Tourmalined quartz is the combination of Clear quartz and Tourmaline. It is recognizable with it's black strands trapped in the quartz. I just love the combination of this stone, so very striking.
Clear quartz is a silicon dioxide crystal and is among the most abundant minerals found on every continent.
It can appear as clear as glass or frosted and cloudy, almost white. Tourmaline is a complex aluminum borosilicate crystal. The two together are found primarily in Brazil. It is the hexagonal crystal formation that creates the strands. Tourmalined quartz is among the harder stones at a 7-7.5 on the MOHS scale.
This combination of the stones makes it a powerful stone in crystal healing. The clear quartz is a the most versatile stone in the mineral realm. It is purifying, and brings light to the energy of healing and spirituality.
The Tourmaline offers psychic protection in challenging places and circumstances. keeping one out of imbalance. Together they are an ideal ally. It is cleansing and purifying. Removes negative energy and restores balance.
This gemstone is a powerhouse for healing and it looks fantastic to boot. One of my favorites for it's versatility and it's beauty.
I hope you enjoyed today's gem. Have a peaceful day.
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite people. This is Albert L'Etoile and he does some of the most fun and exciting pottery. He makes french classic pottery as well for all you classic style people out there, but as far as I am concerned his best work is the colorful and fun work. His characters are so incredible and inspire the kid in us all. Please go check out his work. It is perfect for anyone who needs some fun and laughter, which is everyone! Truly unique gifts to give and receive. Etsy.com/shop/Albertletoileclayart
The Indonesian Opal, a gemstone that has only become available since about 2016 or 2018.
I fell in love with this stone when I first saw it at a gem show in Marlboro Massachusetts two years ago. Joe Jelks of Horizon Minerals was the lapidary artist who introduced it to me and it has become one of my customers favorites as well as mine. Many finished pieces are reminiscent of the ocean landscape of Cape Cod where I am located and so it is popular among those who live and visit here.
Although opal is found all over the globe this particular one is found in only one location in Indonesia. It is at a very high elevation and you have to go through steep inclines and lush jungle terrain to get to it. It is extremely hard to mine and move because the lava flow that created it covered and filled tree trunks. It comes in large and very heavy pieces.
It is a gorgeous stone and very unique in its natural formation. Opal is a feldspar like the moonstone. It is formed from lava and this particular stone gets its coloring from manganese, iron, large copper deposits and the trapped petrified wood. It makes some wonderful landscape-like designs as you can see in the photos above. The green/blue color is from the copper, manganese and water in this opal and the brown/black colors are from the iron and wood.
Opal is made up of 5-10% water and as the water dries up over many years it leaves the stone behind. This water content makes it a more delicate stone, putting in the MOHS scale of 5.5-6.5 and you have to take very good care of it to keep it from getting brittle or scratched over time. But gosh it is just amazing and worth the effort.
Opal was named by the Romans as Opalas or Precious stone. Because it is delicate, most deposits we find today are from more recent history as those in ancient times are no longer stable. It is unable to withstand hot and cold extremes and water fluctuation in the environment over time.
Because opal comes in so many colors it can represent almost all the Chakra. It depends mainly on the predominant element and color of the stone. It is also not related to just one birthstone for this same reason. It is a multifaceted stone when it comes to healing and each element contributes to it's healing properties. It makes this stone quite versatile.
The opal promotes recognition and feelings of creativity, releases inhibitions to help one feel confident in their endeavors. Strengthens memory and instills faithfulness in respect to love and business relationships. The copper in this stone represents luck and conducts healing energy to one's spirituality. The nature element of the wood advances the quest to serenity and assists in the progression of one's destiny.
I hope you enjoyed learning about this gorgeous stone and I wish you a tranquil day.
Gathered information sources: The Smithsonian Rock and Mineral Book, The Pocket Book of Stones by Robert Simmons, Love is in the Earth book my Melody , Wikepedia, and other internet sources.
This is Aine and she is an amazing artist as you can see from this photo of her work, and a beautiful person. I met her at the Hyart Shanties. She is having an exhibition on Sept 24-26th called "Year on a Cranberry Bog"
Put it into your calendar as a not to be missed event now. In the meantime visit her at Artworkbyaine.com and of course check her out on Instagram as well.
Today's gem is a beautiful Ammonite. A slice of a petrified shell related to the Nautilus we recognize today. The natural colors range in shade of brown and cream and the spiral is breath taking. This cabochon measures approximately 1 1/8" x 7/8". Price ranges $125-172 for a pendant (Silver, Gold fill or Rose gold fill). Price includes an 18" chain in the same metal.
I am a self taught jewelry artist and designer. My blog is the door to all the new things I learn, the stones I use and love, the pieces I created and the events I participate in as well as my thoughts along this journey. I hope you enjoy the ride with me.
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