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ORIGINAL HANDMADE GIFTS FOR THEM AT CHRISTMAS

  • October 15, 2020
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To help you with this year’s gifts, we have made a useful list of original handmade gifts for Christmas. You will be with me in that it is increasingly difficult to get the gifts right and surprise. Do not worry, I am sure that in this list you will find something original that he likes: your boyfriend, your father or your friend. And the best of all is that being handmade, these gifts can be personalized as you want. And if what you are looking for are gifts for them, look at this list of 7 original gifts for them.

Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men are going to freak out because they are not going to be able to beat you this Christmas. These personalizedgifts can only be made by you, no one else. To help you a bit, we have left you some links to Amazon so that you can easily find what you are looking for. Surprise this Christmas!

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1. BOX FOR BEERS – FOR BREWERS

I have the perfect gift solution for beer lovers. Your partner, your father or whoever it is will appreciate it so much… Buy a variety of beers at the supermarket and personalize them with labels with funny messages. For example: “Beer for after work”, or “Beer to celebrate reconciliation.”

Instructions to build the brewery: Cut the 5 pieces of the box (4 for the sides, 1 for the base) – Screw the different pieces with a screwdriver – Apply a wood protector or varnish to the wood. Easy right?

2.   MESSAGE ON WOOD – FOR LOVERS OF VINTAGE

For those who like design, decoration and vintage, you can design a wooden painting with ease. Think of his favorite phrase, a message of encouragement that he sees every morning, and the combination of two colors. This type of wooden paintings is incredible in a hall, or on a wall of a room.

Instructions – it’s so easy and there are so many ways to do it that we let your creativity run free. Write us a comment if you can’t think of anything.

3. HANDMADE LEATHER KEYRING – FOR THE DEMANDING

You can find keyrings in any euro bazaar, but they have nothing to do with handmade keyrings like the ones in the photo. If you want your gift to be carried everywhere, give this basic but precious braided leather keychain. They will always carry you in their pockets.

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Instructions: Buy a round braided leather strap, some beads -for example, rustic pebbles-, and a hook – Close the keychain with a taut thread of the same color as the leather and instant glue for the hook.

4. CORK WORLD MAP – FOR TRAVELERS

World maps are great as decoration for rooms or to decorate the walls. If you like to travel or dream of traveling the world, I am sure it will be a gift that will not fail. You just have to decide the dimensions of the map and, therefore, of the cork.

Instructions: Buy a cork and acrylic paint (it can be sprayed) – Print a world map from the Internet (choose the dimensions first) – Cut out the inside of the map outline with a punch and scissors – Place the map template on the cork and paint the cork with the color you bought.

5. WOODEN GLASSES CASE – FOR THOSE WHO LIKE NATURAL MATERIALS

The textures of wood give a lot of warmth to home decoration, but wood is such a noble and versatile material that it can be used for many other things. What do you think of this wooden glass case? It seems amazing to me and it seems easy to do it. Attentive to the instructions.

Instructions: Take 2 tubes of toilet paper rolls: one will act as a cover and with the other you will build the lid and the circle that will serve as the bottom of the cover – Line the two pieces with a vinyl paper with wood texture.

6. DIY ETHNIC CORD FOR GLASSES – FOR THE CLUELESS AND FASHIONABLE

If you have not seen this type of shoelaces this past summer, you have not been to the beach. Sorry. But surely this 2017 these cords for glasses with ethnic roll will also be a trend. And it’s so easy and cheap that you don’t have to look any further online. Go to a haberdashery and ask for a cord – it can be flat or cylindrical – and two hooks. If you live in Madrid, the famous Pontes haberdashery has a wide variety of laces and brooches.

Instructions: Buy cord (about 40/50 centimeters) and two hooks – Glue the hooks to the cord with instant glue.

7. DESK ORGANIZER BOX – FOR THE MESSY ONES

Desk tables are often one of the most chaotic and cluttered places in the home. A box by itself will not solve the mess, but boxes as beautiful as the one in the photo can be an incentive to organize everything and go from having a messy place to a Nordic-style corner that will be the protagonist of the house.

