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Huge Diamond Found!

Hi Besties.  I was reading through my msn news feed and came across something I just had to share with you.  I know the saying is “A diamond is a girl’s best friend” but this diamond can be a best friend to all of us! *giggles*  It is 7mm or 2.75 inches in length and is an astounding 404 Carats!  It was discovered by Lucapa, an Australian mining company.  The diamond was found in one of their mines 300 miles east of the Angolan capital, Luanda.  The diamond is valued at $14 Million.  Lucapa claims that this is the largest diamond to be found in Angola.  Boy would I love to get my wire around this baby HAHA!  Check out the link below for a little more information and a glorious picture.

 

 

 

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Massive $14 million Diamond found in South Africa by MSN

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Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

Serpentine Cabachon by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead by Gabrielle Hampton and Marc Lapidary of Hampton’s Rock Shop

Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

 

Serpentine gets its name from the Greek word “serpens”, which means snake, because of the appearance of the stone resembles snake skin.  It is not just one stone but a group of minerals.  It belongs to the metamorphic rock type and is an important mineral in the rock forming process.  The mineral is made up of a basic silicate of magnesium, iron, aluminum, zinc, nickel, and manganese along with hydroxyl and in some rare cases water.   It comes in various colors including: green, yellow, white, gray, brown, black, purple and sometimes it is multicolored.  The multicolored varieties are most often found to be green, yellow and white.  It’s semitransparent to opaque.  Serpentine’s hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from between 2.5 to 6.  Its luster ranges from greasy to waxy to silky.  It can be found   in Australia, Britain, Russia, Norway, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the USA.  The Aztec culture highly prized the stone and there is a rare form found in Arizona, known as Arizona Lizard Stone.   The stone is also called New Jade in some circles.  The mineral was highly prized by the Aztec civilizations.  It is often used in jewelry and architecture.  In ancient times it was used as an offering to the gods when asking for blessings.

Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Metaphysical Uses

Serpentine is often used when communicating with the Devic Realm or the realm of the elementals. This is because it resonates with earth energy.  The mineral encourages contact with the elementals and may even help to contact the angelic realm for guidance.   This stone is most powerful when stimulating the crown chakra but is extremely useful in unblocking all of the chakras’ and clearing stagnant energy.   It is one of the safest stones to use when activating the kundalini energies.  It helps to raise the Kundalini up the spine.  This process can be dangerous and can also arouse sexual feelings.

Brown Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Brown Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Physical uses

Serpentine is believed to protect against diseases, snake bites, and the bites of venomous creatures.  It assists in the healing of the heart and lungs and in cellular regeneration.  It is also believed to help ease pain associated with the kidneys, stomach cramps, and tension.

Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewely
Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewelry

*White Bear Jewelry is not a qualified medical professional.  If you are experiencing any of the above issues please seek proper medical attention.

 

A special Thank You to Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton for the use of their beautiful pictures of Serpentine.  You can see more of their work at Hampton’s Rock Shop. Please see below for the shop’s contact information.

Source Links

“Serpentine: A Stone of Earth Energy and Kundalini Activation” by Healing-Crystals-for-You.com

“Serpentine Gemstone Information” by Gemselect.com

“The Serpentine Mineral Group” by Minerals.net

 

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Amethyst: The Royal Stone

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Amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family. Its color can range from a light lilac to a deep royal purple. It can also range from a more brownish purple to a very vivid purple. Amethyst also has color zoning, a phenomenon in this case that makes the color go from dark to light. Amethyst can be found in clusters or in single crystals in nature. It is often cut or tumbled to be used in jewelry.

Fine amethyst stones have been used in religious and royal jewelry since ancient times. The gem as described by Moses has been used as a symbol of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews. Empress Catherine the Great of Russia sent thousands of miners into the Ural Mountains in search of the stone. Amethyst has been worn on the fingers of bishops and is used in the coronation regalia for British royalty. The ancient Greeks associated the stone with Bacchus, the god of wine, because of its wine like color. The gem’s name comes from the Greek word, Amethystos, meaning not intoxicated. The ancient Greeks believed that wearing Amethyst would prevent you from becoming drunk and help you to keep a clear head during festival season, which is in February. The ancients also used the gem as the birthstone for Capricorn, Aquarius and Aries. In modern times the gem is the birthstone of February. It is used to celebrate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst: The Royal StoneMetaphysical Properties

Amethyst is known as one of the power stones. It has been used for many years to open the psychic and spiritual centers. The stone is associated with the Zodiac sign Pisces. Its planet is Saturn. It is also coupled with the Crown chakra. The stone has been used as a power, protection, and wisdom stone through the centuries. The Egyptians used the gem to protect against guilty and fearful feelings. It has also been used to protect against self-deception and witchcraft. It is also a great stone to use during meditation when worn as a necklace. It also symbolized piety, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It is also known as the Bishop’s stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops.

