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Identified stones: Yellow Part II

Yellow Calcite Translucent, inclusions, loads of rainbows. Denser than Citrine, slightly greasy feel when unpolished but acid treated.   Honey Calcite Deeper honey-yellow translucent crystal.   Fluorite Chunky square crystals on a matrix or layered pieces.   Yellow Jasper Dense lined yellow stone varying in colour from light to dark yellow-brown.   Topaz Typically long…

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Yellow Calcite [caption id="attachment_6838" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Yellow Calcite ball c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Translucent, inclusions, loads of rainbows. Denser than Citrine, slightly greasy feel when unpolished but acid treated.   Honey Calcite [caption id="attachment_6854" align="aligncenter" width="300"] pixiecrystals.com[/caption] Deeper honey-yellow translucent crystal.   Fluorite [caption id="attachment_6839" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Chunky square crystals on a matrix or layered pieces.   Yellow Jasper [caption id="attachment_6836" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image c. www.hehishelo.co.uk[/caption] Dense lined yellow stone varying in colour from light to dark yellow-brown.   Topaz [caption id="attachment_6834" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Raw and faceted c. http://www.mineralmasterpiece.com[/caption] Typically long striated transparent crystal when raw, deep colour when facted.   Bytownite (Yellow Labradorite) [caption id="attachment_6840" align="aligncenter" width="221"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Although Bytownite is a Labradorite, it looks nothing like the greyish stone with its colourful flash. Bytownite is transparent and often pale to zingy yellow. Putting it on the third eye confirms it is Bytownite!   Golden Danburite [caption id="attachment_6841" align="aligncenter" width="189"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Striated transparent crystal. (Very similar to Kunzite so buy from reputable dealer).   Golden Azeztulite [caption id="attachment_6842" align="aligncenter" width="256"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Golden Azeztulite varies from light to deeper yellow. It is translucent rather than transparent with the crystals appearing to be crammed in close together. Very high vibration feel.   Vesuvianite [caption id="attachment_6835" align="aligncenter" width="194"] c. mindat org.[/caption] Usually small crystals on matrix or tumble stone, often green and purple, but some larger striated transparent yellow crystals available.   Yellow Phenacite Large transparent piece, often with inclusions or adherents. High vibration feel.   Sulphur [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6833,6844"] Sometimes transparent and crystalline, sometimes powdery and opaque, sometimes almost stalactite opaque formation. Caution: toxic   Prehnite (Yellow) [caption id="attachment_6832" align="aligncenter" width="250"] marinmineral.com[/caption] Often a bubbly stone but may occur with overlapping crystals as shown.   Yellow Scapolite Transparent to translucent verging on opaque crystal.   Yellow Beryl  (Heliodor) Characteristic slightly striated six-sided transparent crystal.   Yellow Apatite [caption id="attachment_6846" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Characterstically longish pointed transparent crystal but may have inclusions and verge on green.   Septarian [caption id="attachment_6847" align="aligncenter" width="298"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption]   Yellow Calcite in deep brown and grey matrix forms characteristic ‘dragon’ pattern.   Smithsonite [caption id="attachment_6848" align="aligncenter" width="171"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Bubbly opaque crystal on a matrix   Libyan Gold Tektite Glassy-looking light to greenish yellow somewhat bubbly crystal, often with sandgrains incorporated into it.   Yellow Zincite Typically pipe-like or transparent striated or grainy crystal clusters.   Diaspore [caption id="attachment_6851" align="aligncenter" width="252"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Transparent greenish-yellow Diaspore has a marked colour change flash when turned under bright light.   Yellow Kunzite [caption id="attachment_6852" align="aligncenter" width="201"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Characteristic Kunzite striations down a transparent crystal.   Amber [caption id="attachment_6853" align="aligncenter" width="290"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Translucent resin-like crystals with inclusions. Check it’s not manmade. And in addition Not exactly a crystal but you might like this ethically sourced rather special incense wood angel from  www.exquisitecrystals.com   Palo Santo Angel An aromatic incense, Palo Santo is a natural wood. Known for centuries by the Incas and other indigenous cultures as a spiritual remedy. Used for purifying, cleansing, and to get rid of evil spirits, misfortune or calamity. Our Palo Santo is sustainably wild harvested from naturally fallen trees and branches that lie dead from 4-10 years before they are harvested. Purchasing this product helps sustain the industry that replants and maintains these endangered trees. http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/palo-santo-angel-114-vic

Identified stones: Orange

Orange stones range from pale to vivid and intense, and from yellowish to reddish-brown. Many coming in a variety of intensity of colour or in colour combinations (especially the Jaspers). Orange stones are extremely energising and are for the most part for short term use as they can overstimulate. They can also be used for…

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Orange stones range from pale to vivid and intense, and from yellowish to reddish-brown. Many coming in a variety of intensity of colour or in colour combinations (especially the Jaspers). Orange stones are extremely energising and are for the most part for short term use as they can overstimulate. They can also be used for recharging your other crystals. Details of properties are in the crystal directory on the website or in ‘new crystals’. Carnelian [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6675,6674"] Two sides of the same Carnelian c. Judy Hall Orange Carnelian can vary from light yellowish-orange to a deeper reddish shade. It has the typical Carnelian tactile smoothness, very dense and opaque and yet translucent when held to the light. Dendritic threads often run through it along with denser patches of colour. Orange Calcite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6683"] Even when polished, Calcite has a slightly waxy feel to it and is translucent. The orange version has a very intense colour and instantly energises in a controlled fashion when held. Orange Kyanite [gallery columns="1" link="file" size="medium" ids="6684"] Slightly crystalline, typically ribbed with a long crystal that may be clustered with or crossed by others. Typically sold as one long crystal. May have mica attached. Sunstone [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6693,6692"] Raw and polished c. www.exquisitecrystals.com Sunstone has an unmistakable iridescence to it. Turn it so that it catches the light. The orange can vary from light to intense. Iolite and Sunstone [caption id="attachment_6681" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] The typical iridescent orange of Sunstone is attached to deep blue Iolite, sometimes with white matrix. A very powerful third eye opener. Rainbow Lattice sunstone [caption id="attachment_6689" align="aligncenter" width="234"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Fabulous crystal, turn it in the light to see the ‘rainbow lattice effect’ shine out of the yellowish-orange Sunstone. Orange River Quartz A very intense orange-red or orange-brown Quartz, often showing phantoms within or etchings on the sides. Frequently densely coated on the points. Best identified by the jolt of energy that hits you when you touch it. Tangerine Quartz [caption id="attachment_6695" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Natural c. Terrie Celest www.astrologywise.co.uk[/caption] A beautiful, gentle yet energetic Quartz, fairly evenly distributed colour throughout the whole crystal. ‘Apricot Quartz’ [caption id="attachment_6672" align="aligncenter" width="296"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] A slightly deeper and richer coloured, leaning towards apricot, Quartz. Tangerine Sun Aura Quartz [caption id="attachment_6696" align="aligncenter" width="176"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Alchemicalised with gold, iron oxide and copper onto clear Quartz, Tangerine Aura Quartz has a slight iridescence to it. It can be identified by the energetic effect when held to the third eye. Strawberry Lemurian [caption id="attachment_6691" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Strawberry Lemurian www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Strawberries and cream! A Lemurian dipped in sugar coating. A natural, gritty, sandy coating over a deep red core. Tangerine Dream Lemurian [caption id="attachment_6694" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Typical Lemurian ‘ladder’ markings up the side. Fairly evenly distributed colour throughout the crystal. Identified by the energetic effect – instant trip around the universe. For those of you who remember the music of Tangerine Dream, it’s exactly the same hallucinogenic effect. ‘Citrine’ Golden Lemurian [caption id="attachment_6670" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ‘Citrine’ Golden Lemurian[/caption] A new Lemurian just reaching the market. The orange-yellow colour is intense in patches. Often associated with a reddish coating to the tips. Almost like a Strawberry Lemurian in reverse. Orange Sphalerite [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion[/caption]   A densely crystalline, translucent to opaque crystal, often found on a matrix. The perfect stone for settling new vibrations into the physical body. Amber [caption id="attachment_6671" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion[/caption] Strictly speaking an organic compound rather than a crystal, Amber has nevertheless been accepted as a crystal for thousands of years. It is translucent to transparent when held to the light and will display remnants of insects and tree matter. Rubbed on silk or wool it gives off an electrostatic charge. True Amber floats in salty water (see the entry on the website re distinguishing true Amber from plastic). Vanadinite [caption id="attachment_6697" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Small, brownish orange crystals on a matrix. Some may be squarish or bladed.  Crocoite [caption id="attachment_6678" align="aligncenter" width="223"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] More red than orange, this tiny, ribbed, needle-like stone is usually found on a matrix. Zincite [caption id="attachment_6698" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion.[/caption] Translucent to transparent, long crystal. Highly energetic. Rarely entirely natural, this crystal is formed in smelting chimneys and reflects the fiery processes that created it. Creedite [caption id="attachment_6677" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Usually available in clusters with larger crystals protruding from the tiny drusier crystals clustered on the matrix. Hessonite and Spessartite Garnet [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="6679,6690"] Raw c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion   Pendant, www.exquisitecrystals.com Best identified by the seller. Bumble Bee Jasper [caption id="attachment_6673" align="aligncenter" width="266"] c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion[/caption] There really is nothing else like the stunning bands of colour that comprise a Bumble Bee Jasper. Raw or polished, you cannot mistake it. Citrine [caption id="attachment_6676" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Bright orange Citrine is heat treated Amethyst or Smoky Quartz and does not occur naturally. Zircon [caption id="attachment_6699" align="aligncenter" width="267"] c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion[/caption] The crystal pictured is natural Zircon, it is often manmade. Natural is occasionally available (I bought mine at a mineral fair) and is translucent as shown. Orange Natrolite [caption id="attachment_6685" align="aligncenter" width="265"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Banded within a matrix, this stone has been tumbled. Raw Natrolite is translucent to opaque and ribbed. Mookaite Jasper [caption id="attachment_6682" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] A bright and colouorful Jasper found in many colours. Mookaite tends to be ‘blotchy’ with swirls of colour. Polychrome Jasper [caption id="attachment_6688" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Polychrome Jasper tends to have more distinct banding than Mookaite.  Imperial Topaz [caption id="attachment_6680" align="aligncenter" width="204"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Small, transparent and ribbed in its raw form, Imperial Topaz is a yellowish-orange that can veer towards brownish.

