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].

Gem talk 101: Citrine

This November I celebrated my 25th birthday and it got me thinking — its been over a year since I moved to New York and called this city home. It’s surreal and has been such a great experience, but in doing so I’ve neglected this blog. As I’ve been getting the hang of everything — my new job, the subway system, making friends, exploring, my new rock climbing hobby — its taken my time away from this space. I had so many hopes and plans before I moved, as this was supposed to be my escape and informative space into the gem/mineral world. This year, Flaxccentuate took a backseat, but 2020 is going to be a fresh new start! There will be a ton of new content and if all goes well — a new business. I’m excited to be back in this space and get started!

Speaking of new content — lets jump in to Gem Talk 101 and learn all about 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. [****]

KKB Metal Studio Tourmaline sterling silver pendants

KKB Metal Studio blue Tourmaline sterling silver pendant
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! Today’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. [****]

Pair of Sodalite stones from India
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].