We all need a little strength sometimes – Healing Hematite gemstone and information

Ah the beauty of Hematite…. A little info on it and it’s healing properties.
Hemtate healing crystal for protection

Hematite is one of those types of stones that you almost always see at a gem show and rock shops you stumble across in your travels.  It’s found in various places across the world and that’s probably the reason why it seems like a more commonly seen gemstone. We are usually drawn to it because it’s so shiny and pretty! In it’s natural state, it’s somewhat dull looking but when it gets polished! YOWSA!!

On the MOHS hardness scale, it’s between a 5 – 6, which means it’s pretty hard.  The interesting thing about hematite is that it’s also very heavy (or dense).  It’s actually a mineral from the Iron Oxide family which gives it more weight that you would expect for the size of the stone.  That’s important when you are choosing jewelry online and you can’t hold it, to realize that this gem may weight a bit more than you think.  Always ask if you would like to know the weight of your jewelry before purchasing. Personally I have worn hematite rings throughout the years and I have also found that if they are dropped on hard surface, they do tend to break.  So if you have a stone ring, take it off carefully when you removing it.

A lot of my clients who I have worked with over the years, have told me how the temperature changes on the gem when they wear it.  It begins cool against the skin and then warms to your body temperature, making it a lovely companion piece.

A little side note on Magnetic Hematite:  I have worked with it over the years and it’s very important to note that natural hematite is not very magnetic at all.  If you are purchasing magnetic jewelry please note that it is treated to achieve this goal.  I do sell magnetic jewelry so if you are looking for a piece, please visit Wicked Stones and I may be able to custom make you something special just for you.

It’s interesting to note that in ancient times, Hematite was crushed and mixed with liquids to use as paints.  You can find such examples (or pictographs) across the world that date back over 40 000 years! I was lucky enough to visit several locations in our Ontario Provincial Parks that have the most awesome historical pieces (one in Sault St. Marie area and one near Bancroft Ontario).

If you are searching for the healing properties of Hematite, here’s a bit of info for you.  Hematite is helpful for the following:

  • Boosting low self esteem
  • Protection
  • Grounding energy (makes you feel centered and strong when life is going a bit wild around you)
  • Courage to face changes in your life
  • Reflects back negative energy being directed at you
  • Divination (fortune telling, tarot card readings, astral travel)
  • Meditation
  • Will power

Hematite is also a gem for your root chakra healing and balancing.  The Root chakra is also called the Muladharaor or Base Chakra.  This chakra helps you to feel stable and centered with both feet on the ground.  Let me put this in a very easy way:  You know that feeling you get when life is going a bit wild on you and you just want everyone to stop because you are feeling overwhelmed with so much going on? By working with this chakra, you can help yourself to feel more “centered” in what is happening around you and focused with confidence and strength.  Your root chakra is like your tree roots that keep you anchored to the planet and feeling strong!

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of info on Hematite.

Cheers from the Rock Lab!

Vikki

 

 

 

Leopard Jasper Healing – when you just need a little oomph to get you moving forward.

Oh how I love Leopard Jasper!!
Leopard Jasper healing gemstone by wicked stones

Leopard Jasper is one of those gemstones that I’m always picking up and using as I get tired… zzz.. I get tired of working on my website.. tired of answering emails.. blah blah blah.. tired of doing the dishes.. tired of sweeping.. same old same old same old..   I get stuck in a rut and I need a little help to just get me motivated and up over the hump so I can move forward.

Leopard Jasper  is one of those stones that imparts a little energy back into your life when things are feeling low and blah.  When working with this stone, you can find it within yourself to face the rest of the day and begin to plan what comes next in your future.  It does not necessarily being to you what you want but more of what you need.  You are strong and you are motivated, you sometimes just need a partner along your journey to bring that out in yourself.

This gem is natural, which means that there is no dye used anywhere to create the colours and patterns you see.  But it’s not just visual, these patterns can often be felt with your fingertips as there is quite often times that Leopard Jasper has interesting textures to discover.

Just like the leopard LEAPS forward to catch his or her prey – you too, can leap forward and get on with your daily dreary chores..

You can find many crystals for strength and energy by visiting my crystal healing website by clicking here. 

Cheers from the studio!
Wicked Stones – healing gemstone jewelry in Ontario Canada.

Kyanite Healing and a few rock hunting pics

Every singe time I get a piece of Kyanite in my hands, I wonder how such a beautiful thing can be this natural!  The blues you encounter with this stone are just that.. fully and totally natural.

I can speak from experience on this as I had the pleasure of visiting a Kyanite location, many years ago, with the Sudbury Lapidary group during their annual field trip from the Rock and Gem show.  If you have not gone, it’s well worth it.  Check out their website for more info by clicking here.

