Metaphysical & Physical Guide to Our Stones {Part 2}

Discover the Gemstone Meanings of our Stones, including the Metaphysics and our Physical Gemstone Properties.

Metaphysic of Blue Quartz, Physical Properties of Blue Quartz

BLUE QUARTZ

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Blue quartz is simply macrocrystalline quartz that is blue. The term is used for, at least, three different types of quartz:

– Quartz crystals that appear blue due to the so-called Rayleigh scattering effect caused by tiny inclusions
– Crystalline quartz that is blue due to more or less evenly distributed inclusions of blue minerals, like magnesio-riebeckite or tourmaline
– A coarse-grained, massive, macrocrystalline form of blue quartz not unlike aventurine quartz that is also colored by embedded blue minerals, like dumortierite.

So far no quartz that is blue because of color centers, similar to those found in amethyst or smoky quartz, has been found in nature. Amethyst from certain mines in Brazil will partially or completely turn blue on special treatment.

The color can vary from gray to deep blue. Natural blue quartz is always colored by inclusions of other minerals, not by trace elements or color centers, so it is never transparent, just translucent.

Physical properties of Blue Quartz:

Mineral Family: Silicates
Crystal System: Trigonal
Hardness: 7
Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide
Color: Pale to medium Blue with very small Tourmaline, Rutile, or Zoisite that reflect blue light
Location: Austria, Brazil, Madagascar, USA
Rarity: Common
Metaphysical guide of Blue Quartz:
Connection, Clarity, Communication
Primary Chakras: Throat, Third Eye
Astrological signs: Gemini
Vibration: 44
A helpful aid in any issues requiring diplomacy, Blue Quartz is a soothing and calming stone, bringing a relaxing, peaceful vibe to any situation. Many use Blue Quartz to cleanse the aura and to clear away even the toughest energy blockages. By focusing in on the Third-Eye Chakra, Blue Quartz can help one to connect to higher realms and work with ascended beings, and brings great clarity to psychic visions and enhances dream work.
Blue Quartz enhances organizational abilities, self-discipline, and orderliness by balancing the Throat Chakra and enhancing communication between upper and lower Chakras. Using blue quartz also helps to improve one`s communication skills, including not only communication with others but also communication from the higher self into the 3D self. Physically, blue Quartz is said to enhance the immune system and encourage the proper function of the Lungs, Heart, Throat, and Eyes.

Metaphysical Guide of Carnelian, Physical Properties of Carnelian

CARNELIAN

Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is a reddish-brown mineral that is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. Similar to the carnelian is sard, which is generally harder and darker. (The difference is not rigidly defined, and the two names are often used interchangeably). Both carnelian and sard are varieties of the silica mineral chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration.

The bow drill was used to drill holes into carnelian in Mehrgarh between 4th-5th millennium BCE. Carnelian was recovered from Bronze Age Minoan layers at Knossos on Crete in a form that demonstrated its use in decorative arts; this use dates to approximately 1800 BC. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make engraved gems for signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents. Hot wax does not stick to Carnelian. Sard was used for Assyrian cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs, and early Greek and Etruscan gems. The Hebrew odem (translated sardius), the first stone in the High Priest`s breastplate, was a red stone, probably sard but perhaps carnelian or red jasper.

Physical properties of Carnelian:

Stone Type/Family: A member of the Chalcedony family
Category: Chalcedony variety
Chemical formula: Silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2)
Molar mass: 60 g / mol
Crystal system: Trigonal
Cleavage: Absent
Fracture: Uneven, splintery, conchoidal
Mohs scale hardness: 6 – 7
Luster: Vitreous, dull, greasy, silky
Streak: White
Diaphaneity: Translucent
Specific gravity: 2.59 – 2.61
Color: Reddish-brown
Location: Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Scotland, Slovakia, UK, USA
Rarity: Very Common found worldwide
Fun Fact: Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents. Hot wax does not stick to Carnelian.

Metaphysical guide of Carnelian:

Creativity, Physical Vitality, Grounding
Primary Chakras: Sacral, Solar Plexus
Astrological sign(s): Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio
Vibration: Number 5 & 6

Used in ancient times to protect the dead in their journey to the afterlife. Carnelian helps to calm the fears about death and rebirth, bringing serenity and acceptance of the great cycle of life. Carnelian is a powerful Sacral Chakra Stone. It increases personal power and physical energy, gives courage, and boosts creativity and compassion. Wearing or carrying Carnelian can enhance vitality and will, providing higher energy needed when approaching new projects and dreams.

