Thursday, December 4, 2008

Natural Little Treasure...





A little natural treasure this time... almost literally from my backyard: I took Jack (our terrier) for a walk a few weeks ago and discovered quite by chance a natural mineral growth a few meters away from our house. The houses around here are built on hills - not enough flat surface to go round, this is earthquake country - and we live a pigeon's wing's away from the sea. I did some research on the internet and found on Eni oken's www.jewelrylessons.com a free tutorial to download on identifying rocks, from Shelby of www.skeenastormstones.com. Still unclear, I contacted Shelby, who was about the most helpful and lovely person EVER, and who talked me through all the tests and possible things my mineral could be. In the end, we got it: it's CALCITE! Thank you Shelby for all your help and advice!!!

Calcite has metaphysical and healing properties too! This is what I found about calcite on http://crystalsandjewelry.com:

It increases and amplifies energy. One of the energies it amplifies is learning abilities, so it's a great stone for students.

All calcites are helpful in lessening of fear and reducing stress. Calcite is probably the premier cleanser of stored negative energies in the human system, and works on all levels from the physical to the etheric. This makes it a very purifying stone. It can also be used to clear negativity in the environment, such as a room that it's in.

In the realm of relationships, calcite brings its properties of grounding and centering, to make it a stone of reconciliation. Calcite can ameliorate arguments in a relationship, and help maintain a practical balance between the people in the relationship.

Physically, calcites are good for back pain, increasing physical strength, teeth, eyes, and are generally good for healing. Clear calcite can be used for treating all conditions. It can also be used for detoxifying and as an antiseptic agent. Calcite is especially helpful with emotional and mental conditions.

What a treasure!!!!

2 comments:

Ruth said...

Looking forward to your first Calcite piece of jewelry. It looks lovely - and as it will clear your mind of all other things - I hope we see lots of it......or is it not hard enough or easy to get or???? I like to picture you and Jack out exploring and finding new minerals!!!

Shelby said...

You're welcome! You've been a true joy to correspond with! I love the photos of your backyard (I must confess to a wee bit of envy)and the calcite you sent me has a very prominent place in my jumbled up mineral collection! It's hilarious that was the stone you had because calcite is the type of mineral I love to collect because it comes in so many different shapes. I look forward to seeing what you create and have to say I adore your jewelry style!

I hope you have a blast with the jade!
Best wishes,
Shelby