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].

A Healing Home: Crystal Decor.

Ever since I’ve started to get into gemstones and crystals — it has become such a fixture in my home.

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I have Pyrite – which is said to act as a shield of protection, while bringing in/inviting prosperity, success and wealth – , Calcite, Blue Agate – which is said to increase concentration, honesty and memory – , and Crystal Quartz Geode in various areas of my home! – photo taken by me

It’s said that different gemstones and crystals give off certain energies and healing properties. They can range from protection, calmness, self-esteem/confidence boost, wisdom, balance and groundedness — just to name a few.

With all of these different types of stones and properties — it’s hard to know which to add to your home. Now, it’s strictly up to you for which stones call out to you and feel the best / have the right fit! However, for those – like me – who can’t decide — here’s a few suggestions on which gemstones and crystals to add to your home and various living spaces! [*]

The Best for your Desk and Workspace – Amethyst

I’m definitely going to bring a chunk of one to the office for my desk! This stone is a natural stress reliever — it encourages inner strength, peace, spiritual growth and intuition. [**] I also suggest having one (or a cluster) of these in your work space at home as well!

The Best for your Bedroom – Rose quartz

Known as the stone of love, its gentle qualities are said to open your heart to all types of love. Whether it be self-love, romantic, family and for everything else — the bedroom is the best place to surround yourself with love. [**] Since it’s not necessarily a very neutral color, placing this pink stone in your room can be in areas where it’s hidden or to bring a bit of color to your decor — whether it be in a bowl with other stones, a candle holder, book-ends — the possibilities are endless!

The Best for your Kitchen / Dining room – Calcite

Does it still count as being in my kitchen if I placed this stone in my living room which is right next to my kitchen? I’m going to say yes — especially since I only have so much space in my tiny apartment. Calcite radiates calm and soothing energy. It helps restore balance to the mind, body and spirit! [**] The kitchen is a great space for this crystal because it’s where we keep ourselves and our loved ones nourished, as well as being a busy and frequent gathering place. Calcite comes in a variety of colors, so you’re still able to get its properties while choosing whichever fits your color palette best!

The Best for your Living room / Family  room – Selenite

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Selenite is ideal for energy cleansing. It’s said to unblock stagnant and remove negative energy. Bringing peace and mental clarity, this is a great crystal for this space because it’s where we gather to be with our loved ones and or an area to rest/relax after a long day. [**]

The Best for your Bathroom – Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz amplifies energy and enhances clarity of the mind. [**] It’s a good crystal to have in this space because it’s an area we are with our thoughts and have time to ourselves — whether it’s taking care of business or relaxing with a hot shower or warm bath.

I can’t wait to add some of these new crystals to my home ASAP! Are any of these in your home? How are you experiencing + enjoying them? Comment below!

[*] = https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/crystals-for-every-room-guide/

[**] = http://thechalkboardmag.com/ultimate-guide-how-to-use-healing-crystals

[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].