Metaphysical & Physical Guide to Our Stones {Part 6}

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

Metaphysical guide of Tourmaline, Physical properties of Tourmaline

TOURMALINE, BLACK (SCHORL)

Tourmaline is a crystal silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gem comes in a wide variety of colors. The name comes from the Sinhalese word “Thuramali” or “Thoramalli”, which applied to different gemstones found in Sri Lanka.
Physical guide of Tourmaline:
Stone Type/Family: A member of the Tourmaline family, Silicates class
Category: Silicate mineral group
Chemical formula: (Ca,K,Na,[])(Al,Fe,Li,Mg,Mn)3(Al,Cr, Fe,V)6
(BO3)3(Si, Al, B)6O18(OH, F)4
Color: Most commonly black, but can range from brown, violet, green, pink, or in a dual-colored pink and green.
Crystal habit: Parallel and elongated. Acicular prisms, sometimes radiating. Massive. Scattered grains (in granite).
Crystal system: Trigonal
Cleavage: Indistinct
Fracture: Uneven, small conchoidal, brittle
Mohs scale hardness: 7-7.5
Luster: Vitreous, sometimes resinous
Streak: White
Specific gravity: 3.06 (+.20 -.06)
Density: 2.82-3.32
Polish luster: Vitreous
Optical properties: Double refractive, uniaxial negative
Refractive: index nù=1.635-1.675, nå=1.610-1.650
Birefringence: -0.018 to -0.040; typically about .020 but in dark stones it may reach .040
Pleochroism: typically moderate to strong
Red Tourmaline: Definite; dark red, light red
Green Tourmaline: Strong; dark green, yellow-green
Brown Tourmaline: Definite; dark brown, light brown
Blue Tourmaline: Strong; dark blue, light blue
Dispersion: .017
Ultraviolet fluorescence: pink stones-inert to very weak red to violet in long and short wave
Absorption spectra: a strong narrow band at 498nm, and almost complete absorption of red down to 640nm in blue and green stones; red and pink stones show lines at 458 and 451nm as well as broadband in the green spectrum
Location: Worldwide including Brazil, Germany, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia, UK, and the USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Other members of the Tourmaline Group include Elbaite, Uvite, Buergerite, and Dravite.

Metaphysical guide of Tourmaline:

Protection, Grounding, Calming
Primary Chakra: All
Astrological sign(s): Capricorn
Vibration: Number 3 & 4
Black Tourmaline is a protective stone which repels and blocks negative energies and psychic attack. Black Tourmaline also aids in the removal of negative energies within a person or space. Black Tourmaline will cleanse, purify, and transform dense energy into a lighter vibration.

A popular metaphysical stone, Black Tourmaline is also great for grounding. It balances, harmonizes, and protects all of the Chakras. Use Black Tourmaline to protect against electromagnetic “smog” (i.e. cell phones, computers, etc), radiation, noise sensitivity and other such disturbances. Black Tourmaline can be used as an aid to remove fear and boost self-confidence.

Black Tourmaline has a calming effect when needed, grounding flighty or scattered energies into the earth. Those who face challenges from negativity, frequent worrying, and/or OCD can work with Black Tourmaline to help heal these issues. Carry a piece of Black Tourmaline in your pocket to increase physical vitality throughout your day. Meditation with Black Tourmaline can enhance the integration of insights and visions into one’s daily life.

Physically, Black Tourmaline helps to strengthen the immune system, balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and detoxify the body. Black Tourmaline is very helpful when dealing with illnesses of the lungs such as bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, and Pleurisy. Black Tourmaline is a must for any medicine bag and is great for body layouts.

PINK RUBY TOURMALINE

Pink Tourmaline, also called Rubellite, can remind you that you must love yourself, to be able to truly love another. Protective Pink Tourmaline is said to attract friendship and promote sympathy for others. Pink Tourmaline brings cognitive awareness and experience of Universal Love. It is a very positive crystal and is supportive of those who work with it, bringing strength during any trials in one’s life. It has balancing properties that help one to move away from extremes, and into more equitable emotional and intellectual perspectives. Pink Tourmaline opens and brings a higher vibration to the Heart Chakra. Sensitive types enjoy Pink Tourmaline for its loving way of enveloping one in unconditional love.

Physically, use Pink Tourmaline to ease spinal injuries, migraines and general aches and pains; it is helpful for the regulation of the menstrual cycle and helps both girls and boys who are entering puberty.

All Tourmaline has the physical property of being pyroelectric, meaning that it can develop opposite charges at opposite ends of the crystal, when heated or cooled, creating a kind of static-electricity effect. Tourmalines are well-known in metaphysical circles as wonderful crystals for healing and protection. They are excellent for balancing the hemispheres of the brain, clearing away blockages, and transmuting negative energies.
Physical guide of Pink Ruby Tourmaline:

Crystal System: Trigonal Crystal System
Chemical Composition: Na(Li, Al)3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3_(OH)4_ _Sodium_Lithium_Aluminum_Boro Silicate_Hydroxide
Astrological Sign: Libra (September 23 to October 22)
Numerical Vibration: Number 9, Number 99
Hardness: 7 to 7.5 Hardness
Color: Pink
Location: Brazil, Spain, Madagascar
Rarity: Common

Metaphysical guide of Tourmaline:

Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Secondary Chakra: Root Chakra

Common conditions (emotional): eases depression, fear, love, panic attacks, peace and peacefulness, relaxation, removes energy blockages, self-care, self-confidence and self-worth.
Common conditions (physical): eating disorders, headache and migraine relief, hysterectomy, physical or mental abuse, reproductive organs, reproductive organs uterus, spinal injuries.

