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Leopard skin Jasper

leopard skin jasper
leopard skin jasper

Leopard Skin Jasper (aka) Jaguar Stone is not a true Jasper,  it is actually a Rhyolite. known for its distinct pattern of brown and black spots which resemble the spots of a jaguar or leopard. Its distinctive colour and pattern are a result of its combination of iron and other sedimentary deposits that have been consolidated by volcanic eruptions. It is thought to help to clear away the negative emotions and energies that can be caused by stress and anxiety. It is also believed to help promote balance, harmony, and peace.

In ancient Greece and Rome, it was used as an amulet to protect its wearer from danger. It was also believed to bring courage and strength and was used to heal a variety of ailments.

The Sioux Indians believed this stone had magical powers and would use it to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. The Zuni Indians made jewellery out of leopard skin jasper while the Aztecs used it to ward off sickness and protect their homes.

Metaphysically, it has been believed to promote mental clarity and self-confidence, as well as to encourage feelings of happiness and relaxation. It is also believed to help with dream recall and enhance creative thinking. 

Leopard skin jasper is believed to represent protection from negative energies. It is said to give the wearer courage and strength and its grounding energy can help bring stability and balance.

It is believed to be a powerful energizer that helps to balance the chakras. It is known to bring stability and balance to the emotions and mental state. It is thought to be a healing stone helping to release negative energies and promote emotional healing.

Leopard Skin Jasper works on the Base chakra but also activates the Third Eye Chakra and the throat chakra. The secondary chakras are Heart and Crown Chakra that is triggered by the energies of the stone. The aligned and activated chakras stabilise the physical body as well as energise the overall torso.

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Leopardite

leopardite specimen
leopardite specimen

Leopardite is a form of Jasper and balances the emotions and enhances self worth and acceptance of others and oneself. It helps us take a good look at ourselves and others and not take criticism to heart. Leopardite has a peaceful energy and assists with emotional stress and with difficult situations.

Leopardite is also phosphorescent that when placed under UV light, it glows and emits a bright white light.

It is a stone for resolving problems and giving and receiving forgiveness, reducing guilt and fear from past mistakes. Leoparite also is believed to help diminish negative emotions such as hate, insecurity and anger.

Leopardite is a form of Jasper and will have the metaphysical properties Jasper, which is a stone of grounding, protection and warding off negativity. Like all jaspers it can help balance the emotional energy in the body. Jasper is known as the nurturing stone for its nurturing and protective energies.

Jasper may bring balance into your life and will help prevent burnout at work. It gives you the courage to speak out and have personal independence. Jasper is a luck and money charm.

Jasper is regarded as a healing crystal for the digestive, soothing the stomach, liver, gallbladder and circulatory. Metaphysical healing lore says that Leopardite assists with mental and spiritual aspects of our lives and is especially an emotional healer.

Jasper is associated with the root and sacral chakra. Believed to balance the emotions, enhance self worth, and acceptance. It is also believed to assist with emotional stress from difficult situations, letting go, resolving problems and forgiveness.

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Lemon calcite

Lemon calcite flat specimen 1
Lemon calcite flat specimen 1

Lemon Calcite is a new variety of Calcite discovered in Pakistan and its colour can range in just about every shade of yellow to gold. The wide range of colours is caused by the amount of iron impurities within individual stones.

Yellow Calcite is associated with the solar plexus, self-confidence and hope. It is said to be effective at clearing out old energy patterns and increasing personal motivation and drive. From the solar plexus chakra and slowly begin to expand outwards in all directions, specifically our physical and emotional bodies

Yellow Calcite clears accumulated self-doubt, giving you the opportunity for a clean emotional slate.

With the energy-cleansing properties of this crystal, it can be a very useful tool in keeping self-doubt and worry at bay, bringing in the positive energies of improved confidence, optimism, and hope for the future.

Naturally, these properties lend it well to improving both your physical and mental health, as it can certainly aid in supporting those experiencing symptoms of depression. Motivation can go hand in hand with mood. If you are struggling to get motivated, whether that’s at work, the jobs in the house, or even with making yourself a priority, it can be exceptionally advantageous to work with Yellow Calcite.

