Minerals and More:
BeYond the Elements
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By Karen Edmund

It’s September, the leaves are falling, and I don’t think I’m quite ready for fall.  The big news at my house is the addition of a new dog.  Beauregard (Beau) a Basset/Catahoula Hound mix arrived on Sunday August 9th, and life hasn’t been the same since!!!  He’s a 2-year-old rescue from Texas with a Basset body and legs, and a Catahoula personality and coloring.  Two 40-minute walks a day in the heat, and he still wants to play when we come home.  He is definitely used to Texas heat.

I do miss the excitement of the Denver buying trip, but am glad not to have exposure to COVID from a flight, a hotel room, restaurants, and the crowds that the show entails.  Hopefully next year we will be able to travel easily, safely, and successfully.

Our table in front of the cash register continues to have new items.  The vendors are being really good about sending photos of their minerals and crystals, so Brenda and I can then pick and choose for the store. 

I invite you in to visit and enjoy the store, knowing that a Mask and Hand Sanitizing is required.  We are happy to provide curbside service or mail items to meet your crystal needs.  As a small business, I continue to have gratitude for your support.

Featured - Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a green stone with red, brownish-red, or yellow spots.  The spots look similar to blood drops which is why it was named Bloodstone.  Legend has it that when Jesus Christ was crucified drops of his blood fell onto a Jasper stone or the dark green earth which turned to stone giving us Bloodstone.

The red spots, created by iron oxide impurities such as Hematite, may be very dense or very sparse.  Bloodstone sometimes has stripes or veins, but the spotted version is the most desirable.  The green color is due to Chlorite, Amphibole, and Pyroxene minerals.  The green may be uneven in color and occurs in a dark to light version with some even having a bluish-gray tone.  The most highly prized specimens have a deep forest green color and clearly visible red dots which appear splattered on the green background.

The green portion of Bloodstone is Chalcedony and the red portion is Jasper.  Bloodstone forms in low temperatures close to the surface. It is formed from silica-rich groundwaters that drip in cavities and fractures.  It was the traditional March gemstone, which today it is more commonly Aquamarine.

Most Jaspers are a 7 on the Mohs.  Bloodstone comes in a bit lower at around 6.5.   Most Bloodstone is cut into cabochons and other objects such as bowls, wands, and sculptures.  In the past, it has been used in men’s jewelry.  Bloodstone was frequently mounted into rings with a signet design that could be used to seal letters and documents. 

Locations, where Bloodstone may be found, include Australia, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Madagascar, Russia, and the United States (California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). 

Metaphysical Properties:  
Bloodstone, a protective stone that instills courage, has been set in rings, pendants, and shields throughout history.  It is a helpful stone for someone undergoing a spiritual awakening since it encourages selflessness and idealism.  In addition, it helps one take an appropriate course of action and overcome loneliness.  Bloodstone aids a person in finding their inner strength by helping one to feel capable and self-sufficient.  This stone of vitality may keep a person from becoming discouraged when meeting obstacles on their path.  The grounding qualities of Bloodstone help quiet a preoccupied mind to bring clarity.  Since we are moving into the Fall season, this is a perfect stone to work with since it encourages living in the current moment while focusing energy on repair and renewal of the hurts and wounds collected over the years of a person’s life.  It is like the Fall days leading up to the restful and rejuvenating energies in the Winter before life bursts forward once again in the Spring.

Calendar of Events

September 20th Sunday - Class by Brenda 10:45 am until noon - Topic to be announced

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