Vikki Soros picking kyanite in Sudbury ontarioThat’s a really old picture of me trying to catch a break while looking through the rubble looking for various types of Kyanite (probably taken about 2003).

Here’s a picture of a few of the rock samples we came home with that day.
Kyanite gemstones picked in Sudbury Ontario

If you look real close you will be able to see the lines in the stone.  Look closer and you will begin to see the gray and very light blue shades hidden deep inside.  Most of the stone is host rock with these picked pieces that we found, but it was nice to see tiny bits of kyanite included.

I have included below, mineral information that can help you to identify what’s in those samples as well 🙂

So now to the Kyanite I’ve been hording back from my site for a while.  It is finally time for me to let some of these beauties find a new home.

You can see that the blue in this kyanite pendant is SUPER stunning!! Yes, that shade of blue is totally natural and made by Mother Nature herself.

No dye has been used to achieve this amazing blue shade.

Okay so what’s so great about this stone, besides the fact that it will catch just about everyone’s eye that’s around you and draw them to you?

Here’s a bit of info for you to enjoy and get to know this gem

Healing Properties of  Kyanite

  • It is a stone for the throat chakra.  This chakra is all about speaking honestly and openly as well as creativity and self expression.  This is an avenue for confidence and being able to speak from your heart.
  • Is negative energy making you cranky? This gem can help you to feel protected from those slings and arrows being flung at you.
  • Need to tap into your creative energy and find your muses? Give this gem a whirl and see if you can relax and find it within yourself to let go of what’s blocking those creative flows.
  • Meditation – relax, de-stress.. you can let go of what is bothering you for a while and heal.
  • Psychic powers and intuition – a great gem for those who work with divination to help you to  trust your first instincts.  It can also help you to find your spirit guide in times of need.
  • If you are meditating on past life information and looking to find answers for a currently phobia that has no present roots in your life? Try working with this gem and see if it helps.

Mineral Information of Kyanite – thank you to the National Audubon Society book Rocks and Minerals (Which is awesome! Get yourself a copy if you are into rock hunting!)

  • It comes in a variety of colours:  blue, white, clear, gray, green, and almost black
  • Streak colour for testing is colourless
  • The crystals are Triclinic – more info here on Wikepedia
  • MOHS scale of hardness:  it depends on how this stone is cut – if it is length cut its 4 to 5.  If it is cut across the stone it is harder at 6 to 7
  • It is created by regional metamorphisms and often around quartz, biotite and almadine in gneiss and shist (basically a lot of what you see in the photo above of the rock samples collected in Sudbury Ontario.

If you are looking for more pieces of Kyanite or other beautiful gemstones, feel free to browse my website.. Wicked Stones

Cheers and thanks!

Falling in love with jade, Info and a bit of Rock hunting in Ontario

Okay I have to say.. I have fallen deeply in love with Jade

I’ve been kicking around pieces of it in the workshop and getting Rob to polish up a few accent pieces once and a while, but not until recently did I start working with larger Jade gemstone beads.

A few years back, I picked up a few strands of the most amazing African Jade beads.. the following bracelet you see in the photo is of one of the bracelets I made just recently.  It’s… soooo…. amazing!!

African Jade Bracelet by Wicked Stones
African Jade Bracelet by Wicked Stones

This type of Jade has an incredible weight to it..  the beads are heavy and mixed with the sterling silver accent pieces, this is truly a gem to have around your wrist.  I think I’ll be making more of these!!  Okay enough babble about things I’m working on.. here’s a bit of helpful info on Jade for you.

Jade is great for the following healing properties:

  • Luck
  • Tranquility
  • Widsom
  • Releasing bad thoughts and negative energy (now who can’t use that?)
  • Dream stone.. (add a piece into a dream pillow if you make or use them)
  • Helps you to self heal
  • Resolving emotional issues
  • Good fortune (come on lottery ticket!)
  • Working with nature

Working with Jade
Hand polishing Jade

Rob’s worked with Jade now and then in the lab and usually the pieces he comes out with are quite beautiful.  The hardness on the MOH scale is around 6.5 so it’s hard but not so hard that you can’t work with it.  To give you an idea, if you are not sure what is what on the MOH scale system, Talc is a 1 on the scale where Diamond is a 10.  So when you are in the middle range, it gives you some wiggle room for working.  I’ll have to ask him later what polishing compound he worked with that seemed the best.. if you do know, please feel free to add to the comments below.

Jade is certainly one of those stones that you have to be aware of as there are many “wanna-bes” out there.  Just a few (and not all) you should look for are items labeled things such as New Jade, Aventurine Quartz (which is green and we’ve collected it locally up here in Canada), Serpentine and Prehnite.  You should also do your research before you make any serious Jade purchases to get to know your supplier.

Have a peek.. here’s a few pictures from our trip to collect Aventurine Quartz (or Apple Jade).