Identifying crystals: Combinations

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Several new combination stones have emerged recently in addition to old favourites. Combination stones, as might be expected, bring together the qualities of the component crystals but the whole is greater than its parts….

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Several new combination stones have emerged recently in addition to old favourites. Combination stones, as might be expected, bring together the qualities of the component crystals but the whole is greater than its parts. It is as though the stone moves to a higher vibration and becomes more effective. The larger, decorative stones are particularly useful as environmental enhancers and smaller pieces make excellent healing stones. Lapis Lace Onyx [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="6510,6511"] A distinctive lacy banded combination of white Sheelite and Blue Onyx. Prairie Tanzanite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6512,6513"] A mottled combination of pink or purple ‘Tanzanite’ Zoisite and White Jade. Graphic Smoky Quartz (Zebra Feldspar/Zebra Stone) [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="6514,6515,6503"] Depending on the way it is cut, the Smoky Quartz ‘rods’ within the yellowish Feldspar can look like ancient writing or resemble zebra stripes. It is similar to other included Feldspar ‘Zebra stones’, such as pink, or included Jaspers, such as black and white Zebra Jasper. It may be unclear as to exactly what the combination consists of, but the appearance will be similar. [caption id="attachment_6516" align="aligncenter" width="220"] ‘Pink Zebra Stone’c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion[/caption] Malacolla (Malachite with Chrysocolla) [caption id="attachment_6517" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas, The Crystal Companion[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_6518" align="aligncenter" width="221"] Tumbled c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Banded and opaque, clear green or brown and blue areas. A combination of Malachite and Chrysocolla, each type is clearly visible. Azurite with Malachite (Azurmalachite) [caption id="attachment_6519" align="aligncenter" width="263"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Clear areas of green Malachite within the blue Azurite, both of which may be druzy or velvety. Azurite and Chrysocolla [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="6500,6502"] Distinctive bands and whorls of turquoise and blues. Azurite, Chrysocolla, Malachite [caption id="attachment_6507" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image: Wikipedia commons[/caption] Clearly defined bands of blue, green and turquoise. Chrysocolla with Shattuckite [caption id="attachment_6501" align="aligncenter" width="225"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] More difficult to determine. The colour is richer with smaller mottled patches. Blue may predominate, as in the picture, or turquoise-green. (Check content with your supplier). Cuprite and Chrysocolla [caption id="attachment_6520" align="aligncenter" width="288"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Very distinctive spotty red colour with areas of green Chrysocolla. Highly energetic!  Sunset Sodalite [caption id="attachment_6521" align="aligncenter" width="284"] c. Michael Illas/The Crystal Companion[/caption] A combination of Sodalite and Feldspar, the typical blue and white Sodalite formation is enhanced with orangey-yellow markings. Sunstone and Iolite [caption id="attachment_6522" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Iridescent, translucent bluey-black-white with distinctive orange, yellow or red Sunstone inclusions. Dumortierite in Quartz [caption id="attachment_6523" align="aligncenter" width="291"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Snowy white or transparent Quartz with bright blue Dumortierite inclusions and phantoms. Fabulous stone for past life work. Epidote in Prehnite [caption id="attachment_6524" align="aligncenter" width="259"] c. Michael Illas/The Crystal Companion[/caption] Black ‘slashes’ within a translucent green stone – most often tumbled. Apache Gold [caption id="attachment_6499" align="aligncenter" width="292"] Image: www.touchstonegalleries.com[/caption] Apache Gold combines Pyrite, Steatite and other minerals. It has a patchy, spotted or brushed gold appearance against the darker background and may appear almost silver under certain light conditions. Healer’s Gold A combination of Pyrite and Magnetite, Healer’s Gold tends to show more solid gold patches or veins than Apache Gold. This is a strongly magnetic stone. Tiger Iron [caption id="attachment_6509" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image www.ksccrystals.com[/caption] A combination of Jasper, Hematite and Tiger's Eye, Tiger Iron is also known as Mugglestone. It has distinctive bands that are not as luminescent as Tiger’s Eye but the polished stone may be extremely colourful as this skull from my friends Skullis demonstrates. Rutilated Quartz (Angel Hair) [caption id="attachment_6526" align="aligncenter" width="261"] Golden Rutilated Quartzc. Michael Illas/The Crystal Companion[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_6527" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rare Green Rutilated Quartzc. Judy Hall[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6508" align="aligncenter" width="261"] Fine strands/needles of yellow, orange, red or green within clear Quartz.[/caption] Tourmalinated Quartz [caption id="attachment_6528" align="aligncenter" width="258"] c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion[/caption] Thick, black strands within clear Quartz. May also occur with Blue (Indicolite) Tourmaline strands. [caption id="attachment_6505" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Indicolite Quartz Image . www.kachastones.com[/caption] Quantum Quattro A combination of Shattuckite, Dioptase, Malachite and Chrysocolla on Smoky Quartz, Quantum Quattro may display any of the colours predominating in patches or bands.  

Identifying crystals: Clear

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with particularly when this relates to the Quartz family. It is the look, feel, vibration and markings that assist. If in doubt, ask the dealer. (See also identifying crystals: white). The Quartz Family AnandaliteTM (Aurora…

