Minerals and More:
BeYond the Elements
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By Karen Edmund

Well, I’m not sure I want to say that I’ve walked the dog in snow already by November 1st, but I have.  Even though he’s from Texas, Beau didn’t seem a bit phased by it.  Wish I felt the same!

November is bringing us new rocks and crystals as we connect with our vendors from the trade shows.  We are all stepping up to the plate with new ways to make our businesses successful. They are grateful when I find them, and we are grateful that they can give us pictures and virtual tours so we can find just the right pieces for the store and our customers. A Win-Win scenario!

I’m glad that we have a Thanksgiving Holiday.  It is a chance not only to be grateful for what I(we) have, but also to see what I’ve come through. And of course, a time to cook like I don’t usually do!  I’m pretty sure Beau thinks the kitchen is the best room in the house, as he’s always cruising the floor for food crumbs. He’s going to love it even more on Thanksgiving!  Blessings to All.

REMEMBER – from November 1- thru November 11th, we are doing 5% off of everything in the store except books and card decks.  This is to honor our 5 Year Anniversary of being in business as Minerals and More: Beyond the Elements.

Featured - Titanium

Titanium is a metal with an interesting history.  In 1791, it was discovered in Cornwall by the Reverend William Gregor.  He found a previously unknown metal present in black sand.  In 1795, Martin Heinrich Klaproth of Berlin Germany analyzed a Hungarian red ore and also found what is now called Titanium.  While Titanium is the ninth most common element on Earth, it is very difficult to extract due to its reactivity.  This is why the cost of the refined metal is quite expensive and has limited its use.

Pure Titanium was first produced in 1910.  It took until 1916 before Titanium was used in commercial applications as a white pigment in paints.  In 1932, Wilhelm Justin Kroll, from Luxembourg was able to create a process to extract larger quantities of Titanium by combining Titanium Tetrachloride with Calcium.  In 1940 he modified his process, called the Kroll Process, to produce Titanium meeting commercial standards.  This is the process still most often used today.

The DuPont Company was the first to produce Titanium commercially in 1948.  In the 1960s, Titanium was used in military applications.  The Russians used alloys of the metal in submarines, while the Americans used the alloys for fuselage and wing coverings in high performance military aircrafts, and for engine parts.  Titanium is corrosion resistant which is why it is well fitted for ships, submarines, or pipes that are exposed to the salt in seawater.

Titanium is also used in medical procedures.  In 1965, it was first used for dental implants.  In 1985 the first hip replacement operation was performed using a Titanium alloy implant.  The metal is biocompatible since it is nontoxic, connects well with bone and tissue, causes no infections, and is hypoallergenic.  While it is lightweight, it is able to carry weight well.  In 2001, Titanium was used to make parts of an artificial heart for the first transplant of this kind.

The first Titanium passenger plane was built and put into service in 2008. It is the Airbus A380 which has a capacity of 550 people. Titanium is also used in spacecrafts and missiles.  It is ideal for applications such as these since Titanium is as strong as steel but weighs less.  It is able to withstand extreme temperatures and resists corrosion.

Other applications for Titanium include laptops, crutches, golf clubs, bracelets, athletic tape, fireworks, and bicycles.  While there is limited use of the metal in cars, it is used in race cars where cost is less of a consideration.

Titanium is also used to coat Quartz crystals.  Titanium is combined with other metal oxides that are vaporized and then settle on the Quartz crystals that are in the chamber.  The end product is called Titanium or Flame Aura Quartz.  The metals produce a rainbow-like luster when they fuse onto the Quartz.

While Titanium is found almost everywhere, the largest deposits are found in Australia, Brazil Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States of America (Florida, Nevada, Utah, and Virginia).

Metaphysical Properties:  
The Flame Aura Quartz’s rainbow colors produced by Titanium and the other metals promote healing on all levels.  The Quartz acts as an amplifier.  Titanium has a light feel to it that is backed by a quiet strength.  This protective metal helps one to overcome negative energy while keeping a person grounded, centered, and energized all at the same time.  The light feel of Titanium helps a person to feel lightness thorough humor and general enjoyment of life.  The fortitude emitted by Titanium helps calm fear and anxiety.  Just like it bonds to bone, this metal helps build solid bonds between people.  Titanium is said to balance the body’s electromagnetic energy field which may be disrupted due to all the machinery we come into contact with daily.

Calendar of Events
November 1st - November 11th - 5% off of mineral, crystal, and jewelry sales (excludes books
     and cards).

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