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    Default Cool rocks and other gems!

    A discussion of the properties and history behind gems, crystals and jewelry goes here.

    It is kind of outdoorsy, gems are minerals that are found underground.

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    Are diamonds and pearls really a girl's best friend?










    Diamonds are the crystallized form of carbon created under extreme heat and pressure. It's this same process that makes diamonds the hardest mineral we know of. It is the molecular structure of diamonds that makes them so hard. Diamonds are made of carbon atoms linked together in a lattice structure. Each carbon atom shares electrons with four other carbon atoms, forming a tetrahedral unit. This tetrahedral bonding of five carbon atoms forms an incredibly strong molecule.

    The Diamond is a stone that bonds relationships and enhances love-with the most recent symbol of the engagement ring. There is little to no history that it is a stone of love. What the diamond does bring is longevity, particularly to relationships, balance, clarity and abundance. It can amplify one's thoughts, whether they be strengths, or weaknesses. It gives one who wears or carries it courage and hope. A diamond encourages self-confidence and desire for independence while at the same time counteracting jealousy.

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    Who knows.

    Pearly factoids.










    Pearls are formed in shellfish - especially oysters and mussels -as a natural defense against irritants such as a piece of grit. The shellfish secretes layers of aragonite, known as nacre, around the irritant until it gradually builds up layers and layers to form the solid pearl. Light reflecting from these overlapping layers is what produces the characteristic iridescent luster, also know as the "orient of the pearl". A cultured pearl is one where an irritant is introduced to initiate the formation, and a nucleated cultured pearl has a small bead introduced at the irritant. Pearls are about 2% water, and should not be stored in a very warm place, or they may dry out and develop hairline cracks.

    Pearls are said to aid in meeting and overcoming various obstacles, while absorbing negative vibrations and energies; they are protective, yet they are also very soothing. They encourage loyalty, truth and honor as well as aiding in developing personal integrity and physical strength. They are useful for guarding off infections and irritability, as well as being beneficial to the digestive system. They transmit vibrations, which attract, wisdom, love and prosperity, while also aiding in balancing the emotions. They increase fertility as well as clarity of focus, and have an overall healing quality about them.

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    Has anyone ever went rock or gem hunting? Ive always wanted to do that! Its rugged but seems fun!

    Gems and rocks are beautiful treasures and gifts from mother nature <3.

    I used to be really in to researching the healing properties of them.

    Some of my favorites are:

    Citrine


    White Jade <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE!




    Amber
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    [YOUTUBE="c9DF8vmduBU"]Naica, baby![/YOUTUBE]
    the formless thing which gives things form!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    [YOUTUBE="c9DF8vmduBU"]Naica, baby![/YOUTUBE]
    Woah, that is amazing....JACKPOT!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synapse View Post
    They increase fertility
    Pearls: Im staying away from pearls then, lol!!! j/k Pearls are my birth stone, but Im not too drawn to them for some reason. Who knows, maybe I will fall in love with them some day.

    As for Diamonds...I never really cared for them to much either....until I put a big huge heart shaped diamond the size of a freakin small jaw breaker on my finger...it was a $30,000 ring. I felt like I had super powers....OMG. I turned in to a different person with that damn ring on my finger....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    Citrine




    Named from the French name for lemon, "citron," many citrines have a juicy lemon color. Sometimes you will hear citrine referred to as topaz quartz, which is incorrect. This name was used in the past in reference to the color, which is sometimes similar to the color of topaz. Since topaz is a separate mineral, this type of name can be confusing and should not be used. However, citrine is considered an alternative to topaz as the birthstone for November.

    It emits a warm energy that promotes optimism. It attracts abundance and is known as "a merchant's stone" to be placed in a cash register or where one conducts business, to not only acquire positive wealth but to maintain it as well. It enhances the body's healing energy and opens the conscious mind to intuition. It helps one adjust and adapt to process changes, feeling confident and secure.

    Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    White Jade <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    White Jade







    White or Cream Jade is used to direct ones energy and assist in concentration, by filtering out unwanted distractions. White and cream jade has long been used to boost energy and to ascertain what the highest outcome for a given situation will be.

    Jade or "yu" as it is called in China, truly is one name for two separate gems with similar characteristics. The first being Jadeite, the second Nephrite, both are indeed "Jade".

    Jadeite, though, made up of interlocking ,granular pyroxene crystals, occurs in a wide range of colors, such as green, lilac, white, pink, brown, red, blue, black, orange and yellow. The most prized variety, imperial jade, is a deep rich emerald green due to chromium content. Jadeite commonly has a dimpled surface when polished.

    Nephrite is found as aggregates of fibrous amphibole crystals. This composite forms an interlocking structure that is tougher than steel. Colors may vary from a dark green (which is rich in iron) to a cream color (which is high in magnesium). Nephrite jade may be homogeneous in color, banded or blotchy.
    This is a stone that can help you to attain your goals and dreams, instilling resourcefulness, and allowing you to see past your self imposed limitations and manifest your ideas into the physical world.

    Cool, why no Green Jade?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    Amber
    Amber







    It is commonly known that amber is the fossilized resin of trees. Most of all amber is golden yellow to golden orange, but there have been found specimens in green, red, violet and black as well. Transparent to translucent is usually occurs as nodules or small, irregularly shaped masses with a cracked and weathered surface. Amber is one of the few stone that can be charged with electricity. When rubbed, amber produces a negative electrical charge that may attract dust. "Ambroid" is formed by heating and pressing together smaller pieces of amber. The gem world divides amber into specific groups, which include: Succinite (Baltic Amber), Burmite (Burmese Amber), Simetite (Sicilian Amber), Rumanite (Rumanian Amber)

    In general the sunny energy is used to transmute negative energy, to cheer you up and help open you up to your divine blueprint. It is said to help draw sickness from the body and negativity from the emotional energy. For this reason, some say amber brings good luck!

    Interesting.

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