Metaphysical & Physical Guide to Our Stones {Part 3}

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

Metaphysical of Corundum, Physical properties of Corundum

CORUNDUM

corundum
Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) with traces of iron, titanium, and chromium. It is a rock-forming mineral. It is one of the naturally clear transparent materials but can have different colors when impurities are present. Transparent specimens are used as gems, called ruby if red, while all other colors are called sapphire.
The name “corundum” is derived from the Tamil word “kuruntam” meaning “ruby”, itself derived from the Sanskrit “kuruvinda”.
Because of corundum`s hardness (pure corundum is defined to have 9.0 Mohs), it can scratch almost every other mineral. It is commonly used as an abrasive, on everything from sandpaper to large machines used in machining metals, plastics, and wood. Some emery is a mix of corundum and other substances, and the mix is less abrasive, with a lower average hardness near 8.0.
In addition to its hardness, corundum is unusual for its density of 4.02 g/cm3, which is very high for a transparent mineral composed of the low atomic mass elements aluminum and oxygen.
When someone lists the most famous gemstones such as diamond, topaz, aquamarine, emerald, and garnet, corundum does not usually get mentioned. However, its two varieties are sure to be on any list of gemstones. The red variety of corundum is known as ruby and all the other colors of corundum are known as a sapphire.
Corundum is a raw form of ruby and sapphire.

Corundum is the second hardest natural mineral known to science. The hardest mineral, diamond is still four times harder than corundum. The hardness of corundum can be partially attributed to the strong and short oxygen-aluminum bonds. These bonds pull the oxygen and aluminum atoms close together, making the crystal not only hard but also quite dense for a mineral made up of two relatively light elements.

Physical properties of Corundum:

Category: Oxide mineral – hematite group
Chemical formula: Aluminium oxide, Al2O3
Strunz classification: IV/C.04-10
Dana classification: 4.3.1.1
Crystal symmetry Trigonal: (32/m)
Unit cell: a = 4.75 Å, c = 12.982 Å; Z=6
Color: Colorless, gray, brown; pink to pigeon-blood-red, orange, yellow, green, blue to cornflower blue, violet; maybe color zoned, asteriated mainly grey and brown
Crystal habit: Steep bipyramidal, tabular, prismatic, rhombohedral crystals, massive or granular
Crystal system: Trigonal (Hexagonal Scalenohedral)
Symbol: (32/m)
Space group: R3c
Twinning: Polysynthetic twinning common
Cleavage: None – parting in 3 directions
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
Mohs scale hardness: 9
Luster: Adamantine to vitreous
Streak: White
Diaphaneity: Transparent, translucent to opaque
Specific gravity: 3.95-4.10
Optical properties: Uniaxial (-)
Refractive index: n? = 1.767-1.772 n? = 1.759-1.763
Pleochroism: None
Melting point: 2044 °C
Fusibility: Infusible
Solubility: Insoluble
May alter to mica on surfaces causing a decrease in hardness
Other characteristics: May fluoresce or phosphoresce under UV

Metaphysical guide of Corundum:

Corundum promotes insight into the unknown, enhances one`s intuitive awareness. Corundum stimulates ambition and confidence, subdues emotions and helps one to release anger in a positive manner.

Metaphysical Guide of Crocodile Jasper, Physical Properties of Crocodile Jasper

CROCODILE JASPER (Kambaba Jasper)

Kambaba Jasper is not a Jasper at all and is more appropriately called Kambaba Stone. This crystal contains Amphibole, Cristobalite, Feldspar, Quartz, Sanidine, Albite, Uralite, Leucoxene, and Rutile/Hematite. There are some really cool crystals in this stone.

