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The name Garnet comes from the Phoenician punica geranatum meaning pomegranate by way of the Latin granatum or granitus, and refers to this crystals distinct crystal habit, color and luster. Garnet...

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Flashy labradorite shines with a variety of hues

“Magic, do as you will!” ~Schmendrick the Magician, The Last Unicorn (film version)

Labradorite was named after Labrador, Canada, where it was originally discovered. From this northern region, the Inuit people have passed down the story that the Aurora Borealis became trapped in...

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Turquoise may be the first gemstone ever mined. This opaque to transparent mineral has been cherished as a gem for over 7,000 years. Although the solid sky-blue color often called “Robin’s Egg Blue” or “Persian Blue” is by far the most popular, turquoise is also found in shades such as apple...

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Although Turquoise is a traditional birthstone for December, its cousin, Chrysocolla also has some suitable traits in the month of holidays. Chrysocolla is a secondary copper mineral known to occur all over the world including Israel, Egypt, the Congo, Peru, Chile, Australia and is especially...

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Solaris Golden Healer Quartz, originally named by the Nature's Treasures Family back in 2012, is a variety of high-grade quartz from Arkansas with a natural iron-titanium coating that formed as the quartz grew within an iron-rich clay matrix. Some believe that the coating resulted from lightning...

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November birthstone topaz is beloved for a stunning and wide color range that includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. The history of topaz suggests two possible origins for the word -- According to the Latin writer of the early Roman Empire...

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Although Jade holds great value in many cultures, it has also become one of the most ambiguous gem names on the market. Knuth outlines a progressive history of Jade in Gems in Myth, Legend and Lore. What we know today as “Jade” originally referred to the mineral Jadeite and became...

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*Opal Terminology:

“Play-of-color” is the proper term to describe the rainbow flashes in Precious Opal. In the gem world, “fire” refers to the effects of faceting a stone causing scintillation as light enters a gemstone, bending and refracting to result in flashes of color. This is a...

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Although Opal (SiO2*nH2O) has a similar chemical formula to quartz (SiO2), it does not possess a crystalline lattice and is therefore not a mineral like quartz. The lack of a crystalline lattice and presence of molecular water also makes Opal much less durable with a hardness of 5.5 compared to...

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Opening the Akashic Records Maureen St. Germain

As a teacher of the Akashic Records, I teach people how to access the Akashic Records. The Akashic Records are a field of energy that contains all the records of everything. It is a living field that reflects the energies of the past, present, and possible futures - like a library that is not...

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