Healing Properties

Amethyst is a stone that focuses a healer’s energy when worn by the healer and placed on the heart and lungs of the person to be healed. It is known to help with maladies of the heart and with breathing and lung issues. Crystal clusters help to purify the air and keep the life force of a home positive. Placing crystal clusters, single crystals or several tumbled stones in a window that receives sun for the majority of the day will help to healing the body and to heal negative energy in the home. Placing them in the moonlight helps to increase the feeling of calmness in your home. Rubbing the stone on your forehead will help to cure a headache. The gem also helps to increase positive spiritual feelings, reduce fear and anxiety and curb cravings.

*White Bear jewelry has gathered this information from sources found below.  If you have a medical condition please consult a medical professional.  White Bear Jewelry is not a medical professional.  Alternative healing sources can be consulted after traditional healing sources.  Please see a medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above medical issues.

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Source Links

“Amethyst” by  Gemstone.org

“Amethyst” by GIA

“Amethyst” by Crystal-Cure.com

 

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Magnesite: The Seeing Stone

Sterling Silver and Magnesite Necklace

Magnesite is also known as White Turquoise and Wild Horse Turquoise.  However, it is not actually Turquoise but a mineral from the Calcite group. The mineral is formed when magnesium rich rocks are exposed to carbon dioxide rich water.  Magnesite can also contain iron and calcium. It can be both sedimentary rock and metamorphic rock.  Most commonly found in white, Magnesite can also be found in gray, yellow, brown, orange, light pink or colorless.  The ore often has a white streak. It is rare to find the mineral in a crystalline form but when it is the crystal are rhombohedron.  Its hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from 3.5 to 4.5.  Its luster is vitreous.  Magnesite is found in the USA, South America, Western Europe, China and Tanzania.

Magnesite was used by Native American tribes as currency and in jewelry as beads.  The beads were traded individually for other goods and not in strands like regular beads.  Magnesite was considered to be more valuable.

The mineral can be easily dyed bold colors including the blue-green color of turquoise and is a cheaper alternative to that stone.  It is easily scratched and should only be cleaned with water and a soft cloth.

Magnesite

 

Metaphysical properties of Magnesite

The gem is an ancient birthstone for the zodiac sign Aries.  It is highly associated with the heart, crown, and third eye chakras.  Magnesite has a soothing vibration which makes it extremely valuable during meditation and creative visualization.   It is said that the ore stimulates the third eye chakra enhancing one’s ability to have psychic visions.  It also enhances the clarity of these visions.   Magnesite stimulates communication between the heart and crown chakras.  This makes it easier for one to connect with their inner self.  Your ability to see and understand another person’s perspective and emotions is also heightened.   The stone is also known to increase a person’s self-esteem and help one to find their true self. 

Aisling Magnesite Earrings

 

Healing Properties

 Magnesite has a great detoxifying effect on the body, helping to correct bad breath and body odor.  It also assists in healing the gall bladder, stomach issues, and migraines, issues with the vascular system, blood clots, magnesium deficiencies, and high cholesterol.

The gem also helps with emotional stability by promoting a positive attitude, relaxation and calmness.  The mineral also helps with anxiety and irritability.

Taliesin Turquiose Magnesite Earrings, Magnesite jewelry, magnesite jewelry

 

How to Use the Stone

The best way to use this gem to is hold it close to your skin while meditating to increase calmness, increase focus and to enhance psychic visions.  It can also be worn as jewelry to improve your mood, decrease anxiety, and to help with creative visualization. 

As always White Bear Jewelry suggests that if you are having health issues to please seek help with a medical professional.  The information contained in this article is for information purposes and is not meant to be used in exchange for true medical advice. 

