blogs by the gem maven

Serpentine vs. Healerite

When I selected these stones, they were labeled “healerite”, however they looked like serpentine to me. It wasn’t until I did a search on healerite that I discovered that it is indeed a member of the serpentine family.

Someone well… Continue reading

Ramblings on Spodumene, Triphane, Petalite and Egos…

In 1800, “spodumene” was discovered by José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva (aka d’Andrada), a Brazilian statesman, naturalist, professor and poet. He was the one who coined the name “spodumene.” BTW, the mineral andradite is also named after d’Andrada.

Spodumene… Continue reading

Brown Spots on Amethyst Clusters

Brownish spots on amethyst (especially visible on clusters) are nothing unusual and are perfectly normal. They have nothing to do with “negative energies.” They are iron oxide spots.

The brownish spots are iron that started growing on the amethyst as… Continue reading


This pretty green specimen is brochantite, a copper sulfate mineral with a chemical composition of Cu4SO4(OH)6.

Brochantite is named after French geologist and mineralogist A.J.M. Brochant de Villiers.

Brochantite forms in arid climates or in copper sulfide areas where quick… Continue reading

Black Agate

Someone recently mentioned black agate to me.

I have to be honest. I wasn’t real familiar with black agate. So, I took to the Google cyber waves and did some geological digging.

Here is what I dug up…Mostly in the… Continue reading

Chrysoprase – Au Natural

I love posting photos of chrysoprase in the raw or “au natural” as I like to call it.

There is something about this sea foam green coloring that melts my heart and makes my eyes go ga ga. For me,… Continue reading

Mercury Retrograde – What It Means

Today is the first day in 2015 that Mercury is going Retrograde.

Over the last 10 or so years, there has been much talk about Mercury Retrograde and how it affects us. The main reason for this is because we… Continue reading

Don’t Overlook Silver as a Healing Mineral

When most people hear the word “silver”, they generally think of it in terms of jewelry or silver nugget bars (for investment).

Silver (symbol Ag) is a soft shiny grayish metal which is #47 on the periodic chart of elements.… Continue reading

Powerful Manifesting Stone for the New Year


A New Year represents new beginnings. It is a time when many of us express verbal and non verbal changes we would like to accomplish.

These changes are frequently… Continue reading

Ametrine – So Much To Offer

At one time, the wandering tribes of South America were practically the only people who were familiar with ametrine.

Ametrine is a mineral that is a combination of brittle amethyst and citrine crystals. According to some, it is a freak… Continue reading

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