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with particularly when this relates to the Quartz family. It is the look, feel, vibration and markings that assist. If in doubt, ask the dealer. (See also identifying crystals: white). The Quartz Family [caption id="attachment_6285" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Quartz cluster c. Michael Illas Earth Blessings[/caption] AnandaliteTM (Aurora Quartz) [caption id="attachment_6259" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Small crystals on a maxtrix, Anandalite displays a naturally iridescent coating when turned in the light. Colour flash may vary from green, blue, red and brown. Cathedral Quartz [caption id="attachment_6262" align="aligncenter" width="225"] http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/nsearch/?q=Cathedral+Quartz[/caption] Multi-terminated clear Quartz. Crackle Quartz [caption id="attachment_6266" align="aligncenter" width="300"] https://celestialearthminerals.com[/caption] Thermally treated crackles effect within a tumbled or shaped stone. Fire and Ice [caption id="attachment_6268" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Crackled Quartz but the underlying crystal is of a very high vibration. Feel the difference! Ice Quartz  Looking very like a piece of ice cracked out of a frozen lake, transparent Ice Quartz is sharply pointed and ridged. Faden Quartz [caption id="attachment_6267" align="aligncenter" width="225"] http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/nsearch/?q=Faden+Quartz[/caption] Faden Quartz has a break or breaks that have healed. Flat bladed crystals form either side. Herkimer Diamond [caption id="attachment_6270" align="aligncenter" width="215"] http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/herkimer-diamond-quartz-27-tom-17[/caption] Water-clear, absolutely bright and full of rainbows, double-terminated Herkimer Diamond is unmistakable. Lemurian Seed [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6273,6272"] Lemurian Seeds have ladderlike markings on alternate faces of the transparent crystal. Lemurian Starbrary Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6275,6274"] Starbrary Crystals have characteristic glyphs incised into one or more faces of the transparent crystal. Columbian Lemurian Seed [caption id="attachment_6265" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Transparent and extremely clear, high vibration Columbian Lemurians may or may not exhibit the characteristic Lemurian ‘ladder’ on the sides. Russian Lemurian Sacred Scribe [caption id="attachment_6286" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Transparent to slightly cloud Russian Lemurian Sacred Scribe are extremely high vibration but may or may not exhibit the characteristic ladder markings on the sides. Lightbrary Quartz [caption id="attachment_6276" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Lighbrary crystals are transparent to translucent and encode information within their many terminations and glyphs. Lightning Strike Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6278,6293"] Lightning Strike Quartz has literally been struck by lightning, creating a characteristic streak down one or more parts of the crystal as the crystalline structure was naturally reheated and cooled. Manifestation Quartz [caption id="attachment_6279" align="aligncenter" width="220"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] A Manifestation Quartz has one or more individual separately grown crystals enclosed within the main body of the crystal. Clear Brandenberg Amethyst [caption id="attachment_6263" align="aligncenter" width="216"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] Water-clear white Brandenberg Amethyst may well have characteristic bubbles, planes and phantoms within it. Despite appearing to be white, it also carries Amethyst and Smoky Quartz vibrations. Trigonic Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6288,6287"] Downward-facing triangles etched into one or more facets of a clear Quartz crystal characterise a Trigonic Quartz. Metamorphosis Quartz Oily and pearlescent, Metamorphosis Quartz. White Amethyst [caption id="attachment_6290" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] At the time of writing, White Amethyst is appearing on the market. Its source is apparently South America. It varies considerably in appearance and quality. I ordered mine after seeing a stunning and very pure high vibration piece a member of my crystal group had obtained in America. Mine came via China and doesn’t have quite have the same feel. Hopefully more to come on this shortly when I’ve obtained one of the American-sourced pieces. [caption id="attachment_6289" align="aligncenter" width="300"] White Amethyst in situ http://www.trekearth.com[/caption] Other Clear Crystals Apophyllite [caption id="attachment_6260" align="aligncenter" width="273"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] Transparent, pyramidal crystals which may be double terminated. If in doubt place on the third eye, it will pop open if you are holding an Apophyllite! White Calcite [caption id="attachment_6292" align="aligncenter" width="248"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] Very pure and beautiful, White Calcite is slightly more oily and silky looking than Quartz. It can take various forms. Clear Selenite [caption id="attachment_6264" align="aligncenter" width="232"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] Clear Selenite exhibits the same ribbed appearance as White Selenite but is transparent. It quickly dissolves in water. Fishtail (Angels’ Wing) Selenite [caption id="attachment_6269" align="aligncenter" width="375"] Image: http://www.treasuremountainmining.com[/caption] The picture says it all, Fishtail Selenite is pure and transparent and resembles nothing more than the scales of a fish. Phenacite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6283,6282"] http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/nsearch/?q=Phenacite Either water-clear or translucent, high vibration Phenacite is one to identify by feel and effect. It lifts the mind and spirit to a very high, clear space. Petalite [caption id="attachment_6281" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Clear to milky, Petalite is another crystal to identify by feel. Place it in the crown chakra to check. If you feel uplifted to another plane and make contact with angelic beings, it’s Petalite. Pollucite [caption id="attachment_6284" align="aligncenter" width="241"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] Delicate Pollucite has a very ethereal look and feel, as though dancing on air. It looks like crumpled mist that is just solidifying. Barite [caption id="attachment_6261" align="aligncenter" width="298"] Image http://www.baritespecimenlocalities.org[/caption]  Thin bladed transparent crystals cluster together on a matrix. White Beryl (Goshenite) [caption id="attachment_6291" align="aligncenter" width="267"] Beryl crystals on matrixc. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] Water-clear colourless Beryl is often faceted as a gemstone but may be available as a tumbled or natural hexagonal crystal.

Identified stones: Pink

 Rose Quartz c. Michael Illas, Earth Blessing Crystalline form In its usual form, Rose Quartz is an opaque crystalline mass, often with veins showing within it. In its raw form it is shiny and translucent. It is also available as the more rare crystalline form that looks like a Quartz cluster only pink instead of…

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 Rose Quartz [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="6059,6060"] c. Michael Illas, Earth Blessing Crystalline form In its usual form, Rose Quartz is an opaque crystalline mass, often with veins showing within it. In its raw form it is shiny and translucent. It is also available as the more rare crystalline form that looks like a Quartz cluster only pink instead of clear. Pink Tourmaline (Rubellite) [gallery columns="1" link="file" size="medium" ids="6087"] Pink Tourmaline is long and ribbed, showing typical Tourmaline formation. It varies between light rose pink to deep fuchsia red. Rhodochrosite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6061"] Light and dark bands alternate especially in tumbled stones, although crystalline form is available. Pink Opal [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6062"] Vitreous, opalescent shine but no ‘rainbow irridescent’ visible Mangano Calcite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6063,6086"] Raw http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/mangano-calcite-cluster-8-ram-01?acc=45c48cce2e2d7fbdea1afc51c7c6ad26 Pink and white banded, translucent stone, soft to touch. Tugtupite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6064,6065"] http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/tugtupite-rough-13-eni-01?acc=45c48cce2e2d7fbdea1afc51c7c6ad26  Pale pink in white or grey matrix when cold, turns bright red in the sun or under heat source. Pink Kunzite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6066"] Ribbed when raw, ‘ribs’ still show when tumbled, translucent. Pink Halite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6067"] Very grainy, ‘salty’ smell, dissolves very quickly in water. Prairie Tanzanite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6068,6069"] Raw c. Exquisite Crystals  Tumbled c. Judy Hall Patterned pink and lilac with some green showing, opaque stone. Bustamite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6070"] Solid pink and brown non-opaque stone. Nirvana Ice Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6071"] Etched and stacked, distinct pink tinge to the Quartz. Morganite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6072"] Transparent to translucent, pale pink with inner rainbows when turned to the light. Cobaltocalcite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6073"] Tiny bright pink crystals on matrix, when tumbled tends to be bright and pale pink. Kammerite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6074"] Rich, dark pink crystal ‘bubbles’ on matrix. Eudialite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6075,6076"] Raw c. Michael Illas, Crystal Companion Tumbled Opaque, ‘blotched’ pink, white and green stone. Hilulite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6077"] Pale pinky-orangey-red Quartz with darker veins. Lepidolite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6078"] Brittle mica and matrix, pink and white or lavender-pink. Pink Petalite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6079"] Translucent to opaque, one to tell by high-vibe feel! Pink Topaz [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6080"] Typical Topaz-shaped crystals in a rich or pale pink. Pink Muscovite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6081"] Pink and white mica flakes stacked in matrix. Pink Moonstone [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6082"] Translucent pink with typical internal Moonstone ‘rainbows’. Pink Sapphire [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6083"] Six-sided crystal, opaque until cut and faceted. Rose Aura Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6084"] Bright to pale pink, iridescent shimmer on Quartz point. Pink Carnelian [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="6085"]   Opaque and lustrous, banded colour.

