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Mahogany obsidian is a deep reddish-brown with black inclusions. The distinctive coloring comes from high concentrations of iron. As with all varieties of obsidian, mahogany obsidian is a natural volcanic glass, and as such, it can be found in areas with volcanic activity including Afghanistan, Japan, Mexico, South America, and parts of the western United States. Obsidian is the result of molten volcanic lava cooling very rapidly. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air or micro crystals that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles or Crystals can produce interesting effects such as a Golden or Mahogany Sheen Obsidian.
Nearly all of the sources for mahogany obsidian in the United States were discovered by Native Americans. They used this beautiful gemstone for fashioning arrowheads, spears, and knives. Because each source of obsidian contains trace elements unique to that area, the source of each artifact can be identified, teaching us that these artifacts made from obsidian were once transported hundreds of miles over various ancient trade routes. The Incan people used mahogany obsidian to create masks, mirrors, and weapons. Ancient Greeks associated obsidian with Pluto, the god of the underworld and keeper of hidden treasures. This gemstone was even used in the stone age for weapons.
Many spiritualists believe mahogany obsidian is a stone of strength - giving the wearer the ability to follow one's own convictions even in the face of adversity and bringing strength in times of need. A stone of reflection, this form of obsidian is said to help with inner reflection, mirroring our flaws while bringing self-acceptance, helping with decision making, and allowing us to make significant change in difficult areas of our lives. This gemstone is also believed by some to relieve tension. Physically, many spiritualists believe mahogany obsidian can heal gums and improve circulation. This stone is also thought to increase sensuality - particularly with the sense of touch.

Malachite The word "malachite" comes from the Greek word "malakos" which means soft. Egyptians began the mining of this gemstone around 4000 BC. Once believed to ward off danger, illness, and black magic, malachite was attached to the cradles of infants and made into amulets for children by ancient Greeks.
Malachite is a copper ore that comes in a brilliant green marked with bands of contrasting shades of the same green. Malachite is found around the world anywhere there are large copper producing areas such as Russia, Mexico, Australia, England, Southwest U.S. and notably Zaire is a major producer today. Many beautiful specimens of malachite contain special combinations with other minerals, such as the azure blue of azurite, the baby blue of Chrysocolla, or the rusty red of limonite.
It helps balance pure love, romance, and one's own well-being.
Malachite is a stone of good fortune and prosperity/abundance, too. Malachite is also a very protective stone, being especially helpful for general protection, protection from evil, protection during pregnancy and childbirth, and protection for children. Malachite is a stone of transformation and helps with change and spiritual evolution. Malachite is a stone of transformation and balance, assisting in ones spiritual journey. It is capable of stimulating ones intuition and insight whilst assisting in recognizing and clearing past negative influences and experiences. One of the metaphysical uses of this stone is to gain insight into any emotional factors that may be manifesting as physical symptoms.
Malachite is a fragile stone which is always coated in a protective polish. This gemstone should not be cleaned in a home ultrasonic cleaner because water will wash off the protective finish. Never clean malachite or azurite with any product containing ammonia.

Mammoth Ivory – Among the treasures hidden for thousands of years in the remote Arctic tundra of Alaska, Canada and Siberia are the massive ivory tusks of the Woolly Mammoth, ruler of the prehistoric savanna. Larger than today's Indian elephant, their tusks could weigh up to 300 pounds each and measure over 16 feet in length. These great beasts ultimately succumbed to the drastic climate changes accompanying great ice ages. The skeletons and tusks were naturally interred for aeons in the frozen earth. These massive tusks are unearthed many ways. Modern day gold miners dredge up mineralized remains in the course of placer mining activities. We unearth fossil ivory during road construction. Bush pilots spot the huge tusks jutting from ever eroding river banks while flying over the tundra. Wilderness explorers find the tusks in the melting muskeg. The beautiful hues of tan, brown and blue are a result of thousands of years of mineralization. Exact hues depend upon the mineral deposits in the immediate soil surrounding the fallen mammoth. Thus, when processing, each tusk reveals a unique character, never duplicated in another piece of fossil tusks.
International trade in elephant ivory has been largely shut down due to concern for the preservation of a living species. Much to the delight of fine jewelry collectors, fossil mammoth ivory has emerged as an eco-friendly and increasingly valuable alternative. While still scarce and difficult to work with, this lustrous natural ivory possesses the same gem qualities of new ivory, without the stigma attached to illegal harvesting of endangered elephants. As with all fine gem quality ivory, the luster is enhanced with frequent exposure to one's natural skin oils, developing a rich patina over time.