Kambaba Jasper is, like other jaspers, a form of chalcedony. Jasper comes in a variety of colors and patterns and this particular jasper is found in Africa and is relatively new to the gem market

Physical properties of Crocodile Jasper:

Stone Type/Family: Silicates
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with various inclusions/impurities
Jasper is a member of the chalcedony family.
Color: Multi-colored, Solid. Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green
Hardness: 6.5 – 7.0
Source of Crocodile Jasper: Africa, Madagascar
Astrological Sign: Libra and Pisces
Vibration: 5

Metaphysical guide of Crocodile Jasper:

Crocodile Jasper (also known as Kambaba Jasper) is an exotic looking jasper from Africa. It is said to mystically soothe the nerves and state of mind. As with other jaspers, traditional lore says that it is good for grounding and protection. It is purported to be beneficial for plant growth and health, particularly in arid environments or where the soil is poor. Crystal healing lore says that Kambaba Jasper helps dietary stabilization, assimilation of vitamins and minerals, and cleansing the body of toxins.

Kambaba Stone brings growth not only to the growing things on this planet but also to all areas of our own pathway. It is helpful for most or all of the creative pathways and also good for inventing what`s needed. There is a connection to Ur and Sumeria. It is a prosperity and abundance crystal. It makes our core strong–endurance and stamina are enhanced as are our powers of observation and our patience. It`s a good crystal for detectives.

It is a good crystal to use to connect to our ancestors. Kambaba Stone is also useful for anxiety.

Kambala Jasper calms the emotions whilst providing insight into difficult situations. This gem is often referred to as the “Supreme Nurturer” as it provides support through life`s stressful events and is an excellent stone to wear to help alleviate worry. It is grounding and absorbs negative energy protecting the wearer from psychic attack. Shamans wear Jasper as it is believed that it holds the protection of solar energy and is used during the ritual of journeying. It cleanses the aura and aligns the chakras. It can also be worn to protect from electromagnetic radiation and environmental pollution. It promotes balanced emotions and good health yet it works at a steady pace and worn regularly the benefits this stone provides eventually become permanent. It is excellent for those who have obsessions by helping to bring balance to the emotions whilst also promoting rational thinking. It teaches the wearer to have empathy with the feelings of others. This gem helps an individual to be honest with themselves providing the courage to deal with situations and turn their thoughts into actions. The energy of this stone works at the base chakra awakening the Kundalini (the spiritual life force at the base of the spine) as it does so it clears and strengthens each chakra in turn. It also works on stimulating creativity whilst encouraging self-discipline to complete endeavors or projects which have lost their original excitement. In a healing capacity, it aids the circulation and digestion and detoxifies the blood.

Metaphysical Guide of Desert Jasper, Physical Properties of Desert Jasper

DESERT JASPER (POLYCHROME JASPER)

Polychrome Jasper (also called Desert Jasper) is a delightful new find from Madagascar! It was discovered by geologists in 2006 while searching for the currently mined out Ocean Jasper. It was named for its multi-colors.

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. Jasper is basically chert which owes its red color to iron (III) inclusions. 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 Jasper:

Stone Type/Family: Silicates
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with various inclusions/impurities
Hardness: 7
Color: Usually red, brown or yellow and colored by oxides of iron.
Location: Worldwide
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: “Brecciated” is defined as material (Red Jasper in this case) that was broken at some time during its growth. During the healing process, whole quartz formed in the previously broken veins. The final product is a rusty red stone with white streaks and web-like patterns.

Metaphysical guide of Jasper:
Protection, Balance, Creativity
Primary Chakra: Varies by type and color
Astrological sign(s): Leo
Vibration: Number 6

Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, bringing a sense of tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, it unifies all aspects of your life.
Jasper is often used to facilitate dreaming/dream recall and shamanic journeys. It is a stone of protection, absorbing all types of negative energies.
Jasper helps to balance and align the physical, mental and emotional bodies with the etheric realm. Jasper is a stone of courage and determination. It can often help those who need more focus, organization abilities, and motivation to follow through. Jasper stimulates creativity and imagination, transforming ideas into action.

Metaphysical guide of Epidote, Physical properties of Epidote

Epidote

Energy enhancer, Spiritual Growth, Healing.