Mentally, Carnelian focuses on analytical capabilities and aids meditation by allowing deeper concentration and keeping out interrupting thoughts. Carnelian is useful in making decisions by keeping us focused on the here and now and not on past experiences. Carnelian calms anger and grounds you in reality, while keeping you aware of unconditional Love permeating the Universe. Carnelian encourages initiative and determination.

Physically, Carnelian increases personal power and physical energy. Carnelian relieves PMS and menopausal symptoms as well as assisting in the areas of fertility and potency.

Carnelian is one of the few stones that never needs clearing and can be kept in a bag or box with other stones to keep them cleared as well.

Metaphysical Guide of Celestite, Physical Properties of Celestite

CELESTITE (CELESTINE)

Celestite or Celestine (SrSO4) is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. The mineral is named for its occasional delicate blue color.

Celestite occurs as crystals, and also in compact massive and fibrous forms. It is mostly found in sedimentary rocks, often associated with the minerals gypsum, anhydrite, and halite.

The mineral is found worldwide, usually in small quantities. Pale blue crystal specimens are found in Madagascar.

The bodies of Acantharea are made of Celestite, unlike those of other radiolarians which are made of silica.

In carbonate marine sediments, burial dissolution is a recognized mechanism of Celestite precipitation.

The largest known Celestite geode is located near the village of Put-in-Bay, Ohio on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The geode is 35 feet in diameter at its widest point. It has been converted into a viewing cave, and the crystals which once composed the floor of the geode have been removed. The Crystal Cave has Celestite crystals as wide as 18 inches across and weighing up to an estimated 300 lb.

Please note that Celestite is very fragile, and should be handled carefully. Do not keep these clusters in direct sunlight, as their color will fade.

Physical properties of Celestite:

Category: Sulfate mineral
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Barite Group
Chemical formula: SrSO4 sometimes contains minor calcium and/or barium
Crystal system: Orthorhombic
Cleavage: Perfect on one crystal face parallel to the long axis (001), and nearly perfect on a second face (110).
Mohs scale: hardness 3 – 3.5
Streak: white
Color: Blue, Brown, Colorless, Green, Gray, Red/Orange
Specific gravity: 3.95 – 3.97
Location: Australia, Brazil, China, England, Germany, Greenland, Iraq, Madagascar, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, South Africa, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Named from the Greek “cœlestis,” for celestial, in allusion to the faint blue color of the original specimen.
Metaphysical guide of Celestite:
Primary Chakra: Throat, Third Eye, Crown, Higher Crown

Astrological sign(s): Gemini, Libra
Vibration: Number 2 & 8

Celestite, also known as Celestine, is revered for its high frequency, Divine energies, and is known as a powerful healing crystal. Celestite has been called a “teacher for the New Age”, as it will connect one with the Angelic realms, allowing for the free-flow of these higher frequencies into the Crown and Third-Eye Chakras, and also down into the Throat Chakra for expression. Bringing mental calm and clarity in the midst of any chaotic circumstance, Celestite can allow one to easily flow through a traumatic period and still come out on top.
Celestite can relieve stress, anxiety and obsessive behaviors.
It is a perfect piece to carry for those who are singers, actors or speakers, as the energy will alleviate any type of stage fright or nervousness. Celestite brings harmony, balance, and will assist the holder in finding and maintaining inner peace. Its ability to heighten divine intuition makes Celestite especially useful for Reiki practice.

A stone for peace and harmony, Celestite has the potential to bring these qualities into daily living. Celestite is a great facilitator for deep states of meditation, helping to calm the mind and open it to communication from the higher realms. Celestite is a perfect companion to use during dream time. It will assist in recalling not only the dream but also the specific details of the dream. The information imparted during the dream state will also be recalled with perfect clarity.

Physically, Celestite sends energy to the organs of the higher chakras, aiding the healing of disorders such as brain imbalances, cellular disorders, and ailments of eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Celestite can also act as a detoxifier and pain reliever.

Metaphysic of Red Jasper, Physical Properties of Red Jasper

CHESTNUT JASPER, RED JASPER

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Jasper, a form of chalcedony, is an opaque, impure variety of silica, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color. Blue is rare. This mineral breaks with a smooth surface and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone. It can be highly polished and is used for vases, seals, and at one time for snuff boxes. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped or banded jasper. Jaspilite is a banded iron formation rock that often has distinctive bands of jasper. The specific gravity of jasper is typically 2.5 to 2.9. The jasper is also a stone in the Jewish High Priest`s breastplate, described in Exodus 28.
Physical properties of Red Jasper:
Stone Type/Family: Member of the Chalcedony clan, Quartz family, Silicates Class
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: (SiO2 + Fe, O) Silicon Dioxide with inclusions of Iron Oxide
Hardness: 7
Color: Various shades of Red
Location: Worldwide
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: According to romantic legend, Mark Antony had a Red Jasper seal ring which he used to mark and seal his letters to Cleopatra.