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Iolite

lolite specimen

Iolite is derived from the Greek ‘ios’, meaning “violet”. But has been known as multiple different names; Cordierite, after French geologist Louis Cordier, Dichroite, due to a property known as ‘pleochroism’, whereby the colour (blue/violet) changes depending on how the gemstone is viewed. It’s also known as the Water Sapphire or the Stone of the Muses, because of its ability to unlock visions and unleash creativity and of course the Viking compass


the seafaring Scandinavians (Vikings) used iolite as a navigational aid. To determine the position of the sun, the Vikings used iolite as a polarisation filter.


It is believed Iolite is very effective in detoxification and can help you quit addictions. It may also help with heartburn, bloating, vomiting, and other disorders related to the bowels or stomach.


Iolite can aid in self-discovery, independence and if you are a traveller, guides you through stormy shores, and helps individuals navigate the depths of their souls, seeking new pathways of thought


Iolite resonates and boosts the functions of the third eye chakra. This stone carries great third eye energies, which is why it’s often used to access higher guidance and strengthen your intuition. You can then achieve mental clarity and visualise your goals and dreams.

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Howlite

Howlite specimen

Howlite was named after Henry How, who discovered it in 1868 in Nova Scotia. Henry How was a Canadian chemist, geologist and mineralogist whom was alerted to a previously unknown mineral by gypsum quarry miners who found it hampered their mining.

Howlite has the appearance of white marble or porcelain with white or grey, then with grey, black or dark brown veins running through it. Although, extremely rare there are transparent howlite crystals are extremely rare. Howlite forms as irregular nodules which can be like a cauliflower head.

Howlite is best known for imitating other gemstones. Being porous, howlite can absorb dye well, which means it can be dyed to look like turquoise, red coral and lapis lazuli.

The calming nature of Howlite can ease overthinking and the consequential stress that can often lead to physical illness. Naturally, the calmer you are the better your sleep. If you are suffering from ADHD or learning disabilities, keeping this stone close may help. 
   
Howlite is strongly associated with the Crown Chakra taking you onto a journey towards spirituality and enhancing your memory. Additionally, keeping howlite close to the third eye helps to heighten awareness and consciousness.

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Sodalite

sodalite specimen
Sodalite specimen sl
Sodalite specimen sl

People worldwide have treasured sodalite stones for many millennia. Even as early as 2600 B.C., the ancient city of Caral near Peru bartered goods with sodalite.

Thousands of years later in 1811, European explorers discovered sodalite during their travels in Greenland.

Toward the end of the century in 1891, Princess Margaret discovered sodalite during their tour of Canada. After that, sodalites became popular for their ornamental qualities that we know and love today. In fact, Canadians now refer to sodalite as the “Princess Blue” stone.

Although somewhat similar to lazurite and lapis lazuli, sodalite rarely contains pyrite (a common inclusion in lapis) and its blue colour is more like traditional royal blue rather than ultramarine. It is further distinguished from similar minerals by its white (rather than blue) streak.

Sodalite is a stone of insight and mental enhancement. Sodalite enhances mental capability and allowing self evaluation enabling you to highlight your own strengths and weaknesses.

Similarly, sodalite assists in the development of intuition and helping you to  understand yourself and is a great crystal for supporting the third-eye chakra and promoting  intuition and helps still the mind.

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Chromium Quartz

Chromium Quartz specimen
Chromium Quartz specimen

Chromium Quartz is a pale to darker mint green crystal that ranges from translucent to opaque. Clear Quartz is heated under high-powered water and then Chromium is added to achieve the green colouring. Sometimes the tips of the crystal points have concentrated darker green colouring. Chromium quartz has a sparkly appearance with many tiny crystal points that resemble cactus fuzz.


Chromium Quartz, like all green crystals, is a stone for the Heart chakra, helping you to see joy in everything around you. This crystal lets you know that you can achieve peace and joy all by yourself – you need not feel dependent on others.


A stone of balance, Chromium Quartz will enable you to see where you went wrong in your life and, with clarity, to show you how to get the balance back.
Physically, Chromium Quartz may help with disorders of the pancreas, diabetes, hormone imbalances and the immune system.