Identifying crystals: silver and gold

Hematite A darkish-grey and extremely dense, polished Hematite is heavy for its size and may exhibit markings or be totally smooth especially when tumbled. Raw Hematite leaves a red streak on a plate. Although it is commonly assumed that Hematite is highly magnetic, in fact it is manufactured Hematine that responds to magnets or to…

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Hematite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="5956"] A darkish-grey and extremely dense, polished Hematite is heavy for its size and may exhibit markings or be totally smooth especially when tumbled. Raw Hematite leaves a red streak on a plate. Although it is commonly assumed that Hematite is highly magnetic, in fact it is manufactured Hematine that responds to magnets or to itself. Natural Hematite does not. (see https://www.gemstonemagnetism.com/how_to_pg_3.html) Silicon [gallery link="file" size="medium" columns="1" ids="5957"] Manufactured Silicon is brittle, bright bluish-silver, and very smooth. Natural Silicon tends to occur in tiny grains. Silver [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="5958,5950"] Silver tarnishes very quickly when exposed to the air so nuggets may take on a brownish-black appearance with silver highlights. If a magnet is attracted to a nugget or to the metal, it is not silver. Arsenopyrite [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" ids="5952"] Silver-grey, slightly rounded crystals in a clump. Stibnite [gallery columns="1" link="file" size="medium" ids="5951"] Long, slender striated silver crystals often in clusters on a matrix. Galena [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="5964,5959"] Resembling a rocky cliff in miniature, raw lead, bright silvery metallic Galena is exceedingly heavy and very toxic. Molybdenite [gallery columns="1" link="file" size="medium" ids="5968"] Flaky, tabular crystals with metallic lustre, often found on a matrix. May take a rosette form as shown or form a mass. Tantalite [caption id="attachment_5960" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Tantalite feels extremely heavy and has a submetallic lustre. Blackish-brown with silvery highlights, it typically has a randomly rough external appearance with stubby crystals whether raw or polished. Golden Rutile with Hematite [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5966,5967"] Star-bursts of thin golden Rutile ‘blades’ with silvery Hematite crystals, arranged in a pleasing pattern radiating out from the centre. Pyrite [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="5954,5955,5949"] Known as ‘Fool’s Gold’, Pyrite is bright gold and forms in chunky squarish crystals or bladed flecks in matrix. Its circular formation is known as a Pyrite Sun. It is comparatively heavy when held. Mohawkite [caption id="attachment_5961" align="aligncenter" width="290"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] With its goldish lustre, Mohawkite has a pitted surface and feels heavy when held. Gold [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="5965,5962"] Gold shows up as a nugget or streak in Quartz but is easily confused with Pyrite inclusions. Bismuth [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5953,5963"] Not exactly silver and gold, more like a futuristic rainbow city! Most Bismuth is lab grown.

Identifying difference: black and grey stones

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Smoky Quartz Images: www.exquisitecrystals.com Really dark black Smoky Quartz has often been artificially irradiated but it is possible to obtain in a dark form that is natural. Potent Morion Quartz has been naturally irradiated…

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. [caption id="attachment_5499" align="aligncenter" width="233"] Astrophyllite skull c. Judy Hall[/caption] Smoky Quartz [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="5524,5523,5516"] Images: www.exquisitecrystals.com Really dark black Smoky Quartz has often been artificially irradiated but it is possible to obtain in a dark form that is natural. Potent Morion Quartz has been naturally irradiated to its dark depths. Always check with the supplier. Shungite [gallery size="medium" ids="5517,5531,5527"] Images c. Jeni Campbell Very dense, coal-like, carbon stone. When ‘ordinary grade’ Shungite is raw, it powders and breaks easily, leaving a difficult to remove ‘greasy’ black dust. No matter how much it is polished or tumbled, ‘ordinary grade’ Shungite always leaves that faint black mark when rubbed. High grade Elite Shungite is shiny and silvery, often with golden pyrite inclusions.  Elite Shungite does not tumble as it is too brittle. Black Tourmaline [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="5511,5512,5513"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com Dense, shiny, striated and typically hexagonal - although the sides may not be of even width. May include mica. When tumbled, the stone feels ‘heavy.’ Black Obsidian [caption id="attachment_5503" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Translucent when held to the light, Obsidian is non-crystalline and very, very sharp when flaked. Apache Tear A gentler version of Black Obsidian, Apache Tears have been water-tumbled and are therefore less sharp or angular. Master Shamanite [caption id="attachment_5522" align="aligncenter" width="285"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Master Shamanite is a dense black, carbon-rich Calcite, shiny in places. Formed in masses rather than single crystals, it is only found in the mountains of Colerado. Black Kyanite www.exquisitecrystals.com A ribbed ‘fan’ of crystal black Kyanite may have a faintly luminous, almost metallic sheen to it. Cradle of Humankind (Life) [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5532,5529"] The Cradle comes from the cave where the first pro-humans were found. It is a dullish greyish-black rock rather than a crystal but when polished exhibits colours. Wind Fossil Agate [caption id="attachment_5533" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Imitating a wind-scoured rock, Wind Fossil Agate has whorls and bands, cracks filled with white. (It is also available in a blue form.) Freedom Stone [caption id="attachment_5515" align="aligncenter" width="233"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption] A limestone rock from the quarry where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, Freedom Stone is a dull grey rock with little to distinguish it from other rocks except its meaningful source. Black Moonstone [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5501,5502"] www.exquisitecrystals.com Translucent, iridescent and shimmering, Black Moonstone looks and feels like a typical Moonstone but the colour is black. Black Phantom Lemurian www.exquisitecrystals.com A Black Phantom Lemurian is the usual striated clear Lemurian Quartz with an added extra: internal black phantoms or strands. Black Quartz (Tourmalinated Quartz) www.exquisitecrystals.com Black Quartz is created by the inclusion of Tourmaline within the crystals. In its less dense form, the Tourmaline creates Tourmalinated Quartz. [caption id="attachment_5510" align="aligncenter" width="160"] c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion[/caption]   Nuummite [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="5525,5526"] When tumbled or polished grainy Nuummite shows flashes of deep orange and yellowish-white, often in straight lines. Astrophyllite [gallery size="medium" ids="5497,5498,5496"] Images c. Michael Illas, Crystal Companion When tumbled or polished, Astrophyllite displays organised colour flashes that burst out in a fan from a central point. It resembles the night sky. Chrysanthemum Stone [caption id="attachment_5514" align="aligncenter" width="258"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] Dense black or greyish stone with distinctive white chrysanthemum-like flower markings. Jet [caption id="attachment_5521" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is of organic origin, being created from decaying wood under extreme pressure. When polished or tumbled it has a hard, shiny finish. When raw, it is duller and somewhat coal-like in appearance and may carry the imprint of wood. Psilolamene [caption id="attachment_5528" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Dense, shiny when tumbled and carrying lines or whorls in whitish-grey, Psilolomene may also exhibit a metallic lustre. Specularite [caption id="attachment_5530" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] The night sky in miniature! Speckled with tiny flecks of white, deep black Specularite resembles the milky way seen on a clear night. Black Opal [gallery size="medium" columns="2" link="file" ids="5507,5506"] Black Opals have carbon and iron oxide trace elements, causing the unusual darkness of the stone. Because of their dark body tone, the rainbow colours in a Black Opal stand out much better than lighter forms. These scintillating colours make Black Opal very valuable as a gemstone. But for healing purposes the all-black or very lightly opalised stones work equally well. Black Onyx [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5504,5505"] Onyx is a banded stone that needs to be cut cross-wise to show the intricate pattern of the banding, but some Black Onyx tumbles and palmstones are cut purely from the black portion of the stone. The stone is dense and highly shiny when polished. Goethite [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5518,5519"] Images http://rruff.info Goethite often has a distinctly metallic tinge to its striations. It may appear as thin lines or masses within other crystals. It can also take on a botryoidal form that resembles Hematite but is blacker.

Identified stones: Yellow

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Bumble Bee Jasper Distinctive yellow, orange, black, white banding on an opaque stone. One of my favourites! Citrine Clear, bright, transparent crystal. Heat-treated Citrine is bright orangey-yellow. Natural Citrine is much paler and/or greenier,…

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Bumble Bee Jasper [caption id="attachment_5546" align="aligncenter" width="163"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Distinctive yellow, orange, black, white banding on an opaque stone. One of my favourites! Citrine [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="5553,5556,5560,5548"] Clear, bright, transparent crystal. Heat-treated Citrine is bright orangey-yellow. Natural Citrine is much paler and/or greenier, and may show inclusions or swirls with rainbows. Kundalini Quartz Oily, greeny-yellowy-brown Congo Quartz. Often has small clusterlike configuration at base. Green Ridge Quartz [caption id="attachment_5552" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Deep to pale yellow Quartz from the Green Ridge mountains. Golden Healer Quartz [caption id="attachment_5549" align="aligncenter" width="225"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Included or fully yellow coloured Quartz from various sources. Arkansas Golden Healer clusters Celtic Golden Healer [caption id="attachment_5547" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Natural deep to pale yellow Quartz crystals from Wales. Himalayan Golden Quartz [caption id="attachment_5554" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Judy Hall[/caption] Rich, golden transparent crystals with inclusions. High vibration. Golden Spirit Quartz [caption id="attachment_5551" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Drusy, spiky crystal coating to each crystal point with typical Quartz termination. Golden Herkimer Bright, sharp Herkimer Diamond with golden oilt inclusions Rainbow Mayanite [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="5558,5559"] Rainbow sheen over deep yellow Quartz. Angel Aura/Opal Aura Quartz [caption id="attachment_5562" align="aligncenter" width="172"] www.exquisitecrystals.com[/caption] Subtle yellow and other colours irridescent coating Nubian Temple Quartz Opaque ‘golden snow’ quartz collected from the temples of Aswan. Not many left in UK now but will be collecting again next time I go to Egypt. Potent stuff!