Magnesite

Source Links

Magnesite” by Amethyst Galleries

Magnesite Creative Visualization with Deep Powerful Meditation” by Healing Crystals For You

The Mineral Magnesite” by Minerals.net

Magnesite Healing Stones” by Crystal Rocks and Gems

White Magnesite” by Firemountain Gems

 

 

 

 

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Tiger’s Eye: The Harmonious Stone

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Tiger’s Eye is from the quartz family.  It is formed when quartz grows over crocidolite.  Crocidolite is a type of asbestos with a bluish-gray color.   It is made of very fine dense fibers.  The crocidolite’s iron dyes the quartz crystal as they overtake the fibers. This is what gives the Tiger’s eye its golden brown or golden red color.  The fibers are parallel to one another and are wavy. This causes the chatoyant effect that is seen in the stone. If the process is not complete the crocidolite may still be seen and retains its blue color.  This is called Blue Tiger’s eye or Hawk’s eye.  It can also combine with hematite or limonite.  This forms streaks and patterns in the stone known as The Tiger’s Eye Matrix.

Tiger’s eye has a hardness between 5.5 and 6 on the Mohs hardness scale.  Its luster is silky.  It is the stone of the 39th anniversary and in ancient times was the birthstone for November.

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Metaphysical Properties of Tiger’s Eye

This gem is associated with the root chakra, thus being known as a grounding stone.  It helps to calm the emotions, fear and anxiety.  It also calms the mind enhancing a person’s ability to concentrate.  For these two reasons, Tiger’s Eye is the perfect stone to hold while meditating.  It aids in self esteem and courage.  The gem also helps your to fight off negative energy for outside influences.  Zodiologically, the stone is aligned with Pisces, Capricorn, and Gemini and is associated with the planet Mercury.  It is believed that when worn or carried close to the body for most of the day the stone is more powerful.

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Physical Healing Properties

Tiger’s eye is known for its ability to balance your system.  It is great for those with high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma.  It is also great for balancing the emotions and to help calm anxiety and depression. It is also known to help in the healing process of broken bones.

White Bear Jewelry is not giving medical advice.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions please consult a medical practitioner. Please do not stop medical treatment. This is for informational purposes only and can be used in conjunction with proper medical treatment.

 

Source Links

Healing Crystals for You

 

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Moonstone: The Balancing Stone

 

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Moonstone and Hematite Circlet by White Bear Jewelry

A ghostly sheen moves under the surface of this feldspar, like moonlight glowing in water.” GIA

Moonstone is a truly beautiful stone.  It comes in many colors including colorless, white, gray, blue, and peach.  This semi-precious stone has tiny layers of feldspar. These layers can be as small as a wavelength of light, about .5 microns.  Light bounces around between these layers and causes the stone’s signature glow.  This effect is known as adularescence.  The gem can also display a cat’s eye affect.  Moonstone can also have small tension cracks called centipedes.  Its Mohs hardness is between 6.0 and 6.5.   This jewel is found in Madagascar,  Sri Lanka, India, and Tanzania.  The moonstone is most commonly cut into a cabochon.

MoonstoneMoonstone Associations

Moonstone was sacred to the ancient Romans as a symbol of the goddess, Diana, goddess of the moon. The jewel continues to have this association with its namesake.   It is a sacred stone in India with special importance to lovers and is a traditional wedding gift.

Zodiologically, the gem, is a affiliated with Cancer and Sagittarius.  It is aligned with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. It is also linked with the element wind.  Moonstone is the traditional birthstone for June but was also paired with April, August, and October in ancient times.  This treasure is the gift for the 13th anniversary.

 

Metaphysical Properties moonstone

One of Moonstones biggest metaphysical properties is tied to love.  It is said in folk lore that if you give your beloved a moonstone on the full moon there will always be passion between you.  It is also believed to reunite lovers who have been fighting.  When worn the stone gives protection to travelers on land and sea especially at night.  Using moonstone during quiet contemplation helps in inner growth and strength.   The gem is also great for artists or for those who have to work creatively because it provides inspiration.  It also bring success in business and gives a person good fortune.  This treasure is also used to enhance psychic ability and intuition.

