The Stone of Emotional Balance: Moonstone ~ Good Witches Homestead

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Moonstone represents the great Mother Goddess. Her strength lies in her gentleness, and her ability to experience process, and neutralize her feelings.

Moonstone is one of the most mythical of all gemstones. With its exotic, lunar name and its milky unique rainbow sheen, moonstone is highly prized by many practitioners of crystal and stone healing, as well as some mystic religions.

A stone for “new beginnings”, Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions, providing calmness.

Moonstone has been associated with the emotional energy of the moon and is reputed to help you go through your transitions with optimism. It is the stone of “wishes, hopes and dreams” that helps you remember that everything comes in its own divine time. It attracts nurturing people and energies. It is also known as a “goddess stone” since many ancient cultures associated the female presence of God with the moon. Moonstone has the energy vibration of ‘Yin’.

 

  • Brings good fortune
  • Assists in foretelling the future
  • Enhances intuition
  • Promotes inspiration
  • Brings success in love as well as business matters
  • Offers protection on land and at sea

HISTORY

Moonstone is associated with all goddesses, but especially the Moon goddesses. Resembling the Moon or “moonshine”, the ancient Romans believed the stone was actually formed from moonlight and that the wearers of moonstone would receive wisdom, wealth, and success in battle. In the Orient, people believed Moonstones were actual rays of moonlight that had solidified, and that the shimmering light held within the stone was a good spirit that lived there. Hindus thought shimmering Moonstones to be earthbound bits of moonbeams, and the stone is still considered sacred in India today.

Amulets of Moonstone were frequently hung in fruit trees to ensure fruitful and abundant crops. In Asia and Europe, the stone was associated with love and fidelity and was often worn when trying to attract a faithful lover. The Indian culture believes this elegant and subtly beautiful gem will arouse tender passion and holds them sacred. It was believed that if held in the mouth, Moonstone would help one make proper decisions. This versatile stone was also used in ancient times to cure insomnia.

Due to its association with water, Moonstone is said to be protective of those at sea. It is also protective of those that travel at night and especially during New Moon phases, and was once called the “Traveler’s Stone”. It was also thought to protect against insanity, epilepsy, and any adverse wanderings of the mind. The ancient Greeks called Moonstone “Aphroselene” after the goddesses Aphrodite (love) and Selene (moon).

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GENERAL HEALING PROPERTIES

Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature’s rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman’s stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self. Its variants of different colors are supposed to have different healing effects, e.g. the gray moonstone is better for intellectual purposes, whereas the peach-colored one for spiritual and feminine connections.

moonstone_palm_stonePHYSICAL

Moonstone aids the digestive system, assimilates nutrients, eliminates toxins and fluid retention, and alleviates degenerative conditions of skin, hair, eyes, and fleshy organs such as the liver and pancreas. It stimulates the pineal gland and balances hormonal cycles, being excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It is a good stone to carry with you when pregnant.

EMOTIONAL

Moonstone helps to soothe and balance the emotions. It assists in the mastery of your emotions by bringing them under the control of your will, instead of repressing or expressing them. It will bring emotions and feelings under control without becoming hardened to the human suffering seen on a daily basis.

This is a great stone for Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, and other Health Care Workers, who sometimes feel they must repress much of what they feel in order to function more effectively, at the expense of gentleness that comes with empathy and compassion.

MENTAL

Moonstone will help achieve a balance between heart and mind without losing the gentleness and caring needed, yet keep it in check to allow you to function effectively.

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SPIRITUAL

Moonstone carries lunar energy and helps to balance emotional upsets. Moonstone has a gentle energy that helps to ease stresses and feelings of anxiousness. It can be used to enhance intuition. Moonstone is a good crystal tool for anyone who wishes to reflect on past circumstances to learn life lessons from. It is also useful as a manifesting tool, drawing in your desires.

Application  For spiritual experiences lay a piece on your forehead. Lay a piece on your heart area for the soul and emotional experiences. For all other purposes, it is suited for wearing just about anywhere else.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Moonstone is a stone of wishes, intuition, and balance. Helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine side. It brings to you all that is needed. Discernment: “Want” and Need” do not come from the same place. Moonstone can assist you in absorbing those things that are “needed” in life while helping you discern what is merely “wanted”.

MAGICAL USES

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Other names for this stone are water opal, fish-eye, and wolf’s eye. Long considered to have inherent connections to the moon by all ancient cultures familiar with the stone, it was used during the waxing of the moon for love charms and during the waning of the moon to foretell the future.

Many people who work with Tarot Cards, Runes, Crystal Balls, Medicine Cards or any other type of divining tool, keep a Moonstone with them to heighten intuition and perceptions while working with them.

The moonstone in India is a sacred stone; it is only permitted to be displayed on a yellow cloth. In this culture, they called the moonstone Candra Kanta, and it is told that moonlight from a full moon gives the gemstone occult and magical powers. It is believed to bring much good fortune and allows one to see the future.

In the Eastern cultures, Moonstone was favored for LOVE. They believed that wearing or carrying a moonstone would bring a new love into your life. They also believe that holding a piece of moonstone over their hearts after a quarrel, and then exchanging the stones with each other, would bring you back together.

To dream of moonstone means travel and good health, but may also symbolize the unfolding of spiritual and psychic development.

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ASSOCIATIONS

  • Astrological Sign: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio
  • Birthstone: June
  • Planet: Moon
  • Element: Water
  • Direction: West
  • Day: Friday
  • Chakra: Third Eye (Brow), Solar Plexus
  • Moonstone is a 13th Anniversary gemstone
  • Vibrates to the Number: 4
  • 4th Ray
  • Color: White
  • Careers: Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, and other Health Care Workers
  • Other: Sailors, Coast Guard
  • Activities: Gardening, vacation cruises, swimming, water sports
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Like Moss Agate, Malachite, and Jade, Moonstone is associated with Gardening. All four are attributed to nature, water, and fertilization. Wear moonstone during planting, weeding, or watering, and visualize your garden bursting with fertility as you work. Hang a small wind chime and dangle these stones over your garden, or bury a few small pebbles in the earth.

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Moonstone can come to the aid of many Executives, who have sacrificed feeling emotionally connected to the people that work for them in an effort to function more efficiently, only to find that his employees now are difficult to work with and have little loyalty because of his detachment. You can rebuild a caring environment while maintaining order by allowing yourself to get in touch with the emotional aspects of management.

