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Properties and Virtues of Sapphire

  • March 8, 2019

The sapphire possesses the beauty of the thrones of paradise. It shows the hearts of the simple, of those guided by certain hope and of those whose life radiates charity and virtue. Well worthy to be worn by kings, the firmament has the color and its beauty seems the sky and its clarity…

Marbode, author of a famous lapidary of the middle Ages describes the fascinating brilliance of sapphire, limpid and deep at the same time. Of the four precious stones (diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire), it is usually quoted last. The most beautiful virtues are nevertheless associated with him: purity, justice and fidelity.

Mineralogical Characteristics of Sapphire

Sapphire is corundum like ruby, its twin brother. Chromium gives the color ruby ​​red while titanium and iron transmits blue to sapphire. Sapphire is more abundant but the great specimens are exceptional.

Classified in the group of oxides, sapphire has no cleavage (natural plans of breakage). Its facies (aspect) can be pyramidal, prismatic, tabular or in a cask. Of a great hardness, 9 on a scale of 10, it lines all the bodies except the diamond.

Sapphire is formed in metamorphic rocks (rocks transformed by a sudden rise in temperature or pressure) or magmatic rocks (rocks from the center of the earth propelled to the surface following volcanic eruptions). It is found in silica-poor rocks: nepheline, marble, basalt…

Most often, sapphires come from small alluvial deposits known as secondary deposits: rivers descend from mountains carrying stones at the foot of torrents and in the plains. The extraction methods are usually artisanal: dug wells or simple washing of sand and gravel using pans, traditionally wicker. Primary deposits involve difficult extraction of rocks at higher altitudes.

A sapphire must have a nice shine. The milky appearance of a sapphire, then called “chalcedon”, is undesirable. Microscopic cracks causing an effect of ice or foam devalue sapphire, dots and grains as well. All these defects risk lowering the sapphire to the rank of “fine stone”. On the contrary, a sapphire of perfect blue beauty can be worth a great price.

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The colors of sapphire

The colors of the minerals are determined by the more or less minute presence of certain chemical elements. Chromium, titanium, iron, cobalt, nickel or vanadium combine and color various corundum.

Only red corundum, ruby, and blue corundum, sapphire, are considered gemstones. The others, variously colored, are considered as “fancy sapphires”. Their name “sapphire” must be followed by their color, (yellow sapphire, and green sapphire …). Until the late nineteenth century, their relationship is not clearly established, they are called “Eastern Peridot” (green sapphire), “oriental topaz” (yellow sapphire), “oriental amethyst” (purple sapphire)…

A stone sometimes has several clearly differentiated colors or has reflections such as girasol sapphire. The colorless and transparent corundum is a white sapphire or “leucosaphir”. There is a sapphire with a spectacular coral color. Native to Sri Lanka, this rarity bears the special name of “padparadscha” (lotus flower in Sinhalese).

The color of the sapphires can be perceived differently according to the light sources. Some indigo blue sapphires look almost black in artificial light. Others become purple in the light of the sun. Sapphire also has pleochroic properties: the color varies according to the angle of observation.

Sapphire Size

Traditionally, sapphire is cut with diamond dust. The polishing is carried out using a powdered abrasive based on ordinary corundum and declassified: emery also used in the polishing of optical glasses.

Faceted sizes enhance the sparkle of sapphires. Stones with remarkable inclusions, such as the cat’s eye sapphire (forming a vertical line like the cat’s pupil) or the much sought-after star-shaped sapphire (a six-pointed star), will reveal their beauty after an old-fashioned classic size called “en cabochon “.

Deceitful Appellations and Confusions

There are several misleading names:

  • The “sapphire of Brazil” is a blue topaz often irradiated.
  • The “spinel sapphire” is actually a blue spinel.
  • The “water sapphire”, a cordierite.

The saphirine often found in association with corundum, is actually a silicate. It owes only its name to its blue color similar to that of sapphire.

Of producing synthetic sapphire since 1920. They replace natural sapphires in industrial applications. Jewelery also uses them as well as synthetic star sapphires obtained since 1947.

Heat treatments (around 1700 °) and irradiations aim at modifying or correcting the color and the transparency. The use of these methods must be mentioned.

Provenances of Sapphire

Sri Lanka

The sapphires of the Ratnapura region have been known since ancient times. Gems are extracted from the mauve (blue forget-me-not), rare star sapphires, and colored sapphires including padparadscha . And even today, almost half of the sapphires come from ancient Ceylon. Among these, some celebrities:

Logan 433 carats (more than 85 g). Surrounded by diamonds, it is cut into a cushion. Exceptional purity and brilliance can be admired at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington (below left).

The fabulous 563-carat Indian Star (below) and the Midnight Star, 116-carat (above right), astonishing in its violet-purple color. These two wonders are visible at the Museum of Natural History of New York.

Indian cashmere

It is a rare primary deposit unfortunately almost exhausted for forty years. Sapphires, extracted from kaolinite, come directly from the heights of Kashmir at more than 4500 meters of altitude. Deep blue velvety, they are considered the most beautiful of all. The current sapphires supposedly “Kashmir” usually come from Burma.

Myanmar (Burma)

The region of Mogok, cradle of rubies, also contains beautiful sapphires from the pegmatite. In the past, most oriental sapphires came from the independent kingdom of Pegu, located northeast of the current capital Rangoon.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington displays a magnificent Burmese star sapphire: the 330-carat Asian Star, medium dark blue.


Extracts of basalt in the Chanthaburi region and the Kanchanaburi region, the sapphires, of good quality, are dark blue or blue-green sometimes starred. There are also colored sapphires.


Sapphires were quarried from Queensland basalt rocks as early as 1870 and from New South Wales mines since 1918. Their quality is often average but rare rare black specimens have been discovered there.

State of Montana (USA)

The exploitation of the deposits, on the Missouri shore near the town of Héléna, began in 1894 and stopped in 1920 before sporadically resuming in 1985.

la France

The historic site of Puy-en-Velay in Haute-Loire is exhausted but it would have long provided Europe with sapphires and garnets. Very recently, a discovery of sapphires at the bottom of a river near Issoire in Puy-de-Dôme triggered an exciting scientific investigation. It is a question of retracing the course of the stones to find the primary origin, their place of birth, among the innumerable volcanoes of Auvergne.

Other producing countries include South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in Africa; Brazil and Colombia in America; Cambodia and China in Asia.

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Etymology of the name Sapphire

The word sapphire comes from the Latin sapphirus derived from the Greek sappheiros (“precious stone”). Hebrew Sapphire and Syriac Saphilah are certainly the oldest origin of the word. We find in archaic languages ​​the term shapar used to designate first “the things of fire”, then “shiny aspect”, and then by extension “beautiful things”.

One of the Bestiary manuscripts written by the monk-poet Philippe de Thaon around 1120/1130 is written in French, the ancestor of French. It meets for the first time the sapphire in its French form: sapphire. Much later, during the Renaissance, Jean Nicot (famous for the introduction of tobacco in France) published in the dictionary “Thresor of the French language” a slightly different form: sapphir.

