Say howdy to a relatively new mineral to the rock scene, recognized by the IMA in Sept. 2003. This “pretty in raspberry” mineral is PEZZOTTAITE also known as “raspberyl” and “raspberry beryl.” In addition to being raspberry red, pezzottaite can be orangish-red and pink. Its pleochroism tendencies can also turn it pink-orange, purplish pink and

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K 2 Stone

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K2 Stones Ever heard of them? K2 stones refer to newly discovered and rather unusual crystals that were found in the foothills of the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram Mountain range. This mountain known as K2. Mount K2 and Mount Godwin Austen, is located between Pakistan and China. K2 stones are considered high

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Here’s a heart chakra related beauty gracing this page… It’s called spherocobaltite, also spelled sphaerocobaltite. The rather different name comes from the Greek word “sphaira” which refers to a sphere and cobalt Spherocobaltite is a cobalt carbonate mineral also known as cobalt calcite and cobaltoan calcite. Its chemical make up is CoCO3 (Cobalt, Carbon and

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So, if planet Neptune rules our intuitive Piscean friends, what astrological sign do you think is associated with NEPTUNITE? If you said Aries, I would suggest you guess again.  😉 This black mineral that is beneficial for Pisceans has a reddish brown appearance caused by its inner inclusions. The composition of this dark silicate mineral

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Hackmanite is a rare sulfur rich form of sodalite, generally referred to as “pink sodalite”. Most sodalite fluoresces under ultraviolet light and hackmanite is no exception. Hackmanite exhibits something called tenebrescence aka “reversible photochromism” which is considered the rarest of all gemstone optical phenomena. Tenebrescence is the ability of a mineral to indefinitely change colors

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These gorgeous beauties are special!!! They are prasiolite, (sometimes spelled praziolite), also known as green quartz, vermarine or lime citrine. Some folks refer to prasiolite as green amethyst, however that is not “geologically correct.” The mistake probably lies within the fact that the majority of prasiolite starts off as amethyst. It can also be because

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What do you think of this attractive blue green mineral? It is called AQUAPRASE, a vibrant bluish green chalcedony that was discovered around 2 years ago at an undisclosed location in Africa by veteran gem explorer Yianni Melas. The area where it was found was believed to only have a small amount of opals here

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Sal Ammoniac

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Sal ammoniac is a rare “different” ammonium chloride mineral with a chemical composition of NH4Cl. The reason that sal ammoniac is considered “strange / oddball-ish” is because their natural crystals have an unreal or unnatural character to them. They are very small, extremely soft (1.5 – 2 hardness), delicate and intricate yet can be quite

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Scapolite…. Ever heard of it? Scapolite is an extremely rare and lesser known gemstone. Its transparent, brilliant and glass like shine makes it a highly cherished mineral by gem and mineral collectors. Some scapolite can display a “cat’s eye” or chatoyanty effect. Another rare variety of scapolite is “rainbow scapolite” which usually has iridescent inclusions.

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Can Crystals Make You Sick


Below is a question I was recently asked.  My response follows. Just wondering if some crystals can make you sick enough to vomit…I was wearing tigers eye and citrine last night at work and got very sick…didn’t know if I was purging or what…was having dizzy spells too…I have been wearing these two for many

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