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Instructions: I give you two alternatives. 1. Recycle some large old wooden boxes (they can be fruit or plain boxes); 2. Build your own wooden boxes with wooden boards and white glue – Decorate them with geometric patterns of the same color that contrasts with the color of the wood (if the boxes are dark, a white or light gray will be good; if they are light, a bright color or black may suit them).

If you want to start with 3 new plain boxes, I suggest you look for a pack of several boxes that you can find on the Internet. They will be cheaper.

6 ORIGINAL HANDMADE GIFTS FOR THEM AT CHRISTMAS

  • October 15, 2020
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1. ORIGINAL PIN TRAY – FOR THOSE WITH LOADED POCKETS

When I leave the house, what if the mobile phone, the wallet, the house keys, the office keys, tissues, chewing gum … A pocket tray, as the name says, is used to leave all those things that we always carry inside pockets. They are very useful to avoid having the important things that we drop every time we enter the house and we take when we go out. Create an original pin tray and you will make him very happy every morning.

2. WALL CLOCK WITH A VINYL RECORD – FOR THOSE WHO LOVE RETRO

Do you still have vinyl records at home that you don’t put on and collect dust? You already have something to do with one of them: an original wall clock. They look great in the kitchen; they will give it a retro air.

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3. TIE RACK – FOR THE ELEGANT         

If your boy usually wears a tie, this gift will make him very excited. Because it’s not another tie, it’s a tie rack! At last you will have them all in order and you will be able to choose it every day at a glance. This coat rack is going to become the envy of your friends.

4. ORIGINAL BOOKMARKS – FOR READERS

Old maps are a very fashionable decoration object. Its warm color and as always, the mystery of the maps, are a perfect combination as a motif for any design. This Christmas, if you are looking for original low-costgifts, these bookmarks are your solution. I recommend using the decoupage technique to mount the maps on fine chipboard.

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5. SOCCER FIELD BADGES – FOR FOOTBALLERS

I recognize that it is one of my weaknesses, as a child I played a lot of football. If you have a friend or a very football fanatic boyfriend, you are going to fall in love with this soccer field, regulation size badges (yes, there are also official rules for this game). He will have a great time with his friends on those football and beer afternoons.

6. PAINTED CUPS – FOR COFFEE GROWERS

Porcelain markers have been one of the novelties that have become popular this year. The personalized mugs are handmade gift that always like. You can choose a funny motif such as the mustaches in the photo, cacti or flamingos that are very fashionable, or write a motivating phrase with beautiful handwriting.

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7 ORIGINAL HANDMADE GIFTS FOR THEM AT CHRISTMAS

  • October 15, 2020
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1.   T-SHIRT WITH FABRIC POCKET – FOR THE HIPSTER

If you are up to date on fashion, you will know that t-shirts and sweatshirts with pockets have been one of the things that has been worn this year. It seems that fashion is here to stay for at least a few more years. Staying on trend is as easy as grabbing a basic t-shirt or sweatshirt and pocketing it with fun fabric.

2. DIY BREAKFAST TRAY – FOR FOODIES

With this gift you will not fail. The trays for breakfast in bed or in the room or for dining on the sofa are super useful. As with mugs, we all like to have our own special tray. Of course, with this gift you must plan some more materials, and it is not difficult, but it does involve a few more steps.

Instructions : Cut several slats with the same length that will serve as the base of the tray – Glue the slats together with white glue and a good grip – Cut 4 slats that will be the edge of the tray – To the two slats on the sides, make them two holes to each one to later link the handles – Nail the 4 side slats to the base – Apply a wood protector or varnish to the entire tray – If you want, you can draw a motif or word with the help of a template.

3. PATCHWORK APRON – FOR KITCHENS

If you are looking for gifts for kitchens, you are sure to love this apron. We bring you an idea, but you can customize it to your liking with various reasons that are special for you or him.