The adjective sapphire, or rarer sapphire, characterizes everything from the color of sapphire. There used to be a blue eye drop called sapphire water.

Sapphire throughout history

Sapphire in Antiquity

The Old Testament mentions sapphire several times, especially in Exodus. It is often said that the Tables of the Law would have been sapphire. In reality, sapphire does not refer at all to the material of Tables. It concerns the vision of God by Moses and his companions:

The evocation of the sapphire is more understandable as well and allows noting the antiquity of the symbolism of the stone. The sapphire blue is always associated with celestial power: Indra in India, Zeus or Jupiter among the Greeks and Romans.

Antique sapphire does not always match blue corundum. The sapphires of the Greek scholar Theophrastus (- 300 BC) and the Pliny the Elder sapphires (1st century AD) are perplexing. Their descriptions of golden dots on a blue background rather evoke lapis lazuli. Ceylon corundum, known for at least 800 BC, is more related to cyanus, aeroids of the Romans, or hyakinthos than  to the Greeks.

In ancient times, the intensity of the colors is attributed to the so-called sex of the stones. For example, a dark blue sapphire is considered to be a male, while a little pale yellow sapphire is labeled as female.

There are few antique engraved sapphires. The Department of Antiquities of the National Library retains an Egyptian intaglio (intaglio engraving) of the 2nd century BC representing the curly head of a Ptolemaic queen or princess. We also see an intaglio representing the Roman emperor Pertinax who reigned three months in the year 193.

In terms of benefits, sapphire relieves headaches and soothes the eyes (virtues often attributed to blue stones). Dioscoride, doctor and pharmacist Greek (1st century AD), precursor lithotherapy, recommends sapphire powder, mixed with milk to heal boils and other infected wounds.

Sapphire in the middle Ages

From the 4th century, the hordes of Franks, Visigoths, and other invaders settle in our country and bring their know-how. They master a complex goldsmith technique already used in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs: cloisonné. This process consists of creating thin compartments using copper or gold to house various colored stones. This technique will persist in Merovingian and Carolingian art. One can admire at the Abbey of Saint-Maurice, in Switzerland, the reliquary box of Teudéric, the ewer said of Charlemagne, and the vase said of Saint-Martin, all adorned with sapphires.

From the twelfth century, medieval medicine confirms the virtues of sapphire recognized since ancient times:

“To be chaste, pure and clean, without any stain on him when one is wearing it “are the conditions required to enjoy these benefits.

Sapphire is also a stone of freedom if the prisoner is lucky enough to have it in his prison.  It suffices then to rub the stone on its irons and on all four sides of the prison. This ancient belief is to be compared to the secret world of alchemists who consider the sapphire as the stone of the air. Does the expression “plays the girl of the air” come from there?

Christendom adopts heavenly sapphire. Symbol of purity, it is frequently associated with the Virgin Mary. The cardinals carry it on the right hand. The pious king of England, Edward the Confessor does the same. According to legend, he would have offered his ring decorated with a beautiful sapphire to a beggar. This poor man would be St. John the Evangelist returned to earth to experience it. In the Holy Land, Saint John entrusts the ring to two pilgrims who bring it back to the English sovereign.

The king is canonized in the 12th century. At the opening of his tomb, the sapphire is removed from him. Enshrined in a Maltese cross, the “Saint Edward’s Sapphire” overcomes since 1838 the imperial crown of Queen Victoria and her successors.

In Italy, the Santa Casa de Loreto (Holy House of Loreto) would be truly the house of Mary. In Nazareth, the place is converted into a chapel since the Apostles. The Crusaders, driven out of Palestine, organize the translation of the house in Italy, by boat, between 1291 and 1294. The three stone walls become a rich basilica and over the centuries, the offerings of the pilgrims constitute a real treasure.

In a story of 1786 for Madame Elizabeth sister of Louis XVI, the Abbot of Binos reports having contemplated a wonderful sapphire. It measured, it seems, a foot and a half high on a base of two feet (pyramid of about 45cm x 60cm). Exaggeration or reality? No one knows because the treasure has totally disappeared today.

The Louvre exhibits a religious work decorated with sapphires dating from the fifteenth century: “the Table of the Trinity.” It is a kind of mounted piece set with precious stones. The sapphires predominate, the largest is intaglio engraved probably effigy of Jeanne de Navarre, Queen of England in 1403. She offers this present to the Duke of Brittany, his son. Anne of Brittany transmits the inheritance to the Royal Treasury of France by her marriage with Charles VIII.

Sapphires adorn jewelry and utilitarian objects. The hanaps (large glass vase-shaped with a lid) are richly provided: golden silver hanap sitting on a fountain-shaped foot garnished with two garnets and eleven sapphires … Hanap or, with a fretelet (button shaped fruit or flower) trimmed with a rose gold and pearls with a large sapphire in the middle. These sapphires encountered in royal inventories do not all come from the East.

Modern Times and Sapphire

The property-named “Grand Saphir” appears in the collections of Louis XIV in 1669. In the absence of written transaction in the records, it is generally considered that it is a gift. This magnificent present, blue velvet color with violet reflections weighs 135 carats and comes from Ceylon. The Grand Saphir comes out a few times from its chest to dazzle prestigious visitors. He is then placed in a gold frame alongside his friend, the blue diamond.

It was long believed that this jewel was a rough stone. In 1801, the mineralogist René-Just Haüy notes that the stone has been the subject of a careful faceting carefully respecting its natural symmetry and its original shape of rhombus. Since its acquisition, Grand Saphir has never undergone other scrap. It is visible at the Museum of Natural Histories of Paris.

The Grand Sapphire is frequently confused with the sapphire of “Ruspoli” but it is about two different gems. The Ruspoli has an almost identical weight, but it is cut differently (cushion-shaped). He also comes from Ceylon where, according to tradition, a poor man, a wooden spooner, would have discovered him. It owes its name to the Italian prince Francesco Ruspoli, one of the first known owners. This sapphire knows an eventful route: sold to a French jeweler, it then successively belongs to the fortunate Harry Hope, to the Royal Treasury of Russia and then to the Romanian Crown. Finally sold to an American buyer around 1950, we do not know what has become of him since.

The origin of the famous sapphire set of Queen Marie-Amélie, wife of Louis-Philippe is also full of mystery. Louis-Philippe, still Duke of Orleans, buys these jewels to Queen Hortense, daughter of the Empress Josephine and adopted daughter of Napoleon I. No writing, no portrait has allowed to explain the origin of the ornament visible in the Louvre since 1985.

In 1938, a young boy found in Australia a black stone with a pretty appearance of more than 200 g. The stone stays in the house for years, it is said to be used as a door-lock. The father, minor, will eventually discover that it is a black sapphire.

