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Meet Charles Mark- The Source For Larimar And Shamanite

September 28, 2014

Meet Charles Mark, from Mountain Mark Trading one of the many faces I see each year at the Denver Gem Show. I’ve been buying stones from Charlie Mark since I open my first retail store in Big Pine Key, Fl, The Crystal Loft, in 1991.    Charlie is the sources for everything Larimar, jewelry, beads, cabs, rough and carvings. The very first time I meet Charlie he gifted me with a large Larimar stone and I was hooked on “The Gemstone of the Caribbean”. Charlie is a pioneer in the world of Larimar, bringing this beautiful, calming stone to the world back in the mid 1980’s. Being a member of the G.I.A ( Gemological Institute of America), Charlie had the opportunity early on to bring Larimar, also known as Blue Pectolite for study with the gemologists and with that information told the world about this remarkable gemstone. Larimar is found in […]

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Highlights from the 2014 Denver Gem Show

September 18, 2014

This year’s gem buying trip to Denver, Colorado was mind-blowing. For a Rockahalic like me, this show was heaven. I spent 6 full days shopping for crystals, gemstones and beads. The International Denver Gem Show is the 2nd largest in the country and dealers from all around the world come to sell their treasures. The show has expanded over the years both in duration and in size. This year was the longest show going a full 10 days with 40% more dealers. I started off the week at the outside tent displays at The Denver Coliseum. It didn’t take me long to make my first purchase. There sitting out in the sunshine on a large table were stunning Smokey Rutilated Quartz direct from Minas Brazil. Rutilated Quartz has a high vibration and helps make a connection to higher states of consciousness and awareness, while the Smokey in the Quartz helps […]

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Buying Crystals & Stones At The Denver Gemshow

September 1, 2014

It’s that time of year again! The International Denver Gem Show is right around the corner. Held every year in mid- September, the Denver Gem Show is the 2nd largest Gem Show in the US. (2nd to the Tucson gemshow) The Denver show is really 5 different shows held at different locations around Denver Colorado. Some of the shows are open only to those with wholesale licenses, while other shows are open to the general public for retail sales. Each year the show starts earlier and earlier, which means I get to stay there longer and longer. This year I’ll be going for 6 days, so that I can be there for the opening of all the shows. I’ve been attending the Denver shows for the last 17 years. Over this time new shows have been added and more and more dealers from around the world join in showcasing their […]

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How To Connect With The Energy Of Crystals & Stones

August 25, 2014

Learning how to sense the energy of your crystals and stones is the first step in knowing how to work with them. There are several ways to open the pathways of communication between you and your crystal. One of the most important things in working with crystals and stones is for you to have your own personal experience with the stones. To begin a relationship with your stones start by rubbing your hands together to awaken the energy centers in your hands. You are creating an energy field. You may become aware of sensations in your hands, a tingling, or a warmth may arise. Next, put your hands over the stone or place the stone directly into your hands. Tune into the frequency of your stone. Notice any sensations you feel. What do you sense from your crystal? Take a few moments to really connect and tune in to what […]

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Crystal Healing and Celebrities

June 3, 2014

I love it when topic of Crystal Healing hits mainstream news. Just today, I read an article in Ahlan, a magazine that features news about celebrities, that Madonna has offered the phone number of her Crystal Therapist to singer Katy Perry. I think it is just wonderful that Madonna uses a crystal therapist and that Katy Perry is open to using crystals to help her mend a broken heart and find new love in her life. The article goes on to say that Perry sleeps with a Rose Quartz in her hand to help her heal her heart after her recent split with Russell Brand. Right on Katy. Rose Quartz is the perfect gemstone to use in this healing way. Pink and green stones are known to open and heal the heart. I like to combine Green Aventurine with Pink Rose Quartz to create a Heart Chakra Balancing Gemstone Bracelet […]

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Create a Day of Self Love This Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2014

Fall in love with yourself this Valentine’s Day and treat yourself to a special day filled with love and appreciation for YOURSELF! February is known as the month of romance. But for many who don’t have a romantic partner in their life, Valentine’s Day can be a lonely or even a depressing holiday. Whether you are in a relationship or not, flow loving energy to yourself this Valentine’s Day. When we first learn to truly love ourselves we can open our hearts to receive the love of others. We all need to be reminded to love and nurture ourselves Here are some suggestions to make this Valentine’s Day or any day of the year a special day to love yourself.     Surround yourself with heart opening stones. The mighty trio of Rose Quartz, Rhodonite and Rhodocrosite offer us an opportunity to open our hearts to ourselves. These three pink gemstones are reminders […]

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Our Winter Solstice Celebration at The Crystal Cottage

December 19, 2013

This year I’m hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration at The Crystal Cottage for friends and the community to come together to share in welcoming in the light. For many, the Winter Solstice is considered to be the beginning of the new year as the days now begin to grow longer. We’ve made it through the shortest, or darkest time of the year. The Winter Solstice is a great time to reflect on our own lives and how we have made it through the dark times and now we can move forward into the light.  We will create sacred space by burning white sage as a cleansing ritual and everyone will gather together with an open heart. Together we’ll share in a Solstice Ritual exploring: What we have learned this year. What were some of our greatest challenges. What were some of our greatest gifts What intentions would we like to put […]

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Growing Your Soul with Love, Faith & Forgiviness

November 29, 2013

Our guest blog is written by Solaya, Certified Life coach, psychic and spiritual teacher. She is available for private consultations at In this article she offers us a deep reminder on growing our soul.  The soul has constant opportunities to cultivate its unique qualities and to look at its most shadowy parts. Opportunities to cultivate your potential are given through challenges. Letting go of negative beliefs sprout from past experiences is essential to transcend limitations.  To grow your soul requires loving yourself by embracing your authenticity. This will allow your soul to blossom in beauty, empowered by the integrity of love. Your contribution to humanity is also part of your soul purpose. This requires an investment of presence.  Being in the moment awakes you to your super-consciousness, your full presence. Your soul guides, comforts and supports you in the present moment, not in the past nor the future. It is in […]

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Living Reiki

October 9, 2013

I’m delighted to welcome guest blogger Sheri Seay to my Crystal Blog. She writes a very personal article on being a Reiki Practitioner. Sheri will be offering a Reiki level 1 training at The Crystal Cottage in Big Pine Key, FL in November In June, I celebrated my 9th anniversary as a Reiki Practitioner. I had no idea how my life would be so magically impacted by this one decision to become a Reiki Master. I can still remember my Reiki I Class. I remember my Reiki Master, how organized she was and how her words flowed as she described the things we would be learning. I remember my classmates, each of us seeking the higher aspects. I remember me; or at least the version of me that I was then. I remember being excited. I had done my reading. I had researched, experienced several Reiki sessions with different practitioners, […]

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The Practice Of Gratitude

September 30, 2013

I’m so pleased to welcome guest blogger Felicia Libo  who wrote this article on Gratitude. It is an honor to be writing this blog post about gratitude, one of my favorite subjects and practices. I wrote a blog about the practice of gratitude for three years, which included writing in a gratitude journal and sharing the stories of readers and their experiences. It was a surprising and transformative process (especially since I was so skeptical about the practice to start with). During this time I came across Leigh Fortson’s powerful book, “Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer” (a review about the book and its connection to gratitude is on my blog if you are interested). She devoted an entire chapter to gratitude and its practice. She writes: “I have come to know that being grateful or appreciative and paying attention to the […]

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