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The fire in this big chunk of Honduras Opal is spectacular. I oiled the surface for better showing off the fire. Available.


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  • earthy green witches: this crystal is amazing and has so many wonderful properties! it took the earth thousands upon thousands of years to create it. we use it for healing, protection, and all sorts of wonderful magickal stuff. don't you just love the color and grain of it?!
  • me, a sea hag: that there rock sure is purdy.

Azurite from El Cobra Mine, Mexico.  Collector’s azurite crystals mostly came from Chessy in France (the oldest mine since the mid-1800s), Morenci and Bisbee in Arizona, Tsumeb in Namibia, and Touissit in Morocco.

Chemical Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

Composition: Basic copper carbonate

Color: Blue to very dark blue

Streak: Light blue

Hardness: 3.5 - 4

Crystal System:  Monoclinic

Specific Gravity: 3.7 - 3.9

Luster: Vitreous or dull

Cleavage: 2,1 ; 3,2

Fracture: Conchoidal or splintery

Tenacity: Brittle

Transparency: Opaque. Rarely translucent on thin edges

anonymous asked:

do you think lapis has gold flecks that would perhaps be visible in a more complicated design?

nah. lapis with little-to-no visible pyrite (and calcite) is often regarded as more valuable, and lapis herself is implied to be some kind of aristocrat. if they wanted to include pyrite flecks, they could have, but more valuable lapis often looks more like this:

also, from a design stance, i don’t think it’s a good color scheme outside of very specific “here’s lapis and Only lapis” settings. and i’ve just been… totally desensitized, after every single lapis ~recolor looks like it’s based on low-grade raw lapis. i understand why one would assume gold color = valuable, but that’s just not always the case.

Rare fossil wood precious opal

 Virgin Valley, Nevada

Color: Blue, White, Pink, Black, Green, Red, Purple, Yellow, Grey, Brown, Orange

Luster: Vitreous, Waxy, Pearly

Birthstone Zodiac sign: Libra

Associated month: October

Crystal system: Amorphous solid

Chemical formula: SiO₂·nH₂O

I’d like to clear something up that I’ve noticed a lot among gemstone using witches. People keep posting psa’s about “fake gemstones” and while some stones really are made of glass and you’re being scammed, heat-treated citrine is not one of these. I’ve studied gemology at a tertiary level for my jewellery degree, so let me explain.

Does anyone know the difference between an amethyst that’s been heated in a lab and a naturally occuring citrine? Not a damn thing. Literally. Every single naturally occuring citrine used to be an amethyst. Amethyst becomes citrine when exposed to extreme heat, such as a lava flow or nearby magma chamber or something like that. The only difference with lab citrine is that they take an amethyst and blast it with man-made heat rather than dunking it in some lava. The speed with which this happens is why there’s a colour variance between naturally occuring citrine and lab citrine, but for all intents and purposes, they’re exactly the same.

Still, for certain things it’s good to be able to differentiate, as natural citrine is much more anchored in earth and fire, but honestly? Bury your lab citrine in your back yard for a few days and it’ll re-anchor itself. Also, a blast furnace may not be a lava flow, but it’s sure as hell gonna anchor something to the fire element. Admittedly, if you want something to connect you to a volcanic deity probably go with the natural citrine if you can, but I digress.

basically, stop telling people lab citrine isn’t genuine. it’s absolutely a real citrine.

Ooh ooh, 22!!
Got a new round of 22k gold rings and pendants today! Jeweler Bob is hard at work as we speak setting stones!
Pictured here, Green Tourmaline, Emerald and a Mexican Opal cabochon that is mind-boggling! If you’re drooling now, just wait- there’s plenty more where this came from!✨😍💎

Crystal Safety, Revisited

There’s an awesome post going around by @prettycitywitch that discusses crystal care and toxicity. I noticed a few errors in it, just due to the source that was used, so I contacted her and got permission to rewrite it to ensure the most accurate information possible is spread around in the witchy community. I’ve gone through every crystal in her list and added a few others. 

Everything in this list has been confirmed by the Gemological Institute of America Laboratory (one of the foremost in gemological research), multiple published mineralogical sources, and/or at least two online mineralogical databases. Crystals of particular concern in each category have been bolded; the other listed crystals have a bit of wiggle room.

Crystals affected by sunlight or heat
Most crystals (including nearly all in this list) are safe to expose to sunlight temporarily - you can wear them in jewelry during the day, for example, but don’t leave them in your windowsill for weeks. In general, colorless crystals may be left in the sun indefinitely, while colored (especially pink) crystals should be stored in a place that doesn’t get direct sun all day. Heat, on the other hand, can easily affect many crystals, but usually only at high temperatures (steam or a jeweler’s torch), so I’ve only included the ones that could be damaged by relatively low temperatures.

