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UPCOMING EVENTS!!!

We have a busy year planned of shows travel and growth ahead of us!!! 

First up is the Medford Gem and Mineral show on April 5th and 6th.  This year it is at the Jackson County Expo!!!

Then we are excited to be traveling to Southern California for the West Coast Gem and Mineral Show in Santa Ana. Happening on May 16th, 17th, and 18th. 

Here are some shots of last years booth in Denver Co. Denver_2

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Opal

No other stone has as much history and emotion associated with it than opal. In India it is said to be the Goddess of Rainbows fleeing from unwanted advances of other gods. Opal is heavy with lore and considered to be good luck as much as bad. Legend has it that opal has the ability to rapidly bring one’s desires into form.

Its extrarodinary color play is caused by gas and water trapped in tiny gobules amongst its amorpous crystal lattice. It is a secondary mineral formation stone, it forms as water washes silica out of the top layers of soil. The silica gel condenses and loses its water content. the tiny gobules of water and gas trapped inside dance with color.

Opal is a stone of joy, mystery and energetic mastery. It is a trickster, requiring high energy to keep up with. It bestows imagination, and a willingness to find the colorful gifts that all of life’s situations have to offer. It is Octobers birthstone, a time of year in which personal truths are being excavated and brought up to face and release. Opal is a stone that helps these truths be seen. It also helps us to see the ways that we trick ourselves into seeing the truths we want to see.

Oregon Opal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ethiopian Opal

 

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Ruby

Ruby is the stone of the sun, representing power, passion, and energy. It is also one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones in the world.  In the old cultures of Europe and India, ruby is synonymous with power, wealth and royalty.  Its ledgends speak of invincibility, great fortune, and eternal love.  It is no coincidence that ruby is the birthstone of the month of July, because its energies are just that blazing, climactic and fully exalted.  Ruby has the oomph to get someone up off their lazy butt and moving righteously towards their wildest dreams. It activates the energetic faculties that influence ones will, enthusiasm, sex drive, and creativity.

Ruby brings vigour and passion to life.  It is a stone of self-love, transforming lethargy and exhaustion into motivation.  It imparts a joyful commitment to all social tasks.  Ruby will help one discover their inner strength and give the courage to wield it.  It is a stone of spontaneous action authenticly motivated by ones inner fire, excitement and great big dreams.

In my own experiences with ruby, I have had major breakthroughs at the times of my life when I just. can’t. seem to get myself there to that place of action, caring, or inspiration. The times when I want so badly to break out, take the right steps and do what I know needs to be done but I need that extra boost that is when I reach for my rubies.  Ruby brings to the table the essential fire of inspiration, that turns Great Big Dreams into action.  Days that I wear ruby end with “I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

Ruby is a great stone to use with the intentions of increasing abundance, creativity and motivation.  It is wonderful to employ in romance spells as it can encourage one to direct all of that loving intention into ones self, thus attracting the mate of a lifetime. It can be helpful in crystal layouts, as a pocket companion (I like wearing one on each side) or medicine bag piece, in jewelry, or in a crystal grid. It can be wonderfully employed to increase energy and movement in one’s life, but one must tap into their own inner guidance in order to determine whether or not Ruby is a comfortable companion which is not always the case.  Many people encounter ruby as too strong as it is one of the most powerful stones. But there are a couple of good alternatives.

Ruby in zoisite is a form of ruby that is metamorphically formed in large masses of another stone called Zoisite.  Zoisite is earthy and sweet.  It can help one to gently align with their true individual desires, and is a good stone for people who have a hard time calling the shots in their own life.  Ruby in zoisite is a good stone to work with over time, its effects are subtle and sustainable.

Ruby is a variety of the corundum family along with sapphire which is the blue variety. The corundum family are crystals with densely packed atoms of aluminum and oxygen.  Rubies obtain their red color when small amounts of chromium replace a few of the aluminum atoms, rubies, in order to be that bright red, also require an absence of iron.  On the Mohs scale of hardness they are rated at 9 with only diamonds and moissanite being harder.

There is still much mystery and debate about the formation of rubies and there are a couple of theories.  The most widely accepted is that rubies are a metamorphic occurence, meaning, they were once another mineral but over time plunged back into the depths of the earths mantle and emerged changed.  This theory is based on studying the world’s most plentiful ruby deposits along the Himalayas, specifically where India merged with Asia about 50 million years ago.

   

florescent Ruby in Zoisite

 

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We are the Prisms


People often enter our shop looking for a stone to help them with a specific ailment or issue. It is an understandable inquiry, if one is not familiar with stones it can be a dizzying quest to find The One in a room full of hundreds.

“Which is the right one for me?” They ask. The truest answer I can give to the question…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which stone makes your heart pound or flutter?  Which one ignights your inner flame?  Which one captures your being and shows you a world inside of yourself you never knew before? Which crystal makes you wanna sing, dance, or cry!
This crystal healing thing is not much like other medicines, in that its not nessasarily about what this “type” of crystal can do for me.  Though there is so much truth to the qualities written about each of the different types of stones, they are not vitamins. They are individuals.  They cannot be ordered, they are instead discovered, happened upon, and divinely delivered.

