Metaphysical & Physical Guide to Our Stones {Part 4}

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

Metaphysical Guide of Girasol Opal (Milky Quartz), Physical Properties of Girasol Opal

GIRASOL OPAL, AKA GIRASOL QUARTZ CRYSTAL, or just MILKY QUARTZ

Milky Quartz is any quartz crystal or cluster that is white in color and cloudy. The cloudy white character of the crystals is what leads to the variety name, milky. The cloudiness of milky quartz comes from microscopic inclusions of fluids that have been encased in the crystal from the time the crystal first grew. From a cynical point of view, the inclusions have ruined the crystal from being used for the many purposes that quartz crystals are tasked to do (e.g. gemstones or optic purposes). However, milky quartz is used in many fine ornamental carvings and the fluid inclusions can give milky quartz an attractive greasy luster unlike the other varieties of quartz.
Milky quartz is often responsible for the cloudy phantoms inside of otherwise clear rock quartz, amethyst, citrine or smoky quartz. The milky quartz may have formed at an early stage of the crystal’s growth and a later stage of clear quartz growth covered the milky quartz. The effect results in seemingly a crystal within a crystal and the interior crystal may have a ghostly look, hence the name phantom. The milky quartz-amethyst phantom combination results in an ornamental stone called chevron amethyst. The bands of amethyst and milky quartz make thin well-defined chevrons of purple and white that are attractive as polished stones and in ornamental carvings.
Girasol is opalized quartz found in crystallized mass form and is a cloudy blue-white color.

Physical properties of Girasol Opal:

Variety of: Quartz, SiO2, Silicon Dioxide.
Use Ornamental stone.
Color: various shades of white, usually milky.
Index Of Refraction: 1.544-1.553
Birefringence: 0.009
Hardness: 7
Cleavage: none
Crystal System: trigonal

Metaphysical guide of Girasol Opal:

Girasol is a stone of gentle but powerful energy and can enhance and mirror feelings. This makes it excellent for visualization, imagination, lucid dreaming and channeling. Girasol enhances communication skills allowing you to freely speak your thoughts that you’ve been holding back. Girasol encourages and enhances creativity promoting joy and happiness. It is a powerful healing stone that works in a strong but gentle way enhancing healing on all levels. Girasol is particularly helpful for metabolic disorders like diabetes as well as fatigue and chronic fatigue syndromes.

Metaphysical guide of Hematite, Physical properties of Hematite

HEMATITE


Hematite, also spelled as hæmatite, is the mineral form of iron (III) oxide (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. Hematite crystallizes in the rhombohedral system, and it has the same crystal structure as ilmenite and corundum. Hematite and ilmenite form a complete solid solution at temperatures above 950°C.

Hematite is a mineral, colored black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish-brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. Varieties include kidney ore, martite (pseudomorphs after magnetite), iron rose and specularite (specular hematite). While the forms of hematite vary, they all have a rust-red streak. Hematite is harder than pure iron but much more brittle. Maghemite is a hematite- and magnetite-related oxide mineral.

Huge deposits of hematite are found in banded iron formations. Grey hematite is typically found in places where there has been standing water or mineral hot springs, such as those in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. The mineral can precipitate out of the water and collect in layers at the bottom of a lake, spring, or other standing water. Hematite can also occur without water, however, usually as a result of volcanic activity.

Clay-sized hematite crystals can also occur as a secondary mineral formed by weathering processes in soil, and along with other iron oxides or oxyhydroxides such as goethite, is responsible for the red color of many tropical, ancient, or otherwise highly weathered soils.

The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood αἷμα haima, due to the red coloration found in some varieties of hematite. The color of hematite lends itself to use as a pigment. The English name of the stone is derived from Middle French: Hématite Pierre, which was imported from Latin: Lapis Hæmatites around the 15th century, which originated from Ancient Greek: αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos, “blood-red stone”).