Collecting Aventurine Quartz in Ontario

There’s Rob, way down in the rock cut bringing up some larger pieces.  He made me stay up at the top for safety reasons as this bank was pretty steep.

Rock Hunting Ontario for Apple Jade

You can see from the photos that the green is quite beautiful..

I’ll go hunting later to see if I can find a picture of what they look like tumbled…

Thanks for reading!

Northern Ontario Quartz

A few years ago, we lucked into a fabulous batch of gorgeous Quartz that was picked in Northern Ontario.

Just recently, I’ve asked Rob to put a few in the tumbler so that we could see how it would look once it was pre-polished.  Originally, our intent was to use it to create a stunning path between our garden beds (or in other areas, as we’re always planning and *discussing* where this or that goes – ha ha).

This is me looking at the pieces pre-tumble:

 

Vikki Soros working with natural crystals
Vikki Soros working with natural ontario crystals.. aren’t they pretty?

These pieces, at the time, were very very sharp but still amazing looking!

Quartz crystals have a lot of great energy about them.  Many who wear and use them, have talked to me about how relaxed they feel as they remove negative energy to transform it to positive.  This stone is often used for relaxation, meditation and Yoga practices as it helps to center and focus the thoughts.  I do carry a nice selection of quartz on my site if you would like to pop over and have a peek (click here and a new window will open).

The tumbler mix was opened just a few days ago.. after running for over three weeks.  And here’s what came out!

Rob Armstrong Quartz gemstone wicked stones
Rob Armstrong at Wicked Stones checking out our first batch of Ontario Quartz in the rock tumbler

They turned out incredible!

Wicked Stones Ontario Quartz gemstones
Ontario Quartz from our Rock Tumbler at Wicked Stones

I’m thinking that over the winter I’m going to start a whole new section on my website (Wicked Stones) that will feature local and Ontario Gemstone jewelry.

I’ll just need more coffee and be able to clone myself to get all these neat ideas we have done 🙂

Cheers everyone! I’ll try to keep this blog more updated this winter..

Red Jasper From Northern Ontario – A peek into Lapidary work from Wicked Stones

Vikki Soros and a few pieces of Red Jasper from Wicked Stones
A few pieces of Red Jasper from Wicked Stones

Today is Red Jasper day in the Rock Lab

It’s Cold outside.. brrr.. but Rob is still out there in the Lapidary shop working away on pieces of red Jasper that he picked up in his travels in Northern Ontario.

We’ve gone from the bare rough rock, all the way to polishing it to a gleaming shine (it’s sooo pretty!).  The pieces you see in the photo above are about half way through the polishing process.  Here he is working on the buffing wheel to try to give it more of a shine.

Rob working in the Lapidary shop with Red Jasper at Wicked Stones
Rob working in the Lapidary shop with Red Jasper at Wicked Stones

Here’s a picture of how it’s coming along.

Red Jasper from Northern Ontario by Wicked Stones
Red Jasper from Northern Ontario by Wicked Stones

It’s turning out really amazing so far!

Red Jasper is naturally this colour – no dye has been used to create these rich powerful hues of red, black and white.  If you are drawn to this gem, it’s good for helping to combat against exhaustion and for maintaining physical stamina. In Teutonic legend, the hilt of the magical sword of Siegfried (the dragon slayer and ill fated lover of the mystic Brunhild) was inlaid with red jasper to give him courage.  I find that it also helps to pick me up (mentally) when I’m feeling low and blahhhh….

Red Jasper has a stabilizing effect on the wearer’s energy keeping them calm and balanced – now who can’t use a little of “THAT” these days!?…

It gets you going on days you need a little extra boost and the ability to stay focused no matter what the day throws at you.

Want to recall your dreams? Try putting this gem under your pillow at night.

Red Jasper is a powerful protection stone against psychic and physical threats and will return negative energy to the sender.

I hope you enjoyed this wee peek into our rock shop…

Cheers!

Coupon Code for Wicked Stones (deals!)

I know it’s still early for Christmas and Yule shopping..  but I wanted to get this coupon code posted so that if you were looking for something? You could get a few dollars off your orders.

http://wickedstones.com/coupons-discounts-at-wicked-stones/

The coupon code to use on my site is 10OFF and that allows you to get 10% off everything in my shop until December 31.

Enjoy!

Amber – Metaphysical Properties and Healing info

Amber healing properties...
Healing Amber from Wicked Stones

I have to say, that personally, I’m a big Amber fan.  This love affair started years ago when I found my very first piece at a friends house.  She’d offered me some huge chunks that were found on the beach of the Baltic Sea (that a photo of the piece below).

Baltic Amber
Baltic Amber

Amber is extremely light and certain types are intensely rich with colour.  You can use it for healing if you wear it in a piece of jewelry or have a stone you can hold or carry with you.