Epidote will enhance the energy of whatever it touches, including other stones. Epidote increases perception and interaction with spiritual beings and brings spiritual growth. Epidote is a great stone for releasing negativity and raising one’s vibrational energy. It is helpful for those stuck in modes of depression, hopelessness, or other negative thinking patterns. Epidote can inject a sense of hopeful optimism into one’s emotional body, helping to bring the mind into a higher vibration. Crystal healers like to work with Epidote for its ability to clear congestion and energy blockages in the physical and subtle bodies. Epidote will help to balance and stabilize the energy flow in the body. Epidote is also used to help dissipate tumors by releasing stagnant energies in the area.

Epidote is an excellent stone for attunement with nature and her healing qualities. It puts forth a simple, calming, grounding, “back to Earth” vibration, which is particularly good for those living in high energy, city setting.

On a more physical level, Epidote’s ability to increase energy is useful in strengthening the physical body. Epidote facilitates more complete assimilation of nutrients. Epidote stimulates the immune system, aids in the healing process, and is a great stone to use for physical recovery. Epidote increases personal power, clears the emotional body aura, and even increases memory, making it helpful when looking for lost objects.

Metaphysical guide of Epidote:

Primary Chakras: Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart
Astrological signs: Gemini

Physical properties of Epidote:

Stone Type/Family: Member of the Epidote family, Silicates Class
Category: Sorocilicates
Chemical formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}[O|OH|SiO4|Si2O7]
Color: Pistachio-green, yellow-green, greenish-black
Crystal habit: Prismatic with striations, fibrous, massive
Crystal system: Monoclinic – Prismatic
Twinning: On [100]
Cleavage: Good in one direction lengthwise
Fracture: Flat regular to uneven
Mohs scale hardness: 6-7
Luster: Vitreous to resinous
Streak: Greyish white
Diaphaneity: Transparent to nearly opaque
Specific gravity: 3.3 – 3.6
Optical properties: Biaxial (-)
Refractive index: n? = 1.715-1.751 n? = 1.725-1.784 n? = 1.734-1.797
Birefringence:? = 0.019-0.046
Pleochroism: Strong
Location: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: The green color found in Unakite is in fact inclusions of Epidote

Metaphysic & Physical Guide To Fire Quartz

FIRE QUARTZ (HEMATOID QUARTZ)


Physical properties of Hematoid Quartz:

Stone Type/Family: Member of the Quartz family
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: (SiO2) with Hematite, Goethite or Limonite inclusions
Hardness: 7
Color: Colors include red, brown, yellow or a combination of these colors.
Location: Worldwide including Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Madagascar, Namibia, Spain, UK, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: In its natural state, Hematoid quartz will appear mostly opaque, while in a polished state, the clarity of the crystal and the intensity of the Hematite inclusions can be clearly seen.

 
Metaphysical guide of Hematoid Quartz:

Balances, Enhances focus/concentration, Self Esteem
Primary Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus
Astrological sign(s): Scorpio
Vibration: Number 7
Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz) contains both the amplification properties of Quartz with the balance and stability of Hematite. It is a highly energetic piece that can assist not only in removing negativity but also transforming and transmuting this energy into a positive and pure Universal light of love.
The combination of Quartz and Hematite balances the body, mind, and spirit. It brings a unique clarity and understanding of the emotions, helping to understand the difference between an unconscious reaction and a conscious response. Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz) also assists when Self Worth and Self Esteem are lacking.
Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz) enhances focus and concentration and would be especially helpful for those with ADD and ADHD. Those with short attention spans or have trouble completing projects would benefit from holding or carrying Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz). Use Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz) for grounding and balance when feeling scattered. It can also be used to calm anxieties, panic and/or hysteria.
Physically, Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz) can be used in the treatment of blood disorders, to balance the chakras, boost the immune system, stimulate healing, strengthen liver and kidney functions, and cleanse toxins.
Hematoid Quartz (Fire Quartz), whose proper name is Ferruginous Quartz, is defined as a single Quartz point or cluster that contains a heavy concentration of Hematite and/or Limonite. This concentration will generally appear as

(1) dense dustings and/or stains on the outside of the quartz crystals or clusters
or
(2) colorful inclusions (dots, drips, phantoms or overall color change) within the quartz crystals or clusters.

