same element that colors many Brazilian and African emeralds.
Parti-colored tourmaline displays more than one color. One of the most common combinations is green and pink, but many others are possible.
Watermelon tourmaline is pink in the center and green around the outside. Crystals of this material are typically cut in slices to display this special arrangement. [***]

Deposits of Tourmaline are in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the United States (California and Maine). Several African countries have recently become big producers of gem Tourmaline, specifically Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Malawi. [****]

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Ever since I first saw Kristen’s work on Instagram, creator of KKB Metal Studio, I considered her to be an inspirational metalsmith! I’ve been waiting to find and snag a piece of hers that I could call my own and this was it! I saw the first photo above of all three pieces and my eyes immediately gravitated towards the blue/grey tourmaline with the reticulated/textured pebble charm that reminded me of the ocean waves. She perfectly describes these pieces as “a perfect mix of grit and glamour, these pieces make for easy, everyday wear; a wabi sabi piece” and I couldn’t agree more! If you act fast the pink tourmaline is still available in her shop and she has some other great pieces listed as well! 🙂 – photos by Kristen, KKB Metal Studio

[**] =https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-tourmaline-gemstone/

[***] = https://www.gia.edu/tourmaline-description

[****] = http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/tourmaline_gemstone.aspx

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Sodalite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Sodalite.
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Dating back to ancient civilizations, Sodalite is linked to the ethereal energy that promotes the highest form of self-expression. Sculptors, painters and artists were known to carry it around for inspiration! The crystal’s meaning has a long-held association with the color of the heavens. [**]

Called the blue “Logic Stone,” Sodalite emits an easy, tranquil energy that clears the mind and elicits deep thought, expanding the ability to arrive at logical conclusions based on rational consideration. It enhances one’s powers of analysis, intuition, observation, creativity, strengthens self-discipline, efficiency and organization. Sodalite does not stimulate wisdom, but rather clears one’s vision and intellect opening the mind to formulate wisdom.  [***]

Being a salty combination of manganese and calcium, Sodalite crystal is commonly found in large deposits in Brazil. It can also be found in Russia, Greenland, Romania, France, India, Myanmar, Namibia, Canada and the USA.

This crystal is classified as a feldspathoid and is well-known for its rich blue color intermingled with white Calcite. It may also form as gray, yellow, green, or pink. [****]

I just received this pair of Sodalite stones I purchased from India! I can’t wait to make something awesome with them — I’m thinking earrings or maybe a double-sided cuff! 🙂 What do you think? – photo taken by me

[**] = https://www.energymuse.com/sodalite-meaning

[***] = https://www.crystalvaults.com/resource/cme/sodalite/

[****] = https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/sodalite.html

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Celestite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Celestite [also known as Celestine].

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Latest addition to my crystal collection — photo taken by me 

The name Celestite comes from the Latin word for heavenly — and looking at this clear blue crystal, it sure is fitting!

Most commonly in Brazil and Madagascar — but can be found in locations worldwide — this crystal inspires deep relaxation, peace and joy. It’s also said to relieve stress, anxiety and clear your overburdened mind when times are tough.

The meaning of Celestite is that it’s a teacher for the New Age, bringing a restored sense of trust in the infinite wisdom of the universe.

It’s the ideal crystal to have in your home — especially in your bedroom to bring tranquility and harmonious energies to encourage a restful sleep. [**]

Here are some tips for using your celestite piece:

  • Put under your pillow to encourage healthy dreaming/dream recall and dispel nightmares. This can also help resolve anxiety and heal insomnia.
  • Place nearby to boost your creative expression and help promote your natural abilities to achieve success.
  • Keep around you to assist with detoxing your mind of stress, worry and despair.
  • Place on your desk to increase your ability to use reason and think rationally.
  • Meditate with your celestite crystal to bring you closer to the angelic and celestial realms.
  • Wear a piece near your throat chakra for when you want help with public speaking and for help with knowing the right words to say at the right time. [***]

[**]= https://www.energymuse.com/celestite-stone.html

[***]= http://askronandsue.com.au/Crystal-healing-crystal-tips-celestite/

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Agate

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about the Agate.

Found along the Achates River in Sicily, these beautifully banded stones were first given their name by the ancient philosopher Theophrastus. Its meaning differed from civilization to civilization — ancient Islamic cultures and Babylonians believed that agate could ward off the evil eye, tragedies and dispel evil energy. However, the ancient Egyptians and the Persians believed the agate was protection against natural disasters like lightning and other aspects. To the ancient Chinese, the power of the agate was more internal. They believed that the crystal meaning was one of spiritual protection, and could stimulate one’s life force while cleansing their mind to make space for good luck and fortune. By the Medieval times, the belief surrounding agate properties was that it could deliver a plentiful harvest if tied to the horns of an oxen …

Agates are banded types of chalcedony that come in a range of colors including pink, red, brown, white, purple, black, gray and yellow. This palette array comes from the impurities within the groundwater’s composition. Its colorful trademark bands are layers of agate deposits that develop on top of each other — with igneous rock joining the silica deposits in groundwater.  [**]

These stones are known to promote inner stability, composure, and maturity. Its warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence! [***]

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Building up quite a gemstone and crystal collection in my apartment — this Agate is one of my favorite pieces that I own! This picture does not do this stone justice — it’s gray, white and navy hues are absolutely stunning! – photo taken by me

If you thought the list of Jasper stones from Minerals.net was extensive — check out how many varieties of Agate there are!