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Ruby zoisite

ruby zosite specimen
ruby zosite specimen
ruby zosite specimen

Ruby Zoisite also known as Anyolite, was first discovered in Longido district of the Kilimanjaro mountains in Tanzania in1949 by Tom Belvins. He found one of the largest Ruby deposits in the world with Zoisite encasing this red gem. Ruby zoisite is a colourful metamorphic rock that combines crystals of red corundum with green zoisite.  Black inclusions of hornblende (amphibole) are often present. It’s other name Anyolite is derived from the Masai word meaning green and its only found in the one location.

Ruby zoisite is often confused with ruby in fuchsite which can have a very similar appearance.  The vast majority comes from southern India and being readily available it’s also cheaper.

Ruby and Zoisite are naturally combined into a single stone which helps align and harmonise the root, heart, and third eye chakras. This rare combination of stones will help in the realisation of ideas and provide assistance in accomplishing your dreams. Ruby is the stone of courage and strength that purges any fear or anxiety that sits within us daily. Green Zoisite’s energy produces growth and fertility in all aspects of life. Zoisite helps us “rebirth” and have a better understanding of ourselves and our connection to the outside world.

Sapphire is a stone that harmonizes almost perfectly with Ruby Zoisite. This combination of stones allows for full expansion of the mind and contact with higher beings, our spiritual guides.

Ruby Zoisite is a stone suited well for mourning and releasing pain and sorrow after the death of a loved one.

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Iron pyrites

Pyrites IPI
Pyrites IPI

The name pyrite is derived from the Greek (pyritēs lithos), ‘stone which strikes fire. However, it is more commonly known as “fools gold” due to its resemblance to gold.

The Greek reference to “stone which strikes fire” is based on its use to create fire by striking pyrites against steel to create a spark.  Early wheel lock firearms used Pyrites for the same purpose to ignite gunpowder.

Marcasite jewellery which peaked in popularity during the Victorian era, is made from small, faceted pieces of pyrite, often set in silver. Whilst called marcasite jewellery, it does not actually contain the mineral marcasite.

Pyrites is often found in fossils where it forms as a replacement material for the original matter.

Though it carries Earth energy, it is typically associated with fire energy traits, resonating with warmth, the sun, vitality and inner power.

Pyrite is an excellent defensive stone it helps keep out negative vibrations and pollutants by creating an energy field within your aura. It is believed that this protection extends into the body preventing diseases and is capable of repairing RNA and DNA.

Stimulating the second and third chakras, pyrite enhances strength of mind and willpower. Pyrite is considered to be lucky, attracting wealth and abundance. Though not a birthstone, pyrite is most commonly associated with the zodiac sign of Leo.

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Green Aventurine

green aventurine specimen

The name aventurine derives from the Italian “a ventura” meaning “by chance” due to the  inadvertent discovery of aventurine glass or goldstone  in the 18th century. Originally made at Murano by a workman, who let some copper filings fall into the molten glass hence the product was called avventurino. From the Murano glass the name passed to the mineral which displayed a similar appearance.

Green Aventurine provides strength, confidence, courage and happiness. It renews optimism for life and pushes us to take action to acquire what we want in this world.

Glittering green aventurine is thought to be the luckiest of all the crystals. Green Aventurine has been associated with luck since its discovery.

Dark green aventurine is an excellent stone for abundance and prosperity. It’s one of the most powerful healing stones, able to help you let go of the old and move forward in life.

Green aventurine is also known as “the lucky stone” because it can enhance creativity and intuition two essential qualities that contribute toward success. Dark green aventurine will help you manifest what you want through your intention and by working with your chakras. It’s also said to be able to bring good luck when used as an ornament or talisman. In folklore, carrying a piece of Aventurine in your left pocket will bring prosperity and protect you from bad luck.  Rubbing or looking at the stone calms the mind and soothes difficult emotions. 

Green aventurine is a type of stone that connects to the heart chakra. It is a stone that helps you to feel more connected with nature and yourself, while also helping you to feel calm and relaxed in stressful situations.

Dark green is also related to the solar plexus chakra and throat chakra, so it can be used by those looking for more connection between body and mind. These stones may help you connect with your intuition or creativity through meditation to improve your well-being!