  • Amber - may crack in heat
  • Amethyst - may fade over time; safe to expose to sun temporarily
  • Apophyllite - heat can cause flaking; sunlight is fine as long as the specimen is kept cool
  • Maxixe (dark blue beryl) - fades extremely quickly to pale brown in sunlight; color can only be restored through irradiation
  • Azurite - will fade over time with exposure to sunlight; store in a dark, cool environment
  • Celestine - fades in long exposure to sunlight
  • Chrysoprase - may fade in sunlight; restoration of color sometimes possible through prolonged storage in water
  • Fluorite - occasionally can fade in sunlight
  • Hackmanite - exhibits tenebrescence, a temporary change in color due to sun exposure; will return to original color if kept in a dark area
  • Hiddenite - unstable in sunlight and heat to a lesser degree than kunzite
  • Kunzite - will fade drastically in sunlight; indoor incandescent light can also slowly affect this stone
  • Larimar - fades over time when exposed to sunlight and heat
  • Morganite - deeper colors or more lilac hues can fade in sunlight
  • Opal - fading is minimal, but sunlight, heat, and changes in air pressure can cause internal fracturing called “crazing”
  • Pearl (& mother-of-pearl) - may lose color or turn dull in sunlight or heat
  • Sulfur - extremely heat-sensitive; crystals may fracture or burst if left in the sun or held in your hand
  • Topaz - irradiated stones may fade in direct sunlight
  • Tugtupite - exhibits tenebrescence, a temporary change in color due to sun exposure; will return to original color if kept in a dark area
  • Vanadinite - may darken and lose transparency in sunlight
  • Zircon - heat-treated stones may revert to original color over time in sunlight; avoid exposure to UV lights (tanning beds, nail salons, etc)

Water-soluble crystals
Though many crystals will eventually be worn away by water mostly due to tiny particles of other substances suspended in the water, there are very few that will dissolve in water in any significant way. Contrary to what some believe, most crystals with the suffix ‘-ite’ aren’t water-soluble; ‘-ite’ simply means ‘stone’ and is part of most mineralogical names. 

  • Anhydrite - not water-soluble, but instead will absorb water and convert to gypsum; store in a dry environment and do not submerge
  • Boji stone - not water-soluble, but may rust due to iron component
  • Calcite - somewhat soluble in slightly acidic water; neutral or slightly alkaline water is usually safe; negligible dissolution in air due to gaseous carbon dioxide
  • Celestine - very slightly soluble
  • Chalcanthite - easily soluble in water, but must be stored in a humid environment
  • Chalcopyrite - not soluble, but may rust due to iron content
  • Fluorite - very slightly soluble
  • Halite - easily dissolves in water; moisture from your skin or humidity in the air can eat away at crystals
  • Hematite - not water-soluble, but exposed rough areas may rust
  • Magnesite - slightly soluble; solubility increases with presence of salt
  • Magnetite - not water-soluble, but may rust due to iron content
  • Malachite - slightly soluble in water containing carbon dioxide
  • Marcasite - water may trigger decomposition into melanterite, which contains sulfuric acid
  • Mica (muscovite, fuchsite, lepidolite, etc) - plate or sheet-like specimens may absorb water into cleavage planes and begin to break apart; aggregated crystals are safe in water
  • Pyrite - exposure to water, including high-humidity environments, can trigger breakdown
  • Rhodochrosite - slightly soluble in water containing carbon dioxide
  • Sulfur - soluble in warm water; may form sulfuric acid over time if left in a wet or humid environment
  • Ulexite - dissolves in hot water; slightly soluble in cold water

Acid-soluble crystals
A large number of crystals will dissolve in acid. Many only dissolve in strong acids, such as hydrochloric acid - I won’t list those here because it generally won’t be a concern. There is very little information on mineral solubility in weak acids, such as vinegar, so this list is incomplete. But really, why are you soaking any of your crystals in acid?

  • Amber - “young amber” is soluble in a large number of chemicals
  • Aragonite - easily soluble, even in dilute acids; effervesces
  • Atacamite - readily soluble in acids
  • Azurite - may be slightly soluble
  • Calcite - easily soluble; effervesces
  • Lapis lazuli - composed of a number of minerals, including calcite, which may be acid-soluble; acetone and other substances may remove dye
  • Magnesite - slightly soluble in acids
  • Malachite - readily soluble in acids; color may also be affected
  • Pearl (& mother-of-pearl) - soluble in acids; surface will become dull and pitted
  • Rhodochrosite - slightly soluble in warm acids; effervesces
  • Smithsonite - effervesces and dissolves in acids

Crystals affected by salt
Salt is a dehydrator, so any hydrated crystal may be damaged by it. Salt has a hardness of 2 to 2.5 and may scratch any mineral softer than this. It is safe to put non-hydrated crystals of a hardness between 2.5 and 7 in salt, but very fine scratches may occur due to impurities; don’t put cabochons or faceted stones in this hardness range in salt.

  • Apophyllite - may dehydrate in salt, resulting in flaking; usually not an issue unless combined with heat
  • Cavansite - may dehydrate
  • Chalcanthite - dehydrates easily, forming potentially dangerous powder; store in a humid environment
  • Gypsum (including selenite) - hardness of 2; may be scratched by salt; may dehydrate to anhydrite
  • Opal - will dehydrate and develop internal fractures called “crazing”; store in a wet or humid environment
  • Pearl (& mother-of-pearl) - may become dull and pitted
  • Stilbite - may dehydrate

Potentially dangerous crystals

In general, crystals are pretty safe - handling them is usually okay. Many crystals do have somewhat dangerous elements, such as aluminum-bearing garnets, but they’re “locked” in the crystal structure in a way that prevents them from harming us unless the crystal is powdered or dissolved and inhaled/ingested. The occasional garnet or moonstone gem water won’t hurt you in the slightest.