Marcasite Dark, rugged-looking, grey-black pyrite/marcasite has a multiple personality. In gemstones, unlike in people, that can be very desirable. Sometimes called marcasite, and sometimes called pyrite, the two are so related they have the same chemical formula, though pyrite has a different crystal system. The name marcasite, in fact, is believed to come from the Arabic word for pyrite.

Marra Mamba Tiger Eye is one of Australia's most beautiful semiprecious gemstones. The richly colored and highly chatoyant material was mined from isolated pockets in the blue crocidolite seams at a small deposit in the rugged Hamersley Ranges of North Western Australia near Mount Brockman. Marra Mamba is very rare and usually contains hematite and is related to tiger eye and tiger iron. Marra mamba tends to have more of a coppery coloring than most tiger eye and has more Hematite. It also contains shades of red, green, yellow and blue. Premium pieces have a reddish overall color.
The name "Marra Mamba" is taken from the geological banded iron formation in which the Tiger Eye occurs, and which outcrops extensively throughout the Pibara region. The gemstone was formed hundreds of millions of years ago during the Volcanic Era when the Hamersley Ranges were being formed, by highly mineralized silica impregnating the crocidolite fibers. The Tiger Eye is enclosed in an attractive jasperlite host rock, through which a lace-work of hematite banding occurs together with splashes of iron pyrite, giving the stone its unique characteristics. The deposit is the only source for this gemstone in the world, and has been mined out for many years so very little of the "true" marra mamba is available today. To a true avid collector there is no other stone that can compare to Marra Mamba tiger eye.

Montana agate is usually a creamy light yellow to almost clear color with embedded moss structures in varying shades of brownish red to black. Most of these Montana agates are found in gravel deposits from the Pleistocene age (10,000 - 1,6000,000) in the area of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries. In recent years, Montana agate has gained wide acceptance in jewelry and well cut stones with nicely defined patterns.

Mookaite (Moukaite, Mookite, Mook Jasper, Mook Mook) Mookaite colors vary from cream, yellow, brown, dark red, mauve and lavender. Mookaite is found in Western Australia.
It is an Australian Aboriginal healing stone that bestows strength and helps with the healing of wounds and with regeneration. Mokaite encourages within us, the desire for variety and new experiences and can make us more flexible in our thinking and enhances our decision making.

Moonstone belongs to the large mineral family of feldspars. It is an opalescent stone which can range from colorless to blue, peach, green, pink, yellow, brown or gray with a silvery scheen. This iridescence is known as shiller but in moonstone it is called adularescence. Clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. Rainbow moonstone is milky white with a rainbow colored sheen. Moonstone is the most valuable form of feldspar and is composed of albite, which gives it the bluish scheen, and orthoclase feldspar Moonstone is a feldspar gem material, which received its name because of its luminosity and resemblance to the glowing Moon. It has been prized as a gemstone for thousands of years.
Moonstone is found in Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States. Moonstone was used in jewelry by the Romans who believed that the stone was formed from the light of the moon. Moonstone is considered a sacred stone in India.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say that Moonstone is a stone of emotional harmony and wellbeing. It has been revered for centuries in India as a stone which can bring harmony and good fortune to marriages and love relationships. Moonstone is said to help one relax and enjoy life, and to help one fully love & appreciate others. Long know as the traveler's stone and used for protection, Moonstone is also considered to be a stone of good fortune. It is a wonderful stone to help one reflect and look inwards. A stone of feeling rather than intellect it can be an aid in increasing intuition. It also assists in apply the insights gained. Moonstone is recommended for those wishing to balance the bodies rhythms and recognize the natural cycles. It can be used to increase energy and encourage growth whilst helping to overcome obstacles.
An ancient remedy for insomnia, this stone is also used to help in the elimination of toxins and for digestive disorders. Also for the symptoms of degenerative diseases and allergic reactions. The feminine energy of moonstone makes it a stone to promote ease in pregnancy and child birth, to relieve the symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Moonstone is the modern birthstone for June.

