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Pyrite “suns” from Sparta IL.

The mineral pyrite (also known as iron pyrite) is iron sulfide, the most common of the sulfide minerals. Pyrite crystallizes into an isometric crystal system and is most commonly found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, metamorphic rocks, sedimentary deposits including coal beds and as a replacement mineral in fossils. Pyrite is also known as ” Fools Gold”. While there are other shiny, brassy colored minerals, pyrite is by far the most common and most frequently mistaken for gold. Pyrite is a favorite of mineral collectors due to its golden metallic luster and interesting crystals. pyrite is so common in the Earth’s crust that it is found in almost every possible environment in numerous forms and varieties.

One of the most unusual and striking varieties of pyrite are the disc-shaped pyrite “suns”, which exhibit striations radiating from the center like rays of the sun. These unique specimens are recovered from underground coal mines near Sparta, Illinois, USA, where they occur in narrow compacted seams of slated inter-bedded in 300 million-year-old Pennsylvanian Period coal deposits. The origin of the pyrite suns has been a subject of speculation and debate. Some authorities have speculated they originated as fossils that were subsequently replaced with pyrite, others believe that they are concretions spread out under pressure and forced to grow in a laterally compressed radiating  manner in the seams of slate.

These are available both online and at the store. Pyrite “suns” are great collector items!!

Pyrite “suns”  are believed to enhance metaphysical abilities.

 

 

Gem Silica

Gem silica is the high-grade form of chrysocolla. It is a great collectors item!

Gem Silica

Gem Silica

Chrysocolla is a copper mineral that can be cryptocrystalline or botryoidal, found in the oxidation zones of copper deposits. Since the gem silica is typically harder than chrysocolla, it cuts beautiful stones.  Gem silica is typically botryoidal (appearing to have bubbles) and harder than chrysocolla. Gem silica can occur with malachite, translucence, pockets of quartz, and an absolutely stunning color!  It can be found in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, Zaire, Arizona, and other areas. It was used by the American Indian for healing and strength.  It is believed to have a number of healing qualities from regulating the thyroid, helping with infections, strengthening the body’s resistance, self awareness, accepting situations, to stress relief. We have several new specimens in stock – stop by to see them or look at them in our on-line store. We have rough, specimens, stones, and high grade in stock.

Citrine – What is it and How might it Help Me?

Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from very pale yellow to a deep golden yellow, a brown or dark orange. It gets its’ color from colloidal iron hydrate. It is rarely found naturally; most citrine is heat treated amethyst or smoky quartz. The darker colors are the most preferred.

Citrine can be in the form of druzy quartz or clusters of crystals. It is frequently cut into beautiful gemstones for use in jewelry. Natural citrine deposits have been found in Brazil, Spain, Africa, Russia, France, and the USA.

Citrine is the November birthstone.

Citrine is thought to open inner doors to enhanced creativity, clarity of thought and personal will. It is a premier stone for the second chakra, thought to be capable of awakening the powers of creative imagination. The name Citrine comes from the French word citron, meaning lemon. It has been used as far back as 300 B. C. by the Greeks.   It works well by itself or in combination with other healing stones.

Our Citrine will be 20% off for the coming week. We have it in clusters, plates, individual points, gemstones and jewelry, and beads. Come by, browse, and feel the energy!!

Please note that the Golden Healer Spirit Quartz is included in this sale – watch for the information blog on it next week!!

Enter to Win our Amethyst Cathedral Giveaway!!

Enter our Giveaway, and Win a Chance to Receive this Beautiful Amethyst Cathedral.

It is valued at $350.

The drawing will be held on December 18th. You do not need to be present to win!

Update: Giveaway is CLOSED. Thank you for entering! Winner will be announced at 2pm on Monday, December 18.

Amethyst is a purple colored quartz. The name comes from a Greek word meaning “not drunken”!! The quartz family (silicates) comes in many colors – clear, white, smoky, purple, pink (rose), yellow, blue, and green. The purple color in amethyst is caused by trace amounts of ferric iron. It is one of the most popular gemstones in history. It is found in many locations, a few of which are Africa, Brazil, Uruguay, the United States, and Madagascar. It comes in several different forms – the clean faceting quality, massive amethyst quartz, and crystal clusters.

Amethyst varies in color from very pale to deep purple, some even having a pinkish tone. It has been valued for thousands of years for its legendary energy qualities and beauty. The Greeks believed that it would prevent intoxication, relieve frustrated passion, and calm anger. Amethyst is viewed today as a stone of purification and protection. It is thought to aid in overcoming bad habits and curbing overindulgences. It stimulates the crown chakra and is beneficial in meditation. There are many other attributes as well – it has been thought to help cure hangovers!!

We have a number of different forms of amethyst here in our store. It is available in the cathedral form (geodes) for interior decoration. Smaller pieces are available in faceted and cabochon form to wear in jewelry. We carry massive chevron chunks, small crystals, crystal plates in different sizes. We carry beads, pendalums, necklace centerpieces, and tumbled pieces.

Come by or access the online sign-up coupon for the amethyst cathedral to be given away on December 18!!

New Shungite in stock

We have just returned from market and have a new selection of Shungite!! Shungite is a primarily graphite (carbon) material from Russia purported to clear the energy of the entire body. It is used for cleansing and purification. As a stone of truth, it dispels negativity and makes it difficult for the holder to speak untruthfully. It can be used during meditation, carried, worn, or used for an elixir. It is used for cleansing and balancing the whole body,  helping overcome fear of loss or isolation. It is believed to strengthen a sense of inner security.   It is available in 3 forms here in the store – tumbled, raw Noble Shungite, or formed into pendants to wear. Also available for mail order over the phone or by email.

Raw Noble Shungite

Tumble Shungite

 

Beautiful small decorator amethyst cathedrals in stock

We have a good stock of the small decorator amethyst cathedrals!! These make great gifts, fit almost anywhere, and are easy to take on the plane if you are traveling by air. While not available on the website due to rapid turnover, we will email pictures to you and ship if requested. They are available here in the store. Amethyst crystals are thought to be beneficial for protection, purification, and ending addictions.

New Dinosaur bone collection

We have recently purchased an old collection of really nice (some spectacular) dinosaur bone. It is all rough pieces with a lot of reds – nice high grade cutting quality. Call for information.

New format for website

Hi – check out our new format for the website – new items, pages, and information for the hottest Colorado rock shop!! We are a premier online rock shop as well as a great place to visit, browse and pick out that special piece for your home or great gift!! Please don’t hesitate to comment or let us know if there are items you are interested in that you didn’t find!!