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Wear Lotus Flower Jewelry As A Symbol For Your Spiritual Journey

August 2, 2016

Why wear a lotus flower as a piece of jewelry? In many cultures the Lotus Flower symbolizes spiritual awareness. It is often used as symbol of enlightenment. Wearing a Lotus Flower necklace or pendant is a wonderful reminder of our own individual, unfolding spiritual journey. As a Yoga practitioner and gemstone jewelry designer, I love to create inspiring pieces of jewelry to assist me and others on the spiritual path. I often use the Lotus flower symbol in my jewelry designs. I’ll explain the meaning and significance of the Lotus flower. You just might want to wear this beautiful symbol as a representation of your own spiritual path. Meaning and Significance of the Lotus The lotus flower is special in so many ways. This many petaled flower is often found growing in dirty, muddy water, where it reaches beyond the muck to float on top of the water displaying its […]

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How to cleanse crystals & gemstones

July 29, 2016

As part of my Crystal Awareness classes I discuss the many ways to energetically cleanse crystals and gemstones. Here are  the methods I use to clear crystals, along with some of the most often asked questions about this subject. Why do we need to cleanse our crystals and gemstones? Crystals and gemstones attract, magnify and hold energy.  We want to cleanse them of any unwanted energy. Energetically cleansing crystals removes any negative energy that the stone may have picked up and returns the crystal to its pure state. When to cleanse a crystal or gemstone? Crystals should be cleansed soon after you get one for the first time and after each time you use the stone for healing, either for yourself or healing for someone else. Cleansing your stones is a good way to get to know them. How to know if a stone needs cleansing? This is something that you will come to […]

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Why do Yoga? Are you inspired?

July 19, 2016

This summer I re-charged my own yoga practice by going to two Yoga Festivals.  (Hanuman and Wanderlust.) It was awesome to be in a roomful of 150 people of all ages and bodies types moving to the same asana. I was challenged, inspired, exhilarated and moved to tears participating, observing and witnessing Yoga. Meeting one of my favorite all time Yoga teachers was just one of the highlights of the festivals. Sean Corn was so welcoming and gracious to spend a little time with me. I gifted her with one of my Chakra Gemstone Bracelets. Returning home after Wanderlust-Snowmass, I reflected on why I began creating gemstone Yoga Jewelry many years ago (15) I began designing yoga and chakra jewelry as a way to support my own yoga practice. Wearing jewelry, a necklace, bracelet or earrings that symbolized yoga encouraged me to get on the mat each day and also reflected […]

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Iolite, Sunstone & Quartz: A Stone To Ignite Your Creativity

July 16, 2016

How did Mother Nature know to combine these three minerals together to create one powerful stone for creativity? In life we may come across creative blocks or lack inspiration in our work, hobbies or home life. In order to get over these bumps in the road, we need to get in touch with what ignites our creativity. Here we have Blue Iolite, Sunstone and Quartz together in one stone. The energies of Iolite and Sunstone both open and balance the two Chakras associated with creativity, the 2nd chakra Sacral Chakra (color Orange) and the 5th Chakra, throat chakra (color Blue). Quartz is an energy magnifier and helps to power up the vibration of these two minerals. If you feel a calling to create. If you feel a passion welling up inside of you. If you’re unsure how to manifest this passion. If you feel blocked in your expression of your […]

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Collecting Blue Barite Crystals in Colorado

June 25, 2016

Some of you may know I’m an addict rock hound. I absolutely love going out into the field and collecting rocks and crystals. I recently went to a Blue Barite mine in Harstel Colorado. This was my second collecting trip this year. In May I went to Arkansas to dig quartz crystals. You can read about my trip on my blog. I’d never come across blue Barite before, so it was very exciting to dig my own Barite crystals. The mine is located on a mine claim, which is open to the public. I was able to obtain permission to dig by stopping in the retail store, Bayou Salado, located in Hartsel, Colorado, two miles from the Blue Barite Claim. Hartsel is just a pause in the road, and the store is easy to find. They also serve coffees and treats, perfect way to start the morning. With directions in […]