Metaphysical & Physical Guide to our Fluorite

FLUORITE (Also Called FLUORSPAR)

Fluorite (also called Fluorspar) is a halide mineral composed of calcium fluoride, CaF2. It is an isometric mineral with a cubic habit, though octahedral and more complex isometric forms are not uncommon. Crystal twinning is common and adds complexity to the observed crystal habits.

The word fluorite is derived from the Latin root fluo, meaning “to flow” because the mineral is used to increase the fluidity of slags used in smelting flux. This increase in fluidity is the result of the ionic nature of the mineral. The melting point of pure calcium fluoride is 1676 K. Fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon of fluorescence, which is prominent in fluorites from certain locations, due to certain impurities in the crystal. Fluorite also gave the name to its constitutive element fluorine.

Physical properties of Fluorite:

Category: Halide mineral
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Fluorite family, Halides Class
Chemical formula: CaF2
Crystal symmetry: Isometric 4/m 3 2/m
Unit cell: a = 5.4626 Å; Z=4
Color: Colorless, white, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, rainbow (a combination of one or two more colors), brown, bluish-black; commonly zoned
Crystal habit: Occurs as well-formed coarse sized crystals also nodular, botryoidal, rarely columnar or fibrous; granular, massive
Crystal system: Isometric, cF12, SpaceGroup Fm3m, No. 225
Twinning: Common on {111}, interpenetrate, flattened
Cleavage: Octahedral, perfect on {111}, parting on {011}
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven
Tenacity: Brittle
Mohs scale hardness: 4 (defining mineral)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Diaphaneity: Transparent to translucent
Specific gravity: 3.175-3.184; to 3.56 if high in rare-earth elements
Optical properties: Isotropic; weak anomalous anisotropic
Refractive index: 1.433-1.448
Fusibility: 3
Other characteristics: sometimes phosphoresces when heated or scratched. Other varieties fluoresce
Location: Worldwide including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Spain, UK, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Fluorite is the most popular mineral for mineral collectors in the world, second only to quartz.
Metaphysical guide of Fluorite:

Healing, Protective, Cleansing
Primary Chakra: In general-All, more specific with color
Astrological sign(s): Pisces, Capricorn
Vibration: Number 7 and 9

Fluorite is a highly protective and stabilizing stone, useful for grounding and harmonizing spiritual energy. When working with the upper Chakras, Fluorite increases intuitive abilities, links the human mind to universal consciousness, and develops connection to Spirit. Fluorite further anchors intuitive insights into the physical plane, allowing mental and physical coordination. A popular stone among energy healers, Fluorite can also clear the aura of mucky energies.

Fluorite heightens mental abilities, assisting in rapid organization and processing of information and can bring mental clarity and stability to an otherwise chaotic situation. Fluorite absorbs negative energies from the environment and is effective at Auric and Chakra cleansing. Fluorite can also shield the user from psychic manipulation. Due to its powerful ability to absorb negative energies, Fluorite should be cleared often.

Physically, Fluorite is known to strengthen bones and teeth and ameliorate the pain associated with arthritis. Fluorite is also used to enhance mental functions by balancing the chemistry in the brain.

In addition to the general metaphysical uses of Fluorite, there are unique properties associated with the different colors of Fluorite. Rainbow Fluorite exhibits a combination of these properties.

Green Fluorite aids access to intuition. Green Fluorite can ground and absorb excess energy, including environmental energies. Use Green Fluorite to cleanse and renew the chakras. Wonderful healing piece! Vibrates to the number 2.

When used with the Third Eye Chakra, Blue Fluorite brings spiritual awaking and clear communication between the physical and spiritual planes. Used with the Throat Chakra, Blue Fluorite aids in orderly communication of intuitive insights. The calm, serene energy of Blue Fluorite brings inner peace. Vibrates to the number 2.

