Crystals for Love

In honor of Valentine’s day we thought we would share our top five favorite crystals for love!Rose Quartz for Love

1. Rose Quartz is used for love, happiness, balancing, confidence, and compassion.  It emits a calming energy, promoting self-love and bringing peace to relationships.  It is an excellent stone for healing emotional wounds and helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories.  Helps heal loneliness, ease fear and soothe grief.  It is said to help in disorders of the kidneys and adrenal glands. Chakras: Heart.

Chrysocolla Druzy Specimen

2. Chrysocolla is a stone that is used for peace, relaxation, balance, wisdom, and love. It clears away blockages in the emotions, and belief systems. It eases emotional heartache giving renewed inner strength and balance. Held in the hand it is said to drive off unreasonable fear and illusions and soothe emotions. When worn the stone grants the power of discretion and increased wisdom. It strengthens expression, communication and increases one’s capacity to love. Chakras: Third Eye, Throat, Heart.

Pink Tibetan Quartz

3. Tibetan Pink Quartz is a rare stone used for unconditional love, self love, inner peace, spiritual protection, overcoming betrayal or abandonment and healing emotional wounds. It is believed to support heart health and is useful for those suffering from auto-immune diseases such as lupus. It can also be used to enhance fertility and prevent miscarriage. Like Tibetan Quartz it is an excellent stone for healing work on mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Chakra: Heart.

Green Tourmaline Needles from Brazil

4. Green Tourmaline is used for love, creativity, calming, strength, compassion, healing, clearing emotional thoughts, and transforming negative energy into positive. Has also been known to attract success, abundance, and prosperity. It is said to help with weight loss and treats disorders of the heart, eyes, thymus, immune system, and ductless glands. Chakra: Heart.

Charoite

5. Charoite is used for love, and cleansing of the self. It helps ease subconscious fears, and clears thought patterns that cause conscious feelings of guilt, sin and fear. It facilitates acceptance of others and enhances ones giving nature. It strengthens the body while releasing negative energy. This stone is known to treat disorders of the eye and heart (it stimulates and regulates blood pressure and the pulse rate). It is also known to treat headaches and aches and pains. (Chakras: Crown, Third Eye, Heart)

Lepidolite and Black Tourmaline Specimen

Lepidolite is a purplish type of mica used for calming, peace, spirituality, luck, protection, stress, insomnia, psychism, decision making, and love. Because of it’s high lithium content it has been known to soothe anger, and negative emotions, and provide emotional and mental balance and stability. Recognized as a “stone of transition” it helps in the restructuring of old patterns. It has been used to treat addiction, relieve allergies, treat exhaustion, and strengthen the immune system. Chakras: Crown, Third Eye, and Heart.

Lepidolite and Tourmaline Specimen

Black Tourmaline is used for grounding and protection. It acts to protect one from being victimized by the “negative” energy of others. It is also used to activate grounding between the first chakra and the center of the Earth. It acts to stimulate the reflex points of the lower back and can also provide for both the stimulation and the balancing of the adrenal glands. Chakra: Root.

Crystals for Transitioning into 2014

Crystals, gems and stones… some are dull, others sparkle, they come in all different shapes, qualities, colors, and sizes. But the one thing that you cannot deny is that we are drawn to them like moths to a flame. We adorn ourselves and surroundings with them every chance we get. They connect us with the earth and ancient times, a piece of history that we could not access in any other way, a little bit of magic in our often mundane lives.

Although the year is new and full of endless possibilities for positivity, it will no doubt bring some challenges as well, as every year does. So to help you get thing started on the right foot we have carefully selected a few crystals that will help to ensure a smooth transition from 2013 to 2014. Wear them as jewelry, surround your home with them, use them in meditation, or carry them on your person in your pocket or purse. As always, when dealing with crystals use your intuition and choose the one(s) that you feel you need the most. For further information and uses, please see check out our Crystal Dictionary. Wishing you all a safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous 2014!

Smokey Quartz Pendulum

Smokey Quartz Pendulum

Smokey Quartz: increases creativity, happiness and helps achieve emotional balance. It can be used to clear the body of negative energy similar to smudging.

Pyrite Specimen

Large Crystal Cubic Pyrite Specimen

Pyrite: used for luck and drawing wealth.

Citrine Raw Crystal Pendant

Raw Citrine Pendant

Citrine: increases self-confidence and achievement of personal goals.

Chalcedony Druzy Specimen

Chalcedony: opens the mind to new ideas.

Tumbled Sunstone

Sunstone: used for success, protection, intellect, confidence, joy, and optimism (can be good for SAD).

Amethyst Flowers: An Unusual Specimen, New To The Shop

Have you ever heard of an Amethyst Quartz flower? It’s just as beautiful and unusual as it sounds… A cluster of soft, pale lavender crystals growing in a shape similar to a Chrysanthemum flower. Unlike any other Amethyst cluster you’ve ever seen! Other unusual specimens have been posted today as well including Rhodonite and DioptaseStop by and see what else is new!