Moss Agate is a semi-precious gemstone formed from Silica. It is a form of Agate which includes minerals of a green color embedded in the Chalcedony forming filaments and other patterns suggestive of moss. The field is clear or milky-white quartz, and the included minerals are mainly oxides of manganese or iron. Despite its name, moss agate does not contain organic matter and is usually formed from weathered volcanic rocks.
Moss agate is sometimes called the "gardener's stone" due to its properties of helping ensure a full crop. In addition to a full crop, moss agate brings general abundance, success, and prosperity. It can also help one gain peace with extreme or excessive duties in life and brings self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Moss agate is also a protective stone, as are all agates.

Mother of Pearl is a hard, iridescent inner layer of certain shells such as abalone, pearl oyster and mussel. Mother of pearl varies in shades of white, yellow, pink and gray. Care should be taken not to expose it to chemicals.

Muscovite
(Quartzite) is a type of mica that comes in pinks, browns, clear and yellows. Art Smith, Mineralogist-Geologist wrote: I did a microscopic examination of the bead material that you call Muscovite. It is a natural stone, probably a metamorphic rock called quartzite. It is composed of well-fused grains of clear to slightly cloudy quartz with interspearsed flakes of pale tan, slightly iron stained, mica that is probably muscovite. The iron staining seems to be most concentrated on the edge of the muscovite flakes and so emphasizes them when the stone is polished. This is an excellent hard and durable stone that will make good beads, cabochons or other lapidary items.
It is a stone of angelic contact, and can bring awareness of the higher self. Mystically it is used in scrying and can contact the highest spiritual planes, as well as assist with astral travel. Muscovite is also good for lessening insecurities, self-doubt, and brings self-confidence and optimism. It is considered good for problem-solving, self-reflection, and dealing with major life changes.

Obsidian is a type of naturally occurring glass, produced from volcanoes when fluid felsic lava cools rapidly and freezes without sufficient time for crystal growth, for example by flowing into a body of water. The color of obsidian varies depending on the presence of impurities. Iron and magnesium typically give the obsidian a dark green to brown to black color. The inclusion of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite in the black glass produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern (snowflake obsidian). It may contain patterns of gas bubbles remaining from the lava flow, aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as a golden (sheen obsidian) or rainbow sheen (rainbow obsidian). Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by wind and water are called "Apache tears." Like all glass and some other types of naturally occurring rocks, obsidian breaks with a characteristic "conchoidal" fracture. This smooth, curved type of fracture surface occurs because of the near-absence of mineral crystals in the glass. The intersections of conchoidal fracture surfaces can be sharper than a razor. This had obvious advantages for our Stone Age ancestors, who used obsidian extensively for tool making.
Obsidian consists of about 70 percent or more non-crystallized silica (silicon dioxide). Because obsidian is not comprised of mineral crystals, technically obsidian is not a true "rock." It is really a congealed liquid with minor amounts of microscopic mineral crystals and rock impurities. Obsidian is relatively soft with a typical hardness of 5 to 5.5 on the mineral hardness scale.In comparison, quartz (crystallized silicon dioxide) has a hardness of 7.0. If obsidian is similar in composition to granite and rhyolite, both of which were originally molten, then why is obsidian glassy? The answer relates to the original cooling rate and water content of the magma. Granite cools very slowly miles below the surface of the earth; this slow cooling over millions of years allows for the formation of sizable mineral crystals within the slowly cooling mass of molten rock. Rhyolite typically cools more rapidly near the earth's surface and contains smaller mineral crystals than granite. When rhyolite magma approaches the earth's surface and the pressure of burial decreases, most of the water in the magma is lost as steam. The resulting silica-rich magma with little remaining water becomes very viscous (thick and pasty) obsidian magma. This magma is so viscous that sizable mineral crystals cannot grow before chilling of the magma "freezes" crystal development.
Obsidian was revered by ancient cultures. It was one of the major barter materials, and prized for its ability to be worked to razor-sharp edges for arrows and spears. It has been used since prehistoric times for making tools, masks, weapons, mirrors and jewelry. Obsidian is associated with Pluto - Greek god of the underworld and keeper of hidden treasure. Obsidian is a grounding stone but also contains a fiery element. It is useful for developing the strength needed to stand on your own convictions against any enemy (hidden or otherwise).

