Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Druzy stones.
Druzy (drusy) stones are made up of tiny micro-crystals that cover a rocks surface. It can form on top of many stones including quartz, calcite, malachite, dolomite, agate, amethyst and garnet. It can be found in Thailand, China, India and Brazil. [**, ***, ****]
Design: With its sparkle and shine, inexpensive price and many variations, druzy’s make a very popular stone for jewelry production. Used by high-end designers and Etsy creators alike, these stones are sure to find their way into your collection! Coming in all fun shapes and colors — some of the brighter colors are dyed, as it’s very rare to find vibrant specimens in nature. If you’d like to purchase all-natural druzy’s, stick to neutral tones and verify their authenticity with the seller.
Decor: Bringing a relaxing and calming energy, Druzy’s are a great accessory to add to any space! Whether displayed or for everyday use — they’re said to help reduce stress, anxiety and provide creative inspiration. [***]
Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Sodalite.
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. [****]
One of my Instagram friends Valentina, who is the artist behind Solis.Designs, recently had a shop update with a great selection of beautiful pieces. From large statement rings to dainty layering necklaces, it was such an inspiration to see her creative designs as well as her abundant use of turquoise and other natural stones!
I just love her work — so you can imagine how hard it was deciding which of the pieces in her collection to choose from!
I ended up purchasing this beautiful dainty White Buffalo turquoise necklace!
However, it got me thinking — as beautiful as White Buffalo turquoise is, I don’t know much about the stone.
It turns out that it’s a rare stone! Found and mined by the Otteson family in Tonopah, Nevada, it’s the only location in the world where it’s found! Sometimes called ‘albino turquoise’ or –incorrectly– ‘white turquoise’, this white stone is surrounded by black and brown flint-like chert (an opaque variety of quartz). This creates beautiful patterns, and sometimes in rare pieces, a spider-web matrix. The stone appears in veins and is as hard as turquoise (Mohs hardness scale of 5.5 to 7.5). It cuts and polishes just like turquoise, which is why a lot of people incorrectly call this stone ‘white turquoise’. [**]
For in reality, there is no pure ‘white turquoise’ that exists — white turquoise-type material that surrounds turquoise in the mines and tests as turquoise, is too light and soft to use. Most pieces that are usable will have some form of a blue or green tint to them. [***]
Being in such high demand and very popular, some stones are sold off as ‘white turquoise’ to consumers in the market. Those stones are Howlite and Magnesite. So — how can you tell which is which and what is sold to you is real or fake? This is my how-to guide on how you recognize white buffalo turquoise!
Howlite is a porous borate mineral that often appears in irregular nodules resembling cauliflower. It is a snow white to milky stone, often with brown, grey or black veins. It is sometimes passed off as white turquoise or White Buffalo. It is also dyed to imitate blue or green turquoise. It is quite soft with a Mohs hardness of 3.5 in contrast to turquoise which usually ranges from 5-7. It also scratches easily — which is something you should look out for when purchasing jewelry with this stone. [**]
Here’s an example … a White Buffalo turquoise pendant vs. a Howlite pendant — can you tell the difference?
If you look closely, you can see that on the left — the veins are a grey/light black and the stone looks soft, opaque and milky, which makes it a Howlite stone. On the right — it’s a harder looking stone with black veins and some flecks of brown mixed in, which makes it a White Buffalo turquoise stone.
Magnesite is a calcite group mineral that contains the chemical formula “magnesium carbonate” (MgCO3). It usually forms in three-dimensional rhombohedral shaped crystals and cleavage fragments when magnesium-rich rocks come into contact with carbon dioxide-rich water.
When mined, Magnesite usually appears as chalky white, but can also be found in gray, brown, yellow, orange, pale pink and colorless varieties too. In terms of luster, it is often dull, with a matte surface in its original state. A little harder than Howlite, it rates 3.5 to 4.5 on the Mohs scale, still below that of most turquoise.
It is often dyed to a light blue color and because of its dark veining, it very closely resembles turquoise. In some cases, Magnesite is passed off as turquoise by unaware or unscrupulous dealers and sellers. [**] So be on the look out for it next time you’re in the market for turquoise!
Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Celestite [also known as Celestine].
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. [***]
Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’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! [***]
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.
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.
Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Jasper.
The 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]
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.
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.