Ochre is a clay that is colored by varying amounts of hematite, varying between 20% and 70%. Red ochre contains unhydrated hematite, whereas yellow ochre contains hydrated hematite (Fe2O3 • H2O). The principal use of ochre is for tinting with a permanent color.
The red chalk winning of this mineral was one of the earliest in the history of mankind. The powdery mineral was first used 164,000 years ago by the Pinnacle-Point man obviously for social differentiation. Hematite residues are also found in old graveyards from 80,000 years ago. Near Rydno in Poland and Lovas in Hungary, paleolithic red chalk mines have been found that are from 5000 BC, belonging to the Linear Pottery culture at the Upper Rhine.
Rich deposits of hematite have been found on the island of Elba that has been mined till the time of the Etruscans.

Hematite`s popularity in jewelry was at its highest in Europe during the Victorian era and has since seen a strong resurgence in North America, especially in the western United States

Hematite is present in the waste tailings of iron mines. A recently developed process, magnetization, uses huge magnets to glean waste hematite from old mine tailings in Minnesota`s vast Mesabi Range iron district.

Hematite on Mars:
The spectral signature of hematite was seen on the planet Mars by the infrared spectrometer on the NASA Mars Global Surveyor (“MGS”) and the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft in orbit around Mars. The mineral was seen in abundance at two sites on the planet, the Terra Meridiani site, near the Martian equator at 0° longitude, and the second site Aram Chaos near the Valles Marineris. Several other sites also showed hematite, e.g., Aureum Chaos. Because terrestrial hematite is typically a mineral formed in aqueous environments, or by aqueous alteration, this detection was scientifically interesting enough that the second of the two Mars Exploration Rovers was targeted to a site in the Terra Meridiani region designated Meridiani Planum. In-situ investigations by the Opportunity rover showed a significant amount of hematite, much of it in the form of small spherules that were informally named “blueberries” by the science team. Analysis indicates that these spherules are apparently concretions formed from a water solution.

Physical properties of Hematite:

Color: Steel Gray, Metalic Gray, Black, Rusty Red
Rarity: Very Common
Fun Fact: In ages past Hematite was used as a mirror.
Category Oxide mineral
Chemical formula iron(III) oxide, Fe2O3, ?-Fe2O3
Identification
Crystal habit Tabular to thick crystals
Crystal system Trigonal – hexagonal scalenohedral
Cleavage None
Fracture Uneven to sub-conchoidal
Mohs scale hardness 5.5 – 6.5
Luster Metallic to splendent
Streak bright red to dark red
Specific gravity 4.9 – 5.3
Refractive index Opaque
Pleochroism None
Location: Worldwide including Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, UK, USA

Metaphysical guide of Hematite:

Grounding, Balancing, Detoxifying
Primary Chakras: ALL especially Root and Solar
Plexus Astrological signs: Aries, Aquarius
Primary Chakra: ALL especially Root and Solar Plexus
Astrological sign(s): Aries, Aquarius
Vibration: Number 9
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Hematite Group
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Chemical Composition: (Fe2O3) Iron Oxide
Hardness: 5-6

Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration. Those in relationships can benefit from the cooperation vibe coming from Hematite.

Hematite can help one to find their own, unique gifts and to release self-imposed limitations, while still maintaining a healthy amount of self-control. Hematite aids in the Ascension process, by facilitating the integration of higher spiritual energies into our physical 3-D existence. This allows those who are doing spiritual work to still be able to function in the physical world and relate to others.

Carry Hematite when in need of balance and equilibrium, or when having difficulty focusing energies. Hematite is also said to be useful in legal situations and is thought to strengthen self-confidence. Meditation with Hematite can integrate the higher energies of the spirit into the physical 3D world.

Physically, Hematite is also used to protect against geopathic stress and electromagnetic smog and is said to be a great detoxifying stone, helpful for the liver and the blood.

