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Introducing Paraiba Kyanite -- a newly discovered Kyanite variation from the Paraiba Basin in northern Brazil. As a form of Kyanite, this crystal is more than just good looks -- it is one of three, aluminosilicate polymorphs used by geologists to determine the pressure-temperature conditions under which metamorphic rocks form.

With a striated appearance along its length and a naturally bladed crystal habit, Paraiba Kyanite's delicate appearance belies its strong powers. Paraiba Kyanite's vibrant, almost neon, colors cause it to vibrate at a higher frequency, which gives this crystal the ability to unlock psychic and telepathic powers while enhancing intuition. It's special color promotes an even greater peaceful vibration than usually charactorized by other Kyanites.

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There's a buzz phrase in the world of crystal healing...Negative Entropic Quartz. There are a number of different types of quartz crystals differentiated by mineral content and formation such as Generator crystals, Transmitters, Channelers and Elestials among other Master Crystals. Each formation generates a different energy and specializes in working with various human elements. Information about this quartz energy is being channeled and received called Negative Entropic.

So what is Negative Entropic Quartz? The crystals can be found in a quartz vein from Mt Ida, Arkansas all the way up to Brokenbow, Oklahoma. Some time during their growth history they were traumatized so severely that several fractures occurred within the typical structure which gives them a "sparkly" appearance. Some say they appear to be of the stars, reflecting the light of the universe. The clusters have a "sugary" coating of smaller crystals, which continue to generate new crystal growth. Some clusters have a small dark nodule on the underneath side. These nodules seem to contain "source energy" and...

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In modern times most people know amethyst as the February birthstone. However, Amethyst has a rich history in mythology and lore spanning time and the globe. The name is derived from the Greek word amethustos meaning 'not drunken,' although the etiological (origin) story for amethyst was not relayed until 1576 by a French poet named Remy Belleau (Knuth, Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore, Revised Edition, 2007).

Several variations of this story exist, but since I am a romantic, I have chosen to tell the following version... Once upon a time, the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, fell madly in love with a fair maiden name Amethyste who he pursued relentlessly, drunk with love. However, Amethyste refused his advances and wished to remain chaste. She beseeched the virgin goddess, Artemis, to protect her virtue. The goddess, therefore, turned Amethyste into a pillar of white crystal. Dionysus, being humbled by Amethyste's desire to remain chaste, poured wine on the crystals as an offering that turned them forever the color of grapes.

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All fossils are rocks, but not all rocks are fossils. Once-living organisms can become preserved and, under the right conditions, the organic tissues of the organism can slowly become replaced by minerals such as calcite or quartz turning the remains into stone. This process applies to wood as well as the better known ammonites and dinosaur bones most people think of as fossils.

Petrified wood can occur in any number of colors due to trace elements that find their way into the replacement minerals. Because this process occurs atom by atom, many of the wood structures and textures can be perfectly preserved including bark, knots, and even tree rings! Sometimes the knots and hollows of a limb will fill in with druzy quartz. Although most petrified wood ends up replaced by the chalcedony member of the quartz family, some specimens have been known to form from hematite and even malachite replacement. This process can take thousands of years to occur after the decades to centuries of life represented by the...

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"O Sing, choirs of angels | sing in exultation" begins the second verse of the well-known Western Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful". As this song resounds in one's mind, this particular stanza may reverberate with an alternative meaning.

One could easily replace the "u" in exultation, defined as a feeling of jubilation or rejoicing,

with the letter "a" to make it exaltation, which has two meanings: (1) a state of extreme happiness (similar to exultation), or (2) an action of elevating someone in rank, power, or character. What this substitution brings to light is that singing helps us to achieve a higher state of happiness and general well-being.

Now, singing is not limited to vocalists and string instruments. Singing Bowls, whether made of crystal or the traditional Tibetan "seven metals", have long been used in Eastern tradition to elevate the spirit. By running a special mallet firmly along the outer rim of a singing bowl, friction causes the air molecules within the bowl to vibrate and move resulting in a sound wave. As these sound waves bounce...

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Turquoise has a long standing history in the world that goes so far back as to predate its own name. Although the oldest piece of turquoise jewelry was found on a 7,500 year old mummy, the name turquoise, meaning "Turkish stone," was not coined until the early 13th century. The stone was given this name because Europeans believed it originated in Turkey, although it was discovered later that its presence there resulted from extensive trade with Egypt (Gems in Myth, Legend and Lore, Knuth). Turquoise continues to rank as one of the most popular gemstones throughout the spans of time, and is both the traditional and modern day birthstone for December.

Despite its earliest recorded history in "the Old World," Turquoise has rich cultural meaning to our Native American nations as well. It is known by some as "the stone that stole its color from the sky." The sky-blue color in turquoise results from the presence of copper in secondary copper mineral deposits that are prevalent in the Southwest. Despite the diverse cultures of the Native American peoples, the stone shares...

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Herkimer Diamonds are not diamonds at all! In fact, they are clear, double-terminated (pointed on both ends) QUARTZ crystals found hosted in the dolostone layers of Herkimer County, New York. Belonging to the quartz family, Herkimer Diamonds have the chemical formula SiO2 and belong to the hexagonal crystal system. Although double-terminated quartz can occur in many places across the globe, only those found in Herkimer County can be called "Herkimer Diamonds," and few other localities produce examples pristine enough to rival natural diamonds as a gemstone. Herkimer Diamonds have crystal clarity and a natural crystal habit that appears faceted because of the 18 crystal faces visible in most specimens. These characteristics result in a natural sparkle that can only be obtained in the faceted diamonds of jewelry stores through time-consuming work. In addition, Herkimer Diamonds have a hardness of 7 out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making them extremely durable for everyday wear and tear. In addition to...

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