Metaphysical guide of Red Jasper:

Nurturing, Grounding, Stabilizing
Primary Chakra: Root, Sacral
Astrological sign(s): Aries, Scorpio
Vibration: Number 6
Many use Red Jasper as a calming stone and to stimulate the Root Chakra. Some Native American cultures consider Red Jasper to symbolize the blood of the Earth, making it particularly sacred. Red Jasper is full of grounding Earth energy. Red Jasper can connect one deeply to the vibrations of the Earth, bringing a greater understanding of the necessity of natural events. You can use Jasper to further your knowledge of the connection between humans and nature.

A gentle stone, Red Jasper works slowly and effectively and is a great stone to ground anyone who is overly sensitive to crystalline energy. Red Jasper aids in resolving difficult situations and can be used to ground and stabilize the Aura. Using Jasper can bring helpful insights into view that can help to progress toward set goals, or to understand why a change may be necessary. Red Jasper is a staple of the medicine bag.

In general, Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, Jasper unifies all aspects of your life. Jasper reminds people to help each other.

Metaphysical guide of Chrysocolla, Physical properties of Chrysocolla

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CHRYSOCOLLA

Chrysocolla has an attractive blue-green color and is a minor ore of copper, having a hardness of 2.5 to 3.5.

The name comes from the Greek chrysos, “gold”, and kolla, “glue”, in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold, and was first used by Theophrastus in 315 BCE.

It is of secondary origin and forms in the oxidation zones of copper ore bodies. Associated minerals are quartz, limonite, azurite, malachite, cuprite, and other secondary copper minerals.
It is typically found as glassy botryoidal or rounded masses and crusts, or vein fillings. Because of its light color, it is sometimes confused with turquoise. Commonly it occurs only as porous crusts unsuitable for gem use, but high quality, gem grade chrysocolla can be translucent and is highly prized.
Notable occurrences include Israel, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chile, Cornwall in England, and Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Pennsylvania in the United States.

Auric Cleanser, Support, Soothes and Calms Primary Chakras: Heart, Throat, Thymus (Second Heart) Third Eye Astrological signs: Gemini, Virgo, Taurus

Physical properties of Chrysocolla:

Category: Silicate mineral
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Silicates Class
Chemical formula: (Cu, Al)2H2Si2O5(OH)4·nH2O
Aluminum Silicate. More often than not, Chrysocolla is found as a secondary mineral to Malachite, Azurite, Shattuckite and/or Turquoise.
Color: Blue, blue-green, green
Crystal habit: Massive, nodular, botryoidal
Crystal system: Orthorhombic
Cleavage: none
Fracture: Brittle to sectile
Mohs scale hardness: 2.5 – 3.5
Luster: Vitreous to dull
Streak: white to a blue-green color
Diaphaneity: Translucent to opaque
Specific gravity: 1.9 – 2.4
Optical properties: Uniaxial (+)
Refractive index: nù = 1.460 nå = 1.570
Birefringence: +0.110
Location: Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Russia, UK, USA, Zaire, Zambia
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: In its gemmy state, Chrysocolla is known as Gem Silica

Metaphysical guide of Chrysocolla:

Auric Cleanser, Support, Soothes, and Calms
Primary Chakra: Heart, Throat, Thymus (Second Heart) Third Eye
Astrological sign(s): Gemini, Virgo, Taurus
Vibration: Number 5

Chrysocolla is a very peaceful stone. It is soothing and calming in times of stress, bringing about a gentle release. Chrysocolla gently draws off negative energies of all kinds and is especially helpful during transitional times, such as breakups and job loss, among other similar situations. By the same token, Chrysocolla can help calm the emotions and bring understanding to discordant relationships.

Chrysocolla is a wonderful piece to use, on a daily basis, as a support stone. It helps to face challenges and changes with ease. Chrysocolla inspires creativity, inner balance, and self-awareness. Chrysocolla can be used where feelings of anger, guilt, and blame are present. It will gently assist in the awareness and understanding of this process and will bring in the energies of forgiveness, love, and joy.

Chrysocolla is a powerful stone because it aligns all chakras with the Divine.

Chrysocolla is a tranquil stone. Chrysocolla can be used with the Throat Chakra, where it helps with wise communication, or with the Heart Chakra to balance and strengthen, helping one to learn how to live from the truth of the Heart. It can also be used to open and activate the Thymus, or Second Heart Chakra. Chrysocolla has been used with the Third-Eye to enhance meditation, bringing visions and knowledge of the sublime into conscious awareness.