Identified stones: Red

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Ruby (Wikipedia images: By StrangerThanKindness – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link) When raw, Ruby is often a grainy, not-at-all-translucent six-sided stone but may be pinkish-red and semi-translucent. It needs faceting to bring out…

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Ruby [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="5138,5137,5109,5120"] (Wikipedia images: By StrangerThanKindness - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link) When raw, Ruby is often a grainy, not-at-all-translucent six-sided stone but may be pinkish-red and semi-translucent. It needs faceting to bring out purest transparency. Natural crystals are found on matrix. When faceted, deep red to pink crystal. Note: Record-keeper Rubies have triangular ‘keys’ incised into or raised above the face. [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="5122"] Ruby in Zoisite or Fuchsite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5136"] Ruby crystal is clearly visible within the crystalline green matrix Garnet [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="5113,5112"] Deeply translucent when held to the light. Rubellite (Red/pink Tourmaline) [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5135"] Typical Tourmaline striated rod, intense colour. Red Carnelian [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5126"]  Dense, very shiny, may show orangey-tint and whorls or bands. Red Jasper [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5128"] Typically dense, solid, all one colour. Black lines also occur. Mookaite Jasper [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="5119,5118"] Typically dense purplish-red or brownish-red accompanied by white, yellow or other colours. Poppy Jasper [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5121"] Characteristic flower-like whorls of red often, but not necessarily, with white around the whorls. Hematite (Raw) [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5114"] Dense, grainy, deep blood-red which may include brownish-silvery portions. Typically leaves a greasy red stain when unpolished. Red Aventurine [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5124"] Dense, grainy, opaque yet shiny, sparkly flecks within the red. Red Amethyst [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5123"] Looks just like an Amethyst point only it’s red. Thunder Bay Red Cap [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5141"] A red capping to what is often a banded Auralite 23 (see Amethyst). Hematite included Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="5115,5116"] Lighter looking, speckled or striated inclusions rather than the heavy coating of Red Cap. Youngite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5144"] The newly available Youngite has a much redder colour than the pink previously available although it shows some areas of pink. Dense and crystalline. Red Goldstone [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5127"]  Shiny, glassy surface, sparkly gold inclusions. Triplite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5142"] Translucent or transparent but often hidden within matrix. High energy kick! Cherry Quartz (Tanzurine) [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="5103,5102"] Transparent but gritty Quartz, red with pinkish tinge. Dreamsickle Lemurians [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5106"] Gritty white and yellow coating on Strawberry Quartz Strawberry Lemurians [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5140"] The red coating looks almost painted on but I am assured it’s natural. High energy charge when held. Montana and other Agates [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5117"] Dense, very finely grained but shiny and usually banded within a matrix. Fire Agate [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5110"] Characteristic zig-zag lines and ‘crackles’ or dense but translucent, shiny stone. Ethiopian Opal [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5107"] Pebble-like nodule with red opal flash Seftonite Bloodstone [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5139"] Translucent, red splodges in light greyish-green. Gaia’s Blood Flint [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5111"] As Gaia’s Blood is a chert rather than a Flint from chalkland, it has a grainer, chrumblier, less shiny appearance, although some appear almost Jasper-like in texture. Cinnabar [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5104"] Translucent crystal. Usually found as crystals on matrix or included in Jasper. Caution: toxic Zincite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5145"] Translucent to transparent. Characteristic ‘ribbed’, elongated form. Also appears as cluster of ribbed or nodular crystals. Zircon [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5146"] Chunky, transparent crystals. Commonly available as a faceted manufactured crystal. Red Calcite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5125"] Banded, waxy finish to translucent stone Rhodochrosite [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="5130,5131"] Rhodochrosite is usually an opaque, easy to identify banded stone but red transparent crystals also occur. Rhodonite [gallery link="file" ids="5132,5133,5134"] Images c. www.exquisitecrystals.com Most often seen as somewhat dense, opaque pinkish-red/black stone but transparent crystals occur. Vanadinite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5143"] Strongly geometric or bladed, stacked crystals usually on matrix. Caution: toxic Bixbite (Red Beryl) [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5101"] Classic six-sided Beryl shape, translucent to transparent crystal. Vivid colour. Cuprite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5105"] Small blunt-topped pyramidal or six-sided crystals on a matrix. Red Tiger’s Eye [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5129"] Red, gold and silvery banded stone. Eudyalite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5108"] Flecks of red and other colours in an opaque greyish matrix

Identifying difference: Amethyst

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. This is especially so when you are looking at different types of Amethyst. Amethyst Characterised by its purple colour which ranges from lilac to dark purple, Amethyst is found as single points, geodes or…

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[caption id="attachment_5088" align="aligncenter" width="300"] c. Michael Illas[/caption] So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. This is especially so when you are looking at different types of Amethyst. Amethyst [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="5081,5082,5085,5084"] Characterised by its purple colour which ranges from lilac to dark purple, Amethyst is found as single points, geodes or ‘plates’ with smaller crystals covering them. Delicate Amethyst ‘flowers’ or ‘circles’ cut from geode’s are also available. Vera Cruz Amethyst [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5098"] Vera Cruz Amethyst is a light and delicate lilac, often with phantoms or inclusions. Chevron Amethyst [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5092"] Characteristic v-shaped purple and white bands form a Chevron Amethyst. Amazez [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5080"] Resembling both Chevron Amethyst and Auralite 23, Amazez has a delicate colouring and banded appearance. It is often polished. As Amazez is a trademarked name, it will be sold as such. www.astrologywise.co.uk will have some available. Brandenberg Amethyst [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="5091"] Brandenberg Amethyst is characterised by the inner phantoms, bubbles and brightness of its energy. Auralite 23 [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5090"] Banded Amethyst with darker bandings, may be red-tipped. Amethyst Elestial [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5083"] Rare Amethyst Elestials are folded in on themselves with many terminations springing from the one crystal base. Amethyst Spirit Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5087"] Spirit Quartz is characterised by the tiny crystals over the point, with a larger point at the top. Ametrine [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5089"] Ametrine is a distinctive combination of Amethyst and Citrine, the colour clearing showing as purple and yellow. Crystal cap [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5093"] Tiny, druzy white or green crystals top an Amethyst point. Tanzine Aura Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5097"] Not actually an Amethyst but often mistaken for one. Tanzine Aura Quartz has an alchemicalised coating giving it a distinctive purple colouring. Amethyst Herkimer High vibration, rare, beautiful and so delicate. It has the clarity and characteristic shape of a Herkimer Diamond combined with the colour vibration of Amethyst. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5086"] And, just to confuse matters even more, there is an Amethyst that is not purple but is actually green: [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="5094,5095"] An Amethyst point in all but colour, touches of purple often show through. And one that is distinctively red and highly potent: Red Amethyst [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5096"] White Amethyst I’ve just been introduced to White Amethyst, but more of that later as I need to check it out first.

Identifying difference: Blue-Green Stones

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Turquoise and Blue-Green Stones Turquoise Dense, ‘nobbly’, distinctive turquoise colour. May be veined with black. Malacolla Banded and opaque, clear green and blue areas. A combination of Malachite and Chrysocolla, each stone is clearly…

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Turquoise and Blue-Green Stones [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4914"] Turquoise [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4922"] Dense, ‘nobbly’, distinctive turquoise colour. May be veined with black. Malacolla [gallery columns="1" ids="4917"] Banded and opaque, clear green and blue areas. A combination of Malachite and Chrysocolla, each stone is clearly visible. Aquamarine [gallery columns="1" ids="4912"] Translucent to transparent, distinctive blue-green colour. May change colour under bright light.  Shattukite [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4920,4921"] Polished and raw c. Judy Hall Opaque, vivid blue and green mix. Amazonite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4911"] Translucent to opaque, distinctive colour banded with white. May be grainy. Azurite with Malachite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4913"] The deep blue of the Azurite is banded around the vivid green of the Malachite. Chalcedony (Mermaid’s) Tears [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4915"] Translucent, ‘bubbly’ round balls just under an inch diameter. Much in demand for jewellery and beads. See ‘new crystals.’ Quantum Quattro [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="4918,4919"] Opaque quartz with the five different types of crystal clearly visible. Fuchsite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4916"] Greeney-blue mica, pearlised and layered. Crumbly unless tumbled.

Identifying difference: Blue Stones

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Blue Stones Lapis Lazuli Hard to miss this one as it has golden flecks amidst the incredible deep blue stone. Lazulite Lapis without the gold. Dense blue with white streaks. Labradorite Irridescent, blue/yellow flashes….