 

Working with crystal medicine is entering into a relationship. Its like finding a new friend.  There is a conversation that occurs when one is silent and alert in the prescense of a stone.  Crystals teach in ways that are hard to put into words.  They are the ultimate experiential teachers, dancing with life, they lead us to a great unfoldment of greater consciousness.    They lead us to a more expansive self, and show us worlds within our own.

 

This is the way in which we become an essential part of thier purpose and story.

 

We have the golden opportunity to serve these precious mineral souls in thier great destiny.

 

Through guiding us in our lives, sharing thier wisdom, we heal and grow.  In our own healing, evolving, and growing we become prisms thorugh which thier wisdom can live in this world.

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Amethyst


Amethyst is a member of the crystal quartz family, distinguished by its gorgeous purple hue that is caused by iron traces lodged between the crystal lattice structure. It forms inside of druzes and geodes and has been found throughout the world but most commonly in Brazil, Mexico, Africa, U.S, and Europe.  This crystal was given its name by a greek myth that tells of when a young maiden, Amethyst, was spared the wrath of Dionysis(the wine god) by being turned into a crystal.  Dionysis was so moved by the beauty of this crystal the he wept purple tears of remorse giving the crystal its color. “Amethystos” is the Greek word meaning non-inebriated, and this crystal has been renowned for its sobering effects throughout the ages.  Amethyst is a classic meditation tool for it can clear away the mundane chatter of our mind giving us access to the deep wisdom within ourselves.  It bestows a peaceful frame of mind that is valuable to acting for ones true purpose, and from a place of deep inner peace, rather than surrendering to intoxicating desires.  It is helpful in healing addictions, soothing grief and gaining access to the perspective of one’s higher self.

 

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine is named for its alluring blue green color, “aqua marina” are Latin/ Italian words for sea water.  The ancient philosopher Plimy says “the lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaids treasure house in the depths of a summer sea, has charms to not be denied”.  The Greeks and Romans regarded this stone as helpful to sailors in calming stormy seas. Buts its most popular use throughout antiquity has been that of a powerful oracle crystal, as it was employed as pendulums, and crystal balls. Aquamarine is a powerful throat chakra stone as it facilitates clear communication, with others as well as with the higher self. It glows a serene presence and clears up confusion, and inspires orderliness within thoughts, words, and actions.

 

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Rock Crystal, Quartz

Quartz crystals have been regarded by many cultures throughout time as sacred objects of magic and healing.  The Ancient Japanese believed quartz crystals to represent perfection as they were formed from the breath of a white dragon.  Today, modern science has named the vibratory properties of quartz the piezoelectric effect and is utilizing these powers in watches, radios, computers, and sonar technology amongst other things.  Quartz crystals are used in both scientific and metaphysical applications for enhancement, amplification, transmission, and focusing of energy.  They are powerful crystals to employ in healing, manifestation, prayer, and meditation as their power to intensify our thoughts and the vibrational functions of other minerals is celebrated by crystal enthusiasts.  Quartz inspires the capacity to transmute negative into positive, and its natural inclination towards harmony is expansive.  Rock crystals are created hydro-thermally, in clefts and druses out of a pure silicic acid solution. They are a primary formation with a trigonal crystal structure.

 

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Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz is a member of the quartz family distinguished by its natural brown color that is caused by traces of aluminum and lithium, as well as by radioactivity deep within the earth’s crust. It is traditionally considered a protective stone, thought to guard one from bad luck. It is the celebrated national gemstone of Scotland because it has been mined in the Cairngorm Mountains throughout the ages. These days it is found in many countries including Brazil, Madagascar, Scotland, Switzerland and the US. Smokey quartz is the classic anti-stress stone, its vibe is soothing and earthy and will help one to break the old patterns of behavior that move one to creating stressful situations in the first place. It is a remarkable clearing and grounding stone, as it breaks up negative thought forms and inclinations, releasing them into the earth for transmutation into more helpful energy. It is associated with the base and crown chakra, and is helpful in connecting the two, establishing a beautiful synergy between one’s spiritual purpose with one’s physical reality. It is also a valuable tool for giving purpose and direction to creative energy. Many healers also use smokey quartz as an aid to offset the effects of radiation.

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Rose Quartz

For centuries rose quartz has been used in healing delicate matters of the heart. It is the stone of love, and more specifically of self-love, which ultimately benefits the ability to love others as well. Rose quartz carries the vibration of the heart chakra, and gives access to the sensation of love for those who may have forgotten it. Bringing comfort and healing, the gentle vibrations reach deep into the heart delivering tender awareness of and healing to old wounds. As healing begins, so does the process of forgiveness, and this stone can help one to appreciate the powers of forgiveness, as well as value the deep purpose of hardship. This stone ultimately teaches us that the true source of love is from oneself.