Unhappy workers who feel you are distant and detached are not productive employees. Slip a piece of Moonstone in your pocket to remind you to take the time to ponder decisions from all aspects.

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MOONSTONE LORE

  • It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other.
  • The Moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is a full moon.
  • It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.
  • Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which “is”. Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself.
  • Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.
  • It was once thought that the gem’s luster waxed and waned just like the moon itself, and moonstones have always been used in jewelry by moon worshipers.
  • Moonstones are generally set in silver, which brings out their characteristic bluish-silvery sheen.
  • Moonstone is claimed to be the gemstone for lovers as it symbolizes passion. It is said that it enhances our ability for empathy and understanding and is believed to bestow the power of clairvoyance.
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REMEDY BENEFITS OF MOONSTONE

  • Blue moonstone helps facilitate telepathic communications
  • Grey moonstone assists clairvoyance
  • Peach moonstone is an emotional healer
  • Rainbow moonstone (white labradorite) protects against psychic attack
  • White moonstone facilitates spiritual growth

Corresponding Chakra…

  • Peach Moonstone/Heart: Heals the heart by bringing Goddess love into it and fosters a spiritual heart and emotional healing.
  • White Moonstone/Crown: Enhances psychic knowing, psychic sight and increases intuition.
  • Gray Moonstone/Third Eye: Creates new realities and understanding other than earth plane realities. Increases the ability to focus on your life path.

rainbow_moonstoneMOONSTONE, RAINBOW

Rainbow moonstone has a gentle, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception and enhances creativity, compassion, endurance and inner confidence. It is a stone that brings balance and harmony. The Rainbow effect brings in a spectrum of light and can help with clearing and bring in uplifting energies. It has been said to have the power to grant wishes. Rainbow Moonstone is primarily related to the Crown Chakra.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Moonstones come in a variety of colors. The body color can range from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink. The clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color. It is often worn in rings, pendants or bead necklaces.

moonstone_largeMoonstone is actually a variety of Orthoclase Feldspar that contains a Schiller (shimmering) effect or adularescent sheen. Adularescence is described as “an effect seen on certain minerals (the most famous, Opal and Moonstone) which cause it to display a billowy, rounded, ghost-like reflection with a bluish-whitish color emanating from the surface when the mineral is cut into a cabochon. It is caused by structural anomalies or build-up of water in the mineral.” Adularescent is derived from the mineral name, Adularia, of which Moonstone is a variety. Polished Moonstones also commonly exhibit chatoyancy (a narrow band of reflected light that produces a “cat’s eye” effect) or asterism (a six-rayed star effect produced by reflected or transmitted light).

Found as a rock-forming mineral in igneous, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks, Moonstone breaks (or cleaves) into blocky chunks very often at 90º angles creating tabular crystals. Most are complexly twinned, meaning they often grow as several sets of two interwoven crystals that are mirror images of each other.

The most common Moonstone in the Feldspar family is that of the mineral Adularia, but many famous and rarer specimens are from the Plagioclase Feldspars of Albite (Sodium Aluminum Silicate), along with the Oligoclase and Labradorite varieties.

Chemistry: KAlSi3O8 (Potassium Aluminum Silicate)
Class: Silicates
Subclass: Tectosilicates
Group: Feldspar
Color: From colorless to bluish-white; also silvery gray, green, orange, peach, yellow or multi.
Luster: Vitreous (glassy), pearly parallel to cleavage; transparent to translucent.
Crystal System: Monoclinic or prismatic
Crystal Habit: Tabular to prismatic crystals. Repeated twinning is common, showing as fine parallel lines on good cleavage faces.
Cleavage: Perfect in two directions at 90º
Fracture: Uneven – Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.
Hardness: 6.0
Specific Gravity: 2.6
Streak: White
Other Characteristics: Exhibits adularescence, chatoyancy, or asterism.
Notable Occurrences: Sri Lanka, Burma, Madagascar, Germany, India, Tanzania, Brazil, U.S., Mexico.
Best Field Indicators: Cleavage, hardness, color, crystal habit.
Uses: Gemstone; mineral specimens

DEPOSITS

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There are two moonstones. Adularia moonstone is an almost transparent pale gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, India, and Madagascar. Albite moonstone is in the feldspar group. It is semi-transparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull. It comes mainly from Canada.

Moonstone is found in Brazil, European Alps, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and USA (Pennsylvania and Virginia). Sri Lanka has the highest quality moonstones.

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*Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

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The Vikings Compass: Iolite

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Iolite, known as the Vikings’ Compass, due to its ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days. When the legendary Viking mariners sailed the wide ocean, they used thin pieces of iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, by looking through the gemstone at a certain angle. Vikings never used to get lost on the high seas.

This stone is also called the stone of happiness and joy. It is believed to possess Feng Shui properties which help in building relationships with others. It cures a sore throat, varicose veins and various skin eruptions and blisters.

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IOLITE HEALING PROPERTIES

  • Power
  • Leadership
  • Self-confidence
  • Inner strength

IOLITE ASSOCIATIONS

  • Chakras – Third Eye Chakra
  • Zodiac – Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius
  • Colors – Yellow-brown, Violet-blue, Light Blue, Blue, Rich blue-violet stone; Transparent to Translucent
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The Healers Stone ~ Peridot

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Peridot has been used as a Power Stone for centuries. Peridot fosters emotional balance and helps us heal from past emotional wounds. It clears the pathway to the heart and heals damaged egos. Anger, jealousy, bitterness, and irritation are usually a result of wounded hearts (and sometimes, a wounded EGO). Peridot helps us move past the hurt, and understand our relationships. It adds intelligence to our romantic situations, giving us a bit of common sense in affairs of the heart, and protecting us from unnecessary heartache.

Peridot is a particularly good stone for “healing the healers”. Peridot helps people who work in the healing field by cleansing their auras and releasing and neutralizing toxins on all levels. Peridot purifies the subtle bodies and mind. It opens, cleanses and activates the heart and solar plexus chakra.

A Visionary stone, it brings an understanding of destiny and purpose. It releases negative vibrations and promotes clarity and well-being.

Peridot is purported to have the ability to bring healing and vitality to the whole body. It is said to increase patience, confidence, and assertiveness. Stories have been told since ancient times about how this gemstone has the ability to slow the aging process.