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The benefits of sapphire against physical wounds

  • Relieves migraines and headaches
  • Soothes rheumatic pains, sciatica
  • Regenerates skin, nails and hair
  • Treats fever and inflammation
  • Strengthens the venous system
  • Regulates blood effusions
  • Relieves sinusitis, bronchitis
  • Improves vision disorders, especially conjunctivitis
  • Stimulates vitality

It is used as an elixir to relieve headaches and ear pain, purify the skin, fight against acne and strengthen the nails and hair.

The Benefits of Sapphire on Psychism and Relational

  • Promotes spiritual elevation, inspiration and meditation
  • Calm mental activity
  • Soothes anger
  • Encourages dynamism
  • Raise fear
  • Stimulates concentration, creativity
  • Soothes depressive states
  • Restores joie de vivre, enthusiasm
  • Develops self-confidence and perseverance
  • Regulates hyper-activity
  • Increase the passions
  • Strengthens the will, the courage
  • Promotes sleep and positive dreams

Reload Lithotherapy Stones and Crystals

  • March 8, 2019

After purifying and cleaning your stones, it is important to recharge them. This step allows your minerals to regain optimal energy balance, so you can continue to use them and enjoy all the benefits.

There are different ways to recharge lithotherapy minerals. It should be noted that not all will be suitable for all minerals. When reloading your stones, be attentive to their specificity and find out beforehand to avoid any risk of damaging them.

In this article, we will begin by detailing each of the main methods to recharge your minerals: exposure to the sun, exposure to the lunar light, charge in an amethyst geode or on a crystalline mass. We will then detail the techniques to use for some of the most popular stones.

Reload Stones to Sunlight

It is, by far, the most common technique for energizing a mineral. This popularity is related to three things:

  • The refilling in the sunlight is  efficient and fast
  • This charging technique is simple to implement
  • The energy we lavish on the sun is free and requires no investment (unlike recharging in a geode for example)

How to recharge your stones in the light of the sun? Very simply, you just need to deposit your minerals on a window sill directly exposed to the sun (and not through the glass) and leave them there for a few hours. Your stone will gorge with sunlight, transform and store its energy, then return it to you when you wear it or work with it.

The amount of time you have to let it load depends on several factors:  natural load of the stone, appearance of the sky but also your location on the planet.

The natural energy load of your stone

Some stones are naturally “stronger” than others, and we need a longer reloading time to be at their full potential. A transparent stone like selenite will recharge in the sun much faster than hematite for example. While you can leave the first 1 hour in the sun (preferably in the morning), the second will easily spend several hours or even a whole afternoon.

The appearance of the sky

Is the sky overcast or sunny? This aspect is relatively marginal because, even under a cloudy sky, the sunlight remains extremely powerful and the reloading of your stones will take place. This will nevertheless determine how long you want to leave your stones in the sun.  When the temperature is high and the sun hits hard, reloading your stones will be faster than under a gray and rainy sky.

The place where you are on the planet

In the same vein, consider the intensity of solar radiation where you live. Here again, it is a marginal difference, but it is this very slight variation at the astronomical level that creates the great diversity of climates on earth. If you are in Oceania, you naturally have a solar radiation more intense than in northern Europe for example. The reloading of your stone in the light of the sun will thus also be carried out more quickly.

So, how long do you need to recharge your stones in the sunlight? According to the different conditions mentioned above, we could answer “between 1 hour and 1 day”. As you will understand, there is no standard measure that would apply to all your stones in exactly the same way. In the end, it is by getting to know your stones that you will feel when they are recharged and when they need a little more time.

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Reload the Stones in the Light of the Moon

The lunar star does not of course project its own light since it only reflects that of the sun. This reflection has the characteristic of providing a much softer and subtle light, while retaining its original energy. For this reason, it is recommended as a preferred reloading method for more delicate stones that do not tolerate direct exposure to the sun.

How to recharge your stones in the light of the moon? Again, it’s very simple: you just have to put your minerals on a window sill directly exposed to the light of the moon. Again, it is important that this exposure be direct: if you leave your stone behind a closed window, reloading will not happen as well or so quickly.

Even more than in direct exposure to sunlight, the appearance of the sky will play an important role. If the sky is overcast and it is dark, the reloading of your stones will not be able to take place.

Observe the Lunar Cycle

The visible part of the moon will play on the effectiveness of the refill. On a moonless night (what is called in astronomy the “new moon” or “new moon”), you cannot logically benefit from the lunar light to recharge your minerals … Similarly, if you are at first or last crescent and that only a small part of the moon is lit, reloading will not be as effective as during the full moon.

Reloading Stones to the Full Moon

The ideal moon phase for recharging your stones and crystals is therefore the full moon. It is at this moment that the moon reflects, with all its lighted face, the light of the solar star. If in addition the sky is clear, it’s a great way to recharge, not only the more fragile stones that deteriorate in direct sunlight, but all your minerals. Do not deprive yourself of exposing them from time to time; it can only be beneficial to them.

How long to recharge your stones in the light of the moon?  In any case, you can leave them for the whole night. If the sky is particularly cloudy or you are in a less enlightened lunar phase and you feel that your rock still needs recharging, you can of course repeat the exposure.

Reload Stones in an Amethyst or Quartz Geode

This technique is certainly powerful, and even ideal, but it involves having a geode or a good size cluster available, which is not always the case. But if you have the chance to use this reloading technique, it’s also the simplest of them all. Just drop your stone in the geode and let it rest for a whole day.

The shape of the geode, which allows the stone to be surrounded and bathe in the energy it provides, is perfect for this type of recharge. Amethyst and quartz geodes are the most appropriate, but it is also possible to use a crystalline cluster. In this case, we will favor the rock crystal. Here too, all you have to do is lay your stone at the top of the pile and leave it there for a whole day.

It is not necessary to expose the geode or cluster in direct sunlight, and this is one of the reasons why this reloading technique can be used with all stones. If you are looking for geodes, you can find some on our online mineral shop.

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Some Popular Stones and Methods for Reloading

Finally, here is a list of some of the most popular minerals and recommended ways to purify and reload them:


Purification: running water, glass of distilled or salted water, incense

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

Yellow Amber

Purification: running water, glass of water

Reloading: moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: sunlight

Reloading: moonlight (ideally full moon), quartz geode

Amethyst Geode

Purification: sunlight

Reloading: moonlight (ideally full moon)


Purification: water, incense, burial

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: glass of distilled or salted water

Reloading: sunlight (morning), moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water, glass of water during the night

Reloading: moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water, glass of water during the night

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

Rock Crystal (quartz)

Purification: running water, glass of water

Reloading: sunlight, amethyst geode


Purification: glass of distilled or demineralized water

Reloading: sunlight (morning), amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: glass of water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: glass of distilled or slightly salted water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: glass of water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

Lapis lazuli

Purification: running water, glass of water

Reloading: moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water, incense

Reloading: sunlight (morning), amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

Eye of tiger

Purification: glass of distilled or salted water

Reloading: sunlight (morning), moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: glass of distilled or salted water

Reloading: sunlight, moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

Moon stone

Purification: running water, glass of demineralised water

Reloading: moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

Rose Quartz

Purification: running water, glass of distilled and slightly salted water

Reloading: sunlight (morning), moonlight, amethyst geode


Purification: glass of salt water, distilled water or deionized water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: glass of salt water, distilled water or deionized water

Reloading: sunlight, moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: spring water, demineralized water, running water

Reloading: moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water, glass of distilled or salt water

Recharging: sunlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster


Purification: running water, glass of distilled or salt water

Reloading: sunlight (the brighter it is, the more exposure will have to be moderate), moonlight (for translucent tourmalines), amethyst geode, quartz clusters


Purification: sea salt

Reloading: moonlight, amethyst geode, quartz cluster

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Properties and Virtues of Sodalite

  • March 8, 2019

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.

