Feeling blue? Relieve your stress with these helpful gems.

person-holding-teapot-3363097There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world today due to COVID-19, which brings a lot of fear, anxiety and stress. It’s in these moments that we need hope and reassurance to help us get through these troubling times. What usually brings me peace is being surrounded by Mother Nature, especially in the form of jewels and gems. I want to share with you a list of gemstones that are best to be surrounded by when you’re stressed, and will help bring you a sense of calm and control within this new reality.

Amethyst 

A must-have in every crystal collection, Amethyst encourages you to trust your intuition and soothes away your day-to-day stresses. If you’ve set up a new workplace in your home — it’s great to add to your space!

Blue Lace Agate

Visually appealing with its light blue hue, Blue Lace Agate is said to bring a calming, soothing effect on the mind. It encourages you to speak your truth, embrace your self-confidence and inner stability.

Celestite

Coming from the Latin word for heavenly, this crystal inspires deep relaxation, peace and joy. Helps relieve stress, anxiety and clear your overburdened mind when times are tough — it’s a great piece to add to your space for creative expression, increase your rational thinking and even encourage a great night’s sleep.

Fluorite

Known as the genius stone, Fluorite carries a calm, stable frequency that brings order to the chaos. Making it one of the most collectible and highly sought-after crystals, it’s said to neutralize negativity and inspire peace and harmony.

Sodalite

Known as the logic stone, Sodalite emits an easy, tranquil energy that clears the mind and elicits deep thought — expanding your ability to arrive to logical conclusions, rationally. It’s said that sculptors, painters and artists were known to carry this stone around for inspiration! Remember that tidbit when you want to spark your creativity!

Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline is the ultimate stone of protection. Helping you build boundaries between yourself and others, it’s a great stone to put outside of your home to ward off any negative energy that people might bring with them and stop it in its tracks. It will help you feel more centered and calmer within your space.

A crystal’s healing ability works differently for everyone. It is not one-size-fits-all and will take some experimentation and exploration on your part to find which crystals and gems work best for you. Every gemstone is unique and calls out to us in distinct ways, which is part of the fun when building your collection!

Do you associate a gemstone or crystal with stress-relief that was not presented on this list? Comment below!

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

Now It’s Crystal Clear: Malachite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Malachite.

il_794xN.1487738947_ntmp.jpgRevered in ancient times, the Malachite stone has been used to make jewelry, bowls, vases, sculptures, pigments and other artifacts. Coming from the Greek word meaning “mallow”, this stone was named after the dark green leaves of the mallow tree.

Mines are found in Israel, Russia, Germany, England, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Mexico, Sweden, parts of the United States and other areas around the world. [**]

Design: I’ve always been drawn to this stone — especially when it’s paired with gold or bronze. Also, being a Scorpio, it’s said to be a great stone to surround yourself with. Recently, I saw these malachite pieces that I had to get my hands on!

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These studs by Tiffany, owner of TheWestWindStudio, are a great option for everyday wear. I’m always drawn to little gold accents on jewelry & these were no exception! I then saw this ring by Charlotta, owner of JewelrybyClo, and thought they’d be a great match! Rings aren’t usually my jewel of choice (as you can see all the necklaces I own) but I liked how this ring was adjustable (since I never know my correct size) haha. I also saw these beaded bracelets by LuxeRebel and wanted to add them to my growing malachite collection! – photo taken by me

Decor: The Malachite stone and print are a great accent to add to your home! Pairing well with neutral colors and bright, bold prints — it’s a fun addition that will spice up any room. Bringing a calm, healing and transformative energy, the Malachite stone will open a meditative space for you to contemplate and enjoy. It’s also a must-have for those who live in a city to bring in the luscious green feel of nature. [***]

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[**] = https://www.jewelsforme.com/gem_and_jewelry_library/malachite

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

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

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Druzy

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Druzy stones.

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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.

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I purchased this piece from Amy Kae Atelier and still can’t believe the grey ombré is all-natural! Can be used as both a bracelet and a choker — giving an edgy look with a bit of sparkle! – top photo taken by Amy, bottom photo taken by me

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. [***]

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[**] = https://whatisdruzy.com/what-is-druzy/

[***] = https://www.sunnyray.org/Druzy-crystal.htm

[****] = https://www.gemrockauctions.com/learn/a-z-of-gemstones/druzy-information

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

Now It’s Crystal Clear: Rutilated Quartz

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Rutilated Quartz.