PHYSICAL HEALING PROPERTIES:

As with other gemstones, the color of the peridot stone is directly related to parts of the body that it can be of aid to.

  • Because of its yellowish green color, peridot has been believed to cure diseases of the liver and difficulties with digestion.
  • It aids in physical detoxification and helps problems with the kidneys, bladder, gall bladder, and the stomach.
  • Peridot heals such illnesses as ulcers, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • It is also useful in helping to heal insect bites.
  • Peridot has a tonic effect – it heals and regenerates tissues, strengthens the metabolism and benefits the skin.
  • It aids the heart, thymus, lungs, and spleen.
  • If placed on the abdomen, it aids in giving birth by strengthening the muscle contractions while lessening the pain.
  • Peridot is also helpful in treating skin diseases and difficulties associated with the adrenal glands and endocrine systems.
  • It is used to treat fevers.
  • Used by Egyptians, Aztecs, and Incas to gently cleanse and heal the physical heart (lungs, lymph, breast), spleen, intestinal tract, and strengthen eyes in cases of astigmatism and nearsightedness.

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METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

Peridot is a powerful cleanser:

  • It releases and neutralizes toxins on all levels.
  • It alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite, bitterness, irritation, hatred, and greed.
  • Peridot reduces stress, anger, and guilt.
  • Peridot (Chrysolite) opens our heart to joy and new relationships.
  • It enhances confidence and assertion, motivating growth and change.
  • Sharpens and opens the mind to new levels of awareness.
  • Banishes lethargy, apathy, and exhaustion.
  • Peridot enables you to take responsibility for your own life.

Peridot opens, cleanses and activates the heart, which can help one to release old baggage. All burdens, guilt, and obsessions become cleared and a new psychological clarity and feeling of well-being begin. Peridot teaches that holding onto the past is counter-productive. It shows you how to detach yourself from outside influences and how to look to your own higher energies for guidance. It assists in moving forward rapidly in therapeutic situations. It also helps you understand your destiny and spiritual purpose, helping you attain your full potential. All in all, the stone sharpens the mind and opens it to new levels of awareness.

Peridot is wonderful at helping one to release the old and embrace the new. It can assist one in realizing the detrimental patterns in one’s life and can be the basis of attaining that which is necessary for growth. Only spiritual or clear-minded persons should use Peridot. The person with too many earthly problems will not be able to understand the beauty of the Peridot. The very spiritual can wear Peridot in a necklace with the stone at the base of the throat to feel its soothing effect.

THE STONE OF EMOTIONAL HEALING

Commonly used in treating emotional states such as anger or jealousy and irritation. It’s color as well as the stone, inspires healing, renewal, purification, rebirth and growth. It has the power to heal hurt feelings and mend damaged relationships.

  • Jealousy: Particularly good in helping to deal with jealousy, a very dark destructive emotion. Peridot was worn by the ancient Egyptian high priest to guard against jealousy of the Pharaoh’s power.
  • Happiness: Being a “Sun” energy stone due to its yellow-green color, makes Peridot a warm, friendly, happy stone.
  • Stress-reliever (anxiety): More powerful when set in yellow gold. More effective when pierced, as in a bead form.
  • Calming: Promotes sleep

Anger is an emotion peridot has been known to be very beneficial for. The stone calms the nervous system, helping to dissolve emotional tensions and bring balance to the system. It actually attracts love and calms raging anger from within. It alleviates jealousy, resentment, and spite, and reduces stress.

The peridot stone can be extremely beneficial to those who are having self-esteem problems. The stone enhances confidence and assertion without aggression. It helps a person see their own light and recognize that they are deserving of love. It assists in looking back to the past at negative experiences and shows a person how to forgive himself. Peridot helps deal with guilt, whether it is self-imposed, or the product of others manipulative ways. It can help you to admit your mistakes and move on, taking responsibility for your own life, especially when you believe it is all someone else’s fault. It also helps those who feel they have little personal power as working with the stone or keeping one with you will give you that extra boost you might need. It is stimulating to one’s energy level, promoting vitality both physiologically and psychologically. It is invigorating and rejuvenating, promoting access to one’s inner vision and joy.

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALER

Peridot in MatrixPeridot is also very beneficial when it comes to treating psychological afflictions as well. It is a wonderful stone to help someone who is going through depression. It is a stone of lightness that counters the effects of negative emotions. It has the ability to balance the process of emotional release and detoxifies negative emotions, bringing them to comfortable levels. Peridot fosters emotional balance, security, and inner peace.

It soothes nervousness, heals emotional and physical pain, and lightens suffering. Such usages date back to ancient Roman times when rings of peridot were worn to relieve depression. Because it is calming to the nervous system, peridot is also useful in promoting sleep. Peridot banishes lethargy, which can attack someone who is experiencing depression.

The stone’s energy balances bipolar disorders and other forms of depression and helps one’s self-esteem or bruised ego. It also brings about necessary change, which is much needed to someone who is depressed.

Peridot also has other psychological effects and uses. It can help one overcome hypochondria. It can greatly improve difficult relationships. It treats phobias, particularly those associated with fears of the dark, becoming like a security blanket to a small child. Peridot represents wealth and financial success (think of its green hue) and also attracts romance.

PERIDOT ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Chakras: Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra.
  • Clears 4th, Heart Chakra pathway, strengthening breath of life, prosperity, growth and openness. Peridot when used to cleanse and to stimulate the 4th, Heart Chakra and 3rd, Solar Plexus Chakra, brings openness and acceptance to the intellectual pursuit in matters of love and relationships.
  • For specific chakra work though, because it acts to seal the aura, it is suggested that peridot is removed while working on chakras other than the heart and solar plexus.
  • Birthstone: August
  • Zodiac: Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
  • Planet Associations: Mercury, Venus and the Sun
  • Typical colors: Olive green, bottle green, yellowish-green, lime green. One of the few gemstones sometimes found in meteorites. Lime is a cleansing color, so it helps clean out any accumulated toxins. This relates to food, diet, and toxins associated with drugs, smoking, and alcohol. Green signifies a good luck stone.
  • Too much lime around you, and you can become unbalanced,
  • Too little and we may feel hateful and envious. ( green with envy?)
  • Vibrates to the numbers: 5, 6, and 7
  • Angelic: The Archangel Raphael is the Archangel for those in need of healing, wholeness, and unity and he is affiliated with the colors green and deep pink.

