Minerals and More:
BeYond the Elements
                                                   Minerals and More News                                  
    By Karen Edmund
July is a great time to take a vacation.  I for one am going to visit Canada and take the Awaga Canyon train trip out of Sault Saint Marie.  I’ve heard from family and customers that it’s a wonderful scenic ride.  I can’t wait!  When you come in, tell us about your adventures!
Minerals and More is not the only retail shop in Prairie Oaks here.  Take a moment to walk or drive around the corner and visit JNJ Craftworks.  Jerina has a beautiful gift store with something for everyone.  She is supporting local artisans by offering them a venue to sell handmade items.

Featured - Heliodor
This month’s gemstone is Heliodor, which like Aquamarine is in the Beryl family.  Heliodor is Greek for gift of the sun.  Golden Beryl is a variety of Heliodor which has, as the name implies, a golden yellow color.  Heliodor colors include greenish-yellow, pale yellow, light green, orange, orangish-yellow, golden orange, and brown. The yellow versions are sometimes confused with yellow Topaz.  The color, in Heliodor crystals, comes from trace iron impurities, though on rare occasions it may contain uranium oxide which is radioactive.  If heated, the iron is altered, which may improve the yellowish color.  Continued heating often causes the stone to turn to a greenish-blue or blue color. 
Heliodor is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale.  The mineral is either transparent or translucent and may appear glasslike.  Occurring in granite cavities and granite pegmatites, some crystals grow up to 30 feet in length.  Heliodor is sometimes found in the same area as Aquamarine, and is often associated with Quartz Feldspars and Muscovite Mica.  It was first officially discovered in 1910 in Western Namibia.  It is believed that it had been discovered in other areas prior to 1910, but that is when it first drew attention worldwide.
Demand for Heliodor is small, since most people, other than collectors, are unfamiliar with the stone.  There are few outlets which supply cut stones so the amount of jewelry is also limited.  High quality Heliodor jewelry is found in design shops or stores specializing in gemstones. 
The largest, flawless cut Golden Beryl is displayed in the Smithsonian.  It is a 2054 carat stone.  Another interesting fact is that the first eyeglasses made in the 13th century were made of Beryl in Italy. 
The best Heliodor specimens come from Namibia, Brazil, and Madagascar with Madagascar gemstones having a finer, brighter color.  Other areas, in which Heliodor is found, include Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, Columbia, Germany, Ireland, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, The United States of America (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire (their state mineral), North Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 Metaphysical Properties:  Heliodor helps one develop assertiveness, self-confidence, and power with an equal amount of benevolence.  It keeps one centered, and aids leaders to make decisions based on wisdom rather than emotions.  Being a stone of balance, it helps people who have to balance family, home, and care-giving with career.  This is a great stone to have on hand during the winter for people who experience Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), as it is like sunshine on a cloudy day.  It may help increase one’s energy, and guard against stress and anxiety.  It is helpful for those who are feeling overburdened or burnt out.  As a protective stone, it guards against psychological and emotional manipulation of others, unfriendly ghosts, or dark energies of any sort due to its attraction of angelic energies.

Calendar of Event

July 4th Thursday Closed  - Happy 4th of July!

July 18th Thursday Closing at 5:00 pm

July 21st Sunday Class by Brenda N.  - Working with Animal
      Have you ever had an Animal Totem Reading or do you feel drawn to certain
     animals?  Learn how to use the qualities of your animal guides and totems to 
     help if you are stuck or when you need to handle a situation differently than
     you have in the past for example.  Class is from 10:45 am until noon and
     costs $10/person cash.  Please come early if you need to register.

July 27th Saturday - Summer Time Faire 
                                1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
       Prices are 30 minutes for $45, 1 hour for $90, or as noted for cash payment
                               3% upcharge for credit cards
                 Hermina V. - Egyptian Cartouche® Reading (30 minutes or 1 hour)
                 Brenda N. - Animal Totem (1 hour learn your 9 totem animals)
                                     Reading or Wolf Pack® Reading (30 minutes or 1 hour)
                 Jean T./Bob G. - Crystal Healings ($45/30 minutes, $100/1 hour)

Call to reserve your time 608-845-3630.  Walk-ins are welcome as time permits.

August 18th Sunday Class by Brenda N.  - Topic to be announced

September 6th- 10th - Denver Buying Trip

Remember you may also check the Calendar of Events on our website.