Caledonite, a lead copper sulfate carbonate, resonates with our Pisces friends. Its chemical composition is Pb5Cu2(SO4)3(CO3)(OH)6 and it has a hardness of only 2 1/2 – 3. The name caledonite comes from “Caledonia”, the ancient name for Scotland, where it was first discovered. In additon to stimulating our throat and third eye chakras, this attractive

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Lake Superior Agates

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Lake Superior Agates are found on the shores of Lake Superior. This agate is known for its numerous red bands which are iron stains. These iron rich minerals reflect the gemstone’s geologic history in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. In 1969. the Minnesota legislature designated the Lake Superior Agate as the official state gemstone. It was

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“Old Rock Day”

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Today is January 7th, 2016. Does anyone know what holiday Jan. 7th is? Today is “Old Rock Day” True!!! “Old Rock Day” doesn’t refer to rock and roll music or us old rock and rollers (although a day celebrating that would also be great). Today is the day that geologists and rock enthusiasts designated for

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Dolomite and Cinnabar

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This pretty combo is cinnabar perched atop a dolomite matrix. Dolomite is both a mineral and a rock. The mineral “dolomite” is a pure form of dolomite, an anhydrous (containing no water) carbonate mineral composed of calcium, magnesium, carbon and oxygen. Its chemical composition is most commonly CaMg(CO3)2 Dolomite rock (aka “dolostone”) is a sedimentary

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Blue Cap Tourmaline

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Blue cap tourmaline refers to elbaite tourmaline which has a dark blue top and a red, pink or yellow, etc. lower area. Elbaite refers to a a gem grade or high quality multi colored tourmaline. Blue Cap Tourmaline is also known as a “Blue Cap Pocket.” The Tourmaline Queen Mine in the Pala mining district

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Imperial Jasper

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There are 5 jaspers that are considered to be “fine jaspers.” They are imperial jasper (ones pictured), blue mountain jasper, bruno jasper, willow creek jasper and morrisonite. Imperial Jasper is found on the east side of a steep canyon about 50 miles northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico. This canyon is located north of the small town

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Microcline is a potassium-rich alkali feldspar* and consequently a member of the feldspar family. * Alkali feldspars refer to feldspar minerals that contain lots of the alkali elements: potassium and sodium. Other alkali minerals that you may or may not have heard of are albite, anorthoclase, orthoclase and sanidine. Yes, in some photos, microcline resembles

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WHAT ARE SCEPTERS Scepter (also spelled sceptor) crystals are uniquely shaped quartz. This “growth oddity” is also known as scepterism. Scepters are long thin rod shaped crystals that have a 2nd growth that often forms over the tip on one end. The tip where the 2nd growth occurs generally looks like a torch. This 2nd

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BARITE Chakras: Third Eye (6th) and Crown (7th) Hardness: 3 – 3.5 Element: Storm Vibrates to the #1. So, if you were born on the 1st, 10th, 19th or 28th (all the numbers that add up to a 1), you resonate with this very special stone. Barite, also spelled baryte, is a relatively heavy barium sulfate

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