Metaphysical guide of Labradorite, Physical properties of Labradorite

LABRADORITE

Labradorite ((Ca, Na)(Al, Si)4O8), a feldspar mineral, is an intermediate to calcic member of the plagioclase series. It has an anorthite percentage (%An) of between 50 and 70. The specific gravity ranges from 2.71 to 2.74. The streak is white, like most silicates. The refractive index ranges from 1.555 to 1.575. Twinning is common. As with all plagioclase members the crystal system is triclinic and three directions of cleavage are present two of which form nearly right-angle prisms. It occurs as clear, white to gray, blocky to lath shaped grains in common mafic igneous rocks such as basalt and gabbro, as well as in anorthosites.

The geological type area for labradorite is Paul”s Island near the town of Nain in Labrador, Canada. It has also been reported in Norway and various other locations worldwide.

It occurs in large crystal masses in anorthosite and shows a play of colors called labradorescence. The labradorescence, or schiller effect, is the result of light refracting within lamellar intergrowths resulting from phase exsolution on cooling in the Boggild miscibility gap, An48-An58.
Gemstone varieties of labradorite exhibiting a high degree of labradorescence are called spectrolite; moonstone and sunstone are also commonly used terms, and high-quality samples with good qualities are desired for jewelry.

Physical properties of Labradorite:

Color: Gray, Green Gray, Black with colorful shillers most often in golds, greens, blues, and violets
Location: Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Madagascar, Norway, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Finnish Labradorite exhibits uniquely vivid colors of bright aqua, golden yellow, peacock blue, reddish-orange, greens and red and is called Spectrolite. The Finnish “Stone of Light” was given the name Spectrolite by Professor Aarne Laitakari, who through the name, wanted to convey the colors of the Finnish Nature of various seasons.
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Feldspar family, Silicates Class
Crystal System: Triclinic
Chemical Composition: Ca(50-70%) Na(50-30%) (Al, Si)AlSi2 O8, Calcium sodium aluminum silicate
Hardness: 6-6.5
Category: Feldspar, Tectosilicate
Chemical formula: (Ca,Na)(Al,Si)4O8, where Ca/(Ca + Na) (% Anorthite) is between 50%-70%
Crystal system: Triclinic
Twinning: Common
Cleavage: Three directions
Streak: White
Specific gravity: 2.71 to 2.74
Refractive index: 1.555 to 1.575
Other characteristics: Labradorescence

Metaphysical guide of Labradorite:

Strength, Transformation, Intuition
Primary Chakras: Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown
Astrological signs: Sagittarius, Scorpio, Leo
Primary Chakra: Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown
Astrological sign(s): Sagittarius, Scorpio, Leo
Vibration: Number 6 & 7

Highly mystical, Labradorite heightens intuition and enhances psychic abilities, making it great for working with the Third Eye Chakra. Intuition and intellect are balanced by Labradorite, illusions are dispelled and true intentions are seen more easily with its use. Labradorite is also very protective against negative energies, balancing, strengthening and protecting the aura and sealing the aura from energy leaks.

Labradorite is a stone of transformation and change. Labradorite enhances the strength of will and feelings of inner worth. It is useful for bringing up and healing old memories, including past life issues. Labradorite can also help prepare the body and soul for ascension.

Labradorite can aid in communicating with our highest self and with the creator. It helps to assists when facing and navigating all types of changes and challenges, attracting strength and perseverance. Labradorite is one of the best stones to use when dealing with any type of addiction or to break unhealthy (physical, mental, etc) habits.

Metaphysical guide of Optical Calcite, Physical properties of Optical Calcite

OPTICAL CALCITE (ICELAND SPAR)

Optical Calcite or Iceland spar, formerly known as Iceland crystal, is a transparent variety of calcite, or crystallized calcium carbonate, originally brought from Iceland, and used in demonstrating the polarization of light. It occurs in large readily cleavable crystals, easily divisible into rhombs, and is remarkable for its double refraction. Historically, the phenomena of this crystal were studied at length by Christiaan Huygens and Isaac Newton. Sir George Stokes also studied the phenomenon.