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Instructions : Part of a basic apron, it can be white or better gray or black to give it a masculine touch – Decide what motifs you want to include on the apron, draw them on the apron or on paper and get the necessary colored fabrics – Cut and sew the fabrics to the apron in the shapes you want – You can give the apron a special touch by changing the strips of the apron for new leather ones.

4. LEATHER CARD HOLDER – FOR THE CONCEITED

Card holders are a very useful accessory: they take up little space and are also very elegant. A handmade leather card holder can become the gift that generates the most envy this Christmas and is that, as soon as you make the first one, everyone will want another one.

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5. CACTUS GARDEN IN A FRUIT BOX – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO PLANTS

Caring for plants can be hard work. If you are looking to make an original gift that is linked to nature, this cactus garden is ideal. As cacti do not need much water and regular care, it will be worth keeping it in a privileged place at home or at work. It is always nice to give plants.

6. PERSONALIZED PHOTO ALBUM – FOR THE NOSTALGIC

Since digital photos arrived, we have almost no photos at home. It’s a shame, because afternoons are great to sit on the couch with family or friends and go through old albums. It is time to rescue the photos from the computer. Choose a special family trip, a romantic vacation or, also, a selection of important photos for you. To make an original photo album as a gift, I propose to apply the image transfer technique to the album cover, which can be made of wood

7. SCARF OR NECK KNIT WITH YOUR OWN ARMS – FOR THE COLD

Did you know that you can knit with your own arms? When I found out, it seemed like the most to me. The scarves I like the most are the ones that the people I love have made for me. When the handmade gifts are also warm, there is no possibility of failure. In addition, it is very simple, you will only need XXL wool. Now you can start knitting with your arms, you will also exercise.

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What to give at Christmas?

  • October 15, 2020
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In addition to the invisible friend at Christmas, there are two key dates on which gifts are also made: December 25 and January 6. Both days are very special on the Christmas calendar. So that you can get your Christmas gifts right, we give you some ideas, take note!

Christmas gift ideas for women

The trick to getting it right is to inform us about what would make you most excited. Insist that they list their preferences for you so that you can get it completely right. Another trick to knowing what to give them is simply to be a little more observant during the previous months in order to know what things they would like. Still, if you don’t know what gift to make, we give you some ideas:

  • Jewelers
  • Scented candle set
  • Pajamas and in general clothes to be at home
  • Set of wine glasses
  • Picture
  • Flowers and vases
  • Perfumes
  • An online gift card

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Christmas gift ideas for men

Finding Christmas gifts for men is often an odyssey for many. The best trick is to gather information throughout the year about your tastes. But if we don’t really know what to give or don’t want to risk it, there are very flirty options that they love, we give you some ideas!

  • BBQ set with kitchen utensils
  • Waitress with a set of glasses
  • Wine and wine glasses set
  • Chess boards
  • Knife set
  • Bathrobes, pajamas, and slippers to be around the house
  • An online gift card

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Handmade: DIY Christmas gifts

If you want to give something more personal for Christmas, handmade gifts are a very good option. These types of gifts have a lot of meaning since they are made manually. We give you some original Christmas gift ideas that you can make at home and have fun:

  • Scrapbook: Make a scrapbook decorated with photos and quotes. Song lyrics can also be a good addition. Or remember a concert that you have lived together and that connects you with the person to whom you are giving the gift.
  • Christmas cookies: they are a perfect detail and also at Christmas, everything sweet is a plus. Accompany the cookies in a flirty Christmas box.
  • Photo Gifts – Photo gifts are a very popular Christmas gift. Especially in the digital age, this Christmas gift idea is a perfect choice for capturing shared memories in photos. Another good idea is to give a calendar with photos. Or print a mosaic photo of many photos with your memories.
  • Christmas basket: buy a natural fiber basket and add some special gifts to it. For example, an agenda, some candles, or even a frame with a photo of you. You can make a travel kit with little clues about your next destination. You will love it!