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. Blue Stones [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4675"] Lapis Lazuli [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4696"] Hard to miss this one as it has golden flecks amidst the incredible deep blue stone. Lazulite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5773"] Lapis without the gold. Dense blue with white streaks. Labradorite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="5772"] Irridescent, blue/yellow flashes. Looks dull without the light. Blue Topaz [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="4688,4687"] Blue Topaz closely resembles Sapphire and many are heat treated to intensify the colour. Raw Blue Topaz is transparent to translucent and lacks the hexagonal shape of raw Sapphire. Sapphire [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="4702,4700,4701,4705"] Sapphire is easily identified by the intense blue of the faceted stone. Raw Sapphire sold for crystal healing is usually much lighter, though slightly iridescent, and does not appear to be as translucent. Some may be quite dense. Star Sapphire has a distinctive ‘star’ pattern in the top. Celestite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4691"] Transparent sky blue crystals usually sold as a cluster or geode. Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite) [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4690"] Long striations, often translucent but may be opaque. Indicolite Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4689"] Patches or rods of opaque Blue Tourmaline within Quartz. K2 [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4694"] Distinctive patches of blue Azurite in matrix Siberian Blue Quartz [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4703"] Intense blue, manmade crystal. Usually faceted and found as jewellery. Blue Kyanite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4684"] Striated, often pearlised ‘blades’, sometimes with white Quartz or black inclusions. Aqua Aura [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4674"] Alchemicalised bluey-green coating on a Quartz or other crystal. Translucent, rainbow finish. Quartz with Dumortierite inclusions [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4699"] It’s the incredible yet delicate blue colour that gives this one away. Dumortierite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4692"] Dense, grainy and gritty. The speckled markings are distinctive even when polished. Blue Fluorite [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="4683,4682"] Blue Fluorite is typically translucent or transparent with many crystals in a cluster, often square. These are on a matrix of Quartz. Azurite [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4677,4676"] A vision of the night sky unless in crystallised form. Deepest blue. Blue Agate Blue Agate is often dyed to enhance the colour. Typically, it is translucent and tightly banded. Blue Lace Agate [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4685"] Pale blue banded opaque Agate. Blue Calcite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4680"] Gentle blue. Translucent to opaque, slightly ‘greasy’ feel, often banded. Blue Apatite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4678"] Translucent to opaque, typically patchy colour and slightly grainy appearance. Blue Aventurine [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4679"] Gritty, opaque, may have glittery silvery bits within the matrix. Blue Chalcedony [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4681"] Gentle sky blue translucent crystals, often in a geode but may be larger crystals. Iolite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4693"] Deep violet-blue, transparent to translucent, has hidden depths to the crystal. Sodalite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4704"] Dense, blue-white banded stone. Blue Moonstone [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4686"] Distinctive patches of brilliant blue amidst the translucent striated white of the Moonstone. Larimar [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4697"] Opaque Larimar looks like the sky on a bright spring day. Beautiful blue with clouds of white. Blue-green and turquoise crystals next time.

Concretions: a load of old balls?

Someone asked me on Facebook what the difference was between Boji Stones and Moqui Marbles but these are only two of the natural concretions- often known as Shaman Stones- that can occur. They’re often lumped together but I’ve found their energies vary widely so here’s what I’ve discovered so far. Do feel free to add…

