Pietersite also known as Riebeckite or Brecciatted Tiger's eye is absolutely gorgeous and also very dangerous in it's raw form. This gorgeous stone like Tiger's eye and Hawks eye(the blue version) is made from a mineral called Blue crocidolite asbestos and is consider to be toxic to humans in it's raw form. However once it has been cut, polished and made for jewelry it is no longer a threat and is actually quite beneficial. This is actually true of many shells and gemstones in our world. Hope I didn't scare you,lol
Pietersite is basically a naturally occuring mix of both tiger's eye and hawks eye and it can look like a layer like in the raw stone above or in a manner which is more mixed ad swirled together like in the pendant example. It is a part of the quartz family and comes in at a 7 on the MOHS scale. A silicon dioxide mineral, it is mainly found in South Africa and China. Both the deep navy blue/grey and the golden brown have flash and it makes this stone just gorgeous.
Pietersite represent the Solar plexis and the third eye chakra as well as the element of storm. Helps with insight, increases will power, precognition and self transformation. Also increases mental and physical energies. Brings about confidence and fearlessness. A highly spiritual stone that expands ones vision and awareness. Enhances clarity of thought and enlightenment. Seriously this is a very powerful stone, perhaps it can be a bit dangerous after all :) .
I love the boldness of this stone in color and I am so drawn to the darkness and light that happen within it's variations. It feels like a push and pull of the two sides of each and everyone of us. The dark and light dancing into a beautiful being.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Pietersite and that you have a beautiful week.
Information sources: Book of Stones, Smithsonian Rock and Gem Book, Raw Stone photo from Amazon.com
Blue lace agate is an agate that is layers of blue chalcedony and white or clear agate with some inclusions of brown sometime occurring within the layers. It has a hardness of 7 on the MOHS scale. The banding can create stripes and or swirling within the stone. It is a soft blue color and is reminiscent of the blue sky and clouds. It can have a light lavender appearance in some lighting. The best quality of Blue lace agate comes from South Africa.
Blue lace agate represents the throat chakra, the element of water and helps with communication, clarity and confidence. Not a protection stone but a healing stone or helper stone. Calms the emotions and helps support confidence. Releases negative habits and helps one communicate one's deepest truth. Helps one to be heard by others, by adding in finding the right words to communicate clearly.
I love how much it takes me to a time when I would look up at the sky as a child, or with my own child and relaxing in the grass Trying to find the shapes in the clouds and watching them float by. This stone reminds me of calmer days of daydreaming and just simply being. Blue lace agate is not a bold or brightly colored stone, but that is what gives it it's charm. It is quiet and calm and beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Blue lace agate. Wishing you a place of calm and confidence.
Information sources: Book of stones and The Rock and Gem book from the Smithsonian.
Gold, the metal of wealth and status. It has been seen as these two symbols for millennia and has been used to adorn everything under the sun. Gold is extremely malleable making it perfect to use for numerous creations from jewelry to statues and leafing onto walls and objects. It is tarnish resistant and doesn't react to most chemicals.
Gold is a pure metal most commonly found in dendrite growths. Crystals 1" across have been found in California and masses over 200 lbs have been found in Australia. Ancient sources were Southern Egypt and Nubia. Major sources in Europe in the middle ages were in Saxony and Austria. The largest single ore body known in modern times is in South Africa's Witwatersrand. Today half of the planets gold resources are from Africa with smaller contributions from Russia, Brazil, Canada, Australia and the United States.
Gold is golden yellow in hue, but because it is so soft it needs to be combined with other metals to make it usable. It is made into an allow using silver, platinum, nickle, and zinc making it a whiter or lighter shade. Copper for a rose gold and iron gives it a blueish tint.
Gold has been used in modern times for medical and technology uses. It is a wonderful and versatile metal.
Gold is the astrological sign of Leo. The symbolic of Spirituality and the development of understanding. Allows beauty to come forth from the inner being as you travel through your world experiences. Helps to improve ones character through learning, and lessening trauma while gaining knowledge. Assists in activating, motivating and actualizing your potential. Helps to balance energy and eliminate ego conflicts as well as feelings of futility. Called the master healer, purifies the physical body. Opens the third eye and crown chakra.
Gold is said to bring honors, wealth, and happiness. To alleviate tension and stress and amplify positive feelings.
Gold is a beautiful mineral all around. It is a happy metal. I hope you enjoyed this information. Wishing you a positive, happy week!
Information gathered from Love is the earth book , Smithsonian Rock and Gem book.
Stone of pure Love. Rose quartz is part of the quartz family, made of silicon dioxide. It's color is it's name, Rose and it comes in soft shades which are from trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese. It has a hardness of 7 and is found in Brazil, Madagascar and South Dakota in the United States. Beads have been found that date back to 7000bc in Mesopotamia.
Element for Rose quartz is water and it represents the heart charka. The rose quartz is a soothing stone emotionally and physically. It brings calm release of stress and aids in matters of the heart. It helps one be loving to oneself and others. It is hope and, faith and joy. Rose quartz is a stone that harmonizes perfectly with other stones, complimenting them. An all around great stone of the divine, health and spirituality.
Information compiled from Book of Stones, wikipedia
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