Purple Fluorite stimulates the Third Eye Chakra and brings some common sense to psychic intuitions. Use Purple Fluorite when you want to really focus on the expression of Spirit, and communicate precisely its messages. Vibrates to the Master Number 77.

Yellow Fluorite brings understanding and manifestation to intuitions. A stone of unity, Yellow Fluorite harmonizes group energy and enhances creativity. Excellent detox stone! Vibrates to the number 9.

Use clear, colorless Fluorite with the Crown Chakra to bring about a merging of personal and spiritual energies. Clear Fluorite aligns all of the chakras and helps you see what is holding you back in your spiritual evolution. Vibrates to the number 2.

Metaphysical and Physical Guide of  Indigo Gabbro

INDIGO GABBRO

Indigo Gabbro is a newly mined crystal from Madagascar.
Indigo gabbro is a relatively new crystal used in polishing and carving and has only surfaced in the last few years. It has an amazing array of colors from light indigo purple to black. It has very good energy when held in your hand.

Gabbro refers to a large group of dark, coarse-grained, intrusive mafic igneous rocks chemically equivalent to basalt. The rocks are plutonic, formed when molten magma is trapped beneath the Earth’s surface and cools into a crystalline mass.

The vast majority of the Earth’s surface is underlain by gabbro within the oceanic crust, produced by basalt magmatism at mid-ocean ridges.
Petrology:
Gabbro is dense, greenish or dark-colored and contains pyroxene, plagioclase, amphibole, and olivine (olivine gabbro when olivine is present in a large amount).
Gabbro is generally coarse-grained, with crystals in the size range of 1 mm or greater. Finer grained equivalents of gabbro are called diabase, although the vernacular term micro gabbro is often used when extra descriptiveness is desired. Gabbro may be extremely coarse-grained to pegmatitic, and some pyroxene-plagioclase cumulates are essentially coarse-grained gabbro, although these may exhibit acicular crystal habits.

Gabbro can be formed as a massive, uniform intrusion via in-situ crystallization of pyroxene and plagioclase, or as part of a layered intrusion as a cumulate formed by settling of pyroxene and plagioclase. Cumulate gabbros are more properly termed pyroxene-plagioclase orthocumulate.

Gabbro is an essential part of the oceanic crust and can be found in many ophiolite complexes as parts of zones III and IV (sheeted dike zone to massive gabbro zone). Long belts of gabbroic intrusions are typically formed at proto-rift zones and around ancient rift zone margins, intruding into the rift flanks. Mantle plume hypotheses may rely on identifying mafic and ultramafic intrusions and coeval basalt volcanism.

Gabbro often contains valuable amounts of chromium, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, platinum, and copper sulfides.

Ocellar varieties of gabbro can be used as ornamental facing stones, paving stones and it is also known by the trade name of ‘black granite’, which is a popular type of graveyard headstone used in funerary rites. It is also used in kitchens and their countertops, also under the misnomer of ‘black granite’.
Gabbro was named by the German geologist Christian Leopold von Buch after a town in the Italian Tuscany region. Essexite is named after the type locality in Essex County, MA, USA.

Physical properties of Gabbro:

Gabbro is a combination of multiple minerals containing Feldspar, Chlorite, Serpentine, Muscovite, Pyroxene, Hercynite, and Magnetite in a charcoal colored matrix; it may also contain small amounts of Olivine, Chrome Garnet, Actinolite, and Biotite; it is found in various locations in the state of Alaska

Metaphysical guide of Gabbro:

Gabbro is said to promote “dominion” and unanticipated developments which can assist the user in realizing the importance of individuals and events disregarded or neglected; Gabbro is said to relieve discordance and violence in temper and expression; Gabbro is said to provide connection to the Higher Self and awakens the energy of the third-eye; Gabbro is said to assist one in locating energy blockages within the body; Gabbro is said to be useful in the treatment of “hot flashes”, cellular swelling and infections, disorders of the immune system, bruising, and sprains; Gabbro is also said to provide purification within the body, to alleviate the effects of fevers, and to balance the alkalinity of the body; due to the magnetite content, it may be attracted to a magnet.
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.