Mines producing Iceland spar include many mines producing related calcite and aragonite as well as famously in Iceland and productively in the greater Sonoran Desert region as in Chihuahua, Mexico and throughout New Mexico in the United States.

Physical properties of Optical Calcite:

Stone Type/Family: A member of the Calcite family, Carbonates Class
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Chemical Composition: (CaCO3) Calcium Carbonate
Hardness: 2.5-3
Color: Clear, Colorless
Location: Brazil, Iceland, Madagascar, Mexico, USA and other occurrences worldwide.
Rarity: Very Common
Fun Fact: Optical Calcite aka Iceland Spar is used for optical equipment. During World War II it was a strategic mineral used for the sighting equipment of bombardiers and gunners.

Metaphysical guide of Optical Calcite:

Clarity, Clearing, Energy Shifts
Primary Chakra: All
Astrological sign(s): Cancer
Vibration: Number 3
Also called Iceland Spar, Optical Calcite works to clear and activate all of the chakras, improving the flow of energy throughout the subtle bodies. Meditation with Optical Calcite can help to improve one’s perception of the physical world and of the self, creating a shift in those who experience predominantly negative emotions. Use Optical Calcite to clear away negative energy, and to amplify positive energy, and specifically, to help remove fear-based emotions, bringing more optimism into one’s experience.
Optical Calcite is helpful for those in need of clarity, and those who are learning about the Law of Attraction and manifestation. Like Clear Quartz, Optical Calcite can amplify intent and can be programmed for a specific purpose. Optical Calcite can help one to see past errors and ways to correct them for benefit in the future. By clearing away stagnant energy blockages, Optical Calcite can bring higher energies into the chakras, encouraging spiritual development.

You can read a newspaper through Optical Clear Calcite! You’re not seeing double when you look through them, though; when light passes through this transparent Calcite it bends two ways, making images appear double. These Calcite pieces naturally form parallelogram shapes, making them excellent pieces for energy grids.

In general, Calcite is a powerful energy amplifier and cleanser. The purifying energy of Calcite cleans out stored negative energy from a room, the body, etc. Use Calcite to clear out old energy patterns and to increase personal motivation and drive. Calcite is also a good choice for distance healing work because it amplifies the energy being sent.

Calcite is also known as the “stone of the mind.” Calcite heightens mental discernment and analysis, increases memory and learning abilities. Calcite is THE stone for students and academics. Calcite is also useful during times of mental adjustments and disagreements. Calcite can show you a new way to look at a situation, easing you away from old, outdated thought patterns that may be in the way of new ideas.

Physically, Calcite has been associated with the bones and joints and balances the amount of calcium in the body. Calcite can also help to improve the body’s absorption of important vitamins and minerals.

Metaphysical guide of Orange Calcite, Physical properties of Orange Calcite

ORANGE CALCITE

Color of Calcite is extremely variable but generally white or colorless or with light shades of yellow, orange, blue, pink, red, brown, green, black and gray. Occasionally iridescent.

Calcite is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). The other polymorphs are the minerals aragonite and vaterite. Aragonite will change to calcite at 470°C, and vaterite is even less stable.

 

Physical properties of Orange Calcite:

Stone Type/Family: A member of the Calcite family, Carbonates Class
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Chemical Composition: (CaCO3) Calcium Carbonate
Hardness: 2.5-3
Color: Varying shades of Orange
Location: Africa, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Romania, UK, USA
Rarity: Very Common
Fun Fact: Calcite is the primary mineral component in cave formations.

Metaphysical guide of Orange Calcite:
Creativity, Joy, Energizing
Primary Chakras: Root, Sacral
Astrological sign(s): Cancer
Vibration: Number: 5
Orange Calcite helps integrate the spiritual realm with the physical body, enhances creativity, and is helpful when working with emotional issues. Use Orange Calcite to energize and cleanse the lower chakras. Orange Calcite works especially well with the Sacral Chakra to enhance the will and remove depression. Working with Orange Calcite can bring higher insights from the upper chakras down into the lower chakras for processing so they can be used in a more instinctual way without needing extended thought.

