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Using OM Jewelry To Renew A Spiritual Practice

January 7, 2010

  As 2010 begins, it’s time to re-commit to our spiritual practices. For me that is Yoga and Meditation. I find it very helpful to use the OM symbol to remind me that I am renewing my connection to “the practice” The ancient symbol OM holds an important significance for me and helps me acknowledge my practice. By wearing OM jewelry and OM pendants, I am reminded to stay in the present moment.  I remember to connect to my breath.  Wearing OM jewelry allows me to stop and reflect throughout the day. As I see the OM pendant around my neck, I pause, take in a deep breath and connect to the NOW. I use my OM necklaces as tools to support my inner spiritual practice.    I enjoy making jewelry with the sacred OM symbol, combining OM pendants with healing gemstones that also assist to inspire a Yoga or Meditation practice.  I am always on the look out for unique and unusual […]

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How To Choose Gemstones To Help Set Intention For The New Year

December 30, 2009

The power of this New Years Eve full moon/blue moon, can help us to get clear and focus on what we want to bring into our lives for the New Year.  What a great opportunity we have this Thursday.  Full moon is a great time to energetically clear and cleanse your crystals and gemstones.The energy of the moonlight washes away anything that is no longer needed. I like to leave my stones out all night and into the next day so they can be charged by the light of the sun. The day before the full moon and the day after are also acceptable times to cleanse your stones. You can place them directly on the ground or put them on a soft cloth and lay them on a table where the moonlight will shine brightly onto the stones.  Even if you live in a cold climate, you can place you stones by a window so […]

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Get Some Sleep With The Gemstone PETALITE

December 28, 2009

While the holidays can be a time of celebration and fun they can also be a time of exhaustion. Traveling, parties, “on- the- go” can lead to sleep deprivation. Do you need a good nights sleep?   The stone I use to help me get to sleep and  for going back to sleep if I awake during the night is the beautiful, soft energy of Petalite. Because Petalite is a Lithium bearing mineral it offers a soft balanced energy. Petalite’s energy is one of rest and healing.  Petalite can take me to a space where worries and concerns melt away, so that I can easily drift off to sleep, worry free of the days events and tomorrows concerns. Petalite gives me a sense that all is right in the world.  With a calm mind I can move into a restful state and give my body the sleep it needs so that I can be energized and vibrant to embrace […]

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Tips For A Relaxing Holiday Season Using Crystals & Gemstones

December 10, 2009

During the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the parties, shopping and busy activities of the season. This year the best gift you can give your friends and loved ones is a healthy, relaxed YOU!  If you truly want to enjoy this special time of year, give yourself some self nurturing.  Crystals and gemstones can help you stay calm, centered and focused during this stressful time of year. Here are some ways to use Crystals & Gemstones to help you stay  in the holiday spirit of love, joy and happiness.   1. Stay focused.  We lose so much of our energy when we aren’t clear and focused on the project at hand.  Instead of multi-tasking, give yourself the joy of focused attention.  If you are having trouble staying focused, try using a Hematite or wear a Hematite necklace or bracelet. Hematite is know as […]

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Shamanite: A Newly Discovered Stone

November 17, 2009

Shamanite is a rare Black Calcite from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I was first introduced to Shamanite by my friend Charlie Mark from Florida of Mountain Mark Trading. Charlie is the world distributor for North American Black Calcite now known as Shamanite. I have been buying stones from Charlie for more than 16 years. Charlie is a distributor for the beautiful blue gemstone Larimar. So when Charlie contacted me that he would be selling the Shamanite at this years Denver Gem & Mineral show, I made sure I visited his booth and purchased a few rough polished pieces he had for sale. Shamanite was recently discovered (2005) on privately-owned remote alpine property in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. After a year of geological research, this is now the only known deposit throughout the entire Rocky Mountain range and North America. It is said to be over 540 million years […]

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Entering A New Consciousness with Crystals & Gemstones

October 2, 2009

I visited with Robert Simmons author of “The Book Of Stones” in September at Denver Gem Show. He was there with his company Heaven & Earth signing copies of his newest book, “Stones of the New Consciousness: Healing, Awakening & Co-creating with Crystals, Minerals & Gems”   Its always an enlightening experience talking with Robert as we share a passion for the Stone Beings. This year he introduced me to several new stones including Rosophia a stone he discovered just last year in New Mexico.  The name comes from the phrase “Rose of Sophia” meaning the “Heart of Wisdom”.  Robert tells the story of how he came to find this stone and the significance it has for him in his new book.   I had a very special visit with Robert several years ago. I owned a metaphysical gift store, “The Crystal Loft” in the Florida Keys.  Robert was on tour with his novel “Earthfire”.  He came […]

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Gemstones From Around The World

September 21, 2009

I recently returned from a buying trip at Denver International Gem & Mineral show. Shopping at the Denver Gem show is like taking a trip around the world.  I visited gems dealers from all corners of the globe, many who hardly speak a word of english. They bring with them amazing and exquisite mineral specimens in all sizes and shapes.  This year was no exception.  Its like visiting a fine Mineral museum.  In fact this show is where many buyers from museums come to find additions to their collections. Some of these gifts from the mineral kingdom can literally take your breath away   Here is a list of just some of the things I purchased.   Blue Celestite from Madagascar Seraphinite and Charoite from Russia Shiva Lingams from India Nuummite from Greenland ( 3 billon years old) Lapis from Afghanistan Blue Kyanite from Brazil Brand new to market Orange Kyanite from Tanzania Malachite from Africa Black Tourmaline […]

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Zincite Is A Rare Gemstone From Poland

September 13, 2009

  I was very fortunate to acquire some rare Zincite crystals from a  gem collector who was ready to sell his collection of green Zincite from Poland. These are incredibly beautiful Zincite crystals some with perfect terminations and hexagonal shapes. Its been several years since I had come across any Zincite from Poland and I was quite surprised and happy to hold these very rare gems once again.   Zincite has a very strange origin. Zincite comes from manufacturing facilities of zinc based paint in Poland. These crystals were discovered in vents of the smelters. Zincite is Zinc Oxide and Zinc that has become gaseous during the manufacturing process combined with oxygen and cooled forming brightly colored crystals of orange, red and green. These green Zincite crystals have an appearance of glass.   Their energy properties are quite special.  As I hold these stones I find myself quick to get […]

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How to cleanse crystals & gemstones

August 20, 2009

  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.   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 sense.  Sometimes the stones visibly […]

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Peridot for Well Being

August 15, 2009

I love Peridot.  Maybe because it is my birthstone. Peridot is the birthstone for August.  But I didn’t always love it.  I can remember as a kid getting the yellow green stone for my birthday and wishing my birthstone was more exciting, like maybe the rich color of purple Amethyst or bright shiny Diamond.  It wasn’t until I was much older that my appreciation  for Peridot took hold.  Once I discovered its subtle energies I was won over.   Peridot has a long history of uses.  The Egyptians made Peridot beads  2,500 years ago.  It was also used to make rings and other jewelry. In Greece and Rome Peridot is considered a stone of royalty.  Since ancient times Peridot was viewed as a symbol of the sun. Sometimes it was worn as a protection stone.  Peridot was believed to bring wealth to the wearer.   For me these  green gemstones represent pure positive feelings of […]

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