Ocean Jasper / Orbicular Jasper is found along the Northwest coast of Madagascar. The deposit formed similar to a Rhyolite flow but has been totally silicified. The Rhyolitic spheres or orbs come in an astonishing array of colors and color combinations. The background can be white, pink, green, red or yellow. Botryoidal formations as well as white and deep green druzy are also common.
Ocean Jasper is produced from only one mine near Marovato, Madagascar. The deposit, located at the edge of the ocean, can only be seen and collected from at low tide. This remote area has no roads so the material must be transported to civilization by boat.
Ocean Jasper is very soothing and helps to love one's self as well as others. It is very healing of the emotions and brings peace of mind. It helps with acceptance of responsibility and increases patience. The circulars patterns on ocean jasper symbolize and help us realize that we are all interconnected and nature is a cyclical pattern. It can also help with circular breathing for healing or meditation. Being a type of jasper, ocean jasper is a very protective stone, and any orbs ("eyes") enhance this in regard to protection from the "evil eye." Physically, ocean jasper is beneficial to the digestion, digestive organs, removing toxins, lessen body odor.

Onyx is a chalcedony quartz that is mined in Brazil, India, California and Uruguay. It has a fine texture and black color; however some onyx also displays white bands or ribbons against a black or brown background and this variety is known as Sardonyx.
The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. Legend says that one day while Venus was sleeping Eros/Cupid cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx.
Originally, almost all colors of chalcedony from white to dark brown and black were called onyx. Today when we think of onyx we often preface the word with black to distinguish it from other varieties of onyx that come in white, reddish brown, brown and banded. A variety of onyx that is reddish brown with white and lighter reddish bands is known as Sardonyx.
Most Black Onyx that is commercially available today is color enhanced (heated and dyed) to increase it's depth of color.
Onyx is thought to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition, instincts. Also thought to decrease sexual desire and helps to change bad habits.

Opals are found in the veins and cavities of igneous or sedimentary rock. The best quality opals are found in Australia. The gemstone is also found in Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, southern Africa, and Nevada.
Opals come in three natural varieties: the opalescent precious opal, the fire opal (yellow to red-orange), and the generally opaque common opal. A French manufacturer, Gilson, created the first "opalescent" imitation opal in 1973. The natural opals are non-crystalline gemstones that can contain up to 30% water. They are actually a hardened silica gel. It's possible for them to dry out and crack, and they are relatively soft and fragile gemstones. They rank between 5.5–6.5 on the Mohs' hardness scale.
The precious opals display a unique opalescence. Depending on the angle of view, rainbow-like flashes of different colors appear, caused by light reflecting off of extremely small spheres of cristobalite within the silica gel. The phenomenon is called interference. The flashing of color is called "fire" or "play of light." The precious opals appear in a range of white to black (usually dark gray, green or blue backgrounds).
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances memory. Opal brings happy dreams. It also aids inner beauty, faithfulness, and eyesight and helps recall past lives.
The gemstone opal is the official birthstone for October.

Peach aventurine gently increases the energy of the sacral chakra. It helps with decision making and can boost creativity. Physically it is beneficial for the lungs, heart, adrenal glands and urogenital system.

