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Shine On: Photos of Dazzling Mineral Specimens

Shine On: Photos of Dazzling Mineral Specimens

LiveScience Staff   |   May 14, 2013

Credit: Heritage Auctions

minerals - snow angelThe Snow Angel

This mineral beauty, dubbed the “snow angel,” was discovered during the digging of a well in India. The specimen is a silicate mineral called apophyllite-(KF), which appears in volcanic rocks. The snow angel is one of dozens of gorgeous minerals up for auction June 2, 2013.

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minerals - gold sculptureGold Sculpture

The opening bid on this natural gold “sculpture” is $15,000. This specimen comes from the Eagle’s Nest Mine in Placer Co., Calif.

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minerals - Linarite


A specimen of a copper mineral called linarite contains unusual large crystals and could, conceivably, fetch more than $100,000 at auction, according to the auction house. All of the proceeds from the sale go to benefit Dallas’s new Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

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minerals - tourmaline


This 16-inch (40 cm) tourmaline goes up for auction June 2, 2013 with a starting bid of $30,000. Tourmalines are boron silicate minerals that get their rainbow-like colors from various elements such as iron, sodium or magnesium. This specimen comes from Brazil.

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minerals - cumengeite crystal

Cumengeite Crystal

Tiny but super-rare, this cumengeite crystal perches on a throne of brecca, or broken-up rock and mineral naturally cemented together. Cumengeite is closely related to boleite, which forms cubes of a similar blue hue and is found in lead and copper deposits. This cumengeite measures just a centimeter across and comes from Mexico.

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minerals - stibnite swordsStibnite Swords

These stibnite “swords,” made of the elements antimony and sulfur, were up for auction on June 2, 2013, with an opening bid of $32,500. This frozen firework of a mineral was found in the Lushi Mine in Henan, China and measures 9 by 10 by 4 inches (23 by 25 by 10 cm).

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minerals - rhodochrosite


These stunning red rhodochrosite crystals are made of manganese carbonate. The largest of the crystals measure about an inch (2.5 cm) in length.

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minerals - opal egg

Opal Egg

The smooth egg shape of this specimen isn’t natural, but the rainbow-colored opal vein inside is. This specimen was mined in 1985 in Oregon. The brown areas are rhyolite, a volcanic, igneous rock. Opals are made from silica (the same stuff as sand or quartz), but are infused with water molecules. The arrangement of the silica diffracts light, causing opal’s multicolored sheen.

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minerals - cubanite


Copper, iron and sulfur combine to make cubanite. This specimen, up for auction June 2, 2013, may be the largest cubanite crystal on record at 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) across. This cubanite was discovered in a copper mine in Quebec, Canada.

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minerals - wulfenite


The buyer of this wulfenite crystal (starting bid: $10,000) will also get a complete history of the specimen since discovery. Found in Mexico and first bought for $40, the chunk of wulfenite was owned by some of the early luminaries of the mineral business, according to Heritage Auctions. These crystals are made from lead, molybdenum and oxygen.

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minerals - Strontianite


Delicate strontianite crystals top a Sphalerite (zinc ore) in this specimen from Hardin Co., Ill. Strontianite is made of the element strontium mixed with carbon and oxygen. Yellow and blue cubes of fluorite add a flourish to this otherwise black-and-white bit of geological art.

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minerals - la madona rosa

La Madona Rosa

“La Madona Rosa,” a rose quartz specimen from Brazil, gets its name from a supposed resemblance to the Virgin Mary. Mary’s body is formed out of smoky quartz with a halo of pink rose quartz outlining her. This sparkling beauty stands 15.5 inches (39 cm) tall, taller than other known rose quartz specimens. Quarz is made from silica, and titanium, manganese or iron lend rose quartz its pink hue. Smoky quartz’s color comes from free silicon in the mineral. The starting bid for La Madona Rosa is $100,000.