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Last-minute Christmas gifts

Did you forget to buy a good gift because of the stress of Christmas? Then we have some gift ideas that you will love and save you from a rush:

  • Create a personalized breakfast box. This is very easy to do and you could even make some homemade sweet at home. Then add a mug and some cute napkins with a card, and voila!
  • Make a personalized calendar for next year. You can take some cardboard and do it at home. Add photos of some important trips and dates for next year.
  • A Kit of beauty products or aromas for the house. They are gifts that always like so if you spend more time with these types of products, you will be right!

Give away a travel guide with the next destination.

Our advice: to get the details right, it is important to take into account the tastes of who we are going to gift. Of course, with all these ideas that we have left you from the West wing, you will not lack inspiration for your Christmas gifts.

Christmas gift ideas: invisible friend, crafts and more ideas to get it right

  • October 15, 2020
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Christmas is a very special date on the calendar. We return home, we return to see family, friends … In general, we enjoy the reunion with our loved ones. But there is another special moment during Christmas and it is the gifts.

The thrill of seeing children receiving their gifts in the morning or seeing our loved ones with some personalized detail that we have lovingly prepared is a luxury. That is why so that you continue to surprise the family year after year, we have wanted to show you some very original Christmas gift ideas. Take note!

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The invisible friend: the original gifts for Christmas

The invisible friend is a traditional Christmas custom that is widespread in many countries around the world. The funniest thing about this is that we do not know who is giving us a gift and neither does the person to whom we are going to give the gift. This game is usually played between friends, co-workers, and even family. It is about setting a budget with a similar amount so that the gifts are more or less of the same type. When making the draw we can do it in multiple ways:

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The Random Invisible Friend – Each player is assigned a different player before or after the gift is purchased. When we know who has touched us, we must keep it a secret until the gifts are given.

The invisible friend with dice: it can become a fun game. Depending on the number of dice, different rules can be set. So, a number can mean that all the gifts should move clockwise. Or that you can exchange your gift with any other player. Come up with your own rules and enjoy the fun Christmas custom!

Stolen Invisible Friend: On the day of the invisible friend, all the gifts are placed together and each person, in turn, chooses one. Everyone will have to open the gift at the same time. Previously, you will have determined how many rounds will be made and how many times we can steal gifts.

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The invisible friend with fun objects: with this version rare but very funny things are given as gifts. You will see how you will have a good time with family or friends. You can give away everything you can think of, the main thing is to have fun and laugh a lot, so let your imagination fly!

The solidarity invisible friend: It is about buying a gift as long as it has a solidarity purpose. In this way, the gift will be much more special.

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PREHENITA – THE HEALER OF THE HEALERS | BENEFITS AND USES

  • April 11, 2020
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Prehenite crystallizes in compact granular masses, botroidal structures, in columns and in globular structures, in slabs, stalactites, tabular crystals and prismatic crystals. Color ranges from pale green, milky green to a darker translucent green, yellow and white.

It owes its name to the Dutch Hendrik von Prehn, who discovered it in the 18th century.

It has been called the Healer of the Healers, because it has the ability to put us in contact with impalpable entities through meditation and visualization. It blends the limits of time and space, thus facilitating access to psychic resources such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, channeling and telepathy. Allowing a wide range of healing and diagnostic possibilities for healers.

It also forms a protective light shield that allows the healer to put an emotional limit on his patients’ problems, allows him to let go of emotional responsibility over them and focus only on channeling light without intruding or worrying about the results. It also increases the electric-energy field of the healer.

Many times I have seen Arcângel Rafael work through this stone, I think that they are intimately related and that this relationship can be very useful to the healer.

Under a conscious mandate that is born from the healer, this precious stone allows you to contact beings of light and maintains calm during the transmission so that it does not get lost after the emotion of the encounter.

It is fantastic to meditate, to dream and to remember dreams because it puts us in contact with the deepest part of the unconscious.