Because there’s no way for this list to be ‘complete’ - I don’t know what unusual stones you might have - I advise you to never make gem waters with or otherwise ingest

  • powdery, very fine, or fibrous crystals;
  • crystals which you have not identified;
  • metal ores;
  • metals, with the exceptions of gold, platinum, tungsten, and titanium; and
  • stones composed of a variety of minerals.

Don’t use these crystals for gem water, elixir, massage oil, etc. Don’t put these crystals in your mouth or otherwise insert them into your body.

  • Adamite - contains arsenic
  • Amazonite - generally safe, but the color is usually caused by traces of lead; don’t use flaky or powdery specimens in gem waters
  • Atacamite - contains copper
  • Aurichalcite - contains copper and zinc
  • Azurite - contains copper
  • Boji stone - composition can vary, so some stones may have dangerous components
  • Brochantite - contains copper
  • Cerussite - ore of lead; wash hands after handling; do not inhale dust
  • Chalcanthite - contains copper; wash hands after handling; do not rub eyes after handling; do not inhale; do not ingest
  • Chalcopyrite - ore of copper
  • Chrysocolla - contains copper
  • Cinnabar - ore of mercury; always wash hands after handling; do not inhale dust; never ingest in any form; do not heat; massive (aggregate) cinnabar can contain elemental mercury which is very easily absorbed by the body
  • Conichalcite - contains copper and arsenic
  • Cuprite - contains copper; do not ingest
  • Dioptase - delicate, may break or crumble into powder; contains copper
  • Eilat stone - contains copper
  • Galena - ore of lead; wash hands after handling; flaky/crumbly specimens are common, be careful not to inhale dust
  • Malachite - contains copper
  • Marcasite - decomposes to melanterite, which contains sulfuric acid; do not ingest; wash hands after handling; do not inhale
  • Mohawkite - contains copper and arsenic; may contain other toxins
  • Psilomelane - contains barium
  • Pyrite - broken-down pyrite can contain sulfuric acid; do not ingest; if pyrite appears blackish or crumbly, wash hands after handling
  • Realgar - contains arsenic; wash hands after handling; never ingest
  • Serpentine (sp. chrysotile) - safe unless fibrous; do not inhale; asbestos
  • Stibnite - very soft; contains antimony
  • Sulfur - can form sulfuric acid when in contact with moisture
  • Turquoise - usually safe unless powdery; contains copper
  • Vanadinite - contains lead; may have traces of arsenic
  • Wulfenite - ore of lead and molybdenum; do not ingest or inhale

A few final safety reminders

⚠️ Never swallow any crystals, because some otherwise safe crystals can interact with your stomach acids and produce dangerous chemicals.

⚠️ Never crush, powder, or dissolve crystals with the intention of inhaling or ingesting them - fine powders and solutions make elements more accessible to the body.

⚠️ Wash your crystals in water and gentle soap before making any gem waters, elixirs, etc. with them. Even if the crystal itself is safe, it may have been in contact with other dangerous crystals or chemicals.

⚠️ Never make gem water, elixirs, etc. with crystals that are on/in matrix (the base rock the crystals grew from). You don’t know what the matrix is composed of, and it may contain dangerous minerals or elements.

⚠️ Never burn, hold in a candle flame, or intentionally heat your crystals. Intentional heating should only be performed by a jewelry or gemstone professional in a controlled environment.
The sole exception to this is anhydrite without matrix, which may be carefully raised to 200°C (~400°F), dry heat, to dehydrate it and change any gypsum components back to anhydrite. Be aware that this process can occasionally result in fractures, breakage, or internal damage to the stone.

Keep yourself and your crystals safe, everyone! There’s no way for this list to be complete, because there are thousands of minerals out there, so please feel free to contact me if you have questions about any particular stones!

Hematite, negative crystals and chaos. Zoned, hourglass amethyst from Brazil. Field of view 6.5mm. See the earlier post for a photo of the crystal, in hand.

I recently got caught up on the glass scientist Web comic by Sabrina Cotugno @arythusa after listening to the Jekyll and Hyde musical and being reminded of how much I loved it! I got inspired to draw my own Rogue scientist Cassius!
She is a bio- minerologist which basically means she works with minerals (such as gems, gemology being a sub category) and since the supernatural as well as scientific exist in this story she has learned to create golems (living beings of stone).
💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎
Just a Lil info:
- Cassius Cecil William-Taylor
-25 years of age
-5 ft 1" (154.93 cm)
-lived with her grandmother until she turned 18
-began her research with synthetic gems bc of her outrage at human treatment under de beers ( the diamond company)
-ended up creating life
-plays piano when in a slump
-is deaf in her left ear completely
-lives off coffee and biscuits (cookies) at times
- somehow always smells of amber, the earth and fresh rain.