Crocoite Stone

Healing Crystal Crocoite Stone Medicinal and Magical Properties

  • October 21, 2018


The name Crocoite comes from the Greek word crocos – saffron. Other names for the mineral and its varieties: Siberian red lead ore, Siberian red lead, crocoisite, callochrome, lemanite.

According to the generally accepted definition, crocoite is a mineral of chemical composition Pb [CrO4] (69.06% PbO, 30.94% CrO3). Sometimes contains impurities of silver, zinc. It crystallizes in the monoclinic system, forming elongated prismatic or acicular crystals. The color is bright orange-red. Is fragile. The crystals are translucent. Glitter – diamond. Hardness on a mineralogical scale of 2.5 – 3.0; density is 5990-6000 kg / cm3. It is formed in the oxidation zone of polymetallic lead-zinc ore deposits occurring in ultrabasic rocks (chromium sources) or in close proximity to them. The most famous crocoite is from the Berezovskoye deposit (the Urals), which forms brushes of crystals in the cracks of the berezite, as well as from the deposit from about. Tasmania.

The main deposits: Russia, Australia, California.

Medicinal properties

In ancient times, folk healers believed that Crocoite treats women for infertility. Nowadays, healers believe that this mineral can not only positively affect the reproductive sphere of the female body, but also normalize the work of all urinary organs, as well as the intestines. Some experts in alternative medicine believe that, thanks to its red-orange color, Crocoite improves memory, improves tone and mood.

Crocoite affects the navel chakra.

Magical properties

Mineralogs are called crocoit – stone-clown. He constantly amuses his owner, creates a good mood for him, and gives him wit and ingenuity in entertainment. The bright color of crocoit attracts the attention of others. It simply fascinates the views of people, which helps the crocoite owner to always be the center of attention.

Women need to be very careful in choosing jewelery with this gem. Crocoite stone is able to endow them with such sexual attractiveness that there will be no end to the fans. However, a little sympathetic representative of the weaker sex can do a good service — from an ugly duckling, into a beautiful swan in the eyes of men. But women will envy their seemingly inconspicuous rivals and try in every way to prevent their success.

Wearing crocoit in earrings develops acting and oratorical talents, in the ring – musical abilities. Experts recommend wearing crocoit in the form of a pendant, because, in their opinion, then the stone contributes to the harmonious development of personality.

Astrologers say that this gem cannot be worn only by people born under the sign of Aries – it makes them arrogant and arrogant. The rest of the signs of the zodiac can be worn. Crocoite beads will especially help the fish.

Talismans and amulets

Crocoit is a talisman of creative people. He attracts success, fame and recognition to them.

Interesting – from the story

In 1766, Petersburg professor of chemistry IG Leman described a new mineral found in the Urals at the Berezovsky mine, 15 kilometers from Yekaterinburg. Processing the stone with hydrochloric acid, Lehman obtained an emerald-green solution, and in the resulting white precipitate found lead. A few years later, in 1770, Berezovsky’s mines were described by academician P.S.Pallas. “Berezovsky mines,” he wrote, “consist of four mines that have been developed since 1752. Along with gold, silver and lead ores are mined in them, and they also find a wonderful red lead mineral that was not found in any other mine in Russia. This lead ore is of a different color (sometimes similar to the color of cinnabar), heavy and translucent. Sometimes the small irregular pyramids of this mineral are interspersed in quartz like small rubies. When grinding into powder, it gives a beautiful yellow paint … “. The mineral was called “Siberian red lead.” Subsequently, his name stuckcrocoite . A sample of this mineral was brought to Paris by the end of the 18th century by Pallas. Famous French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauclin became interested in Crocoite. In 1796, he subjected the mineral to chemical analysis. “All samples of this substance, which are available in several mineralogical cabinets of Europe,” wrote Vauclin in his report, “were obtained from this (Berezovsky) gold mine. Earlier, the mine was very rich in this mineral, however, it is said that several years ago, crocoite reserves in the mine were depleted and now this mineral is worth its weight in gold, especially if it is yellow.

Samples of the mineral, which do not have the correct shape or split into pieces, are suitable for use in painting, where they are valued for their yellow-orange color, which does not change in air. The beautiful red color, transparency and crystalline form of the Siberian red mineral made mineralogists interested in its nature and the place where it was found; a large proportion and the accompanying lead ore, naturally, made it necessary to assume the presence of lead in this mineral. ”In 1797, Vauclin repeated the analysis. The crocoite, ground into powder, was placed in a solution of potassium carbonate and boiled. As a result of the experiment, the scientist obtained lead carbonate and a yellow solution, which contained the potassium salt of an unknown then acid. When mercury salt was added to the solution, a red precipitate formed, after reaction with lead salt, a yellow precipitate appeared, and the introduction of tin chloride stained the solution green. After precipitation of lead with hydrochloric acid, Voklen evaporated the filtrate, and the separated red crystals (it was hexavalent chromium oxide) mixed with coal, placed in a graphite crucible and heated to a high temperature. When the experiment was completed, the scientist discovered in the crucible a number of gray accrete metal needles, weighing 3 times less than the original substance. So for the first time a new element was allocated – chrome. The scientist discovered in the crucible a multitude of gray accretes metal needles, weighing 3 times less than the original substance. So for the first time a new element was allocated – chrome. The scientist discovered in the crucible a multitude of gray accretes metal needles, weighing 3 times less than the original substance. So for the first time a new element was allocated – chrome.

Corundum Stone

Corundum Stone

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  • October 20, 2018


Corundum is a mineral, aluminum oxide Al2O3 (crystalline alumina). The name of Old Indian origin (probably from the Sanskrit “kauruntak” or Tamil “kurundam” – this mineral was called in India and Ceylon; perhaps from the Sanskrit “kuruvinda” – ruby). Other names for corundum : chloro-sapphire, leucosapphire, almandine sapphire, oriental diamond, violet, Bengal amethyst, oriental aquamarine, oriental emerald, oriental topaz, oriental chrysolite, padparadja, padparadshah. Red corundum is called rubies, blue – sapphires.

