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By Karen Edmund

JANUARY 2021!  The holidays were very different, as for the first time in over 30 years, I did not go home for Christmas.  The possibility of seeing my family members who are at high risk for the COVID virus, was just too much of a risk to take, since I work in retail and am exposed to the public daily.  I am sure some/many of you experienced similar circumstances over the holidays. May we all stay safe and healthy. My sincere hope is for all of us to have a different experience next December!

Come cheer yourself up with a visit to the store.  We have new crystals that have just arrived.  Some of them are: polished Blue Aragonite (not dyed), 5 inch and longer New Amethyst Crystals, Purple Scapolite, Green Moonstone, Black Opal, and Blue Lace Agate Spheres, to name a few.  I’m so excited about the Blue Lace Agate Spheres, as I’ve only ever seen three before! Oh, and we have Wisconsin Jade! It comes from Marathon County in central Wisconsin – who knew?

We appreciate your efforts to keep a safe 6 foot space, wear your masks, and sanitize your hands on entering. We will do our part to continue to offer a safe environment with sanitizing our hands, wearing our masks, and having a dedicated effort to clean community surfaces. Let’s make this a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  

Featured - Zincite

There are three ways that Zincite, a Zinc Oxide mineral, is formed.  The first occurs in nature, the second during a smelting process, and the third is lab-created.  Since it is made from metamorphosed orebodies or as a product of volcanism, naturally occurring Zincite crystals are rare and tend to be very small.  In its natural form, it often occurs with Calcite, Willemite, and Franklinite.
In the United States, the world’s best crystals come from the Buckwheat Mine located in Franklin, New Jersey.  Other quality specimens come from Sterling Hill near Ogdensburg, New Jersey.  Some Zincite has also been found in the Tonopah-Belmont Mine in Arizona.  Only a few with the deep red color, caused by trace amounts of iron and manganese, have been cut.  One is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington.  It weighs 20.06 ct.  The others are in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The smelter version came mainly from foundries in Poland but also occurred in smelters located in Italy and the United States.  The crystals that grew there were an accidental by-product of the gas handling system used by the Zinc smelting process.  The crystals formed over the years in the cavities of the smokestacks.  Pure Zinc is white.  The colors of these crystals and clusters are red, orange, yellow, brown, white, green, and bluish.  Pieces may be composed of one color or any combination of colors.  In the 1990s, EPA regulations were put into place to correct air pollution problems at the smelters.  These changes have resulted in no further production of Zincite from the smelting process.
People have tried to reproduce the gas handling system which resulted in the production of Zincite, but have had little success.  I did find information stating that lab-produced Zincites exist, but there was no information on what process was used to create them.
Some Zincite fluoresces a strong electric green under both long-wave and short-wave ultraviolet light.  The synthetic smelter versions have a wet glassy look rather than the crystalline appearance of natural Zincite.  Both have the same chemical composition and are a 4 on the Mohs scale. 

Natural deposits of Zincite are found in Australia, Namibia, Poland, Spain, Tasmania, and the United States (Arizona, and New Jersey).

Metaphysical Properties:  Zincite has a top-down energy feel to it.  Since it enhances creativity and helps one to manifest or transform rapidly, this makes sense because what one imagines in the higher chakras is then brought down to the lower chakras to manifest those ideas into reality.  It clears energy blocks, brings an excitement for life, and helps one to adjust to any changes occurring in their life.  Zincite is also helpful for someone who has suffered a shock or trauma by giving them the courage to deal with the situation and to release any depression or painful memories associated with it.  It energizes all of the chakras and helps a person open to the higher frequencies of the third eye and crown chakras while firmly anchoring the light body in the physical realm.  To manifest a monetary increase, combine it with Golden Labradorite or Heliodor.

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