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MAGICAL PROPERTIES

  • Energy: Receptive
  • Element: Earth
  • Associated Metal: Gold
  • Powers: Protection, wealth, health, sleep

Peridot is indeed a springtime gemstone, with its fresh springtime color, as it has the ability to project you into a new life cycle. If you seem to be stuck and not moving forward, use peridot along with a white and green candle.

Peridot is a typically green but sometimes it is also yellowish-green or olive green. It is opaque and when polished can be crystal clear. Peridot emits a warm and friendly energy helping one to release the old negative patterns one is accustomed to.

By aligning the subtle bodies and increasing the desire for personal growth, it can lead one to new doors of opportunity. Peridot can also help you discover your destiny or purpose in life. It opens one up to new challenges and adventures. It is also helpful in warding off evil spirits.

The joyful and friendly energy of this stone helps to make and seal friendships, it clears the heart, releases the ego, which in turn cleanses jealousy and anger, hence bringing about a sense of peace and quiet amusement.

To dream of peridot signifies that you need to be cautious for a period of time.

Lost Items: Can be used to bring results to a search – seeking and of lost or mislaid items, but applies to the spiritual realm as well, as in feeling despair, spiritually lost, or emotionally isolated,

Childbirth: Has been used to facilitate the birth process, stimulating contractions and opening the birth canal. Slip a piece into your “birth room” sack you are taking to the hospital.

Peridot is also a Money Stone. Wear it to draw money and opportunity your way. Put Peridot in your cash box along with Citrine. Peridot will help to draw money to you, and Citrine will help to keep it once you get it!

Peridot is a 16th Anniversary gemstone.

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CAREERS:

Doctors, Nurses, Emergency Crew, Hospital workers, Dentist, Optometrist, Healing, Care Giver, Technicians, Veterinarians, Counsellors, Physicians, Ministers, Clergy, Mothers

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  • Beginners Stone: Detoxing: Nice gift for someone in their first year. Processes, Releases and neutralizes toxins on all levels.
  • 2nd Step Stone: A good first “Spiritual Stone” for people who have not yet had a spiritual awakening, or are having trouble relating to a “Higher Power” as it helps people who are having trouble relating to the reality of the world beyond the physical world.
  • 8th Step Stone: Helps us deal with anger, jealousy, envy, and other strong emotions particularly in relationships with others, which might get in our way or “become willing” to make amends to those people. In healing these past hurts, and getting these strong emotions under control, we begin to see the part we played in any given situation on a more detached, intellectual level rather than an emotion level.
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PHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

  • Chemical composition: (MgFe)2SiO4
  • Class: nesosilicate
  • Crystal system: orthorhombic; 2/m2/m2/m
  • Crystal habit: commonly as compact or granular masses, also as loose or embedded grains, sometimes in volcanic nodules. Crystals are rare, usually as vertically striated prisms.
  • Twinning: twinning is uncommon, simple twinning can occur on {100}, {011}, and {012}. Cyclic twinning on {031} reportedly produces trillings.
  • Specific gravity: 3.22 – 3.45, increases with iron content
  • Index of refraction: 1.65 – 1.69, increases with iron content
  • Birefringence: strong, (0.035 – 0.038)
  • Pleochroism: Weak; pale yellow-green to yellow/pale yellow-green to yellow/yellow to yellow-orange
  • Hardness: 6.5 to 7, hardness increases with magnesium content
  • Color: olive green, green, yellow, brown
  • Luster: vitreous to oily
  • Transparency: transparent to translucent
  • Cleavage: Poor on {010} and {110}, {010} cleavage improves with increasing iron content
  • Fracture: conchoidal
  • Streak: colorless
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OLIVINE (PERIDOT) BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Peridot is a gemstone variety of forsterite, the magnesium-rich end of the olivine series. Chrysolite is a golden yellow variety of peridot. Peridot is idiochromatic, getting its distinct green coloration from ferrous iron which is a natural part of its crystal lattice structure. Higher quality peridot generally contains about 10 to 15% iron. The olivines are isomorphous (all have the same crystal structure), with varying chemical compositions. The most common of the olivines have chemical compositions in the complete solid solution series between pure forsterite (Mg2SiO4) and pure fayalite (Fe2SiO4). A less common solid solution series also exists between the olivine varieties fayalite (Fe2SiO4) and tephroite (Mn2SiO4). Another uncommon solid solution series exists between monticellite (CaMgSiO4) and kirschsteinite (CaFeSiO4). The naturally occurring pure calcium chemical end member larnite (Ca2SiO4) does not have the olivine structure.

The green color of peridot, the gem variety of olivine, is mainly dependent on the amount of ferrous iron present, this color then being modified by trace amounts of Fe3+, Ti4+, and Ni2+. The better green colors occur with a Fe: Mg ratio of about 1:8. Higher concentrations of Fe result in less desirable yellow-green or brownish green shades. Pure brown peridots are rarer. Peridot gems have a hardness of about 6.5, which makes them very suitable for use as gemstones in earrings, brooches, nd pendants. Their use as ring stones requires some extra care to prevent abrasion and loss of polish.

Peridot (also called Chrysolite) is a stone with a sparkling pale green color. It occurs in lime, yellowish green, olive green or medium dark green hues. Chemically composed of Magnesium iron silicate [Mg, F e] 2SiO4; Peridot (precious olivine) is a gem-quality transparent green olivine. The crystals of peridot have a vitreous luster and conchoidal fracture. Gem-quality olivine is a mineral that composes a lot of the earth’s mantle, the layer below the crust. It is also common in basalts on the Moon.

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OCCURRENCE AND DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES

Peridot (Olivine) commonly crystallizes very early in the crystallizing sequence of mafic and ultramafic igneous rocks at relatively high temperatures. These early formed crystals can settle by gravity forming dunite, a rock composed essentially of olivine, or the rock known as peridotite which also contains pyroxene with occasional accessories hornblende, ilmenite, garnet, hematite or chromite. Olivine is a common constituent of gabbros and basalts. Still molten underground basalts, in which early formed peridot grains have settled to the bottom by gravity, are occasionally ejected during volcanic eruptions, and the masses of peridot grains are thrown out as volcanic bombs. Peridot is also found as glassy grains in stony meteorites. Mg-rich olivines form by thermal metamorphism of dolomitic limestones. Fe-rich olivines are less common, occurring in alkali rocks. Fayalite (Fe2SiO4) has been found in gas cavities in volcanic rocks and glasses.