The color of corundum is usually bluish or yellowish gray; pure corundum is white, it is painted in different colors (red, red-brown, violet, blue or blue, from yellow to orange, green) with admixtures of chromophore elements: chromium, iron, titanium or vanadium. The colors are often clean, bright. Ordinary corundumshines through, jewelry differences are transparent. Glitter from glass to diamond (“diamond spar” with a clearly manifested separation parallel to the base of crystals). Hardness 9 (standard Mohs scale mineral, second only to diamond in hardness), density 4. Kinked from conchoidal to uneven. Syngony is trigonal. Crystals are very characteristic; usually they are barrel-shaped, tabular, columnar (hexagonal-prismatic), short-columnar, less often cone-shaped bipyramidal. Often found in massive fine-grained aggregates with a pronounced tendency to pseudo-cubic separation.

For the formation of corundum, conditions of silica deficiency and high alumina content are necessary. Magmatic accessory corundum is found in syenites and nepheline syenites; in larger crystals, it is present in alkaline pegmatites. Sometimes formed as a result of desilication (loss of quartz) granite pegmatites occurring in ultrabasic rocks. Known as the product of the metamorphism of bauxite and other high-alumina rocks. It is developed in deep-metamorphosed rocks such as gneisses, crystalline schists, garnet amphibolites, and also in marbles. In zones of contact metamorphism of high-alumina sedimentary rocks, emery can be formed – fine-grained mixtures of corundum with magnetite, hematite, sometimes with spinel, diaspora, fragile micas, garnet and other minerals.

Deposits. The largest deposits of corundum are known in Russia (the Urals), abroad – in Africa (the Malagasy Republic, Zimbabwe, South Africa), India, Burma, on. Sri Lanka, in Greece and Turkey.

Medicinal properties

Lithotherapists believe that the healing properties of corundum depend mainly on their color. For example, blue corundum helps with eye diseases, as well as normalizes eye pressure. Red corundum helps with flaccid paralysis, improves blood circulation, stimulates the activity of the endocrine glands, and normalizes metabolism. It is believed that purple corundum can facilitate the flow of mental illness, various kinds of neuralgia, as well as help with brain concussion.

Folk healers sometimes use corundum in osteochondrosis. Orange corundum improves digestion, promotes rejuvenating effect.

The effect of corundum on the chakras is also due to the color of the stone.

Magical properties

Corundum is considered a very active stone. He requires his owner to work constantly. Corundum stone does not allow a person to relax, get carried away with something, and weaken control over thoughts and feelings. Corundum will be the best helper for someone who believes in what he is doing and wants to achieve high results. It will perfectly serve those who aspire to become a professional in their work. Experts believe that corundum just need to be worn by schoolchildren and students, since it contributes to the development of perseverance and better absorption of knowledge. If you wear a product with corundum on your chest or neck, it will cure a person from unreasonable fears, anxiety, irritability, frequent outbursts of anger, make it so that any, even the most boring, work will start to bring pleasure.

Corundum in earrings will make a person think about the meaning of life, constantly analyze all his actions and the actions of others. It can be said that the stone thus helps its owner to create harmonious relations with the outside world.

Ring with corundum must be worn on the middle finger of the right hand. It is believed that, being there, corundum will help to accelerate the spiritual development of its owner, to reveal his talents and abilities. Astrologers advise to wear corundum to people born under the sign of Cancer. All other signs can also be worn, but it should not be worn by Aries younger than forty years old. Corundum is absolutely contraindicated to Capricorn.

Talismans and amulets

Corundum is the mascot of teachers, psychologists, narcologists and all women after forty years. The latest mineral will help easier to transfer menopause.


Beautifully colored transparent or translucent natural crystals (red – ruby, blue – sapphire, colorless – leucosapphire, etc.) since ancient times are used as first class gemstones. Granular aggregates of opaque corundum are used as an abrasive material for the manufacture of grinding, polishing powders (for grinding and cutting metal, hard stones, glass, etc.) and as a refractory material.

Red corundums, painted with an admixture of chromium, are called rubies, blue, painted with an admixture of iron and partly titanium, and are called sapphires. Transparent corundums of other colors (except for red) are also also called, including colorless corundum – leucosapphire. Some species of sapphire and ruby, treated with a cabochon, reveal the effect of asterism in the direction of the main (vertical) crystallographic axis: a figure of a regular six or twelve-ray star appears in them, the rays of which move along the surface of the stone as it turns. Such stones – stellate sapphires and stellate rubies – are called asterias, and they are highly valued.

On an industrial scale, artificial corundum materials are produced by melting bauxite in electric furnaces with reducing agent (iron filings). They are also used as abrasives; methods of powder metallurgy of them produce incisors for the machining of metals at high temperature. Monocrystalline transparent boules and rods of artificial Corundumobtained by melting and recrystallization of alumina in an oxygen-hydrogen flame. The boules can be colored: impurities of Cr ions – in red, V – in grayish-green in daylight and violet in artificial light, Mn – in yellowish-pink, Ni – in yellow, Ti – in pink-violet. When cut, synthetic corundum under different names (sapphire, ruby, topaz, alexandrite, amethyst) are used in jewelry; red corundum – rubies – as reference stones for watches and other precision instruments, and rods – in optical generators – lasers.

Due to its high hardness, corundum has long been used as an abrasive material, but at present, mainly artificial corundum is used for this purpose. Emery and still used as an abrasive for grinding wheels. Synthetic corundum without additives (leucosapphire) is used in the electronic industry.

Curprite Stone

Stone Cuprite

Cuprite Stone Medicinal and Magical Properties

  • October 20, 2018

Description and Facts of Cuprite Stone

The name kuprit comes from the Latin word cuprum – copper.

Cuprite is a copper mineral. The color of the crystals is reddish-crimson, dark red, almost black. There are minerals with green patches. Gloss – low metal, diamond.

Hardness – 3.5 – 4.0; density – 1.3 – 2.6 g / cm3.

The main deposits: Russia, Japan, Australia, Africa, USA, Chile.

Medicinal properties

In folk medicine, there is a perception that cuprite can have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system, normalize the menstrual cycle. In some countries, this mineral is used to rid a person of alcohol and nicotine addiction. Healers believe that cuprite can be used for the rapid resolution of internal hematomas, as well as improving the overall tone of muscle tissue.

Magical properties

Cupriteuseful to people who do not know how to restrain their emotions. According to connoisseurs of stones, each owner of this gem becomes a calm and balanced person. However, the mineral has negative traits. For example, he lulls the vigilance of a person, narrows and confuses his consciousness, forcing him to make fatal mistakes, subordinates his power to illusions. Kuprit is far from the problems of people, it is intended for other purposes. In affairs the stone is simply a hindrance, an obstacle in his personal life. The mineral should only be used so that its owner can determine whether he is a good person or a bad person. People who are sympathetic to deception, fraud and other unseemly acts begin to feel uncomfortable (and even fall ill) while wearing a stone. The purer and nobler a person’s thoughts are, the more favorably a stone treats him,

Astrologers recommend using the power of the stone cuprite only in case of a waning moon fire signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. The rest of the signs of the zodiac wear cuprite is not desirable.