Metaphysical guide of Yellow Jasper, Physical properties of Yellow Jasper

YELLOW JASPER

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 Yellow Jasper:

Stone Type/Family: Member of the Chalcedony clan, Quartz family, Silicates Class
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: (SiO2) Silicon Dioxide with inclusions
Hardness: 7Color: Various shades of yellow to a mustard brown
Location: Worldwide
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Earth colored Jaspers are revered among indigenous societies as representing Mother Earth and our interconnectedness with her.

Metaphysical guide of Yellow Jasper:

Detoxify, Protection, Connection to Mother EarthPrimary Chakra: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus
Astrological sign(s): Leo
Vibration: Number 6 Yellow Jasper aids and protects during all types of spiritual work. It is a companion stone, helping to guide you through these earth experiences and to keep you moving on your life path.

Yellow Jasper is a wonderful stone to utilize as it will protect and clear the body of environmental toxins and impurities. If you or someone you love is clumsy or accident prone, a gift of Yellow Jasper will help to ease these issues. Carry Yellow Jasper when you need a boost of positive energy to infuse the body, mind, and soul.

Yellow Jasper, like all Jaspers, is a supportive stone that helps people living or working in close proximity to respect and help each other. This stone can facilitate strength, courage, and vitality in many areas of one’s life. Working with the lower chakras, Jaspers have a grounding and balancing energy, which helps one to maintain a realistic attitude during any personal evolution. Jasper is a slow-working stone that takes its time to ingrain its positive qualities into any situation.

Physically, Yellow Jasper can be used to help cleanse and detoxify the internal organs, including the liver, gall bladder, and intestines. Yellow Jasper also helps to strengthen the immune system, relieve nausea and indigestion. Yellow Jasper can also be beneficial to work with if chronic back pain is an issue. As with all Jaspers, Yellow Jasper will also help to absorb pain.

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 Zebradorite, Physical properties of Zebradorite

ZEBRADORITE is graphic quartz. Rural miners in Madagascar came across this variety of Feldspar which they called (in French and Malagasy) “Feldspath”.


FELDSPAR, ORTHOCLASE

Feldspars (KAlSi3O8 – NaAlSi3O8 – CaAl2Si2O8) are a group of rock-forming tectosilicate minerals that make up as much as 60% of the Earth’s crust.

Feldspars crystallize from magma in both intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, as veins, and are also present in many types of metamorphic rock. Rock formed almost entirely of calcic plagioclase feldspar (see below) is known as anorthosite. Feldspars are also found in many types of sedimentary rock

Feldspar is derived from the German Feld, “field”, and Spath, “a rock that does not contain ore”. “Feldspathic” refers to materials that contain feldspar. The alternate spelling, felspar, has now largely fallen out of use.

This group of minerals consists of a framework or tectosilicates. Compositions of major elements in common feldspars can be expressed in terms of three endmembers:
Potassium-Feldspar (K-spar) endmember KAlSi3O8
Albite endmember NaAlSi3O8
Anorthite endmember CaAl2Si2O8
Solid solutions between K-feldspar and albite are called alkali feldspar. Solid solutions between albite and anorthite are called plagioclase,[1] or more properly plagioclase feldspar. The only limited solid solution occurs between K-feldspar and anorthite, and in the two other solid solutions, immiscibility occurs at temperatures common in the crust of the earth. Albite is considered both plagioclase and alkali feldspar. In addition to albite, barium feldspars are also considered both alkali and plagioclase feldspars. Barium feldspars form as the result of the replacement of potassium feldspar.

Physical properties of Zebradorite (Feldspar, Orthoclase):

Category tectosilicate
Chemical formula KAlSi3O8 – NaAlSi3O8 – CaAl2Si2O8
Identification
Color Shades of red to pink, white, gray, brown — Colorless, Greenish, Yellow to grayish Yellow, Off White, Shades of Orange to Brown
Crystal system triclinic or monoclinic
Twinning tartan, Carlsbad, etc
Cleavage two or three
Fracture along cleavage planes
Mohs scale hardness 6
Luster vitreous
Diaphaneity opaque
Birefringence first order
Pleochroism none
Other characteristics exsolution lamellae common

Location: Worldwide including Austria, Madagascar, UK, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Orthoclase is commonly used in the porcelain industry
Stone Type/Family: Member of the Feldspar family, Silicate Class
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Chemical Composition: K(AlSi3O8) Potassium Aluminum Silicate
Hardness: 6

Metaphysical guide of Zebradorite (Feldspar, Orthoclase):

Primary Chakra: ALL
Astrological sign(s): Aquarius, Cancer
Vibration: Number 9 (Feldspar) and Master Number 44 (Orthoclase)

Metaphysically, Orthoclase Feldspar has pleasant, refined energy. Orthoclase Feldspar can help overcome tragedy, as well as aligning the chakras and meridians of the physical body. Once you have attuned to this crystal, Orthoclase Feldspar can bring great peace during times of physical or emotional trauma.

Known as the “stone of cooperative effort”, Orthoclase Feldspar encourages cooperation among individuals and offers insight into group experiences. Orthoclase Feldspar can help one find new and unconventional ways to obtain goals and is said to foster connection to the wisdom of ancient Egypt. Those lacking in self-confidence who carry low self-esteem can benefit from Orthoclase Feldspar’s work with the Solar-Plexus Chakra, enhancing self-will and emotional strength and courage.

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.