Pearls are generally white, cream, silver, pink, peach, brown, or even black. The wide range of color is dependant upon both the type of shellfish and water. An organic gem, pearl, is a hard, rounded object produced by certain mollusks, primarily oysters. Pearl is valued as a gemstone and is cultivated or harvested for jewelry. Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain bivalve mollusks. As a response to an irritating object inside its shell, the mollusk will deposit layers of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of the minerals aragonite or calcite (both crystalline forms of calcium carbonate) held together by an organic horn-like compound called conchiolin. This combination of calcium carbonate and conchiolin is called nacre, or as most know it, mother-of-pearl.
Today pearls are cultured by man: Shell beads are placed inside an oyster and the oyster is returned to the water. This process can take up to seven or eight years. When the pearls are later harvested, the oyster has covered the bead with layers of nacre. Most cultured pearls are produced in Japan. The principal Japanese pearls are found near the coast in salt water.
In the warmer waters of the South Pacific, larger oysters produce South Sea cultured pearls and Tahitian black cultured pearls, which are larger in size.
Freshwater pearls are cultured in freshwater mussels, mostly in China. Freshwater pearls occur in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, and Germany. Within the United States, freshwater pearls are found in the Mississippi River, Florida, California, Tennessee, and Delaware. In addition natural and cultured pearls, both salt water and freshwater, are found in the waters of China and Japan. Pearls are considered the state gemstone of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Pearl is the official birthstone for the month of June.
There are many types of pearls: natural pearls (made without human interference), cultured pearls (made when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living oyster. This method was first used in 1893), baroque pearls (pearls that have irregular shapes), Biwa pearls (an irregular shaped pearl which forms in the freshwater of Lake Biwa, Japan), blister pearls (pearls which grow attached to the inside of the shell), black pearls (gray to black pearls), freshwater pearls (pearls which form in fresh water mollusks and resemble puffed rice), Mabe pearls (cultivated blister pearls ), seed pearls (small, tiny pearls used in Victorian jewelry and sewn on clothing).Pearls vary in color from white to those with a hint of color, often pink, to brown or black. Each coloration will depend on the type of mollusk and the water where the mollusk lived. Because the nacre is organic, pearls are very sensitive to extreme heat, acids, dryness, and humidity. Care should be taken when storing them.
Cultured or freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.
Pearls were worn by medieval knights going into battle to protect them from harm. Pearls were prized by royalty, both male and female and are often referred to as the "queen gem." One story claims that Cleopatra placed a pearl in a glass of wine and drank the wine once the pearl had dissolved to impress Marc Anthony.
The beauty of pearls has often been mentioned in history - from Homer's epic The Odyssey, to Marco Polo's accounts of the king of China, to ancient Hindu epics. Crusaders helped to spread the use and popularity of pearls throughout Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries. Aztecs decorated the interiors of their palaces with pearls.
Pearls often are used to symbolize a happy marriage and are given as wedding gifts in many countries. In the Chinese culture, a common symbol is the dragon chasing a flaming pearl.
Early myths said that pearls were formed when oysters rose to the water's surface and were seeded by early morning dew and the first rays of sunlight. Pearls were once believed to be the tears of God. Ancient Greeks believed wearing pearls would prevent newlywed women from crying and promote marital bliss. At one time, pearls were considered to be important financial assets, similar in price to real estate. This was because thousands of oysters had to be searched to find a single pearl.
Pearls attune the wearer to ebb and flow of life. They are calming and centering. They give purity and promote faith, charity, and integrity, truth and loyalty. They especially enhance personal integrity. Some consider pearls to be an emblem of chastity, modesty, and purity as well as a symbol of happiness, success, and love. Some spiritualists believe that pearls allow a person to see him/herself clearly and improve self-worth. Some believe that pearls can help balance body rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles. Some consider pearls to be calming and centering, believing they give purity and promote qualities like personal integrity, charity, truth, loyalty, and faith. Some claim that pearls can eliminate emotional balances and even help love grow.
Physically, some believe that pearls can aid fertility and ease childbirth. In addition, some believe that pearls can aid with ulcers, digestive tract disorders, stomach, and spleen problems. Some also believe that pearls will fight infection and promote antibodies.
Pearls strung on silk should always be stored flat to prevent the silk from stretching. Because pearls are more delicate than most gemstones, they should be stored away from other jewelry to prevent them from scratching.
Freshwater pearls are sensitive to humidity, dryness, and acids so perfume and cosmetics should always be put on prior to putting on pearl jewelry. Most jewelry cleaners are too harsh for freshwater pearls. To keep them clean, they should be wiped with a dry, lint-free cloth before being stored. If needed, they can be cleaned with warm soapy water, but getting water in the drilled holes can cause the pearls to discolor. Dry them flat on a soft, absorbent towel. Freshwater pearls should be stored in a dry environment. They should not be stored in plastic bags because moisture can be trapped and cause damage.

