Minerals and More:
BeYond the Elements
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    By Karen Edmund
2020!  What a year this is going to be.  It feels like we’ve had lots of endings, and that makes way for lots of new beginnings.  First, I am looking forward to going to Tucson and shopping for the store.  I’m hoping to visit/buy at some new places.  I want to do some sightseeing with my cousin Cindy, who lives in Tucson.  I usually never take time to do it, but I think this is the year to take time to do what I haven’t done before.   There may be a trip to Arkansas for Quartz in March in my future. There is definitely a trip to Norway in June in my future.  Then September brings Denver.  This is looking to be a year of Traveling for me!!! That makes me happy.  My New Years’ Wish for you in 2020, is to find what makes you happy.

Featured - Polychrome Jasper
The multicolored Polychrome Jasper is also known as Desert Jasper or Royal Savannah Jasper.  It was first found in 2006 while geologists were searching for Ocean Jasper.  Polychrome Jasper is mined by digging pieces out by hand.  There are currently three different locations where it has been found.  The locations are close to each other and close to the areas where Ocean Jasper was found.  Polychrome Jasper is found as massive formations consisting of huge boulders.  It is believed to be one of the rarest Jaspers in the world.
Polychrome Jasper comes in colors such as brown, pink, reddish, yellow, orange, green, teal, blue, and purple.  The teal and blue colors are the rarest.  The colors come from the original sediments or ash which formed the rock.  While it may be banded, it more often has a swirled, circular, or an orb patterning.
Like other Jaspers, such as Ocean Jasper, Polychrome has a Mohs Hardness of 7.  That means that it polishes well.  Jasper is a variety of Chert which is the general term applied to granular cryptocrystalline Quartz varieties.  Jasper is associated with the Hematite ore deposits of the Precambrian age.  The brown coloration found in Jaspers is due to Hematite or Goethite impurities.  Jaspers often occur as a petrifying agent in fossilized bone and wood. 
Polychrome Jasper is used as gemstone and for ornamental objects.  Some early primitive axes were made of Jaspers and have been found in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia.  Even though Jaspers are quite hard and durable, they shape easily. 
Polychrome Jasper is found in Madagascar.  A material similar to Polychrome Jasper has been found in Australia.

 Metaphysical Properties:  Polychrome Jasper is a very protective and nurturing stone that will support a person in difficult and stressful times.  It does this by absorbing negative energy.  Since this crystal connects into nature, it provides grounding energy while helping to stimulate creativity by releasing blocks.  It turns ideas into reality or action by helping with focus, organization, and motivation.  As a stone that helps people face their truth with honesty, it aligns all the bodies (physical, mental, and emotional) in the etheric realm.

Calendar of Events
January 19th Sunday - Class by Brenda N. - Crystals to Help with Energy Shifts
     Have you experienced physical symptoms with no reason for them or a lack of
     energy with all the energy shifts that have been occurring?  Learn which crystals
     may help calm the reactions to these shifts.  Please come early if you need to
     register.  Thank you!  The class will be from 10:45 am until noon and costs
     $10 per person cash.

January 28th
 Tuesday - Buying trip starts - Tucson here we come!

February 16th Sunday - Class by Brenda N. - Topic to be announced

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