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The Healing Properties of Black Obsidian

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Black Obsidian for Protection Black Obsidian is a stone of psychic protection and creates a shield around the aura. By keeping you powerfully grounded to Mother Earth, Black Obsidian creates a safe space for us to work through emotional issues or strengthen our psyche. With a direct connection to earth, We can rid ourselves of destructive or excess energies by focusing that energy down into the earth where it can be absorbed and neutralized.  Black Obsidian, Conduit to the Spirit Realm Historically, Black Obsidian has been used as a conduit to the spirit realm and used in scrying. It is commonly...

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Aragonite | Creativity & Nature

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Aragonite is an important mineral in the natural world and considered a powerful Earth healing stone. Aragonite occurs both organically (in the shells of sea life) and grows inorganically, in the ocean and caves. The shells of some sea life are made of Aragonite and it is what comprises ‘Mother of Pearl’. One of its most important roles is in Coral reefs. Aragonite is a building block of Coral Reefs and is essential for sustaining the life found there. In 2007, it was confirmed that Aragonite could purify contaminated water, even removing lead and other heavy metals. Certain home water...

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Stibnite: The Crystal of the Underworld

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Stibnite forms some of nature’s most outstanding natural crystals that arrange themselves in complex, elegant shapes. Stibnite crystals are long, slender and prismatic. They have at first a silver, metallic luster and over time, take on colorful Iridescence. Stibnite is the primary ore of antimony, which is an important mineral in the modern world for scientific and industrial applications. It also has very specific medical uses. The ancient Egyptians used Stibnite to create a shimmery eye make up and aid in curing eye infections. A vase made from Stibnite derived antimony was found at Telloh, Chaldea, and dates back to...

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All About Tanzurine

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I recently had the opportunity to meet with Jonathan Bartky of Ariel Treasures LLC. He launched a new warehouse in New Jersey and was in Boston so decided to visit my new shop!  He brought with him some really gorgeous pieces from his last trip to East Africa and of course, Tanzurine. What is Tanzurine? Tanzurine is a recently discovered stone consisting of one of the purest Quartz and either Lepidolite (cherry) or Fuchsite (emerald). Because of the purity of the Quartz, the included minerals are able to fill these stones with vibrant color as if it were water. The deep...

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Are Chrysanthemum Stones Real Crystals?

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Chrysanthemum stones might look painted or like fossils but they are actually natural crystals that formed during the Permian age, or 248 to 290 million years ago. Chrysanthemum stones formed at the bottom of ancient oceans, where the pressure is immense. This caused the Celestite crystals to grow outward, pressed within the carbon-rich seabed. What is a Chrysanthemum stone? Chrysanthemum stones are black stones with what appears to be a white flower blooming on its surface. These wonders occur naturally thanks to Celestite crystals. Celestite forms crystals in a star-like pattern.  "The white pattern on the rock is formed of...

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