Peridot The pronunciation of peridot is often confused, it is actually pronounced pear-a-doe instead of pear-a-dot.
This stone, also known as olivine or chrysolite, is a magnesium iron silicate with a hardness of 6.5 to 7. It can be found in Arizona, Hawaii, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, in Australia and Pakistan and is sometimes found in meteorites. It’s been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years, and is mentioned in the Bible under the name of Chrysolite.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say Peridot is a powerful generator of the frequency of Increase--increase of wealth, increase of health, and increase of joy and emotional well-being. It is said to bring the will and emotions into alignment, and to decrease fear. It is thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Its powers include health, protection, and sleep. The advantages of peridot are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.
Peridot is the official birthstone for the month of August.

Petoskey Stone is a type of fossilized colony coral found only in Michigan and is commonly found along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the USA. It was formed by the fossilization of ancient coral, Hexagonaria. These corals lived in warm shallow seas that covered Michigan during the Devonian period about 350 million years ago. Because of the "eye" type configurations it shows especially when polished, it is said to mystically help stimulate the third eye and psychic awareness.
The name Petoskey is a derivation of the name Petosegay, the name given to the son of a Frenchman who married an Ottawa Indian princess and later became the tribes' chief. The translation means "rising sun" or "rays of dawn”.
Petoskey Stone is also said to keep naughty spirits from channeling incorrect information or interfering with one's life. In particular, as far as awareness, Petoskey Stone is said to enhance awareness of the emotions, which can be a boon for dealing with emotional issues. It is also said to clear out negative energies from the aura and the environment.

Petrified Wood: This stone is not actually wood which has turned to stone, but is a replacement of the form and structure of the original wood by chalcedony or jasper. Wood structure has been replaced (petrified) by common Opal, the Woods grain and color are clearly visible. This material takes a high polish, is unusual and is very attractive.
The most significant location of this material is near Holbrook, AZ, site of the famous Petrified Forest.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say Petrified Wood is useful for bringing patience to those in a process of slow inner transformation, and for bringing that change to fruition. It is said to help one strengthen one's 'backbone', both physically and in terms of self-will. Petrified wood is a stone that is good for grounding and stabilizing one's emotions. It is particularly useful in calming survival-based fears. It helps one be practical. It is a stone of business success. Petrified wood is a good stone for general protection. Physically, it is beneficial physically for the bones, backaches, skin and hair. Petrified wood is also used for past life regressions because of its inherent link with the past.

Phantom Crystals occur when a crystal stops growing and then for some reason continues to grow. During the hiatus in growth, small microcrystals of other minerals or even the same mineral may grow on the surface of the crystal. Once the main crystal begins to grow again, it grows out and around these small crystals trapping them as a layer inside. This layer has the shape of the crystal at the time it stopped growing and often has a ghostly look to it, hence the name phantom.
Legends Say: This form of Phantom Quartz is helpful in dealing with anger & frustration within oneself. This also good for communication and expression and is helpful in relating, connecting and networking with others. This crystal is also helpful in accessing information from intuition, gazing similar activities and other processes.

Picasso Jasper, Picasso Marble (or Picasso Stone) is found in Utah, U.S. It is a relatively soft stone between 4-5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Utah Picasso Marble is a common building stone; it is a classic sculptor’s stone. Some marbles are famous such as Italian white and Belgian black marble.
The colors vary and may be found in pinks, yellows, and browns. Marble is a soft rock and yet dense in structure. It was once limestone in the Precambrian era. The sedimentary limestone masses were sometimes contacted by hot magmas and the pressure altered the limestone. Other minerals from the magna then infiltrated the limestone causing feathery lines and beautiful designs such as Picasso Marble found in Beaver County, Utah.
The scenic effect and color contrast in black and gold has made this marble a popular cutting rock for the lapidarest. Identifiable by its striking and dramatic combination of browns, blacks, grays and white colors, each piece is different. When cut en cabochon the stones often have a scenic appearance and look like forest trees or hill sides in winter.
It has strong metaphysical qualities of grounding and calming. It also promotes weight loss and assists in the development of creativity, as well as engendering strength and self-discipline. Self-control, Clarity, and total recall of dreams. Assists in meditation. Protects, nurtures, strengthens. Aids in mind expansion and manifestation of physical and material goals. Stability. Helps to heal viral infection.