Meditating with Orange Calcite can bring insights into the causes of apathy or lethargy, allowing one to take back control over one’s life. Orange Calcite’s vital energy can serve as a catalyst for the release of past traumas that have been holding you back, allowing for optimism and joy to come in. Those experiencing depression will benefit from Orange Calcite’s infusion of bright vibrations into the lower chakras.

In general, Calcite is a powerful energy amplifier and cleanser. The purifying energy of Calcite cleans out stored negative energy from a room, the body, etc. Use Calcite to clear out old energy patterns and to increase personal motivation and drive. Calcite is also a good choice for distance healing work because it amplifies the energy being sent.

Calcite is also known as the “stone of the mind.” Calcite heightens mental discernment and analysis, increases memory and learning abilities. Calcite is THE stone for students and academics. Calcite is also useful during times of mental adjustments and disagreements. Calcite can show you a new way to look at a situation, easing you away from old, outdated thought patterns that may be in the way of new ideas.

Physically, Calcite has been associated with the bones and joints and balances the amount of calcium in the body. Calcite can also help to improve the body’s absorption of important vitamins and minerals.

Metaphysic of Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper), Physical properties of Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper)

SEA JASPER, ORBICULAR JASPER


Sea Jasper, Orbicular Jasper is a variety of jasper which contains variably-colored orbs or spherical inclusions or zones. In highly silicified rhyolite or tuff, quartz and feldspar crystallize in radial aggregates of needle-like crystals which provide the basis or seed for the orbicular structure seen in this kind of jasper. The material is quite attractive when polished and is used as an ornamental stone or gemstone.

Various local or commercial names have been used for the material, such as kinradite, oregonite, Owyhee jasper, ocean jasper, and poppy-patterned jasper, depending on the source. Poppy-patterned jasper or Poppy jasper is the varietal name for material from Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California. The trade name ocean jasper is used for a variety found along the intertidal shores of northeast Madagascar. In Nebraska orbicular jasper is found in altered rhyolite beds noted for a variety of jaspers and related agates.

Physical properties of Sea Jasper:

Stone Type/Family: Member of the Chalcedony Clan, Quartz family, Silicates Class
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: (SiO2) Silicon Dioxide with inclusions (iron hydrates)
Hardness: 7
Color: Most commonly a tan to beige colored stone with “spots” and/or bands of darker colors (red, pink, brown, black, gray, and/or olive green) which resemble the spots found on a Leopard.
Location: Madagascar, Mexico, South America, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: The Native American Shaman frequently used Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) as a protective stone during a ritual.

Metaphysical guide of Sea Jasper:

Protection, Harmony, Journeying
Primary Chakras: Root, Heart, Crown
Astrological signs: Scorpio, Virgo
Primary Chakra: Root, Heart, Crown
Astrological sign(s): Scorpio, Virgo
Vibration: Number 8

Orbicular Jasper or Sea Jasper (also called Jaguar Stone) is a great stone to utilize when connecting/communicating with the Animal Kingdom, in both the physical and spiritual planes. Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) is connected with Shamanism, helping to discover personal animal totems (power animals) and learning how to work with them. Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) also aides in out of body experiences and journeying. A powerful protection stone.

Like all Jaspers, Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) is closely associated with strength and vitality and brings stability to those who may be experiencing chaotic energies in this incarnation. Once attuned to this stone, Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) is known for attracting harmonious vibrations into one’s 3-D existence, which correspond to one’s direct needs, but not necessarily desires. This includes the attraction of certain circumstances and people that are conducive to one’s own personal growth.

Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) is known for its healing energies and is of immense benefit for those experiencing chronic health conditions. Facilitating self-healing, Orbicular Jasper (Sea Jasper) is an important component of one’s medicine bag and is great for body layouts.

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.

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.