Agate Geode – Thick layer of Agate surrounding a cavity in a geode that is usually lined with a layer of small Quartz crystals.
Agate Jasper – Opaque multicolored Jasper, or Jasper with banding; may also refer to a single stone with a combination of both Agate and Jasper.
Agatized Wood – Petrified Wood in the form of Agate, with banding patterns.
Agua Nueva Agate – Agate from the Mexican locality of Agua Nueva. Agua Nueva Agate is known for its purple and pink banding formations.
Blue Lace Agate – Agate with light blue bands in a lacy or wavy pattern.
Botswana Agate – Agate from the African country of Botswana banded with fine parallel lines of white, purple, or peach.
Brecciated Agate – Agate with broken fragments naturally cemented together; appears similar to breccia.
Cloud Agate – Grayish Agate with blurry, foggy patches of inclusions.
Condor Agate – Agate from San Rafael, Argentina, often with bright colors.
Coyamito Agate – Agate from Rancho Coyamito, Mexico, that often has reddish banding.
Crazy Lace Agate – Agate with twisting and turning bands of various colors.
Dendritic Agate – Translucent Chalcedony with tree-like or fern-like inclusions. Dendritic Agate is technically not a true Agate, as it lacks the banding patterns exhibited in Agates.
Dryhead Agate – Agate from Montana with orange and brownish banding.
Enhydro Agate – Agate nodule containing trapped water bubbles. The water can be seen from the outside of the nodule when held up to the light. Also known as Enhydritic Agate.
Eye Agate – Agate with banded, concentric rings that are perfectly rounded.
Fairburn Agate – Form of Fortification Agate from Fairburn, South Dakota.
Fire Agate – Form of Agate or Chalcedony that is iridescent with a play of colors or “fire” similar to that of Opal. Fire Agates usually have botryoidal bubbles included in their interior. The play of color is caused by inclusions of Goethite or Limonite.
Fortification Agate – Agate with a pattern in which all bands connect to each other causing it to resemble a medieval fortress (i.e. imaginary moat and walls surrounding the castle).
Fossil Agate – Agate that forms as a replacement of organic material such as wood and shells.
Grape Agate – Spherules of Agate or Chalcedony clustered together in a botryoidal, grape-like habit.
Iris Agate – Rare iridescent Agate that exhibits spectral colors on a translucent colorless or white base.

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Laguna Agate – Well known form of colorful Agate with very dense banding from Ojo Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Lake Superior Agate – Agate from the basalt region of northern Michigan, near the shores of Lake Superior.
Landscape Agate – Agate that resembles a scenic landscape such as mountain formations.
Mexican Lace Agate – Agate consisting of thin bands in a lacy or wavy pattern.
Moctezuma Agate – Agate from Estacion Moctezuma, Mexico, known for pastel colors.
Mojave Blue Agate – Agate with a light pastel blue or blue-gray color from the Mojave Desert in California.
Moss Agate – Chalcedony containing dense inclusions of green Hornblende that cause the pattern to resemble moss. Moss Agate is not true Agate as it lacks the banding patterns of Agate.
Nipomo Agate – Agate with Marcasite inclusions found in Nipomo, San Luis Obispo Co., California.
Onyx – Form of Chalcedony with a solid black color or white and black banding. Occasionally also refers to banded Travertine or Tufa in the mineral form of Calcite or Aragonite with black and white bands. For additional information, see the gemstone page on Onyx.
Oregon Snakeskin Agate – White to cream Agate or Chalcedony with a wrinkled or cracked “skin”, resembling the skin of a snake; found in Oregon.
Plume Agate – Agate with inclusions in feather-like patterns.
Queensland Agate – Distinct form of Agate from Agate Creek in Queensland, Australia. Rainbow Agate – Iridescent Agate that exhibits a multicolored effect thin slabs.
Sagenite Agate – Agate with acicular or or pointed inclusions of various minerals. These hair like formations are often arranged in fans or bursts.
Sardonyx – Form of Agate with parallel bands of brownish to red alternating with white or sometimes black bands.
Scenic Agate – Synonym of Landscape Agate
Snakeskin Agate – Agate with a scale-like layer that resembles the skin of a snake. Also refers to a reddish brown Agate with small black concentric bands.
Sweetwater Agate – Agate with star-shaped patterns of manganese oxide inclusions, found in the Sweetwater River, Wyoming. Sweetwater Agate is not true Agate as it lacks the banding patterns of Agate, but is a form of Moss Agate.
Thunder Egg – Rounded nodule filled with Agate in the center. The term Thunder Egg is usually reserved for such nodules found in Oregon, but the term may also encompass similar nodules from other locations.
Tube Agate – Agate with tube-like formations which are sometimes hollow.