It can be used with great respect to improvise situations where the healer does not know what to do; Something happens in the patient, on a physical, emotional, mental, astral or spiritual level and the healer has never seen this before or has been in such a situation; You can then take the Prehenita, ask for help and the resources and steps to follow to help the patient will come out of nowhere.

With much respect, the healer can also use it in meditation to self-evaluate. To see and heal through channeling of light.

The oracular use with this stone is very effective, it allows us to predict and look beyond the limits of our vision.

It is a great emotional and nervous system reliever, used on the plexus or the heart will bring calm to a heart overflowing with sadness, anger or imbalance. If one sees that one or the patient is about to collapse emotionally or the mind is overflowing, a Prehenite will bring the appropriate medicine in this instant.

It helps us to let go of emotional manipulations, conscious and unconscious, those to which we cling, when we cannot let go of control or even try to move situations against each other when pain overwhelms the heart and clouds the mind.

It helps us to unmask these systems of emotional control, to bring out and reveal internal violence, whether we express it or not; because sometimes this violence can become an accident, a fracture, a blow, fall, etc.

La Prehenita brings calm and serenity for us to realize how we are acting and helps us overcome all this gross instinctual nature.

The Prehenite heals the heart and for the healer it is ideal because it allows him to be centered in that total state of calm and calm, incessant love, which can make all the creative and healing power flow in the patient and from other dimensions towards him.

At the physical level it is used to treat the kidneys, the liver, to treat gout or anemia in the blood.

This stone has brought me a lot of calm, sweetness, resistance, vision and connection with many spheres; I recommend her with all my heart as an invaluable companion in crystal therapy, as a personal physician to the healer in meditation, and as an incredible soothing and balancing gem for any human being.

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Alunite – Moonstone of terrestrial origin | The magical properties of Alunite

  • February 18, 2020
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For the Russian-speaking user, alunite is a mineral of Abkhaz-lunar origin. Lunar – because moonies, everything is clear here! Abkhazian – because all names in the Abkhazian language begin with “a”. Adjika, agastronomer, alunite. It’s logical!

In fact, alunite is not even remotely related to moonstone. The name of the mineral has French roots. Alun – in French “alum”. Therefore, alunite is an alum stone. Alum, as the complex sulfates of certain metals have long been called, is found in nature wherever hydrothermal activity is present (or has recently ceased).

True, industrial development of alunite deposits is not carried out wherever alum can be found.

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Aqueous metal sulfates – most often aluminum and potassium (they also say “potassium alum”) – can be found on any continent. However, only six to eight deposits of Asia, America and Europe are used for volumetric mining of the mineral. Not all forms of bedding are convenient to extract. In addition, on an industrial scale, alum is more profitable to produce artificially.

Therefore, gemologists have a good opportunity to select high-quality crystals of alunite for the manufacture of jewelry.

In places of crystallized alunite occurrence, often useless accompanying rocks are often found. Together with alunite, intergrowths of pyrite crystals, quartz grains, and fragments of crystalline gypsum are found.

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Alunite itself is not particularly beautiful. Its rhombic crystals are similar to diamond, but the low strength of the mineral (3.5-4 units on the Mohs scale) harms the preservation of the stone. The color of alunite in most cases resembles moonlight (what a coincidence!): Either blurry whitish, then dirty yellow, then bluish-gray, or even earthy in color, are usual for alum stone.

Some varieties of alunite give crystals of excellent jewelry quality. Possessing high transparency, such alunites easily face the most intricate facets, and, moreover, exhibit interesting optical effects. According to admiring owners, alunite glows in ultraviolet rays with a beautiful orange light. There are stones with a pronounced alexandrite effect.

Jewelry alunites can be pale green, purple, and reddish. Impurities absorbed by the sulfate solution before crystallization can make alunite unevenly colored and opaque. Such stones are cut in cabochons, used in decorating interiors.

Properties of alunite – in the service of man

Alunite is a chemically active mineral in all its variations. Direct contact of alum with tissues of biological origin leads to the denaturation (folding) of proteins in the contact zone. This property of alunite has long been exploited in medicine.