Talismans and amulets

Kuprit is not used as a talisman. He is only the judge of his owner, suggesting what defects and defects a person should get rid of.

Interesting – from the story. In the past, while finding cuprite in association with brown iron ore, native copper and other oxides, it was called brick, resin, and liver copper ores. The bulk of these ores went to smelting at the Vyisky plant, founded in 1721 by the former owner Nikita Demidov. This plant was one of the first copper smelters in the Urals, to which at that time the first railway in Russia from the Mednorudyanskoe deposit was carried out.

From the moment of discovery of the Mednorudyansky deposit (1814-1896), about 100,000 tons of red copper were smelted from the mined ore mass of 3076980 tons, and as a result, until the foundry of the copper-smelting production was smelted, they made household utensils, tools and for minting copper coins. There are clusters of cuprite with native copper and malachite in the nests of brown ironstone (Yossa 3rd, 1839) described cuprite crystals in the form of a regular octahedron, cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and in combinations of these forms. The size of the crystals reaches 20 mm. often together with well-developed red cuprite crystals and native copper in the “spongy” brown iron ore there are olivite, tagilite, asperalit. According to the oral report A.Yu. Boldyreva, beautiful cuprite crystalsin a combination of a cube and an octahedron, they were found in large numbers in a modified garnet rock. The size of the crystals reaches 1.5 cm, in some places they are collected in drusen. Samples of brown ironstone were encountered in which the cracks were made with cuprite crystals overgrown with radiant malachite. Sometimes fancy aggregates of radial-radiant malachite grow into single cuprite crystals.

The voids found in brown iron ovaries are often completely covered with crystal brushes of cuprite.

Kunzite Stone

Kunzite Gemstone

Kunzite Stone | Healing Stone

  • October 19, 2018


In 1902, the American gemologist J.A. Kunz described a precious variety of spodumene, which was later named kunzite in his honor.

For the characteristic color, kunzite was called Californian iris or spodumene amethyst. Its color is caused by an admixture of manganese; from a long stay in the sunlight the mineral turns pale. Kunzite often forms large crystals, but it is difficult to cut them because of the high level of cleavage.

Other names of the mineral and its varieties are: Californian iris, lithium amethyst, spodumene-amethyst, hyddenite.

Kunzite is a mineral, a type of spodumene, lithium silicate and aluminum, LiAlSi2O6. The color of minerals is green, pink-lilac, and brownish. Colorless kunzite is also found. Characterized by a sharp visually noticeable dichroism (bicolor). It crystallizes in the monoclinic syngony, the cleavage is perfect in two directions. Parallel to flattening, the separation is well expressed. The crystals are transparent. Gloss – glass. The refractive indices are from 1,648 – 1,668 to 1,673 – 1,682. Luminesces in orange tones in ultraviolet and x-rays. With long-term X-ray or radium radiation becomes unstable emerald green color.

The crystals are thickly tabular, strongly elongated. Formed in pegmatite voids. Unlike the usual spodumene, kunzite is very rare.

Deposits. In the US, it is known in California (San Diego District), and is also found in Madagascar, in Brazil, and in Afghanistan. The extremely rare emerald green variety, known as giddenit, was found in the USA in the pegmatites of Alexander County (North Carolina), Madagascar, Brazil and Afghanistan.

Medicinal properties

Lithotherapists suggest that kunzite has a beneficial effect on heart activity. Folk healers in some countries believe that kunzite products (rings, pendants) can alleviate the effects of stressful situations, act soothingly on the nervous system, normalize sleep, and help with insomnia. It is believed that if you daily look at this mineral for several minutes, you can get rid of fear attacks, find peace and harmony with the world around you.

Kunzite affects the heart chakra.

Magical properties

Kunzite creates a balance between the mind and the heart. He does not allow his owner to regret the past and worry about the future. The stone inspires a person that everything in life must be experienced with dignity and stoically and there is no need to waste time on fruitless emotions.

Experts say that kunzite is an ideal meditation stone for relieving stress. Here’s how they offer to get rid of fatigue and stress with a gem: you need to sit on the floor, straighten your back and press the stone to the heart area. While breathing in, one should mentally fill the heart chakra with kunzite energy and call up the vision of the pink ray in the “third eye” area. Then you should direct the beam to the heart chakra. Within 10-15 minutes should keep the beam in the heart. It is believed that such procedures purify the aura and consciousness of a person, eject the accumulated negative, and heal a lot of diseases.

The specialist strongly recommends that you wear jewelry with kunzite on children. Kunzite will bring them joy; teach them to be honest, open and straightforward. Moreover, the stone protects children from the harmful effects of negative energy – it disperses it and creates a protective shell around them.

Astrologers advise wearing kunzite to all signs of the zodiac without exception.

Talismans and amulets

As a talisman, kunzite protects its owner from unhappy love, deception, all kinds of violence and evil spells.

Magical Properties of Flint Stone

Flint Stone

Medicinal and Magical Properties of Flint Stone

  • October 19, 2018

Chalcedony is known to mankind since ancient times, in particular its variety – flint. The Stone Age practically began with it. Flint splits into fragments with sharp cutting edges, like obsidian. The ancient man made his first tools out of him; thanks to the ability to give sparks, flint was used to extract fire.

It has healing properties and activates water, if it is lowered into a jar with tap water.

The name “flint” comes from the Latin word sagetag – to burn. Since ancient times, this mineral has been used to strike sparks and incite fire.

There are opal chalcedony and chalcedony-quartz varieties of flint. The color of the mineral is white, light brown, dark brown with various shades. Gloss – glass.

Hardness – 7.0; density – 2.6 g / cm3.

Flint deposits are found in many countries.

Medicinal properties

Folk healers believe that it is best to use for treatment purposes silicon water (water infused on opal chalcedonic flint). Healers claim that such water has antimicrobial properties. It can be used as an antiseptic. In some countries, silicon water is used in the treatment and prevention of various infections. It is believed that silicon water can serve as a styptic. Mongolian healers believed that if you put a product of flint to the solar plexus area, then some gastrointestinal diseases can be cured. Flint affects the solar plexus chakra.

Magical properties

Flint – a stone with a very strong energy. He makes his owner courageous, courageous, strong and enterprising. Lazy and sluggish people become active, energetic and efficient under his influence. Since ancient times, flint has been considered an assistant traveler. It was believed that he protects people from the path, protects against possible violence, and warns of fraud and deception.

Experts recommend wearing flint in your pocket on the left side. Being there, the stone affects the heart, strengthens it physically and makes its owner generous and responsive.

Wearing flint on the neck gives a person the ability to firmly defend his opinion, convince people that he is right, gives the gift of eloquence, clarifies the mind, helps to make quick and correct decisions.