Picture jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. It became superheated and then solidified forming the unusual banded patterns which are typical of this stone.
Picture jasper helps create harmony, proportion, creative visualization, positive things in business pursuits. It brings and shows hidden messages from the past as well as hidden thoughts, fears, and hopes. These qualities make it useful as an emotional/psychological healing stone.

Pietersite, a Namibian gemstone, is also called Tempest Stone. It is an opaque stone, with colors ranging from red and gold to indigo and black. It often exhibits a shimmering iridescence similar to tiger eye. It was named after its discoverer, Sid Pieters.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say that Pietersite carries the energy of the 'storm' element, and can purify one's body and energies. It is said to be tremendously energizing to the wearer, enhancing strength, courage, will power, and awareness of the higher planes. It enhances courage, tenacity, and ability to maintain or create what is yours. Spiritually and psychically, pietersite helps in working with angels, experiencing visions, and precognition, relating to feminine or goddess energy, as well as astral and dimensional travel. Emotionally, pietersite helps to relax, and release deep emotions in a calmer way. Physically, pietersite balances body fluids, improves nutrition, helps with gastrointestinal functions, and helps the endocrine glands, balances female hormones, alleviates PMS and menopause symptoms. Pietersite is also excellent for improving memory.

Pink Peruvian Opal is a stone of love and gentleness. It brings energies of gentle love and kindness to both romantic relationships and relationships of other kinds. As with other opals, it also brings inspiration, imagination and creativity. It can help release inhibitions and brings happy dreams. It also eases the process of change.

Poppy Jasper is the reddish variation of brecciated jasper. Sometimes it is just referred to as brecciated jasper, but the modern term is poppy jasper. It is a brecciated jasper, meaning it probably came from sun-dried and oxidized iron-rich clay. The cracks were filled in by other substances. Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper is famous, but increasingly rare orbicular jasper with red and yellow dots of "poppy flowers". Morgan Hill poppy jasper is found in the area of Morgan Hill, California, USA. Other popular jaspers are found in Germany, India, Russia, Pakistan, France and the USA as well as many other countries.
It has the qualities of enhancing organizational abilities, relaxation, and a sense of wholeness. Poppy Jasper acts somewhat like adrenaline, waking up and energizing areas of the body that appear to be sleeping. It is believed to encourage a deep connection with the life of the Earth. It inspires a positive, joyful attitude and gives the motivation and energy to take creative action.

Pyrite or iron pyrite, is iron (IV) disulfide, FeS2. Its metallic luster and pale-to-normal brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool's gold, but ironically enough, small quantities of actual gold can sometimes be found in pyrite. In fact, some auriferous pyrite is a very valuable ore of gold. Pyrite has an opaque, shiny, metallic luster and it can be iridescent. It was polished by the Native Americans in early times and used as mirrors.
Industrially, although Pyrite is common and contains a high percentage of iron, it has never been used as a significant source of iron such as hematite and magnetite.
Pyrite is a stone of intellect and protection. It enhances intelligence, mental stability, logic, analysis, creativity, memory, and psychic development. It can help you tap your own latent mental talents and abilities. Pyrite is a powerful protection stone, and is very grounding. Pyrite is also known as Fool's Gold and Healer's Gold.

Quartz Crystal (clear) Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is found in nearly every geological environment and is a component of almost every rock type. It makes up about 12% of the earth's crust, occurring in a wide variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is also the most varied in terms of variety and color.
Quartz is a power stone that harmonizes and balances. It enhances energy and thoughts, and purifies the spiritual, mental, and physical. It is also a powerfully protective stone, bringing the purified energy in. Historically this crystal has been used to counter black magic, to perform diagnostic healing, and to communicate with spirits and other worlds.

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