Alum stone is an excellent disinfectant for human skin and mucous membranes. Over the centuries, the use of alunite in the medical field has developed hundreds of methods to combat various diseases with the help of alum.

However, today rash recommendations on taking alunite inside are more and more common. Think Thrice Before Following Such Tips! Poisoning when swallowing alum is easier than curing!

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Most anti sweating cosmetics clog pores and mask the smell of cutaneous bacteria vital products with perfume scents. Alunite, when applied to the surface of the body, simply destroys the microflora – which eliminates the “aromatization” of wet armpits.

This is an infrequent case of the coincidence of fashion (in this case, everything natural) and practical expediency.

By the way, it is useful to have a container with alunite crumbs in the kitchen. A knife that smells of fish or garlic will lose its nuisance after immersion in alunite. Home magic? Undoubtedly!

The magical properties of alunite

Esoteric knowledge says: alunite is a mineral spiritually associated with the angelic corps. A person who turns his internal gaze to the alunite amulet must be ready for the reaction of rejection from the celestials. A mortal must walk on the earth! So say angels – and in that they help the younger brothers in spirit. Attempts to soar to the heights to the deadlines by the angels are thwarted – not without God’s will, of course.

Therefore, all magicians of the world alunite are used only to harmonize the forces acting directly on a person. It is important that the alunite amulet is located in a place hidden from idle glances. As a “harmonizer” of reality, alunite acts in a cramped space behind books on a shelf or in a drawer of a desk – but not on a mantelpiece or in a mineralogical display case.

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Properties and Virtues of Sodalite

  • March 8, 2019
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Sodalite, a deep blue veined with white, seduced by its appearance of soft snowy night but it is often considered with a little condescension: it often passes for a poor relative of the magnificent lapis lazuli whose ancient history amazes us. However, sodalite, it is true more discreet, can surprise us and sometimes hides wonderful powers.

Mineralogical Characteristics of Sodalite

In the great group of silicates, sodalite ranks in feldspathoid tectosilicates. It is a subgroup close to feldspars but with different physical and chemical properties: their low silica content makes them much less dense minerals. Aluminum comes into abundance in their composition, hence the scientific designation “aluminosilicate”. In addition, sodalite is characterized by a very high sodium content accompanied by chlorine.

Sodalite enters the family of “outremers”. This name evokes the Mediterranean origin of lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli is a combination of several minerals. There is mainly lazurite, also classified in overseas, sometimes accompanied by other similar minerals: haüyne and sodalite. Calcite and pyrite also enter into its composition. Pyrite, which gives golden reflections to lapis lazuli, is very rarely present in sodalite.

Sodalite is found in rocky, silica-poor environments that arise from volcanic activity: in magmatic rocks such as syenite or in ejections from volcanoes during eruptions. It is also present in meteorites. It occurs most often in grains isolated in the rock or in massive aggregates, quite rarely in the form of separate crystals.

The colors of Sodalite

Ornamental stones, statuettes and cabochon or faceted gemstones are usually pale blue to midnight blue, often veined with white limestone giving a cloudy or filamentous appearance. Sodalites can also be white, pink, yellowish, greenish or reddish, more rarely colorless.

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The Provenances of Sodalite

There are quarries in these different countries and regions:

  • Canada, Province of Ontario: Bancroft, Dungannon, Hastings. Province of Quebec: Mont Saint-Hilaire.
  • USA, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Arkansas.
  • Brazil, State of Ebahi: Blue quarries from Fazenda-Hiassu to Itaju do Colonia.
  • Russia, kola Peninsula in eastern Finland, Urals.
  • Afghanistan, Badakhshan Province (hackmanite).
  • Burma, Surroundings of Mogok (hackmanite).
  • India, State of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Pakistan (rare presence of crystals with pyrite).
  • Tasmania
  • Australia
  • Namibia (transparent crystals).
  • West Germany, Eifel Mountains.
  • Denmark, South Greenland: Illimaussacq
  • Italy, Campania: Somma-Vesuvius complex
  • France, Cantal: Menet.

