Day two specimens
Although yesterday Robert came down with a slight bug and ear infection. Today we went to the doctors; they put him on some antibiotics. At the moment he is sleeping. So I thought I would share the minerals that we were gonna learn about today. I’m going to post a good variety of them. Just in case something comes up tomorrow. So, here goes nothing…. 🙂
Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)
Pyrite, well know as Fools Gold, because of the similarity in shape and color. Pyrite back in the old mining days was sometimes mistaken as Gold, being both frequently occur together. Although by simple testing and observation of its characteristics both can easily be distinguished.
Pyrite can occur in numerous habits and shapes. The smaller crystal aggregates may at times give off a glistening effect in light, and the larger ones may be perfectly formed, including stunning penetration twins, cubes, and other interesting forms of crystal. The perfectly formed cubes of pyrite embedded in a matrix located in Spanish mines are more so treasured among collectors. Many have fallen out of the matrix had have been repaired by being glued back into place.
These also have the same chemical formula as the mineral Marcasite. However, crystallizes in a different crystal system, therefore classified as a separate species. Aggregates of iron sulfide (FeS2) where the crystal structure cannot be determined without complex analyzing material may be wrongly labeled by dealers. Some Pyrite specimens are labeled as Marcasite, and some Marcasite specimens as Pyrite.
Most Fluorite is from deeper colored stones, but can also be cut from less intense forms. The most popular color for this gemstone is purple, and deep purple fluorite resembles closely to Amethyst. Fluorite often is brightly fluorescent in ultraviolet light. In addition, the term fluorescence is derived from Fluorite. Due to the perfect cleavage and low hardness of Fluorite, these particular ones require special care to ensure it doesn’t get chipped or scratched.
Fluorite makes for a beautiful stone that comes in all colors, and often can be multicolored with two or more contrasting color within the same gem. Fluorite gemstones in multicolored often show banding patterns.
Siderite belongs to the calcite group of minerals, a group of related carbonates that are isomorphous with one another. They are similar in many physical properties, Siderite commonly found in hydrothermal veins, and are associated with fluorite, galena, barite, and others. Also a common digenetic mineral in sandstones and shale’s, where forming sometimes concretions, which encases three dimensionally, preserved fossils. Siderite in sedimentary rocks, commonly form at shallow burial depths and its elemental compositions is often related to the depositional environment of enclosing sediments. A number of recent studies have used the oxygen isotopic composition of sphaerosiderite (associated with soils) as a proxy for isotopic composition of meteoric water shortly after deposition.
Concretionary Siderite nodules are noted for containing a wide variety of flora and fauna fossils, especially in the open-pit coal mining operations of eastern Illinois and western Indiana, where these concretions are common in the rock removed before the coal veins are exposed.
Siderite is excellent in helping to align the subtle and meridians bodies. In addition, it helps one re-engage with ones career providing stability in employment. Siderite a crystal of positivity helps stimulate positive ideas and thoughts. It also can be soothing for those confined to periods of long bed rest. Siderite has been known to be used in treating deterioration and disorders of the bones and helps treat anemia. Siderite also is used to stimulate the assimilation of other minerals.
The natural Hematite formations are absolutely amazing. On the top surface of Hematite has a botryoidal or “grape-like” formation ad a beautiful metallic luster. Large ore bodies of hematite are usually of sedimentary origin; also found in high-grade ore bodies in metamorphic rocks due to contact metasomatism, and occasionally as a sublimate on igneous extrusive rocks (“lavas”) as a result of volcanic activity. It is also usually the cause of red soils all over the planet.
Hematite helps calm you in times of worry and stress and absorbs negative energy. Hematite also known as a protective stone, and is great to carry around to help you stay grounded in tough situations. It also can help boost ones confidence and guides ones to find their own gifts, releasing self-imposed limitations. In, addition can be used to protect against electromagnetic smog and geopathic stress, and is said to be great in detoxifying the blood and liver. Natural Hematite may contain a slight magnetic charge so Caution is advised. Check with your doctor before working with crystals if you have a pacemaker. Items marketed as “Magnetic Hematite” are actually not Hematite and should be avoided by those who have pacemakers.