Peridot is usually distinguished by its color, luster and conchoidal fracture. The refractive index and specific gravity of peridot are higher than in tourmaline and lower than in chrysoberyl, zircon, and garnet. Sinhalite has a higher specific gravity and more pronounced pleochrism. Glass and moldavite are isotropic.

Peridot Examples

HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND USES

The name olivine is from the Latin oliva in reference to the mineral’s color. Peridot is from a thirteenth-century English word peridote.

From ancient times until the eighteenth century, peridot was referred to as ‘topazion’ or ‘topaz’, most likely because it was found on the island of Topazios (known today as Zebirget or Isle of St. John in Egypt) in the Red Sea. In the eighteenth century, the name topaz was given to our mineral topaz of today, and gem olivine became known as peridot. Yellowish peridot also has been commonly referred to as chrysolite which is from Greek meaning yellow stone. The term chrysolite has also been commonly used in referring to greenish-yellow gem chrysoberyl.

Peridot JewelryPeridot is used as a gemstone. Mg-rich olivine is used in refractory sand and brick in the casting industry because of its high melting point.

At one time, Peridot was more valuable than diamonds. This gemstone is actually known by three names: Peridot, Chrysolith and Olivin, because peridot is the gemstone variety of the olivin mineral. In the gemstone trade, it is generally called peridot, a name derived from the Greek word “peridona”, with a meaning along the lines of “giving plenty”.

Peridot is one of the few gemstones which exist only in one color. Finest traces of iron account for the deep green color with a slight golden hue. Chemically Peridot is just an iron-magnesium-silicate, and the intensity of color depends on the amount of iron contained. The color as such can come in any variation from yellow-green and olive to brownish green. Peridot is not especially hard – it only achieves about 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs´ scale – and yet it is easy to care for and quite robust.

The name “peridot” (péridot French, peridoto Spanish or Italian), means “golden stone” in Greek (peridona); and is also derived from the French word “peritot,” meaning “unclear” due to significant amounts of inclusions that are typical of the stone. Golden-yellow peridot also goes by the name “chrysolite.”

Peridot, also known as the “evening emerald,” was treasured by the Egyptian Pharaohs, and some of Cleopatra’s “emeralds” were actually peridots. In the Middle Ages, people wore peridot to gain foresight and divine inspiration, as well as to protect them against evil.

PERIDOT MINING

Rough PeridotPeridot mining dates back some 4,000 years. Ancient olivine peridot mineral deposits located on St. John Island off the coast of Egypt in the Red Sea were documented by the Greek historian Pliny the Elder in his book Naturalis Historia (Natural History) in AD 70. Those ancient deposits on St. John Island, now named Zabargad Island still produce high-quality peridot stones, although most modern Peridot comes from the United States in Arizona. One of the largest faceted peridot gems in the world (Smithsonian Institution collection) is a 311.8 karat (62 g) stone found on Zabargad.

Peridot, also called precious olivine (magnesium iron silicate), is a transparent green variant of forsteritic olivine associated with peridotite, a dense mafic or ultramafic igneous rock. Peridot crystallizes in the orthorhombic crystal system, with a “granular mass” crystal habit, usually resulting in rounded pebbles; or in short, vertically-striated prisms. Peridot is classified as a Nesosilicate in the Silicate mineral group.

Olivine is a mineral that composes a lot of the earth’s mantle, which is the layer just below the outer crust. Olivine is also common in basalts found on the moon. Peridot was called “Topazion” until the 18th century when the British renamed it Peridot. Today, the highest quality peridot is typically mined in Pakistan, and is called “Kashmir Peridot” or “Cashmir Peridot.”

The most beautiful stones come from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. Peridot as gemstone does also exist in Myanmar, China, the USA, Africa and Australia. Stones from East Burma, today’s Myanmar, show a vivid green with fine silky inclusions. Peridot from the American state of Arizona, where it is quite popular in Native Indian jewelry, often shows a yellowish to golden brown shade.

Sources: Burma (Myanmar), Egypt, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, USA (Arizona, Hawaii)

Transparent green olivine peridot and a Peridotite druzy encrustation embedded in a basalt matrix are commonly found in lava fields. Transparent olivine is usually found in arid climates such as Arizona, Egypt (Zabargad), Saudi Arabia and Pakistan (Suppatt district) due to its susceptibility to decay when subjected to weathering and rain.

PERIDOT TREATMENTS AND CARE

Peridot is not usually enhanced or heat-treated but it is occasionally treated with colorless oils, wax, and natural or synthetic resins to fill in voids or surface fractures, and to improve appearance or surface luster.

Peridot has a lower durability than many other gemstones, and when a faceted peridot is set in a ring with a prong setting extra care should be used. Peridot is also subject to thermal shock, therefore you should never clean peridot jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner due to its tendency to fracture. Similarly, you should avoid the use of a steam cleaner as rapid changes in temperature may cause fracturing.

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THE STORY OF PERIDOT

A couple of thousand years ago BCE, on a full moon night, while sailing upon the Red Sea, sailors landed on a small Island of the Serpents. Under the bright moonlight, they saw glowing crystals among the volcanic earth. At first light, those crystals turn green glitters in the sand.

This is how humanity discovered Zabargad.

Faceted Peridot Gems

The Egyptian royalty in the capital city of Thebes fell quickly for the mysterious gem. In Naturalis Historia, Pliny tells of the first specimen presented to Queen Berenice. (Theban queen of Lower Egypt, about 300 BCE). She was not the only one. Historians even suspect that at least some of the “emeralds” worn by Cleopatra were actually Peridots. According to Agatharchides in his De Mare Erthraeo, Egyptian kings ordered the discoverers to collect gems and deliver them to the royal gem cutters for polishing. Apart from fashion, Peridot was considered a symbol of the sun.

Soon enough the ancient Jews picked on this trend as well, named it “Pitdah” and used it in the fabled Breastplates of Aaron described in the Bible (Exodus 28, 15-30). The breastplate was a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.

Aaron, Berenice, and Cleopatra are all but gone, but the largest cut Peridot, which weighs 310 karats is still on display in the Smithsonian, was found on Serpent Isle, later known as St. John Island.