The Darkness of Sodalite

Sodalite has a rare luminescence phenomenon called darkness or reversible photochromism. This characteristic can be seen even more in a pink variety called hackmanite , named after the Finnish mineralogist Victor Hackmann. Afghanistan’s hackmanite is pale pink in ordinary light, but becomes intense pink in bright sunlight or under an ultraviolet lamp.

Placed in the dark, it keeps the same luster for a few moments or a few days thanks to the phenomenon of phosphorescence. Then, it loses its spectacular color like a rose that fades. The process is repeated at each experiment on the same specimen.

The opposite phenomenon is observed with the hackmanite of Mont Saint-Hilaire in Canada: its beautiful pink turns greenish under the UV some sodalites coming from India or Burma turn orange and take mauve reflections to the extinction of the lamps.

The atoms of the mineral absorb the ultraviolet rays and then send them back in this surprising way. This phenomenon, almost magical, is very random, it can be observed in some sodalites while others appearing identical and coming from the same place will not produce it.

Other Sodalites

  • Sodalite ” alomite  ” is sometimes called  Charles Allom, a large quarry owner in the early 20th century in Bancroft, Canada.
  • The ditroïte is a rock composed among other sodalite so very rich in sodium. It owes its name to its source: Ditro in Romania.
  • The molybdosodalite is an Italian sodalite containing molybdenum oxide (metal used in the metal).
  • The synthetic sodalite is marketed since 1975.

Etymology of the word “Sodalite”

In 1811 Thomas Thomson of the Royal Society of Edinburgh gave his name to Sodalite and published his scientific memoir:

The name Sodalite is thus composed of “soda” (“soda” in English) and ” lite” (of lithos , Greek word designating the rock or the rock). The English word soda comes from the same medieval Latin word soda , itself derived from the Arabic surwad designating a plant whose ash was used to make soda. The soda, a soft drink, is for its part, and for the record, the abbreviation of ” soda-water ” (“water of soda”).

Sodalite through history

Sodalite in ancient times

Sodalite was discovered and described in the early nineteenth century. But that does not mean she was unknown before. The lapis lazuli of antiquity, used in abundance by Egyptians and other Mediterranean civilizations, comes from the Badakshan mines in Afghanistan from where sodalite is still extracted today.

One may think that sodalite is not particularly sought after because ancient texts do not speak about it. Pliny the Elder thus describes only two blue stones: on the one hand, the sapphirus with small golden spots which certainly relates to lapis lazuli with its inclusions of pyrite. On the other hand, cyanus mimicking the blue sky that would be the sapphire.

However, the Romans knew very well a variety of sodalite but this one is not of a remarkable blue color. Often greyish or greenish; it can sometimes show great clarity. This is the sodalite of Vesuvius. 17,000 years ago the volcano “mother” Somma collapses and gives birth to Vesuvius. The sodalite present in the lava rejected by Vesuvius is the result of this great reshuffle.

The eruption of 79 CE Vesuvius that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum was fatal to Pliny the Elder. The naturalist writer, victim of his indefatigable curiosity, perished for approaching the volcano too closely and shared the fate of thousands of victims.

In the 19th century, grained sodalites, identical to those of Vesuvius, were discovered on the shores of Lake Albano, near Rome. The mountain that encloses this lake is certainly an old volcano. Taquin le Superbe, the last king of Rome had a temple dedicated to Jupiter built at 500 BC. There are still some remains but the mountain of Albano also keeps other memories: the place is covered with volcanic minerals.

Livy, Roman historian of the 1st century AD, reports an event that would have occurred long before him and that seems to evoke the sodalite: “the earth opened at this place forming a horrible pit. From the sky there fell stones in the form of rain, the lake flooded all the countryside …“

Sodalite in Pre-Columbian Civilizations

In 2000 BC JC, the civilization of Caral in the north of Peru uses sodalite in its rituals. On the archaeological site, offerings were found composed of fragments of sodalite, quartz and uncooked clay figurines.

