Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a stunningly beautiful blue stone that has been used since ancient times.  Mostly mined from Afghanistan, Lapis artifacts have been found in ancient Egyptian and Sumerian archeological sites.  Composed mainly of the mineral Lazurite, Lapis can also contain calcite, sodalite, and even gold coloured pyrite. Lapis is thought to be able to cure melancholyContinue reading “Lapis Lazuli”

Kyanite

Kyanite (Pagan Blog Project) Kyanite is an alumino-silicate mineral often found in metamorphic rocks, such as pegmatites.  It forms thin blade-like crystals that often radiate from a common centre.  The name kyanite comes from the Greek kuanos or kyanos, meaning ‘deep blue’, however not all kyanites are blue!  Kyanite can be black, green, orange, with the white/grey variety called rhaeticite. Kyanite is known forContinue reading “Kyanite”

Jade

Jade (Pagan Blog Project) Jade is a beautiful green ornamental stone that has been used for centuries in many parts of the world.  However gemstone jade can actually come from two metamorphic sources, both similar in texture, hardness, and appearance.  Nephrite is amphibole-silicate mineral Actinolite (whose fibrous form is known as Asbestos) and the other sourceContinue reading “Jade”

Quartz

Quartz (Pagan Blog Project) Quartz is such an interesting mineral.  Ancient Greeks called the clear crystal ‘crystalos’ (permanent ice) because they thought the ice was frozen so solid that it wouldn’t melt.  Simply put, quartz is the most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust, and has been prized for centuries. Quartz is known to amplifyContinue reading “Quartz”

Essential Guide to Crystals

“The Essential Guide to Crystals” (Simon & Sue Lilly) An authoritative illustrated guide to crystals reveals the full power and mystery of these gems, which can heal our spirits and enhance our lives. More than 100 crystals are grouped by color and then presented individually through color photography and in-depth discussions of appearance, followed byContinue reading “Essential Guide to Crystals”

Jasper

This week’s Pagan Blog Project was for the letter ‘J’, and the Earth Scientist that I am, I chose Jasper. Jasper (SiO2) Jasper is a type of quartz-chalcedony, similar to other stones like Carnelian, Agate, and Flint.  What gives Jasper its unique colour is impurities. Hematite makes them red Limonite makes them brown/yellow Chlorite makes them green JasperContinue reading “Jasper”