During the Ottoman Empire (1300-1918) Turkish Sultans amassed the world’s largest collection. They were competing with the Crusaders, returning home from their holy journeys with large Peridots as part of the loot. Fine gems from this era remain today in a number of European sanctuaries including the Treasury of the Three Magi in Cologne and the Vatican. The precious stones and jewelry collection in the Tower of London also contain large Peridot gems.

The source of the name Peridot is not very clear. It could be derived from the Greek “peridona”, meaning “giving plenty”, or from the Arabic word Faridat, although the current name in Arabic is Zabargad. To add up to confusion, the old Farsi name Zamroot means emerald which is Izmargad in ancient Hebrew. Later the stone was known as Topazion. Probably around the 18th century, the French were the first to call the yellowish-green stone Peridote, although the English have a similar claim.

It was probably, regarding their history, more of a French name.

Olivine (Peridot)

Peridot belongs to the forsterite-fayalite (most of the gem variety is predominantly foresterite, named after the German naturalist, John Forester) mineral series which is part of the Olivine group. It is one of the “idiochromatic” gems, meaning the color created by the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself, not from minor impurities, and therefore will only be found in shades of green.

Its chemical formula is given by (Mg, F e)2SiO4.

Peridot is found in many corners of the world and beyond, that is from meteorites. In Russia, a few cut Peridots were produced out of a meteorite which fell in 1749 in East Siberia. The most unusual olive green gem that comes from meteorites is called Pallasites. Moldavite is found in the Czech Republic and believed to have arrived from space in a meteor about 14.8 million years ago. Because this stone contains crystals of Olivine and has a similar color it is often confused with Peridot. Some of these extraterrestrial gems are very beautiful though and have been faceted and set into jewelry.

Because Peridot was created during the volcanic action, occasionally, those green crystals are found on the black sands of Hawaii.

The United States was for many years the largest producer of this green material, and the value of production in 1993 was estimated at $1.5 million. Peridot Mesa, located on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation east of Globe in Gila County, is the most productive locality for Peridot in the world. Gem-quality Peridot can be found in deposits at three different locations in New Mexico. The deposits are in the Buell Park area in McKinley County in the northwestern part of the state and in Kilbourne Hole and Potrillo Mar depression.

Very large, super fine-quality Peridot gems are produced from deposits in Mogok area in Burma. These deposits were well known for their 20- to 80-carat cut stones of superb color and clarity, but since the “socialist” government came to power, supply dwindled and Burmese Peridot became all but rare collectors’ item.

In the early 1990s, the rough mountainsides of Nanga Parbat, stretching far west of the Himalayas, fine crystals in a deep and breathtakingly beautiful green were discovered. Unique stones of over 100 karats were found. Soon enough these stones have been termed “Cashmere Peridot”.

Gemcut Peridots

Since the late 90’s and early 2000, the bread and butter Peridot is being mined, cut and sold out of China. Although on the yellowish side and mostly in the 1 to 3 karats size range, with China’s untapped labor reserves and aggressive business tactics, Chinese Peridot has an excellent price point. It is clearly taking over the commercial slice in the global Peridot pie.

The ancient Romans were quite fond of the gemstone and coveted the brilliant green sparkle, which does not change in artificial light. They already named the stone “Evening Emerald”. Today, the airy, slightly golden bright green of Peridot could not escape the attention of contemporary designers in the jewelry and fashion industries. It’s fine pistachio green or olive green goes perfectly with many summer collections. No wonder that Peridot is assigned to the summer month of August.

If you are still in doubt you should consider the reputation Peridot has at the New Age circles: Peridot protects against nervousness; helps alleviate spiritual fear; aids in healing hurt feelings & bruised egos; incurs strength & physical vitality; aligns subtle bodies; amplifies other vibrational energies & positive emotional outlook; helps liver & adrenal function. If you are married do not forget that Peridot is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage. And above all, it is supposed to bring the wearer success, peace, good luck, and most importantly, helps his or her dreams to become true.

Polished Peridot

*Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

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Crystal of the Week: Cat’s Eye

Holistic Experiment

Cymophane, also known as Cat’s Eye, is often used as a talisman to protect the user from the “evil eye”. It brings luck, enhances creativity and kindness, and protects the wearer from any mishaps and accident.

This stone is often used to increase one’s perceptions of others’ intention and it’s commonly used to enhance one’s intuition. It’s also a stone that helps relieve anxiety and stress, giving the user hope and a positive attitude towards life.

It’s also a prosperity stone, it often increase its strength in bringing financial success over time, which is why some people wear the same piece of Cat’s Eye for many years.

Physical, Mental and Spiritual Properties

Physically, Cat’s Eye is often used to help heal eye disorders and enhance vision, especially at night. It’s also used to control sugar and cholesterol level and can be used to alleviate headaches and mobility issues.

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Topaz ~ Divine Light ~ Good Witches Homestead

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“LIGHTING THE DIVINE LIGHT OF IMAGINATION”

Topaz promotes individuality and creativity while providing self-confidence in your own decisions. It helps to remove doubts about your decisions and promotes the expression of ideas. Topaz acts as a catalytic trigger, and activates the laws of attraction and manifestation of your desires – it helps you to have faith in the universe’s desire to help you, prompting receptivity and willingness to act.

  • It helps one to creatively change one’s personal world.
  • Helpful in correcting unwanted, unloving behavior patterns.
  • Acts to replace negativity with love and joyfulness
  • Helps to initiate faith and further the quest for the enlightened state.
  • Enhances relaxation, creates lightness of spirit, and stimulates feelings of peace
  • Restores loss of taste, healing of wounds and skin eruptions, liver disorders, gall bladder, endocrine glands
  • Topaz balances emotions and calms passions. It releases tension and gives feelings of joy. Topaz is known as spiritual rejuvenation gemstone
  • Silver enhances the effects of topaz, acting as an additional conductor for topaz’s energy.
  • Topaz is particularly powerful when combined with Amethyst. As the topaz activates the laws of attraction and manifestation, the amethyst transforms the energies into spiritual vibrations to produce a soothing, clearing and stabilizing effect.
  • Topaz stimulates the endocrine system. It assists in general tissue regeneration. Topaz is valuable in the treatment of hemorrhages. It also increases poor appetite and helps fighting blood disorders.

Colors: Pink, green, red, gold, yellow, blue, white, reddish yellow, brown, gray and colorless.