Flint is a wonderful keeper of the home of its owner. He accumulates in himself all the negative energy that enters the house and destroys it.

Astrologers recommend wearing flint to all signs of the zodiac, except Pisces. People born under this sign, he can make aggressive, reckless and irritable.

Talismans and amulets

Silicon – a mascot of the military, lawyers, teachers, doctors and politicians. It contributes to the improvement of professional skills, makes them honest, fair and courageous. In Europe, flint amulets and pendants were worn to prevent colds.

Stone Cat’s Eye

Stone cat's eye

Stone cat’s eye | Healing Crystal

  • October 19, 2018


The cat’s eye is quartz that sprouted with olive-green needles of rutile. It increases prudence, preserves health. The cat’s eye is a good digestive aid and acts as a laxative.

Feline eye ornaments are recommended for children to hang on the neck in order to prevent complications in the respiratory organs and prevent asthma, pneumonia.

The term “cat’s eye” refers to several different minerals that have a glassy sheen and look like a cat’s eye with an upright pupil.

Physical properties. A stone with golden-green, gray-green tints that resemble cat-eye iris.

Features of education. Imitation of the cat’s eye is obtained from synthetic barium titanate and fibrous borosilicate glass.

Application. Cat-like stones are used to make cabochons, cufflinks, beads; less often cameo and intalo are cut out of them. All these stones were considered (amulets), i.e. protecting the owner.

Medicinal properties

Lithotherapists suggest that all the minerals that have a cat-eye effect are the same. But depending on the color of the stone, these or other therapeutic actions increase or decrease. For example, a cat’s eye helps to relieve attacks in bronchial asthma. Some traditional healers believe that these stones are a good remedy for the treatment of various diseases of the throat and respiratory system. In the countries of the East, there is a perception that, going through rosaries made from a cat’s eye, one can significantly reduce nervous tension and even recover from mental illness.

The cat’s eye affects the throat chakra.

Magical properties

Experts say that the mineral attracts mutual love to its owner, making him true in marriage and friendship. Attracts a stone to the owner and the sympathy of the people around them. Products with a cat’s eye should be worn by timid and insecure people – it will empower them with courage, charm, will attract the attention of others. Moreover, the gem is a real peacemaker. It helps a person to avoid conflicts, to improve relations in the family and at work, attracts the favor of the authorities.

If you give a decoration with a cat’s eye to the most irreconcilable enemy, then soon he will change his attitude towards the donor and may become his friend. For boys and girls, the stone helps to better adapt in adulthood, to safely survive the transitional age.

Astrologers strongly recommend the cat’s eye to people born under the signs of Scorpio and Cancer, but they should not wear a gem in combination with other stones. The rest of the signs of the zodiac stone can be worn in any combination.

Talismans and amulets

As a talisman, the cat’s eye should be used by diplomats, lecturers, artists, writers, artists and musicians. He awakens creative impulses in them, strengthens talents and gives charm and eloquence. In the old days, cat-eye ornaments were worn as amulets guarding against evil forces.

The effect of a cat’s eye is observed in correctly oriented and ground in the form of a caboche on a stone. Ideally, a thin light stripe is visible parallel to the long axis of the cabochon. The optical effect of iridescence occurs when light is reflected from numerous microscopic parallel inclusions of fibrous and acicular minerals or tubular voids due to their leaching.

Beryllic, chrysoberyl, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline cat eyes with the most striking optical effect, which are rare and therefore highly valued, are considered to be jewelry. It is more common and cheaper priced cat quartz eye with grayish-green modulations. In recent years, descriptions of obsidian, opal, topaz, diopside, enstatite, jade, zoisite, anatite, scapolite and cororubic cat’s eyes have appeared.

All of them are extremely rare, although the effect of a cat’s eye or opalescence is more common than is commonly thought. In particular, the cat’s eye was attributed with the ability to save love, protect it from treason, from the “evil eye” and even make the wearer invisible in battle.

Clinical Gem Therapy

Clinical Gem Therapy | Healing and Gem Therapy

  • October 16, 2018


Definition: Spleen, glandular organ, flattened and oblong, located in the upper left area of ​​the abdominal cavity, in contact with the pancreas, diaphragm and left kidney; It is attached by fibrous bands attached to the peritoneum (the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity). Although its size varies from one person to another, it is usually 13 cm long, 10 cm wide and 3.8 cm thick, and weighs approximately 200 g.

Functions: 1-Hematopoiesis: during pregnancy the spleen is an important producer of blood in the fetus. After the birth, this function disappears, but it can be performed again if necessary.

2-Filter: the spleen is responsible for the maturation of red blood cells and also for the destruction of old, abnormal or damaged red blood cells. Contributes to keep platelets healthy.

3-Immune: in the spleen antibodies are produced and have the capacity to destroy bacteria by phagocytosis. The spleen is part of the immune system and the human circulatory system that accompanies the capillaries, vessels, veins and other muscles that this system has.

Minerals that treat the spleen:

Olivine or peridot OLIVINE -The olivine or peridot is a mineral especially effective in the treatment of the spleen. It has to be placed in the solar plexus area.


Definition: Cramping is an unpleasant sensation caused by an involuntary contraction, usually of the muscles. It may be due to insufficient oxygenation of the muscles or the loss of fluids and mineral salts, as a result of prolonged effort, sudden movements or cold. Poisoning or certain diseases can also cause cramping, particularly in the stomach. It can also be defined as a sudden and painful contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.

Minerals that treat cramps:

MALAQUITA -It is one of the healing stones par excellence because it relieves the pain of the part of the body on which we place it as well as helping in the treatment of multiple diseases. Placed on the area to be treated relieves cramps.

TURQUESA-Turquoise has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Placed over the area to be treated helps relieve cramps.


Definition: Cancer is a group of diseases in which the body produces an excess of malignant cells (also known as cancerous or cancerous), with typical features of behavior and uncontrolled growth (growth and division beyond normal limits, invasion of the surrounding tissue and, sometimes, metastasis).

Metastasis, characteristic of many types of cancer, is the spread at a distance, mainly lymphatic or blood, of the cells that originate cancer, and the growth of new tumors in the places of destination of said metastasis. These three properties (uncontrolled cell division, aberrant behavior and metastasis) differentiate malignant tumors (carcinomas) from benign ones (sometimes simply called tumors), which are limited and do not invade or metastasize. Most cancers form tumors, but some like leukemia do not.

Minerals that treat cancer:

SUGILITA OR LUVULITE – Sugilite or luvulite is a very special mineral, which has the ability to help us find the source of the imbalances that cause the disease in our body. This mineral is used especially in the treatment of cancer, helping to determine its origin and channel the healing energy that helps us to overcome this disease.


Definition: Cholesterol is a sterol (lipid) found in the body tissues and blood plasma of vertebrates. It occurs in high concentrations in the liver, spinal cord, pancreas and brain.