 

 

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Healing Properties

Moonstone stimulated the pineal gland and balances the hormonal system of the body.  It aids in fertility.  The jewel also balances emotions and mental health issues.

This website provides information only.  Stones can not take the place of actual medical treatment.  If you are experiencing health issues please see a qualified medical practitioner.  Stones should only be used in conjunction with medical treatment.

 

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Crystal-Cure.com

Crystalvaults.com

 

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Hematite

Hematite, ring, hematite ring, hematite jewelry, Hematite is a gorgeous stone that is part of the Iron Oxide family.  It is commonly known as Blood Stone and blood ore.  The ore was given these names because when found in nature the stone has a reddish rust on the outside.  The dust, or Ochre,  is often used in red pigment.

Properties of Hematite

Hematite is a part of the iron ore family.  Thus it comes in various colors including: black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown and red.  The stone is most commonly has a metallic finish.  The stone falls between a 5 and 6 on the Mohs hardness scaleHematite becomes magnetic when heated.  It is much stronger than iron but much more brittle. The ore can be found all over the world.  The manmade version is known as Hemalyke.

Metaphysical properties of Hematite

Hematite is also know as the Stone of the Mind due to its ability to help a person to concentrate and organize their thinking.  It aides in logical and creative thought and is believed to help when thinking mathematically.    The mineral’s most common use is to ground and stabilize the mind and your emotions.  This metallic black stone is also extremely helpful when being used as protection.  Placing the crystals at the four corners of your home or property will help to protect it and those who are inside.  When used during Spiritual work, the mineral keeps you tied to the Earth plane and also helps you to apply what you have learned during your work to your daily life.  It is associated with the root chakra also known as Muladhara.

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Hematite is also useful when healing physical ailments.  It is not to be substituted for a prescription or actual medical advice.  Used along side medical treatment, this shiny stone, can help to heal your body.  It is great for blood disorders and broken bones.  But it is best for nervous disorders, anxiety relief, insomnia, and stress.  It has awesome calming properties.

I found this information on the links below.

Mineral Zone

Madagascar Minerals

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Turquoise: The Healing Stone

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Turquoise is a stone that can be found only in dry and barren regions.  It is formed when acidic copper-rich groundwater seeps down through the soil and reacts with other minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum.  Turquoise is a porous mineral.  It is semi translucent to opaque.  It has a Mohs harness of 5 to 6.   This stone has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs as far back as 4000 BCE making it one of the oldest gems used in jewelry.  The Egyptians called turquoise “mefkat”, which means delight or joy.  Turquoise is the birthstone for December and is the gem of the 11th anniversary.

Metaphysical Properties

Turquoise is identified with detoxification, serenity, protection, wisdom, balance, strength, friendship, love, positivity, and sensitivity.    It is associated with the heart, throat, and third eye chakras as well as the planets Venus and Neptune.  Elementally the stone is linked to Earth, Air and Fire.  Astrologically it is aligned with the signs Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces. 

Turquoise dispels negative energies and helps protect the wearer against outside influences and atmospheric pollutants.   It is an excellent gem for balancing and stabilizing the emotions and helping to maintain and regain inner peace.  This makes it excellent for fighting depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Turquoise aids in meditation and can help you find the real you.  It is a great stone to assist in creative thinking so carry it when working on creative projects or when you need to find a novel solution to a difficult situation.  It is known to stimulate good communication and aid in solving petty squabbles, making it an awesome symbol of friendship. 

In ancient Persia, the gem was prized as a good luck charm.  In Mexico it was the favorite gem of the god, Quetzalcoatl.  To Native Americans, the stone is believed to help one connect to the spirit world and to improve psychic ability.  They also used it to promote health and happiness.  Turquoise was named the “Sky stone” for its color.

 

Turquoise: The healing stonePhysical Properties

Turquoise helps the body to absorb nutrients.  This can help the body with inflammation, detoxification, and neutralizes over-acidity in conditions such as gout.     The stone also helps to stimulate the regeneration of the body’s tissues and enhance the immune system.  It is an overall healing stone.

Stones are by no means a substitute for medical care.  We are not providing medical advise.  Should you experience any of the issues discussed please contact a medical professional.  Stones should only be used as an aid to medical treatment.

 

Source Links

Turquoise: GIA Gem Encyclopedia

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