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Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Citrine crystal points with my new Rutilated Quartz pendant shining in the afternoon light – photo taken by me

Found in Madagascar, Brazil, and many other locations around the world — this variety of quartz has rutile inclusions within it. Rutile is made of long, hairlike crystal strands with a golden shine. Strands can also form in red-brown, copper, silver, and black. In ancient times, this stone was known as the ‘Venus’s hair stone’, said to have been graced by the ‘golden locks of the angels’. It inspires clarity, spiritual awakening, manifesting your desires, and healing your emotional wounds. [**, ***, ****]

Fun fact — Rutile is made of Titanium Dioxide! It’s used for the production of titanium metal, ceramics and is also crushed to make a bright, white powder pigment that’s used in foods (ever wonder what the white M&M writing was made out of?), plastics, papers, cosmetics and more! [***]

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On my birthday, I saw this necklace and it immediately stopped my Instagram scrolling in its tracks. The artist Mary, creator of Barka Jewelry, makes her beautiful pieces in Budapest, Hungary. It took a little over a week to arrive but it was well worth the wait! I wear it constantly! – photo taken by me

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

[***] = https://geology.com/minerals/rutile.shtml

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

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

Now It’s Crystal Clear: Fluorite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Fluorite.

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Immediately recognized for its fluorescence and vibrant colors, the Fluorite gemstone looks like no other!

Colors typically range from purple, blue, green, yellow, and pink — Fluorite is found as vein fillings in rocks that have been subjected to hydrothermal activity. [**] It can also occur with other minerals in the form of a host-rock or holding rock. Usually, it forms a host-rock with minerals like quartz, calcite, and barite. Found in South Africa, China, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the U.S. [***]

One of the most collectible and highly sought after crystals in the world — it carries a calm, stable frequency that brings order to chaos. Known as the “Genius Stone,” Fluorite represents the highest state of mental achievement, boosting aptitude and discernment, the absorption of new information, and helping one work through complex issues. [****]

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Ever since I first saw Sarah’s work on Instagram, creator of Alloyd Studio,  I was immediately drawn to her work. I’d been waiting to find and snag a piece of hers that I could call my own and this was it! I purchased this fluorite pendant a few months ago and wear it constantly. I love the stone’s colors — especially the hint of lavender in the middle. – photo taken by me

[**] = https://geology.com/minerals/fluorite.shtml

[***] = https://earthinspiredgifts.com.au/blogs/latest/fluorite-crystals-meaning

[****] = https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/purple-fluorite

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

How-To: Authenticate Citrine

November is the month of citrine and recently I’ve been noticing that there are a lot of variations of this stone sold on the market. I decided to do my research and was surprised with what I had found! Here’s my how-to guide on how you can authenticate citrine’s!

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Being my birthstone, I’ve always been intrigued by this stone. Its beautiful yellow hue has always been so warm and inviting. Said to provide positive energy, Citrine’s associated with wealth and abundance known as the “Success Stone”. Naturally found all over the world, including Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, France, Scotland, and the U.S. [**] What a lot of people don’t know is that a lot of the citrine sold in todays market is fake — say, what?! Yes — it’s true! Here’s what to look out for when you’re shopping for your own citrine to add to your collection.

You may have seen citrine stones like these sold in gem stores or out shopping. What you aren’t being told is that these are heat treated amethysts. You can see a side by side comparison below. If it has an orange hue, it’s fake.

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Real citrine is a clear, yellow stone that can also come in a smokey hue.

So now you know what to be on the look out for the next time you’re in the market for citrine!

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

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

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Tourmaline

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’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

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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. [****]

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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].

How-To: Recognize White Buffalo Turquoise

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!

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The necklace I purchased and some of her other dainty layering necklaces — so cute! I love the bright blue Royston turquoise piece as well — too bad I didn’t get to it first 😉 Happy with my little White Buffalo though! 🙂 – photos by Valentina, Solis.Designs

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. [**]

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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!

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[**] = https://nativeamericanjewelrytips.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/white-turquoise-demystified/

[***] = https://www.durangosilver.com/white-turquoise.html

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