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Someone asked me on Facebook what the difference was between Boji Stones and Moqui Marbles but these are only two of the natural concretions- often known as Shaman Stones- that can occur. They’re often lumped together but I’ve found their energies vary widely so here’s what I’ve discovered so far. Do feel free to add your own thoughts and finds to the members’ forum. Boji Stones [caption id="attachment_4464" align="alignleft" width="450"] Male and female Boji pair Image: http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/boji-stones-nickel-set-10-ahh-06[/caption] I met my first pair of Boji Stones in Houston in the mid 1980s as I floated downstairs after a crystal healing. I hadn’t slept since my arrival due to jetlag and the saturation of EMF and atomic testing energies in the city. Not to mention that the space station was still actively communicating so there was a preponderance of high frequency radio waves. Not a good place for me to be. The healing had introduced me to Herkimer Diamonds and realigned my chakras, but I was far from grounded. As I stumbled at the bottom of the stairs, the shopkeeper put a pair of Boji Stones in my hands. Suddenly I was fully present. No jolt, just a total shift into being anchored on the planet. I still have those first stones, although they appear and disappear at will. It seems I am fortunate as many Bojis disintegrate to dust after a time despite their Mohrs hardness of 7.4 [caption id="attachment_4470" align="alignright" width="286"] Rainbow Boji Image: c. http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/nsearch/?q=boji[/caption] The stones are something of a conundrum. Are they natural? Or treated? Especially the beautiful Rainbow and Blue versions. The website of the founder who named the stones and first marketed them says: THE BOJI® STONE The Boji® Stone is the philosopher stone of the ancient Alchemy.  The rock we chose to become a Boji® was rusting and rotting away.  (It was dying).  The rock needed special preparation to keep it alive. Through channeling, I was given wisdom from ancient Masters of Alchemy.  I use the secrets of esoteric science in preparing the rock to become a Boji®.  Alter cleaning the rock it is fed for many days.  It is again washed, purified by astral light and then is activated by terrestrial essences.  Then and only then is it a Boji®, a container of balanced energy and thamaturgic power.  This then is the birth of the Boji®. [http://www.bojistones.com/boji-stones/information.html] [caption id="attachment_4472" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Badlands chalk field: Photo c. Grace Muilenberg, Kansas Geological Survey.[/caption] …The iron sulfides in inherent in the decaying organisms attracted more sulfides in the environment until a rough disk or spherical shape or shell surrounded by original fossil.  Eons later, through more earth changes, the metamorphic process of heat and pressure altered these concretions to the point that the metallic including trace amounts of palladium were drawn in.  It is in the opinion of the author that this palladium present is responsible for the fact that the Boji Stones are effective healing stones.  Palladium is a rare metal, more scarce than gold, or even platinum, and vibrates at a very high frequency.  Rutgers University Geology Department did a study on Boji Stones and found that through kirilian photography, Boji stones were seen to have a very powerful electromagnetic energy field.  Many stones were seen to have four nodal points of energy extrusion. [Quoted on www.bojistones.com] Bojis are comprised mainly of iron sulfide, that is pyrite and marcasite, or in some cases jarosite. When heated they give off a characteristic smell of sulphide - not that you’d want to treat your Boji friends that way. Similar stones are found elsewhere in the world. I’ve picked them up on the Dorset coast, but sadly the stones did eventually disintegrate. One was a beautiful ‘Boji Ammonite’, quite clearly a fossil that had, in my words, bojified. But it wasn’t to stay around long. Apparently only metaphysical energy holds these beauties together and they have a limited lifespan. While my American ones are still going strong, the locals ‘died and went home.’ [caption id="attachment_4456" align="alignleft" width="500"] Absolutely fabulous and only $2500. Blue Boji http://www.bojistones.com/rainbow/boji-stones.html[/caption] Apart from the extremely rare Rainbow and Blues, Bojis are usually sold in male and female pairs. They are excellent for balancing energies in the body and many exhibit a magnetic force that can be felt when pushing or pulling the stones. This is how I described Boji Stones in The Crystal Bible volume 1: Properties: Boji Stones are one of the most effective grounding stones.  They gently but firmly return you to earth and into your body, grounding you in the present moment, especially after work in other spiritual realities.  They are extremely useful for people who find it difficult to have more than a toe hold in incarnation.  They have a strongly protective function.  Boji Stones are particularly useful for overcoming blockages. The smooth stones have feminine energy, the protruded ones masculine energy.  Boji Stones are balancers and energisers and a pair balance the male-female energy within the body and aligns the chakras and the subtle bodies. With their strong earth connection, Boji Stones are beneficial to plants and crops but the stone may well disintegrate if left in the ground or exposed to the weather. Psychologically, Boji Stones throw light on blockages at all levels. They clear blocked emotions and heal hurtful memories.   They also bring up negative thought patterns and self defeating behaviours for transformation. Going to the cause of psychosomatic disease, they dissolve blockages in the physical or subtle bodies.  Holding a Boji Stone will align you to your shadow self, bringing up its repressed qualities so that you can gently release them and find the gift in them. Physically, Boji Stones stimulate the flow of energy through the meridian systems of the body. Mentally Boji Stones bring your attention to mental imprints and hypnotic commands from the past.  Boji Stones can be emotionally stablizing but they tend to insist that any necessary work is done first. HEALING Boji Stones heal energy blockages, relieve pain and encourage tissue regeneration. They are useful when physical energy is low or when the condition is intractable. At a subtle level they realign the chakras and repair and re-energise ‘holes’ in the auric body. POSITION  Hold a pair of Bojis in your hands for ten minutes or so, or place over a blocked or painful point.  You can also grid around your chair whilst meditating. You can learn more about the origins of Bojis on http://www.bojistones.com/boji-stones/information.html  and http://blog.medicinegarden.com/2010/07/medical-astrology-gemstones-and-healing-boji-stones-aka-kansas-pop-rocks/ Moqui Marbles “Moqui" is a Hopi word that means "dear departed ones." According to Hopi tradition, spirits of the dead would play with the marbles at night, leaving them behind in the morning to reassure the living that they were happy in the afterlife.” http://www.livescience.com/47936-how-moqui-marbles-form.html [caption id="attachment_4467" align="alignleft" width="300"] Moqui Marbles c. Judy Hall[/caption] Moqui Marbles are found at a site close to the Grand Canyon, a powerful earth vortex. To my mind, Moqui Marbles are very different energetically to Boji Stones. Far calmer and slower in effect. Much smoother and far less sudden in their connection to Gaia. But still profoundly grounding. Conveniently, one of the crystal warehouses I visited had a broken Moqui Marble so you can see inside. The chocolaty spheres are concretions — sandstone balls cemented by a hard shell of iron oxide minerals. Like Boji Stones, there are both male and female versions and a working pair are ideal. I so wish I’d taken the time to photograph an enormous pair I saw while in another warehouse, but I was too busy fulfilling my shopping list for The Crystal Companion, which will feature many new stones. And now, of course, they’ve been sold. Which is probably just as well as I was very tempted to become their new keeper although small ones are just as functional. [caption id="attachment_4471" align="alignright" width="300"] Shapes of Moqui Marbles. Note the Glendonite (see below) top left.Photo by Brenda Beitler, University of Utah[/caption] According to http://www.godscol.com/gemstones/1107_Moqui_Balls.php  Moqui Balls are a different sort of stone. They are ironstone concretions formed from the splatter of a meteor thousands of years ago. The center of the stone is sand and the outer crust is ironstone or magnetite. They are slightly magnetic. The size can range from that of a pea to a baseball… The Moqui Ball is a miniature Mother Earth. It is very grounding, relieving you of stressful energy and negativity by absorbing it. It can assist in raising your personal energy by stimulating the Chi. The Moqui Ball provides protection for the body and mind by shielding you from negativity. When placed on the third eye, it enhances your psychic power. The Moqui Ball is nurturing. It has the feel of an old friend, warm and reassuring. [caption id="attachment_4461" align="alignleft" width="232"] http://www.lynnsessions.com/2009-trip-reports/exploring-the-roads-near-escalante-utah/[/caption] You can learn more about Moqui Marbles on: http://bjordangemstones.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/moqui-balls-shaman-stone.html#.WLH2YziTNCk And how about the big boys, their Siberian cousins, found underground in a coalmine? [caption id="attachment_4468" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image Nazarovo TV[/caption] And the Central and South American versions: [caption id="attachment_4460" align="alignleft" width="250"] Costa Rica See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt9_kOa8Zhg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4469" align="alignleft" width="298"] http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/picks-from-the-past/191353/prehistoric-stone-balls-a-mystery[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4474" align="alignleft" width="200"] https://uk.pinterest.com/mhearnsbishop/hoodoos-and-other-weird-landscapes/[/caption] And then there’s the Bosnia balls that I’ve mentioned elsewhere: [caption id="attachment_4457" align="alignleft" width="300"] The lovely Bosnian alternative archaeologist Sam Osmanagich https://3c1703fe8d.site.internapcdn.net/newman/gfx/news/hires/2016/16-archaeologis.jpg[/caption] Or the Australian? I found a great account on a rockhound forum of the various shapes and sizes these take in Australia but unfortunately haven’t been able to track it down again. But this is pretty stunning: Visitors from outer space? Here’s what I find so exciting about these strange beings, though. There’s always something ‘otherworldly’ about their energy. It often being suggested they are the products of a meteorite hit. And they really do exist in outer space. Well, on the planet Mars to be exact. Martian Blueberries are exactly that, blue berries. Cool! [caption id="attachment_4459" align="alignleft" width="300"] Concretions appear like blueberries in a muffin.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University[/caption] Even on Mars the suggestion is they came from a meteorite impact, fusing ‘above’ (the celestial heaven) with ‘below’ (in this case the planet Mars rather than Earth. “The large number of hematite spherules in Meridiani Planum may be due to a big rare iron meteorite impact event in this region sometime in the past. The meteorite theory explains all of their properties," lead researcher Dr. Anupam Misra said of the spherules, per National Geographic.” (http://www.rocksandminerals.com/specimens/moqui.htm) Calcite Fairy Stones [caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignleft" width="200"] Image c. http://www.pelhamgrayson.com/Fairy-Stone-Concretion--Quebec-Canada-35-17676.html[/caption] Calcite Fairy Stones are clay (calcium) concretions found along the shores of lakes in Quebec. Although they are sometimes called Menalite, they both feel different energetically and have a different inner core. Personally I’ve never been drawn to the Calcite Fairy Stones although I’ve had some in a drawer for years. They’ve really never woken up for me. I’ve always preferred the highly energetic charge of Boji Stones or the much calmer emanations of Menalite (see below). But, as with all crystals, it’s a case of each to her or his own. So do try them. According to Pelham Graham: These crystals have a deep way of healing, allowing one to open and see into what the situation is. Work on the body holding them on both sides of an area with trauma and circle the stones to guide energy into the area with the trauma, help relieve the congestion and create movement once again. Looking back now, These are powerful stones that have a capacity for knowing what to help move to allow us to grow. A great help as we have a way of ignoring what needs to move, the traumas we hold, after a while that they are with us. While challenging to move through, the freedom that’s created by moving the trauma through is worth the effort.’  In crystal healing, Calcite Fairy Stones are used for ameliorating arthritic pain, dissolving calcifications, reducing inflammation, assisting recovery from radiation or chemotherapy treatments, wound healing and overall well-being. I’ve just tucked one into the compression glove that I wear following breaking my little finger and arthritis setting in to stiffen the finger. It’s making typing challenging and my hand’s getting hot, so I’ll keep you posted on progress. To learn more about Quebec Fairy Stones and the lore associated with it visit http://www.pelhamgrayson.com/Quebec%20Fairy%20Stone%20Concretions.html#.WLHoeTiTNCk Menalite [caption id="attachment_4465" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image Jeni Campbell www.angeladditions.co.uk[/caption] A powerful connector to the wise feminine, Menalite is a calcium rich material that occurs naturally. But its inner core looks more like Flint than clay. Menalites were formed in deposits left in lakes by receding glaciers. It’s one of my favourite - and most useful - stones. We’re now up to 12 babies (that I know of) born to mothers who were finding it impossible to conceive. One tucked under the mattress seems to result in instant conception – and very special babies to boot. They help throughout pregnancy and birth too, and all the transitions of womanhood. This is such a comforting and comfortable stone. Tuck one into your knickers if you suffer from PMT, put it in your pocket if you have hot flushes, and use your imagination if you’ve reached the crone phase of life. [caption id="attachment_4455" align="alignright" width="237"] Baby bear. Who could resist him? c. Judy Hall[/caption] This is what I said about Menalite in The Crystal Bible volume 2 before I’d discovered its power as an aid to conception: ATTRIBUTES: enhancing divination and forecasting, Menalite reconnects to the wise feminine and the power of the priestess. An excellent stone for conducting the rites of the passage that mark out the transitions through womanhood, Menalite reminds you of the endlessly recurring cycles of life and is useful for rebirth and rejuvenation of any kind. Spiritually, it assists in coming to terms with death, removing fear and assuring that you will survive in another reality. Menalite is a natural accompaniment for meditations to re-member your soul. This shamanic stone has been used since time began to journey to other realms and carry out metaphysical rituals. Many of the stones simulate power animals, or the ancient fertility goddess, and this nurturing stone provides a durable link to the Earth Mother, taking you back into her womb for healing and reconnection to the root of being. It opens the earth section of a cosmic anchor attaching you deep into the core of the earth solidifying your core energy field and is a useful shamanic anchor for lower world journeys. This stone connects to the power allies its shape mimics. Hold one to call on your power animal before ritual working or exploring the crystal medicine wheel. Physically, Menalite is beneficial for transitions particularly those that affect hormonal balance such as puberty or childbirth. Keep a Menalite under your pillow during menopause and hold during a hot flush or night sweat. Email Jeni at www.angeladditions.co.uk if you’d like a Menalite of your own. Ascension Stones [caption id="attachment_4453" align="alignleft" width="283"] Ascension Stone, male side c. Judy Hall[/caption] Another huge pair of stones that I saw in a crystal warehouse but resisted buying were labelled as Ascension Stones. But size isn’t everything as we know, especially with crystals. They looked gorgeous though. I forget to photograph them as there were so many goodies to choose from. But I did bring home a few small, glittery beauties for my crystal group to try.  One immediately went home with Julia Surnina as she found it immensely comforting. A real stone for the heart. Deeply grounding and yet realigning the higher vibration chakras to assimilate downloads of higher frequency energy. It resonates particularly strongly with the Soul Star above the head. Another stone, with a beautiful heart on top, has temporarily disappeared into thin air, but I do have one left. It feels ‘dual gendered’, having a female side, see above, and a male side. Interesting! It really is a stone that harmonises dualities and rebalances the body. All in one small package. [caption id="attachment_4473" align="alignright" width="300"] The female side Image c. Judy Hall[/caption] The word ‘ascension’ has become overused and doesn’t really indicate what such stones can do. These particular stones are only found in Britain – I’ve found them on a Dorset beach before now. But ultimately they disintegrated. Time for another beachcomb methinks. They are primarily made from glittery Marcasite and while this is usually a whitish silver, Ascension Stones are definitely golden in the sunshine. But look at the hairline crack that is appearing to the bottom left. I’ll have to place the stone in the sun and pay it more attention to ensure it stays whole. And stable. A great metaphor for my own energies and life circumstances. It’s been more than a little challenging lately so perhaps this stone has borne the brunt. It’s been sitting on the table beside me. It’s said to be good for releasing anger and frustration, no wonder it’s cracked under the strain. A surrogate stone for releasing my own frustration?  I must remember to thank it. It’s certainly reminding me to return to my inner, peaceful core and simply breathe. I’ll let you know if the crack heals.   Glendonite A calcite pseudomorph, Glendonite Glendonite looks like a rather spiky hedgehog that’s been sat on but it can take on many forms some sharper than others. Pseudomorph simply means that another mineral has taken over the first minerals shape. An infiller as it were. So this is a shape shifter par excellence. [caption id="attachment_4466" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2004 find of 1 m sized glendonite crystals in the Moclay pit near Moler Museet, Mors Island. Photo Source : Moler Museet Mors[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4462" align="alignleft" width="300"] Glendonite specimen on display in the Moler Museet including the famous giant 'Lynghojkrystallen' - the largest of its kind.[/caption] Here’s what I said about Glendonite in The Crystal Bible volume 3: ‘This stone of guidance and spiritual purpose helps you discover your soul intention for the present life. Meditate with it to check that you are following your present intention rather than an outmoded one that has become ‘stuck’ in your energy field.  Glendonite de-energises the old pattern and helps you to access a more beneficial intention for your spiritual evolution. Activating all the chakras especially those at the higher level, Glendonite facilitates learning. It allows information to move freely through the body and facilitates rapidly processing thoughts and insights. Placed over the third eye, it transfers psychic downloads and opens clairvoyance and inner vision. Glendonite helps you to simplify your thought processes and speeds up information assimilation so that the most complex subject becomes easily understandable. A useful stone for transmuting emotional patterns that no longer serve, Glendonite creates a loving environment and overcomes a dysfunctional family background to create a loving, supportive family life. With this stone, you live life as you are now rather than as a product of the past. It is a stone of personal learning and discovery. To learn more about these fascinating pseudomorphs go to http://giantcrystals.strahlen.org/europe/moler.htm And there’s loads more balls to view on Enjoy searching!