Wedding anniversary: Topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 19th year of marriage.

Imperial topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 23rd year of marriage.

Swiss Blue Topaz

Description: Topaz is an aluminum fluorite silicate containing fluorine and has a chemical formula of Al2F2SiO4. It is one of the few gem minerals which, under suitable conditions, grow into enormous crystals. Topaz typically occurs in cavities in rhyolites and granite, in pegmatite dikes, and in high-temperature veins with cassiterite and tourmaline.

The stone is transparent with a vitreous luster. A light yellow, brown and pink variety of topaz are valued as a gemstone. The pure crystals of topaz used a great deal in jewelry.

History: It is believed that the topaz of modern mineralogists was unknown to the ancients and that the stone called topazos was the mineral chrysolite or peridot.

In ancient times, a figure of a falcon carved on a Topaz was thought to help earn the goodwill of kings, princes, and magnates. Topaz is Stone of Strength noted by Greeks. During medieval days it was thought to heal physical and mental disorders as well as prevent death.

In 1750 a Parisian jeweler discovered that the yellow Brazilian topaz becomes pink on exposure to a moderate heat, and this treatment has since been extensively applied so that nearly all the pink topaz occurring in jewelry has been heat-treated. Such “burnt topaz” is often known as Brazilian ruby, as is the very rare, natural red topaz.

London Blue Topaz

Name’s Origin: The origin of the name Topaz generates confusion, as some references point to the Sanskrit word “tapaz”, meaning fire, while others believe it is named after Zeberget, an island in the Red Sea that the Greeks called Topazius, the ancient source of Peridot.

While some sources think this was due to ancient confusion between Topaz and Peridot, it now appears more likely that this name might have come from confusion with the Greek word “topasin”, which means to guess or conjecture, possibly in reference to the way fisherman sometimes lost the island in fog. Regardless, in history, the name was not consistently or specifically applied (it was once used to describe most yellow gems) and sometimes Topaz and Peridot are mentioned as being the same and sometimes different. Interestingly, in the famous book “The Curious Lore of Precious Stones”, the esteemed gemologist George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932) states that these two gems are the same species.

Topaz is an inherently romantic gem and features regularly in the titles of romance novels and honeymoon destinations. Its name indicates beauty, rarity, and wealth, and imparts a sense of timelessness.

While the golden yellow and blues of Topaz are the most widely known, topaz actually comes in a diverse array of striking colors. This combined with its beauty and durability makes topaz jewelry ideal for all occasions.

LEGENDS AND LORE

Imperial Topaz

Many ancient traditions and beliefs have created a brilliant history for Topaz. Like Peridot, the Egyptians called Topaz the “gem of the sun”, believing it was colored by the golden glow of their sun god Ra and thus a powerful protector from harm.

Greeks and Romans also associated the golden crystals with their sun god, Jupiter. They believed the gem increased their strength and could neutralize enchantments.

Topaz is mentioned in the Bible as being one of the “stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:13-16) that were given to Moses and set in the breastplate of Aaron (Exodus 28:15-30). Topaz is also one of the twelve gemstones set in the foundations of the city walls of Jerusalem (Revelations 21:19) and associated with the Apostle Matthew.

Bushmen in Africa used Topaz in healing ceremonies and rituals to connect with ancestral spirits.

In medieval courts, kings, judges and other noble persons were often presented with an engraved Topaz to win favor and cultivate positive relationships.

If you are on a journey of spiritual change, Topaz is believed by crystal healers to make an excellent companion. It apparently teaches you to trust in the universe, aiding you to fully recognize the magical laws of attraction, increasing your ability to manipulate them.

Once believed to make you invincible during danger, Topaz is also believed by some crystal healers to strengthen confidence and to help you make correct decisions by giving you the courage to follow through on choices, thereby changing dreams into reality.

Meditations with Topaz are believed by some to help awaken sleeping talents and illuminate co-creative energies.

CARE AND TREATMENT

As Topaz has a hardness of 8, keep your gems in separate boxes to protect other jewelry from scratches. Also, avoid large temperature changes. Topaz often becomes paler if kept out in the sun. Do not clean topaz in a home ultrasonic cleaner. The best way to clean topaz is warm soapy water.

VARIETIES OF TOPAZ

Multi Colored Topaz

Mined from both host rock and alluvial deposits, its unique crystal structure makes Topaz a hard and dense gemstone. Because of this, pure colorless Topaz has often been mistaken for Diamond. Weighing 1,680 karats, the huge Braganza gemstone mounted into the Portuguese crown jewels was originally thought to be a Diamond – in fact, it is a beautiful clear Topaz.

A hydrous aluminum fluorosilicate, Topaz is usually formed in granitic pegmatites and in Quartz veins.

swiss-blue-topazBLUE TOPAZ

Blue topaz can generally be found in three different shades: pale sky blue, cool Swiss blue, and deep London blue.

The sparkling stones evoke images of the wind, sky, and water. Blue is the color of calm and quiet.

It can help us channel relaxing energies and fight off chaos and negative emotions.

Traditionally, the icy blue shades of topaz gemstones are associated with learning, understanding, creative inspiration and peaceful communication.

Glacier Topaz

GLACIER TOPAZ™

A unification of fire and ice, Glacier Topaz™ mixes the pure clear whites of glacier ice with a fiery brilliance and luster reminiscent of diamonds.

Mined from the same region as Russian Alexandrite and Siberian Emerald, Glacier Topaz™ is yet another testament to the quality of Russian gemstones. Glacier Topaz™, arguably Topaz at its most pure, requires only cutting and faceting to reveal its hidden beauty.

Glacier Topaz™ is mined at one location on the planet, the famous Murzinka mines (named after the Ostyak’s Prince Murzin) in the Ural Mountains, Russia. Active for well over a century, the Murzinka mines produce some of the world’s finest Topaz, a gemstone for which Russia was once famous.

While Brazil is today the recognized powerhouse for Topaz, Russian Topaz is relatively difficult to source, particularly with respect to the pure natural perfection embodied by Glacier Topaz™.

The miners work the deposits of the Murzinka granite pegmatite fields by tunneling up to 30 meters below the earth’s surface in an effort to carefully extract Topaz crystals directly from the host rocks of the lucrative Mokrusha vein. Painstaking work, only a very small percentage of all the Murzinka Topaz mined has the necessary purity to warrant the distinction of being called Glacier Topaz™.