** = https://www.energymuse.com/agate-meaning

*** = https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/agate

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Jasper

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Jasper.jaspermeaning-jasperproperties.jpgThe Jasper stone has been around for centuries. Worn by shamans, priests and kings, it was considered sacred and a powerful protection stone — for both the physical world and in the spiritual realm. Amulets of Jasper were carved by the Egyptians with symbols and inscriptions from the Book of the Dead and buried with mummified remains for safe passage in the after life. It was highly utilized in many cultures for engraving cylinder seals, signet rings, and special talismans depicting astrological and religious images …

Known as the “Supreme Nurturer,” Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing. Its presence balances the aura to a level of wholeness and peace, and acts as a reminder that one is not here on the physical plane simply for oneself, but to bring joy and substance to others. [Click here for more details]

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This Picture Jasper piece is a recent purchase I made at a local Arts & Crafts fair. My Mom and I both walked over to this artist’s booth and looked at this same piece without realizing it! Funny how some stones call out to you. This variety of Jasper is described as being the Earth Mother speaking to her children. It forms in remarkable bands and flow patterns of browns, black, tan, blue and ivory, and exhibits a hidden message or “picture” from the past (this particular piece reminds me of an abstract work of art more so than a picture) … An excellent stone for creative vision, initiative and boosting confidence, it is an ideal aid for starting one’s own business.  [***]  How cool! – photo taken by me
It’s insane how many varieties of this stone there are! This list from Minerals.net was the most comprehensive that I could find:

Agate Jasper –  Opaque multicolored Jasper, or Jasper with banding; may also refer to a single stone with a combination of both Agate and Jasper.
Basanite  –  Incorrectly refers to a black, fine-grained variety of Jasper. The proper definition of Basanite is a low-grade Obsidian.
Biggs Jasper –  Jasper from Biggs Junction, Oregon, with varying light and dark color brown bands and pretty formations.
Brecciated Jasper  –  Jasper in rounded fragments naturally cemented together in a gray material; appears similar to breccia.
Bruneau Jasper  –  Jasper from Bruneau Canyon, in Owyhee County, Idaho, with distinctive brown, cream, (and sometimes even red or green) banding and patterns.
Cave Creek Jasper  –  Reddish Jasper found near Cave Creek in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Dalmatian Jasper – pale gray, cream or beige-brown with dark spots and resembles the coat of a Dalmatian.
Deschutes Jasper  –  Jasper from a deposit slightly east of Biggs Junction, Oregon, near the Deschutes River, with good banding and interesting color formations.
Egyptian Jasper –  Form of Orbicular Jasper with white and gray circles on a red background. It is found as rounded pebbles on the beaches of Egypt. A similar Jasper is found on the beaches of Washington state and sometimes also labelled as Egyptian Jasper.
Green Jasper  –  Jasper with a light to dark green color. Green Jasper differs from Prase and Plasma since it is fully opaque.
Kinradite  –  May be used as a synonym for Jasper, but more often refers to Orbicular Jasper with concentric rings of colorless or white Quartz.
Leopard Jasper  –  Leopard Jasper is a form of Orbicular Jasper with tan color rings, appearing similar to the spots of a leopard.
Morgan Hill Jasper –  Jasper found in Morgan Hill, California, with small reddish and yellow “poppy” formations. Sometimes synonymous with “Poppy Jasper”.
Morrisonite  –  Multicolored Jasper from the Owyhee River gorge in Malheur Co., Oregon.
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Moss Jasper –  Form of Jasper or Chalcedony containing dense inclusions of green Hornblende that cause the pattern to resemble moss. Often used as a synonym for Moss Agate.
Ocean Jasper  –  Ocean Jasper is a form of Orbicular Jasper found on the coast of Madagascar with small, tight, concentric ring formations.
Opal Jasper  –  Opal Jasper is a form of Brecciated Jasper in which the cementing material is Opal.
Orbicular Jasper  –  Jasper with rounded concentric rings throughout.
Owyhee Jasper  –  Form of Jasper with scenic picture formations found near the Owyhee River in Oregon.
Picture Jasper –  Form of Jasper with scenic picture-like formations.
Poppy Jasper  –  Poppy Jasper is a form of yellow Orbicular Jasper with red concentric rings.
Riband Jasper  –  Jasper with banded stripes, usually dark red, brown, yellow, or white bands.
Ribbon Jasper  –  Jasper in the form of Banded Jasper with think banded lines.
Rogueite –  Green form of Jasper from the Rogue River in Oregon.
Russian Jasper  –  Jasper from Russia, usually with reddish spots.
Stone Canyon Jasper  –  Yellowish type of Jasper in the form of Brecciated Jasper from Stone Canyon (near San Miguel), California.
Wascoite –  Jasper from Wasco Co., Oregon, with irregular yellow, pink, and red concentric bands.
Zebra Jasper  –  Dark brown Jasper with lighter brown to white colored banding streaks.
[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].