Crystal Questionnaire


Quartz-51111 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Crystal Questionnaire


1. It’s hard for me to concentrate. Sodalite Helps to clear up both mental & emotional confusion, which can prevent concentration.
2. I have a hard time making decisions. Carnelian Helps us to focus on the present, and our current needs.
3. I’d like to be more in touch with angels. Angelite This crystal helps us to be in touch with angels and animal guides, as well as assisting in distant communication with other humans.
    Celestite This sky-blue crystal helps us to connect with heavenly energies.
4. I have lots of ideas, but I can’t seem to materialize them. Citrine It helps you to manifest your ideas so that you can act on them.
    Clear Calcite Sometimes we can’t find new answers because were operating in a framework of old beliefs.  Clear Calcite helps us to change our perspective.
5. I have lots of ideas, but it’s difficult for me to express them. Turquoise It helps you to clarify ideas and to express them creatively – and to enroll others in helping to make them come true.
6. I have difficulty letting go of old ideas. Clear Quartz Called the mirror of the soul, it helps us to see who we truly are, free of limiting ideas and beliefs.
    Clear Calcite Helps us access other dimensions of reality in order to view our lives in new ways.
7. I wish I liked myself more. Rose Quartz This is the stone for self-love, meaning appreciation of yourself, regardless of what you consider to be your shortcomings.
8. It’s hard for me to be honest with other people. Amazonite For courage of personal expression.
9. I wish I could transcend the traumas and tragedies which have happened to me. Danburite Helps us to witness what happens in our lives from the soul perspective and have a feeling of calmness and serenity even when life seems very difficult.
10. I hate my body.  I’m too (fat, skinny, short, tall, etc.). Smokey Quartz Of all the grounding stones, it establishes the most gentle and loving connection with the body.
11. I never have enough money to satisfy my needs. Green Tourmaline For awakening one’s creativity for the purpose of creating more abundance.
    Citrine For feeling confident about using those abilities.
    Honey Calcite For manifesting abundance in work-related area,
    Pyrite For awakening the creativity and discovering new ways of creating abundance.
12. I resent what some people have done to me, and find it difficult to forgive them. Sugilite This stone is especially effective in working on resentment and anger.
13. I know that I have a limited view of some areas of my life, but I don’t know how to gain a broader perspective. Hawk’s Eye This stone helps to provide an “aerial” and more objective viewpoint of one’s situation.
14. I often find that other people’s moods are contagious, i.e., if someone is sad, I find myself feeling sad, too. Hematite In ancient times this stone was used as a mirror because of its reflective qualities.  It can help you to deflect, rather than absorb, the moods of others.
15. I want to feel more at peace with myself. Chrysocolla Its deep blue-green hue soothes and calms the heart.  It is also considered to be a stone to program for world peace.
16. I feel that I lack imagination. Aquamarine A stone which has been related to the sea, helps us to brave the unknown and experience the flow of creativity.
    Clear Calcite Lacking imagination is often the inability to see beyond the (invisible) mental boundaries we’ve set for ourselves.  This stone helps us to expand our vision.
17. I’m not in touch with my intuition. Moss Agate


Both of these stones assist in left/right-brain balance.  Thus, those who feel stuck in their logical, rational selves can rebalance so that they may hear their intuitive voices.
18. It’s hard for me to think logically. Moss Agate


As these stones help those who are mostly logical to get in touch with intuition, so mostly intuitive people can use these stones to experience their rational sides.  Both stones relate to left/right-brain balance.
19. I find myself getting angry when I have to deal with incompetent people. Rhodonite Combining pink, the color for love, with black, for grounding, this stone promotes tolerance.
20. I feel stressed out a great deal of the time. Amethyst This stone is often referred to as nature’s tranquilizer.  It’s also beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia and nightmares.
    Aragonite This stone helps with any kind of emotional turmoil.
    Chrysoprase Helps to release emotional tension and stress which has lodged in the physical being.
    Green Tourmaline All tourmalines are believed to be stress relievers; green has the most soothing energy.
21. I have a low opinion of myself. Smokey Quartz The most widely used stone for self-esteem.
    Citrine Another good choice, as it balances both any tendency to have an inflated opinion of self as well as an inadequate sense of self.
22. I’m intolerant of others. Rhodonite Effective in dealing with intolerance of acquaintances and strangers.
    Rose Quartz Addresses the intolerance we feel towards those people who mirror what we view as our own faults.
23. It’s hard for me to let go of anger. Green Calcite This is a powerful stone for letting go of any fixed attitude or belief.  It is especially relevant to anger because of its cooling effect.
24. I have goals, but I find it difficult to get from where I am to where I want to be. Clear Quartz A pointed crystal has the most focused energy, and clear quartz is the most powerful crystal to program for goals.  The ideal form for transitions is a tabular (flat) crystal.
25. There seems to be a lot of negativity in my life. Hematite