Imperial Topaz

IMPERIAL TOPAZ

At the height of Imperial Russia’s power, orange pink Topaz was brought from Brazil to decorate the jewelry of the Tzarina. Since then, these colors have been known as Imperial Topaz and remain one of the most coveted varieties. Interestingly, some sources dispute this legend and state that Imperial Topaz was named in honor of Emperor Don Pedro of Brazil.

imperial topaz is used to:

  • Encourage self-realization and confidence
  • Impart strength to quiet wild emotions
  • Banish bad dreams
  • Bestow charisma on its user
  • Topaz draws love to its wearer
  • Protection against envy, disease, negative magic and sudden or untimely death
  • Combined with tiger eye, topaz will bring wealth and money

Healing properties of Imperial Topaz

  • Stimulate the appetite
  • Aid in nervous exhaustion
  • Activate life force and metabolism

Mystic Topaz

MYSTIC TOPAZ

Displaying a flaming kaleidoscope of colors, Mystic Topaz (also known as Mystic Fire Topaz, Rainbow Topaz, Titanium Topaz, Alaskan Topaz and Caribbean Topaz) is one of the 20th century’s most beautiful new gemstones. First appearing in September 1998 at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair, the popularity of Mystic Topaz increased dramatically when it was exhibited at the Tucson Gem Show in 2003.

Mystic Topaz is produced using the physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating process. Applied to top quality natural White Topaz, the treatment is permanent with normal wear. This process can induce an iridescent appearance, whose colors range depending on the light source and the viewing angle relative to both the gem’s surfaces and the light source.

DEPOSITS

Important sources of topaz are in Russia, Siberia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Africa and China, Japan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, and in the United States (in Maine, New Hampshire, California, Colorado, and Utah). In the United States the best topaz has been worked near Pikes Peak, Colorado, and in San Diego County, California. The largest known deposits are located in Minas Gerais in Brazil.

The finest British topaz is found in the Cairngorm Mountains in the Central Highlands, especially at Ben a Buird, Scotland. The famous topaz rock of the Schneckenstein, in Germany, yields pale yellow crystals.

Fine Topaz occurs at several localities in the Urals and in Siberia, Russia, and beautiful crystals come from Takayama and Tanokamiyama in Japan.

TOPAZ November’s birthstone
Origins Brazil, Mozambique, Nigeria & Russia
Colors Found Various
Family Topaz
Hardness 8.00
Refractive Index 1.60 – 1.64
Relative Density 3.49 – 3.57
Multi Colored Topaz

Topaz is a powerful stone in the way that quartz is. It is a balancing and calming stone that balances emotions, releases tension, balances emotions, and can bring joy.

Topaz is also believed to bring success and good fortune, and synchronicity. It is also used for protection, particular protection from the evil eye and greed.

Spiritually it brings in spiritual love and peace.It also is said to bring creativity, individuality, true love, and hope.

Physically, topaz is said in crystal healing to aid with gout, blood disorders, hemorrhages, poor appetite, tissue regeneration, tuberculosis, aging (reverses), endocrine system.  Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

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Crystal of the Week: Turquoise – Holistic Experiment

To be given a stone such as turquoise promotes good luck and peace. It has been used as amulets since time began, defending against injury, outside influences, or atmospheric pollutants.

It was often used by Turkish soldiers, protecting riders from injuries due to falls. It’s said that the Turquoise grows pale when its owner is sick or sad and loses all of its color when the person dies. It gradually recovers when it’s transferred to a new healthy owner, its color deepening each day.

A powerful energy conduit, this stone releases old vows, inhibitions, and prohibitions, dissolving a martyred attitude or self-sabotage, allowing the soul to express itself once more. It is also good for people who suffer jet lag and deal with fears of flying.

In the workplace, Turquoise promotes leadership, helps in relocation or regular travel associated with careers, and helps avoid unwise investments. It helps overcome writer’s block and is a stone of clear communication when giving information.

This stone is a good amulet for those who work in law or for local or central government. It’s also a wonderful stone for accountants and computer operators to promotes mental relaxation. Turquoise is a great stone for those who work in radio or television to release anxiety and for laborers to protect from body harm

Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Purposes

There are many physical purposes of Turquoise, but it is often used for people who suffer from exhaustion and those who suffer from problems in the brain, eyes, ears, neck, and throat. It’s anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, reducing excess acidity and benefits gout, rheumatism, and the stomach.

It is often used to heal cataracts, migraines, headaches, and problems with balance. It’s helpful to the respiratory system and aids in healing lung disorders and allergies. It helps prevent trachetis and other bronchial attacks. By healing the breath, this stone may cure speech disorders such as stammering.

Turquoise enhances the physical and psychic immune system, supports the assimilation of nutrients, and helps alleviates pollution and viral infection. It is used for tissue regeneration, neutralizes overacidity, and is used for people who have issues with tissue regeneration, eye issues, gout, rheumatism, stomach issues, cramps, pain, and sore throat.

On an emotional level, this stone if often used to ease panic attacks, stress, guilt, shame, and even depression. It promotes friendship, loyalty, self-realization and can help with mood swings and provides solace for the spirit and well-being for the body.

This stone gives serenity and peace for those who needs it and promotes empathy and balance in one’s life. It helps one to realize the causes of happiness and unhappiness and promotes self-realization.

Turquoise empowers shy people because it calms the nerves when speaking it public. It helps dissolves a martyred attitude of self-sabotage and empowers those who are feeling bullied or suffer prejudice. It aids the user in creative problem-solving.

Spiritually speaking, this stone promotes purification of the body and mind and dispels negative energy and clears electromagnetic smog for the environment. It works with the meridians of the body and deals with the metaphysical immune system.

Turquoise promotes spiritual attunement and enhances communications with the physical and spiritual worlds. It’s an efficient healer because it provides solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. This stone shows how the creation of our fate depends on what we do each moment. It’s a stone that focuses on the Throat Chakra and the Third Eye and is a sacred stone to Native Americans.

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Magpie’s Magic Nest

WINTER INCENSE

Burning Incense speaks to me without saying a word to my conscious mind

As I light the Incense it stirs my emotions

It brings back to me the memories I hold so dearly of places I visited events I went to and people who have been long forgotten

It burns
It attracts a higher spiritual force
It gives me the ability to believe

Prayers and Wishes turn into smoke

Blessings granted

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