Epidote is a group of closely related minerals. However, in the gem trade, the name refers typically only to the gem- quality green variety of epidote minerals. Although rarely of gem-quality and rarity as a faceted stone, it still is a commonly occurring mineral.
Epidote, a complex form of calcium aluminum iron silicate in which both aluminum ions and calcium are replaced by other metals such as ferric iron, yttrium or manganese, and cerium metals. Epidote being an alteration product, it has a wide variance in chemical formula and composition. Depending on the levels of iron, manganese along with other substances, stones may be classified under a variety of trade names, or lie many cases, by their own distinct mineral.
Epidote occurs in all tones and shades of green, with yellowish-green or pistachio color being mist typical and desirable. Other colors can also include brown, near-black and gray. It also exhibits a strong level of pleochroism, typically yellow, brown and green. The most desirable forms of epidote for collectors are elongated and extremely lustrous crystals, typically interconnected. Transparent and dark green epidote is sometimes faceted for collectors, with the most popular shapes including traditional ovals, cushions or octagons. Other fancier shapes like trillions or hearts are quite rare. Opaque materials are often carved into ornamental objects. Careful orientation of cut is very important because of epidote’s strongly pleochroic properties.
Epidote will enhance the energy of whatever it touches, including other stones. Epidote increases perception and interaction with spiritual beings and brings spiritual growth. Epidote is a great stone for releasing negativity and raising one’s vibration energy. It is helpful for those stuck in modes of depression, hopelessness, or negative thinking pattern. Epidote can inject a sense of hopeful optimism into one’s emotional body, helping to bring the mind into a higher vibration. Crystal healers like to work with Epidote for its ability to clear congestion and energy blockages in the physical and subtle bodies. Epidote will help to balance and stabilize the energy flow in the body. Epidote is also used to help dissipate tumors by releasing stagnant energies in the area. Epidote is an excellent stone for attunement with nature and her healing qualities. It puts forth a simple, calming, grounding, “back to Earth” vibration, which is particularly good for those living in a high energy, city setting.
Quartz makes up for one of the most popular gemstone groups. Being they are one of the most important minerals out there. Quartz is one of the second most abundant minerals found in the earth’s continental crust, second only to the feldspars. There are two main varieties of quartz, which further can be subdivided into other, more specific varietal names. All quartz shares the same silicon dioxide (SiO2) chemical composition, but they have differing crystal formations and classes. The two main branches of quartz include cryptocrystalline quartz and macrocrstalline quartz. These gemstones are attractive and also very durable. In most cases, quartz is fairly inexpensive and come available in very large sizes. Some varieties of quartz can be extremely rare, while others are very readily available.
You can use your quartz crystal to cleanse, open, activate, and align all seven chakras, and while many people will use a specific gemstone for each chakra, you can use your quartz crystal to do the same. Quartz crystal is commonly associated with the crown chakra, so even if you decide to use various gemstones for each chakra, you may still be using your quartz crystal on your crown chakra. It is not a coincidence that the stereotypical fortune teller is looking into a crystal ball. Quartz crystal helps to unlock the ability to communicate with spirits who reside in various dimensions of consciousness. Because quartz crystals amplify intentions and energies, it is the ideal gemstone to enhance your psychic abilities and clairvoyance. Crystals transmit and send psychic information to those who are in tune with their crystals. This is why it’s so important to cleanse your crystals after purchasing them because you never know what kind of psychic energy any given crystal may be carrying. It’s important to remember that every person’s psychic energy, who has touched the crystal that you are about to buy, has transmitted their own, personal energies onto your crystal.
These so far are just a small collection of the many Specimens that I have. I will continue on to the rest tomorrow, hopefully. So, if you enjoyed the post please check in for more to come. : )