Black Tourmaline

Both help to deflect negativity.
26. In terms of my emotional/spiritual growth, I always seem to be starting and stopping, and never getting very Chrysanthemum


This crystal helps us to establish a natural and harmonious way of growing, one which is like the unfolding of petals of a flower.
  far. Tabular Quartz These flat crystals help to create an energetic bridge between where you are and where you want to be.
27. I want to understand myself better. Clear Quartz Known as the mirror of the soul, it helps us to understand who we really are, beneath the opinions and judgements we have of ourselves.
28. I wish I had more creative abilities. Malachite For its ability to help balance the logical, practical and intuitive, visionary sides of the brain.
    Blue Topaz Helps the flow of creativity.
    Aqua Aura Encourages self-expression in service to others.
29. I want to trust my psychic abilities more. Labradorite


This stone assists us in the wise use of psychic powers; thus we need not fear using them for the wrong purposes.
30. I feel stuck in physical existence and disconnected from my spiritual essence. Selenite Clear selenite helps us understand our deepest self, that part of us which transcends our physical selves.
31. Sometimes I get really depressed. Smokey Quartz An excellent crystal for lifting the weight of depression.
    Amber Actually fossilized tree resin, this is known as the happy stone.
    Herkimer Diamond Diamond-shaped clear quartz with a high energy level.
32. I have a lot of anxiety attacks. Rhodochrosite Assists in slow, deep breathing, which relaxes the solar plexus and sends needed oxygen to the brain.
33. I often feel emotionally unbalanced. Moonstone This stone assists you both when you’re feeling over-emotional or out of touch with your feelings.
34. I would like more serenity in my life. Amethyst The most recommended stone for stress relief.
    Aquamarine This stone has the calming, soothing energy of the sea.
35. I wish good things happened more quickly to me. Rutilated Quartz Its high vibrations help one to manifest more quickly.
36. Often, my energy seems to be flying all over the place.  I can’t seem to get it grounded so I can act. Ruby in Zoisite Helps to ground and stabilize energy so that it can be used for the manifestation of one’s dreams.
37. I’d like to be more patient with myself and others. Rhodonite This stone helps to teach patience.
38. I wish I could look at my problems more rationally. Sodalite When you feel completely confused this stone can help with mental calmness.
39. I’d like to know what’s going on inside me. Obsidian This stone will tell you; be sure you want to know.
40. When I’m sick I get so nervous about it that it’s hard for me to get well. Amethyst The stone for over stressed nerves.
    Rhodochrosite For relieving anxiety.
41. Sometimes I’m not sure what I feel. Moonstone This stone helps us to get in touch with our feelings.
42. I’m over-sensitive. Aventurine Helps to heal wounds of the heart.
    Peridot An excellent crystal for hurt feelings.
43. Sometimes I feel so limited and as if I can’t accomplish anything. Dioptase Helps us stimulate the creative gifts and imagination which can help us transcend our self-imposed limitations.
    Citrine A little dose of self-esteem is also helpful, and citrine helps to provide this.
44. I feel as if I’m on an emotional roller coaster. Moonstone This stone helps to bring balance to the emotions.
45. I need to uncover my deepest fears. Obsidian This stone will bring up anything that is hidden, and is best used with any of the quartzes (especially rose quartz and adventurine) to soften its effect.
    Charoite Helps one to deal with both known and unknown fears.
46. I’m depressed a lot of the time. Smokey Quartz When we’re depressed we feel both that we have no solid ground to stand on and that light is absent from our lives.  This stone, which is dark and light-filled, can help.
    Amber This helps to draw out depression.
47. I need more passion in my life. Ruby This is the traditional stone for sexual and emotional passion.
48. I find it hard to ask others for help. Amazonite