Physically, Chrysocolla can help heal ailments of the lungs, back, and stomach.

Metaphysical guide of Copal, Physical properties of Copal

COPAL, AMBER

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Copal is a type of resin produced from plant sap, often from members of the genus Copaifera. The term is particularly identified with the aromatic tree resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as ceremonially burned incense and other purposes. More generally, the term copal describes subfossil resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between more “gummy” resins and amber. The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl language word copalli, meaning “incense”.
Amber (or, technically, resinite) is a fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry. There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical constituents. Because it originates as soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions.

In very simple terms, in order to qualify a piece of resin as true Amber, a couple of things need to have happened. First, the molecules must have polymerized or formed a polymer (a compound where two or more molecules have joined together) and secondly, the specimen must be at least 100,000 years old.

Copal or Copalite is the term given to organic resins that are not old enough (ie YOUNGER than 100,000 years) to have fossilized and hardened sufficiently to become Amber.

Amber is often imitated by plastics, colored glasses, and some modern tree resins. True Ambers have a low specific gravity (amber can float on saltwater) and inclusions can distinguish it from plastics and glasses.

In Africa, Copal is found in the coastal countries of East and West Africa, but especially in Madagascar. This so-called Madagascar Amber is a solidified resin of the Amber Pine but is only 1,000 – 10,000 years old.

Most Amber from Columbia is less than 250 years old and in fact, is not Amber at all, but the softer, younger version called Copal.

Amber from the Baltics has been dated to average between 35-50 Million years old

Amber from the Dominican Republic is up to 40 million years old. Dominican Amber differentiates itself from Baltic Amber by being mostly transparent and often containing a higher number of fossil inclusions.

In summary, here are a few facts about Amber and Copal:
– Amber is defined by geologists as fossilized tree resin
– Amber is tree resin (not tree sap). The sap is the fluid that circulates through a plant`s vascular system. Sap to a tree is like blood flowing through the veins of you or me. Resin, on the other hand, is a semi-solid amorphous (no crystal structure) organic substance that is secreted in pockets and canals through epithelial cells of the plant. It`s the really sticky stuff that after time will fossilize and harden.
– Hardened tree resin that is less than 100,000 years old is called Copal.
– Copal becomes Amber when it has finished fossilizing.
– Copal is still in the process of turning into a fossil.
– Copal can “craze” or crack on the surface as the volatile oils (or terpenes) evaporate.
– Copal will dissolve in acetone, but Amber will not.
– Copal from Madagascar and Columbia are 250 to 10,000 years old.
– Amber from the Baltic and the Dominican Republic are 25 to 40 million years old.
Physical properties of Amber:
Stone Type/Family: Fossilized Tree Resin
Crystal System: Amorphous (meaning there is no type of ordered crystal structure)
Chemical Composition: (C10H16O) Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen
Hardness: 2-2.5
Color: Ice Tea to Golden Amber to Orange, sometimes with a red or blue tint
Location: Asia, Burma, Columbia, New Zealand, Madagascar, Nigeria, Russia, Romania, Venezuela, Wyoming, USA, and the Dominican Republic.
Rarity: True Amber (at least 100,000 years old) is high in demand but low in supply
Fun Fact: Amber from the Baltics was used as a form of currency for a very long time.

Metaphysical guide of Amber:

Clearing, Healing, Protective
Chakra(s): All
Astrological sign(s): Leo, Aquarius
Vibration: Number 3

A powerful yet gentle healer and cleanser, Amber draws out and transmutes negative energy of all kinds on all levels. Amber aids in physical self-healing, emotional healing of depression, and environmental clearing. One of its most unique characteristics is that Amber never needs clearing. Amber opens and cleanses all of the Chakras.

Highly protective, Amber also aids in the manifestation of ideas to reality. The life force trapped within Amber promotes fertility, and its protective and environmental clearing properties make it a good stone to use to prepare a healing or birthing room. Use Amber with the Solar Plexus Chakra to increase confidence, mental clarity, and creative self-expression.

Physically, Amber helps with the organs of elimination, including the liver, kidneys, bladder, and stomach. Amber can be used for kidney and bladder stones. Also a stone of the Throat Chakra, Amber can help with laryngitis and goiter.

This information does not intend to serve as medical advice, cure any diseases, and should not be relied upon in your health-related decision making. This information is available to assist in expanding your understanding of prevailing beliefs in the metaphysical fields.