Amethyst Quartz Flower

New Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite)

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We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite)! These gorgeous jewelry grade crystals come from The Santa Rosa Mine in Brazil and boast a gorgeous deep blue color. Blue Tourmaline is used for communication, calming, peace, and restful sleep. It has been used to treat disorders of the thyroid, thymus, esophagus, throat, larynx, and lungs. Chakras: throat, and third eye. To shop Blue Tourmaline click here! To shop all Tourmaline click here!

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New Aquamarines!

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New listings of beautiful rough Aquamarines just waiting to be crafted into gorgeous jewelry! Aquamarine is a pale blue-green colored stone that is used for psychism, communication, tranquility, courage, and purification. It quiets the mind, calms the nerves, clarifies perception and reduces stress. It helps banish phobias and fears. It is said to align muscles and vertebrae of the neck, relieve the pain of toothaches and cure illness of the stomach, throat and jaw. Chakras: Throat and Heart. To shop Aquamarines click here!

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Stibnite Specimens

Beautiful glimmering Stibnite in difficult to find mini size! Stibnite is a fragile, pewter gray stone used in meditation to keep away unwanted thoughts, and to allow one to enter a meditative state, it enhances the energy field and acts as an impenetrable barrier around the physical body. It helps to attract wanted relationships and brings fidelity to existing relationships. Chakras: All. To shop Stibnite click here!

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Double Terminated Lilac Amethyst Has Arrived!

New this month: Lilac Amethyst! Very rare and unusual Lilac Amethyst from Ametista do Sul, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil. In our 20+ years of collecting and selling crystals this is the first time we have come across Amethyst of this color and shape. Its pale lilac color ranges from rosy mauve to violet and its crystal structure is large and well terminated. Many specimens are double terminated which are not only rare and beautiful, but are prized by healers and collectors alike. We have a very limited supply of both clusters and singles available in both single and double terminated specimens. These once in a lifetime finds would make a valuable addition to any collection. Click here to shop Lilac Amethyst!

Lilac Amethyst is used for healing, spiritual protection, love, psychism, dreams, stress, happiness, and compassion. Like all Amethyst it is a stone of spirituality and contentment. It clears the aura and is excellent for meditation. It is useful in dispelling rage, anger, and anxiety and is used as protection against psychic attacks. Chakras: crown, third eye, and heart.

Double Terminated Lilac Amethyst

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Using Crystals in Your Everyday Life

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Throughout a lifetime of collecting and working with crystals we have often been asked what they do and how to use them. What do they do? Well, legend and lure is filled with many uses for stones – medical, physical, and spiritual. Our modern knowledge of crystals is based both on science and on experience as well as lure and (dare I say it) superstition. When asked what they do, I usually say – very tongue in cheek, wearing a big smile “Well they’re magic rocks!”. And this answer is both true and false. Those of you that have worked with crystals will probably agree with us. There is something so incredibly wonderful and magical about using beautiful gifts from the earth to help to balance and enrich our lives and those of our loved ones.

So how does one use them? Unfortunately there isn’t really a correct definitive answer. Part of why we are so drawn to them other than their physical appearance is that every person is different and reacts to stones in their own way. It is not unheard of for an individual to be attuned to some stones, and not to others. Some people are attuned to all of them, and of course there are those who don’t feel anything at all. With us, an amazing thing happened to us when we were around so many stones all the time in the store – we stopped feeling the energy from them. Since we closed the store and are no longer subjected to very large amounts of crystals on a daily basis, we have once again become extremely sensitive to their energies again. It is incredible, like the first time all over again.

So although we cannot give a definite answer to “So how do you use them?”, we can offer guidelines to get you started, or to further your work with the incredible, beautiful and vibrant gifts that Mother Nature has provided for us.

Some people keep them around their house in different locations for different purposes. Some keep them on their body, in a bag, in the car, or at work. The possibilities are endless. (I even have customers that walk around with pounds of them in their purse!) The way we use stones also depends on the intent. For example, personally, I would carry the diet/ weight loss blend on my body (a pocket, or purse), because for me, it would be a continuous reminder of my weight loss goals. The other way I might use them, (because I don’t like carrying pounds of rocks in my pockets) is to pick a stone for the day, and bring that one along with me (purse, pocket etc.). Just remember that if you are taking a stone along with you, make sure that it isn’t overly fragile – though stones have been known to break (very often because we no longer need them) fragile stones such as natural rough/raw Kyanite should be avoided as pocket stones, because they may splinter and crumble. Meditation is also an excellent way to work with your stones. Possibly, holding them, and visualizing your goals before bedtime, or upon waking up, or any time of day you feel you need them.

As you use stones more and more, you will find that if you try to forget about the “rules”, your instinct will take over, and you will wind up using the right stones, in the right ways for yourself.