Much later (1st to 800 AD), the Mochica civilization left amazing gold jewelry where sodalite, turquoise and chrysocolla make up tiny mosaics. At the Larco Museum in Lima, you can see earrings depicting warrior birds on a shade of blue. Others are adorned with alternating tiny lizards of gold and sodalite.

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Sodalite in the middle Ages and the Renaissance

From the fourteenth century, lazurite was first extracted from lapis lazuli and transformed into ultramarine blue pigment. The translucent blue color of sodalite is unusable and is therefore useless for this use. Sodalite remains very discreet at this time.

Sodalite in the Modern Period

In 1806, Karl Ludwig Giesecke, a Danish mineralogist, reports various minerals from a trip to Greenland, among which is the future Sodalite. A few years later, Thomas Thomson also gets samples of this mineral, analyzes it and gives it its name.

At the same time, Polish Count Stanislaw Dunin-Borkowski studied the Sodalite of Vesuvius that he picked up on the slope named Fosse Grande. He immerses fragments of this stone of great clarity in nitric acid and finds that a white bark forms on their surface. Powdered, sodalite gels in acids.

After comparing the analyzes and the experiments, the Greenland stone and the Vesuvius stone are declared to be of the same species.

Canadian Sodalite

In 1901, the Princess of Wales Mary, wife of the future George V, visited Buffalo World’s Fair and particularly admired the sodalite of Bancroft, Canada’s mineral capital . 130 tons of rock is shipped to England to decorate the princely home at Marlborough (now the seat of the Commonwealth Secretariat). Since then, Bancroft’s sodalite careers have been called “The Princess’s Mines”.

It seems that the nickname “Blue Princess” was given as a tribute to another member of the British royal family at the time: Princess Patricia, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, who is particularly popular in Canada. From this time, blue sodalite becomes fashionable, watchmaking for example; it is often used for the dial of luxury watches.

Since 1961, the Bancroft quarries have been open to the public. The “Farm Rock” is a very nice place of the site. Like farms offering free picking of fruits and vegetables, this place allows everyone to harvest sodalite for an affordable price by weight. You choose and extract your treasures yourself: small collection samples or large pieces to decorate the garden. The bucket is provided; the only obligation is to have good closed shoes!

The Virtues of Sodalite in Lithotherapy

In the middle Ages, sodanum, probably extracted from a plant, was a soda remedy used against headache. Lithotherapy finds this beneficent effect with sodalite. It helps to lighten thoughts, soothes tensions and useless feelings of guilt. By removing the pain, it favors meditation and satisfies in harmony our search for ideal and our thirst for truth.

The Benefits of Sodalite against Physical Injuries

  • Stimulates the functioning of the brain
  • Balance the blood pressure
  • Regulates the endocrine balance: Favorable action on the thyroid, the production of insulin …
  • Attenuates calcium deficiencies (spasmophilia)
  • Calm panic attacks and phobias
  • Promotes sleep of babies
  • Removes stress from pets
  • Soothes digestive disorders
  • Calm the hoarseness
  • Increases vitality
  • Neutralizes electro-magnetic pollution

The Benefits of Sodalite on Psychism and Relational

  • Organizes the logic of thought
  • Promotes concentration and meditation
  • Helps to control emotions and excess sensitivity
  • Facilitates speech
  • Promotes self-knowledge
  • Restores humility or on the contrary removes feelings of inferiority
  • Facilitates group work
  • Develop solidarity and altruism
  • Reinforces loyalty to one’s convictions

Sodalite is associated, in priority, with the 6th chakra, the chakra of the 3rd eye (seat of consciousness).

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Purification and Reloading of Sodalite

The spring water, demineralized or simply running water will suit perfectly. Avoid salt or use it very occasionally.

For reloading, no sun: prefer the light of the moon to recharge the sodalite or place it inside an amethyst geode.