Monthly Archives September 2007

A look at zircon

Zircon (ZrSiO4) is a diamond-like type of mineral that crystallizes as small, double terminated crystals, but also as tabular prismatic square crystals. Zircon is a heavy, dense, mineral ranging in color from grey, brown, yellow or red, to colorless. The colorless forms of zircon is often used as synthetic diamonds, although in terms of hardness, they are similar to quartz; their hardness is only 7.5 on the Mohs scale and they are called Matura Diamonds. Zircon is amongst the oldest of minerals on earth, and the oldest specimens found are around 4 billion years old. They have been mined for
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Herkimer Diamonds

The Herkimer diamond is amongst the most unique members of the quartz family because of their resemblance to true diamonds, and yet they are totally quartzite in everything else. The Herkimer Diamond is so named because it was first found in Herkimer County, New York State, but they have since been uncovered in Mexico, Spain, and Tanzania. In USA, Herkimer Diamonds are found not only in Herkimer, but also in Fulton and Montgomery counties. In appearance, the Herkimer Diamond is actually a stout double terminated quartz crystal, but for the untrained eye, they could be mistaken for diamonds. Herkimer Diamonds
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What makes emeralds so hot

Emeralds are a form of beryl found in areas of the world like Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The beryl family includes other well known gemstones like aquamarine and heliodor. In the northern United States they can be found in North Carolina. Out of the emeralds mined the most prized are mined in Colombia, from three mines called Chivor, Coscuez, and Muzo. Trapiche emeralds, being the rarest of emeralds, have a star or radial pattern within them. The origin of the name derives from the French word “Esmeralde,” that means Green Gemstone. Dating back as far
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Celestite metaphysical properties

Celestite is one of my favorite crystals for a reason. The name resonates with spiritual vibes, and it probably was named thus due to its properties of promoting greater sensitivity to celestial happenings and vibrations. The blue variety of celestite is amongst the most beautiful of crystals out there, possessing a pale, refined sky-blue. Celestite is good for helping one to access the spiritual realms, and if you want to experiment with astral travel, it is a good stone for that purpose. Celestite helps to access the angelic realms safely, and provides for clarity and lucidity in communicating with angels.
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Amethyst healing properties

Amethyst represents the violet or purple color, the color of enlightenment and attainment of higher self. It is a facilitator in transforming the lower level energies into higher oscillations of the spiritual realms. Amethyst is highly regarded as a spiritual tool by many crystal healers due to its more gentle effect compared to rock crystal, while still possessing the inherent superb electrical conductivity of quartz. I believe amethyst possesses strong healing properties, but it’s not “showy.” Amethyst is a stone for meditation. It is excellent for moving the mind into the alpha brain wave cycle smoothly and rapidly, thus making
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