Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Crystal Library - Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye is often considered a "seeker's stone," due to the luminescent bands of color it holds in the sunlight.  A form of chalcedony quartz, tiger eye also contains thin needles of asbestos, giving the stone the ability to hold the iridescent sheen.  Tiger Eye is often said to be a stone of the mind, assisting one to increase their intuitive abilities, but it also assists in balancing one's will, so that matters of pride and ego do not become too strong, and mistaken for intuition.  It offers protection against "psychic" attacks.

Tiger Eye was often worn by soldiers of the Roman Army on their breastplates, as a symbol of protection in battle, from evil forces. Today, tiger Eye is used mostly in jewelry and as talismans or amulets.

Tiger Eye holds a 7 on the Moh's Hardness Scale, and can be found in localities such as China, Namibia, South Africa, and the USA.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Crystal Library - Fluorite

Nicknamed "the genius stone," fluorite aids in concentration and decision making abilities. This stone helps to absorb negative energy, and dispel emotional traumas. 

Fluorite is the mineral used to make fluoride, found in toothpaste, because of it contains calcium. 

Fluorite comes in a wide variety of colors and can be found in various locations, including Canada, USA, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Mexico, China, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Norway, England, and Germany.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Crystal Library - Amethyst Crystal

Amethyst is a type of quartz crystal.  Its vibrant purple coloration is due to iron impurities in the crystal. Like all other forms of quartz, it is a 7 on the Moh's Hardness Scale.

Amethyst is a Greek word for "without drunkenness, " and was believed to ward off the affects of alcohol, in ancient times.  It is used today as a power stone, offering protection to those who wear it or have it in one's environment.  Amethyst eases the mind, allowing for restful sleep, deep meditation, and stress relief. It is also useful to relieve headaches.

Amethyst can be found abundantly in many places in the world, including Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, and the USA.  Amethyst is the birthstone for February.