Minerals that treat cholesterol:

MAGNESIATE – Magnesite accelerates the metabolism of fats so it helps control cholesterol. Take it with you to be possible in contact with the skin.

Detoxification of the body -There are many minerals that help us eliminate toxins from the body, some do so in a specific way (digestive system, skin, etc.) and others in a general way helping to cleanse and regenerate the physical body.

CRISOPASA -The crisopasa has a powerful detoxifying power. Place it on the place to be treated or take it with you.

FLUORITE – Fluorite, especially green, helps balance the body and eliminate toxins. It is important to clean it after using it.

OLIVINO OR PERIDOTO – Helps to release toxins and has a great cleansing effect. It can be worn as a necklace or pendant, being especially effective when it is located at the height of the solar plexus.

TURMALINE – Tourmaline, especially green and pink. It is convenient to carry it as a pendant for several days. Practically does not require cleaning.

TURQUESA – In addition to its detoxifying properties turquoise has protective properties and helps eliminate parasitic energies. As the olivine and the tourmaline is perfect to take it in the form of a pendant.


Definition: The term diabetes includes two different pathological situations: diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus. These disorders have no pathological relationship, because their causes and morbid processes (etiopathogenesis) are different, but share certain clinical manifestations that have made them have the same name. Generally, the term “diabetes” is used to refer to diabetes mellitus, which is a much more frequent and well-known disorder than diabetes insipidus.

Diabetes mellitus is not a single pathology but a syndrome, which is why this term includes today, in turn, several types of different conditions but with a common characteristic: hyperglycemia and its consequences.

There are four kinds of diabetes mellitus:

Type 1: Caused by the destruction of Beta cells of the pancreas that usually leads to a total deficiency of insulin (formerly called insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes)

Type 2: Caused by insulin resistance, with decreased production or alteration in the secretion of it (formerly called noninsulin-dependent, usually initiated in adulthood)

Gestational: A type developed during pregnancy.

Other types: Developed in the context of other diseases or disorders that are associated with diabetes mellitus.

Minerals that treat diabetes:

MALAQUITA – is a mineral that has the ability to relieve pain. Due to its ability to absorb energy, special attention must be paid to cleaning it after each use. To help in the treatment of diabetes take malachite with you, you can take it as an ornament or in your pocket.

SERPENTINE – The serpentine has a great capacity to absorb negative energy and clean the chakras. Help in the treatment of diabetes.


Minerals indicated for the teeth:

AGUAMARINA – placed on any part of the body has soothing properties. When there is pain in the teeth or molars, placing an aquamarine inside the mouth will quickly relieve relief.

APATITO- favors the assimilation of calcium helping in the treatment of teeth and bones.

FLUORITE- relieves arthritis and rheumatism, favors the teeth and bones and has detoxifying properties.

MAGNESITA- facilitates the assimilation of nutrients. It is beneficial for bones and teeth.


There are multiple minerals that help to alleviate pain, but we should always try to know the origin of that pain to treat pain in parallel with the cause of the disease.

Minerals that relieve pain:

AMETHYST – Amethyst is undoubtedly one of the most important minerals that nature offers us. It is perhaps the most complete of all, it helps us in personal evolution, it brings balance, it deals with the body, the mind and the spirit.

DIOPTASA – It has a great ability to absorb negative energy, relieving both emotional and physical pain.

LARIMAR – In addition to its soothing properties, the larimar, placed on the area to be treated, alleviates pain. It is especially effective for headache.

MALAQUITA – It is one of the healing stones par excellence since it relieves the pain of the part of the body on which we place it as well as helping in the treatment of multiple diseases.

SERPENTINE – absorbs negative energies, relieving physical and emotional pain.


Stomach problems are often related to stress and emotional stress. There are a number of minerals that in addition to their soothing properties are very effective in the treatment of stomach disorders.

AGUAMARINA – placed on any part of the body has soothing properties.

TURMALINA- yellow treats stomach problems.

TURQUESA- In addition to its detoxifying properties turquoise has protective properties and helps eliminate parasitic energies. Relieves cramps and stomach discomfort. It is perfect to carry it in the form of a pendant.


Fatigue Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a rare disease. Its main characteristic is to feel great fatigue and symptoms related to it. And it causes extreme tiredness and pain with physical effort.

Minerals that help in the treatment of chronic fatigue:

AMETRINE OR BOLIVIANITE – Ametrine quartz is a natural combination of amethyst and citrine quartz originally from Bolivia. It has the qualities of both minerals. It is a powerful ally in the treatment of chronic fatigue.


There are many causes of both male and female infertility. When a couple wants to get pregnant and does not get it, it generates a strong emotional stress that can make conception even more difficult. Therefore, in addition to visiting the specialist it would be convenient to use stones that provide calm and tranquility such as larimar or aquamarine.

Minerals that help boost fertility:

RODONITE – enhances fertility and also absorbs negative energy and helps heal emotional pain, making it a perfect stone for when the couple tries to conceive.

ZOISITA – helps in the treatment of fertility problems in both men and women (Clinical Gemotherapy)


Fever is only a symptom that can be caused by multiple diseases. It is especially high in children, having to be careful that it does not exceed 40º.

Minerals that help control fever:

BLUE AGATE – revitalizes the body, helping to control fever.

MAGNESITA – is a calming mineral that brings peace and tranquility. It helps to reduce fever.

RUBÍ – placed in the solar plexus area, helps fight infections and fever (Clinical Gemotherapy)


The liver is an organ or viscera of the human body and, at the same time, the most voluminous gland of the anatomy and one of the most important in terms of the metabolic activity of the organism. It performs unique and vital functions such as the synthesis of plasma proteins, preparation of bile (necessary for digestion and absorption of fats), detoxifying function, store of vitamins, glycogen, etc. In addition, it is responsible for eliminating from the blood substances that can be harmful to the body, transforming them into innocuous ones.

Minerals that treat the liver:

DIOPTASE – helps regenerate the liver. The area where it is most effective is on the heart chakra.

HELIOTROPO OR JASPE BLOOD – helps treat all diseases related to blood. It also helps detoxify the liver. You can wear it constantly.

OLIVINE OR PERIDOTO – Helps to regenerate the liver, spleen and gallbladder. It can be placed on the area to be treated or worn as a jewel in contact with the skin (Clinical Gemotherapy)

Swelling or inflammation

Inflammation is the manifestation of many diseases. It is a non-specific response to environmental aggressions, and is generated by inflammatory agents. The inflammatory response occurs only in vascularized connective tissues and arises for the defensive purpose of isolating and destroying the harmful agent, as well as repairing the damaged tissue or organ. The biggest problem that arises from inflammation is that the defense is aimed at both harmful and non-harmful agents, in a way that causes injury to healthy tissues or organs.

Minerals that treat inflammation:

AGUAMARINA – has soothing properties. Placed on any part of the body reduces inflammation.

AMETHYST – rebalances and relieves pain. Applied on the damaged area reduces inflammation (Clinical Gemotherapy)