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How To Stay Calm Cool and Collected with the Gemstone Flourite

June 24, 2016

The heat of summer can take its toll, leaving us frazzled, moody and irritable. There is a fabulous gemstone remedy that offers a cooling, calming energy to rejuvenate us during the hot summer months, it’s Flourite. Flourite is my go to stone when it comes to beating the heat. Flourite comes in several shades of cooling green colors and soothing purple tones. Purple Flourite is often mistaken for Amethyst. Flourite even comes in shades of yellow and blue. When these colors combine it is known as Rainbow Flourite. Flourite feels so cooling to the touch, that just holding a piece can help you cool down. Flourite is known as the “ Cool, Calm, Collected Stone” for it’s ability to help you come back to center when life tries to push you around and tempers rise. So, remain cool, calm and come back to your center this summer both internally & […]

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Full Moon- how to cleanse your crystals

June 18, 2016

Full moon is a great time to energetically clear and cleanse your crystals and gemstones.  Clear Quartz crystals amplify whatever energies that surround them.  So it is a good idea to periodically clear and cleanse them of any unwanted energy- bad moods, negative thoughts, arguments that kind of unwanted energy. This is especially important to do if you are going to use the crystals for healing. One of my favorite ways to cleanse my stones is to put them outside under the full moon.  The energy of the moon light washes away anything that is no longer needed.  I like to leave them out all night and into the next day so they can be charged by the light of the sun.  I happen to live in a very safe area where I can do this, but  if needed place them by a window where the light of the moon can shine on […]

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Crystal Digging in Arkansas

May 18, 2016

Have you ever wanted to dig your very own quartz crystals? Digging for crystals is one of the highlights of my life. In fact the very first time I went crystal digging back in 1990 I was awe struck. There was something so amazingly special to be the very first person to see these natural treasures come out of the earth that I decided to create my life’s work around selling crystals and crystal healing. I hadn’t been to the crystal mines in Arkansas in several years so this May I planned a trip to the Crystal Capital of the World, Mt Ida. May can be a tricky time to visit. The weather can be unpredictable with severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes. We lucked out and had 3 picture perfect days to dig crystals and explore the natural beauty around the mines. The first mine we visited was Twin Creek […]

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The Crystal Cottage, Florida Keys Winter Season 2016

May 16, 2016

  What an amazing season we had at The Crystal Cottage this season. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who filled the cottage this year with their energy, whether through presenting their gifts and talents to our community or to all those who shared in a class, workshop, or healing event. Each of you were integral to the immense blessings of this season. It’s been a delight to share with you the healing qualities of Crystals and Gemstones, Sound Healing, Chakras, Reiki, Astrology, Healthy Eating, and so much more. Here is just a sampling of what we were able to bring to you this season. Crystal singing bowl sound healings 7 week Journey into the Chakras  Healthy Happy Hour with Purium Super Foods Reiki I & II training with Donna Forenci Exploring your Astrological Chart with Alexander Mallon World Sound Healing Day Eating raw, eating healthy with Beth Griffen Wholistica […]

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Crystals: Vehicles of Intention by Guest Blogger Brandy Gray

April 28, 2016

There is a lot of information available about crystals and their uses and truly, it is up to each individual to find out how crystals can be of use to them. Some people use crystals for jewelry and home décor which is a lovely way to utilize the aesthetic and energetically pleasing benefits of crystals. But for me, my husband and my children, crystals have become a way of life, used in all aspects of our lives. This may seem odd or unique to those who do not understand crystals beyond their current acceptable label as “rocks” or “stones”. There is nothing wrong with this label because, essentially, that is exactly what they are, hard on the surface and occurring naturally on and within the Earth. Crystals, though, are very special gifts. They are blessings offered from the Wisdom of Gaia, our Mother Earth. If you are open to the […]

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