Identifying difference: Green Stones

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. For properties, see the Directory and for indepth information the Crystal Bibles vols 1-2. Green Calcite Green Calcite: glassy, soft, rounded, kind of fan shaped, slightly greasy to touch. Delicate colour and often banded….

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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. For properties, see the Directory and for indepth information the Crystal Bibles vols 1-2. Green Calcite [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4075,4077"] Green Calcite: glassy, soft, rounded, kind of fan shaped, slightly greasy to touch. Delicate colour and often banded. Olive to apple green. Green Fluorite [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4078,4079"]   Green Fluorite: translucent, angular, square protrusions, sharp edges, hard but brittle to touch. Delicate apple green colour often found banded with Purple. Malachite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4081"] Malachite: classic whorls and lines on a bright, hard green stone. A soft velvety version is also available. Moldavite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4082"] Moldavite: glassy green tending towards yellow. Ruffled, bubbly, wave-like surface. Virtually translucent. Quantum Quattro [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4084"] Quantum Quattro Multi coloured, grey, green, blue, opaque naturally shiny stone. Green Jade [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4067,4083"] Green Jade: translucent to opaque, often slightly glass like, often with markings and colour patches. Eye of the Storm/Judy’s Jasper [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4080,3881"] Eye of the Storm: Solid, opaque stone with banded colours that include green, white, brown and yellow. May have crystalline inclusions Green Aventurine [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4087,4085"]  Green Aventurine: hard, close-packed opaque gritty crystalline stone.  Green Quartz (Prasiolite)   [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4104"] Prasiolite is a delicate, transparent light green quartz. Green Quartz (Seriphos) [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4103"] Seriphos Quartz is a delicate apple to mid green, typically formed in tall, thin ‘needles’ radiating out from a matrix. Lakelandite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4106"] Lakelandite: Hard and opaque stone. Dark and light green with distinct crystalline yellow patches. Bloodstone [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4092"] Lakelandite: Hard and opaque stone. Dark and light green with distinct crystalline yellow patches. Turquoise [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4113,4112"] Turquoise: Solid, opaque stone. May tend towards the bluer end of the spectrum (USA) or the greener (Tibet) Chrysocolla [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4094"] Chrysocolla: Blue-green, small tight crystalline structure often found with white quartz inclusions. Chrome Diopside [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4093"] Chrome Diopside: Translucent, mid green crystal. Green Dioptase [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4096"] Dioptase: Intense green translucent crystal with square protrusions. Emerald [gallery link="file" ids="4097,4098,4110"] In its raw state, Emerald may not look translucent. Cut and faceted however, it can reveal its clear inner beauty. It is sometimes found as stunning crystals on a matrix. Peridot [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4107"] Peridot: Bright to deep spring green, Peridot is typically composed of small translucent crystals on a gritty matrix but may be found in larger pieces. Green Tourmaline [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4105"] Green Tourmaline is classically hexagonal in shape and vertically striated. This translucent stone may be clear or slightly opaque. Amazonite [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4088,4089"] Amazonite consists of densely packed opaque crystals, sometimes striated with white. It typically has a more blue-green colour and a somewhat more striated appearance than Green Aventurine. Chrysoprase [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4095,4109"] Chrysoprase is beautifully translucent when polished and, even in its raw state, it has a somewhat vitreous appearance and delicate green colouring that may be interspersed with darker patches. Green Kyanite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4102"] Green Kyanite is an opaque to somewhat crystalline long blade shaped, lengthwise striated crystal. Variscite [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="4114"] Variscite is a grainy, somewhat chalky stone when raw. It varies in colour from light to darker green but can look almost faded to white. Prehnite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4108"] Prehnite is translucent and looks like frozen bubbles. It may have dark strands of Epidote inclusions within it, in which case it is usually tumbled or shaped. Epidote [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4101,4100"] Epidote forms as long, lustrous needle-like strands. It is often found included within or growing on other minerals, although larger specimens are available. The colour ranges from yellow-green to dark green. Andradite Garnet [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4091,4090"] Andradite Garnets on matrix www.minfind.com A green form of Garnet, Andradite is often faceted but may be obtained raw. Soft and lustrous it may be translucent or opaque, almost grainy, and the colour may not be visible in the raw form. The hexagonal shaping is apparent in the raw stone. Grossular Garnet [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="4116,4115"] Another of the green Garnets, Grossular Garnet is translucent with a less defined shape than Andradite when raw. And finally, one I’m really not sure about. I’ve got one, but it makes me squirm. Some people rave about it but I feel it’s been ‘engineered’ and so far haven’t been able to work with it. It looks like it’s had sugar sprinkled on it and, from the variety of garish colours available, I think it’s been dyed or at the very least colour amended. Not for me, but it may be for you. [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4099"] Seraphinite [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="4111"] Seraphinite: This beautiful feathery stone has a unique light and dark green appearance that cannot be mistaken for any other stone. Image source: https://www.exquisitecrystals.com/nsearch/?q=Seraphinite