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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

A distinctive lacy banded combination of white Sheelite and Blue Onyx.

Prairie Tanzanite

A mottled combination of pink or purple ‘Tanzanite’ Zoisite and White Jade.

Graphic Smoky Quartz (Zebra Feldspar/Zebra Stone)

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.

Pink Zebra Stone

‘Pink Zebra Stone’
c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion

Malacolla (Malachite with Chrysocolla)

Malacolla

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Tumbled c. www.exquisitecrystals.com

Tumbled c. www.exquisitecrystals.com

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)

Azurite with Malachite

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Clear areas of green Malachite within the blue Azurite, both of which may be druzy or velvety.

Azurite and Chrysocolla

Distinctive bands and whorls of turquoise and blues.

Azurite, Chrysocolla, Malachite

Malachite Image: Wikipedia commons

Image: Wikipedia commons

Clearly defined bands of blue, green and turquoise.

Chrysocolla with Shattuckite

Chrysocolla with Shattuckite

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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

Cuprite and Chrysocolla

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Very distinctive spotty red colour with areas of green Chrysocolla. Highly energetic!

 Sunset Sodalite

Sunset Sodalite

c. Michael Illas/The Crystal Companion

A combination of Sodalite and Feldspar, the typical blue and white Sodalite formation is enhanced with orangey-yellow markings.

Sunstone and Iolite

Sunstone and Iolite

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Iridescent, translucent bluey-black-white with distinctive orange, yellow or red Sunstone inclusions.

Dumortierite in Quartz

Dumortierite in Quartz

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Snowy white or transparent Quartz with bright blue Dumortierite inclusions and phantoms. Fabulous stone for past life work.

Epidote in Prehnite

Epidote in Prehnite

c. Michael Illas/The Crystal Companion

Black ‘slashes’ within a translucent green stone – most often tumbled.

Apache Gold

Apache Gold

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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

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

Tiger Iron

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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.

Jasper, Hematite and Tiger's Eye

Rutilated Quartz (Angel Hair)

Rutilated Quartz

Golden Rutilated Quartz
c. Michael Illas/The Crystal Companion

 

Rare Green Rutilated Quartz

Rare Green Rutilated Quartz
c. Judy Hall

needles of yellow, orange, red or green within clear Quartz.

Fine strands/needles of yellow, orange, red or green within clear Quartz.

Tourmalinated Quartz

Tourmalinated Quartz

c. Michael Illas The Crystal Companion

Thick, black strands within clear Quartz. May also occur with Blue (Indicolite) Tourmaline strands.

Indicolite Quartz Image . www.kachastones.com

Indicolite Quartz Image . www.kachastones.com

Quantum Quattro

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.