Here’s a bit of info on Amber and its healing properties

Amber is not technically a gemstone – it’s an ancient tree resin that has solidified and turned into a fossil. Because of this, Amber has very strong connections with Mother Earth and is an excellent grounding stone.

In ancient times, people believed that Amber was formed by the setting rays of the sun. The Vikings called Amber the “tears of Freyja” after their goddess of love.

Amber was used by the Roman gladiators as a protection amulet against danger and fear – it was said to be a stone of courage that helped you face your fears.

Amber is also known as the Mother Goddess Stone due to the fact that insects, plants and even tiny animals were found petrified inside its crystals.

Amber is:

  • a powerful healer that absorbs negative energy and swaps it for positive
  • stimulates your healing process
  • protection
  • uplifting energy
  • helps to clear depressive thoughts
  • wisdom
  • decision making (school and work)
  • self expression

May your journey with Amber be fruitful, filled with light energy and healing.

Cheers!

Find Peace in your daily life with Yoga and Meditation Stones

A few years ago I went to my first Yoga class and I have to say, I was hooked from the start!

Thank you http://cliparts.co/free-yoga-clipart for the use of this image
Thank you http://cliparts.co for the use of this image

I loved how I felt during the class and the amazing feeling of calmness that I had for days afterwards.  It was at that point that I started working with healing stones to help enhance and make a deeper meditative connection to this healing process.  (I wont be posting a photo of me doing Yoga here anytime soon as I’m about as graceful as a ostrich in a mud puddle and you’d just laugh yourself off your chair.) 🙂

 

Once the class was over, I noticed that my stones carried a residual energy of my experiences… it was lovely!! So I decided to being hand crafting a line of jewelry to pass that potential feeling along to you.

Here are a few ideas of gemstones you could wear to help you during your Yoga and meditation practices.

Amethyst:  During meditations Amethyst helps to turn thoughts away from the mundane into tranquility and deeper understanding. It is a stone of new ideas.

Amethyst for deeper meditation

Quartz Crystal has an enlightening effect on all the Chakras and helps to eliminate negative energy. Often used as a “cleansing” stone to restore positive energy and used in meditations. It raises energy and aids concentration.  Some use this stone for divination, building psychic abilities and helping during meditations. It also amplifies any innate psychic or healing powers and is used to increase the power of prayer (especially for healing).

Diamond Window Quartz wire wrap by Wicked Stones

Carnelian:  During meditation it can help to remove extraneous thoughts and sharpen your concentration.  It calms anger, emotional negativity and replaces it with a love of life.  It is a grounding stone that anchors you in the present reality and stabilizes with high energy.

Hand crafted carnelian bracelet by wicked stones

These are just a few ideas and I’ll be posting more as my blog grows larger and larger…

Please note though.. if you are going to wear a stone pendant you should consider using a shorter necklace length so that the stone does not hang down in front of your face during some Yoga poses.

Lemurian Seed Crystals – A little knowledge goes a long way

 

Today I want to sit down and have a little chat about Lemurian Seed Crystals.

A Lemurian Crystal is a type of stone that has quite the history behind it.  These types of crystals are said to be “seeded” stones that have been encoded with ancient knowledge and left to be found by future generations (hey, that’s us!)

Lemurian Seed Crystal wire wrap

Legends tell us that this particular type of stone were planted by an ancient civilization called Lemuria in a grid pattern over the surface of our planet.  This civilization was similar to what Atlantis brings to mind when we think of how people lived but a bit more peaceful and spiritual.

When Lemuria’s time was coming to an end, the people (or Lemurians) programmed special crystals to teach their messages on healing and one-ness that would be revealed with the energy on Earth was ready to receive them.

lemurian seed healing crystal

When you find one of these stones, it helps you to connect to the energy it contains as well as the associated Grid.  It’s quite interesting because I have spoken with some of my past clients who can pick one of these particular crystals out of several and sense the powerful energy it contains.

Lemurian’s have a particular pattern to them that you can often see and feel with your fingertips – they often have strong horizontal banding across the surface that can feel like etching depending on how dense the bands are.  You may also have to turn the stone in the light to see these patterns.

So what does the Lemurian have to offer you?  If you are a healer, this is a particular stone that can help you to access ancient knowledge to work with this peaceful energy.  They are an excellent protection stone as well as a gem that helps to diffuse negative energy and alter it to positive waves.

Each Lemurian is unique on our site and Natural.  No saws or polishing machines have ever touched these gems.  With that in mind, you will always find that Mother Nature leaves nooks and crannies, marks, inclusions and other discoveries for you to explore.

If one of these calls to you, perhaps you could take a peek at our Lemurian Crystal section of Wicked Stones.  In case you are reading this post further down the road and you don’t see the same crystals, fear not! As I’m always adding more crystals to my shop 🙂