& Turquoise

The first stone gives courage of self-expression; the second gives the ability to ask for help.
49. I have difficulty in asserting myself. Amazonite This stone helps us to say what we need to say.
50. I have frequent nightmares. Amethyst This is the tradition stone for peaceful sleep.
51. I feel that I’m too inflexible. Green Calcite This stone, formed in water, helps to bring flexibility to our perceptions of ourselves and others.
52. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to be objective about my problems. Clear Calcite This stone helps us to draw on our higher or spiritual selves for creative solutions.
53. I feel as if I come from another planet. Moldavite Some of us may; moldavite can help us all to feel more comfortable on the earth plane.
    Ametrine Helps us to balance the spiritual and physical worlds.
54. I have trouble meditating. Kyanite Some have found that this stone helps them to be grounded and calm so that they can meditate.
    Aragonite This stone helps to calm and stabilize our energy.
    Amethyst This stone helps to quiet the mind.
55. I would like to develop my intellect. Fluorite Known as the genius stone, it can help stimulate intellectual powers.
56. I worry too much about other people’s opinions of me. Rose Quartz When we nurture ourselves with self-love other people’s opinions of us will usually mirror our own.
57. I feel that I present to the world an image of myself which isn’t really me. Charoite We often present false images because we’re afraid that we won’t be accepted for who we are.  Charoite helps to dissolve fear.
58. I feel disconnected from other people. Quartz Cluster Helps us to see the beauty of community.
59. No matter how hard I try, I can’t stick to my diet (or break another addiction). Amethyst Many people have successfully used this stone to help in releasing addictions.
60. I find it impossible to let go of old relationships. Onyx This is the stone for breaking unwanted ties to the past.


Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz, the Love Stone, in History and Folklore

By: earthegy

Rose quartz is a gemstone full of rich spiritual history and meaning, a gemstone full of the energy of love.  One legend says that Cupid and Eros brought rose quartz to earth in hopes that its beautiful pink color would arouse love and desire among people.

In another legend, Adonis, the lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, was attacked by Ares (the god of War) who came in the form of a boar.   Aphrodite rushed to save him and caught herself on a briar bush.  Their mingled blood stained the white quartz to a pink.  Zeus took pity on them and restored Adonis to Aphrodite for six months of the year.  Because of this myth, this stone has become a symbol of reconciliation in love.

It is written that the Egyptian goddess Isis searched for river-tumbled rose quartz to use on her face. She would rub the stones in an upward motion over her cheeks and around her eyes because she found this helped keep and restore her beauty. Her beauty ritual, insight and knowledge has been passed on through the years among Egyptian women.  Rose Quartz is associated in modern ritual with Isis – an astrologer dropped a piece of this stone into the water that surrounded Isis’s temple at Philae in Upper Egypt as a way of keeping contact with the location when she returned home.

Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon

The  Isis Temple is  one of many prominent buttes in the central region of the Grand Canyon created by millions of years of wind and water erosion.  Bands of red, orange and yellow limestone predominate, their colors tuned by the moods of sun and cloud, and punctuated by vertical seams of dull rose quartz, created by magma that had seeped through cracks in the rock in times long forgotten.

Rose Quartz is a love stone.  Rose Quartz teaches you to love yourself, vital if you have thought or deemed yourself unlovable. You cannot accept love from others nor love them unless you love yourself. This stone encourages self-forgiveness, and acceptance, and invokes self -trust and self-worth.Rose quartz promotes receptivity to the beauty of art, music, and the written word, and enlivening imagination. Rose Quartz enhances your peacemaking abilities within your family or at work.  All through the middle ages until today, this stone has been given as a love charm.   It is a wonderful gift for a close friend and is excellent for bringing peace.

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