Archive for 2015

8 articles in Archive
 
2015
14
DEC
Carnelian, a beautiful orange-red crystal, derives its name from the cornel cherry due to the similarities between their alluring red shades. A form of chalcedony (a silica crystal composed from quartz), carnelian differs from this mineral because of its famed reddish tints, which are the result of iron oxide impurities within the chalcedony structure. Vibrant and vivid, the flame-like colours have influenced its place in the practice of feng shui;…
2015
08
DEC
Copal, a resin derived often from the tree family Burseraceae and the species Protium copal, is a cultural landmark in Mesoamerica. Its name is sourced from the Nahuatl (an Aztec language) word ‘Copalli’, which means incense. Copal has been ceremonially used by the Maya and other Mesoamerican indigenous people…
2015
30
NOV
Citrine is a prized gemstone whose name originates from the Latin word ‘citrina’, meaning lemon, due to its famed lemon-yellow hue. Though many citrine crystals are lemon coloured, this gem exhibits a variety of shades of yellow; from burnt, summery yellows to pale golds. There are many theories about the cause of this rare colour,…
2015
27
NOV
During the Saxon era in Whitby, Yorkshire, legend told of St Hilda’s magical ability to transform snakes into special stones. Worldwide, these rocks were reputed to have varying mythic qualities:…
Throughout history, the art of clairvoyancy has been both prized and feared. Central to this ability, where information is gleaned from senses other than our mundane sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, is the crystal ball. Through crystal gazing, or scrying, fortune tellers profess to see important images in the crystal, which are then interpreted as visions of the past or future.…
The natives of Paul’s Island, off the coast of Labrador in Canada, a geological hotspot for this ‘magic stone’, have told the story of labradorite for generations. The tale recounts the journey of a legendary Inuit warrior, the first to discover that the Aurora Borealis had been stolen from the sky and imprisoned in the gem now known as labradorite. …
248 million years ago, during the Triassic era, there grew a tree which belonged to the genus araucaria. The tree grew in many locations, including the jungles of Mahajanga, Madagascar, where sauropod dinosaurs roamed. Stretching up to 60 metres tall, the majestic tree loomed over vast forests. …
2015
04
NOV
In Greek mythology, celestite is said to originate from the Pleiades (otherwise known as The Seven Sisters), a beautiful network of stars. Hunted by the god Orion, seven girls born to Atlas and Pleione fled from his advances, and in aid of their escape, were transformed into doves by Zeus. The doves flew into the heavens and formed this cluster of stars. …
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