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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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Crystal Readings

July 19, 2009

  On Saturday July 25th I will be in Pagosa Springs, CO at Satori Boutique offering crystal readings from 10 am to 5 pm at the INTUITIVE ARTS FESTIVAL.  Crystal readings are similar to other forms of readings, like Tarot. A person chooses 3 gemstones from my bag of stones by feeling for an energy connection with the stone. I begin to focus on the crystal’s energy and it’s specific meaning. I will share information on how that energy can help in your everyday life. The stones offer messages and are tools to assist us in bringing balance to our lives.   During a reading, crystals provide information and insight that may help answer questions about love, career, happiness or any other area of daily life. Each semi-precious gemstone radiates a different energy and has it’s own unique vibration. The way the stones resonate with you helps you learn about yourself , as […]

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Tips on how to connect to the goddess within

July 18, 2009

Crystals, Gemstones and Goddess Jewelry I love creating Goddess jewelry.  I am always on the look out for goddess pendants to use in my goddess necklaces. I enjoy working with gemstones that are associated with the goddess and the energies of the sacred divine feminine. Some of my favorite goddess stones are: Moonstone- It is associated with the feminine and is called “The Goddess Stone”. It can enhance the intuitive side of the mind. Moonstone has been used to connect with the energy and power of the moon. Amazonite- It offers us a place of quiet compassion. It encourages us to release self judgment and connect to our own power with joy and confidence. It is an empowering stone and can provide inner fulfillment when we recognize the power we hold within. Garnet- Is known as a feminine energy stone. It stimulates the root chakra and the heart, allowing for manifestation of one’s […]

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Why do Yoga?

July 6, 2009

Someone asked me the other day why I create yoga and chakra jewerly.  Good question I responded and answered with—  I began designing yoga and chakra jewelry as a way to support my own yoga practice.  The next question followed, why do you do yoga?  Even bigger question.  Lots of answers came to mind, but the next day I received this email from my friends at  Pathways This description of yoga really helps explain why yoga is so important to my life and why I love creating jewelry to help inspire the yoga path.   Why Yoga? Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for the last 5,000 years or so. The original yogis were reacting, in part, to India’s ancient Vedic religion, which emphasized rituals. The yogis wanted a direct spiritual experience — one on one — not symbolic ritual. So they developed yoga. Yoga means […]

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