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Golden Alchemy + Sacred Geometry

Today I’d like to try to connect the cosmic-dots between our heart chakra, the sacred geometry inherent in crystals and one very special element; gold.

Love this quote from one of my favorite books:
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Ready to dance?

Let me prepare you for one of my rabbit-hole sort of cosmic-journey blog posts, where I love to dive into the sacred geometry of crystals and get all tangled up in its Cosmic Connection. Want to come along with me?

HEADS UP: At first this blog post may bring you scary chemistry class flashbacks. But stick with me here. Pretty sure you’ll be glad you did!

I NEVER miss the opportunity to sneak in a good Breaking Bad reference wherever I can! Gold
Now we kind of inherently KNOW gold is special and valuable, but exactly why is that?

  • durability
  • beauty
  • usefulness (high electrical conductivity)
  • rarity

You may be surprised to find out gold is also a crystal. (We’ll get more into that later.)

So due to its rarity, gold is often recycled. Yep, the very gold in your tech device or in the pendant you may be wearing right now may have been someone’s old tooth cap or perhaps even an old Greek coin.

Eww or COOL!
Metaphysical Properties
All minerals hold their own set of metaphysical properties; even the metals (although often overlooked).

While silver is known to hold a feminine vibration, gold holds the polar opposite with its male frequency — which invites in powerful solar-influenced manifestation frequencies of vitality, confidence, and creativity.
Chemistry + Cosmic Connection
Now, you may remember from chemistry class that the chemical symbol for gold is ‘Au’ [for the Latin word, “aurum”]. This word translates to “morning glow” or “shining dawn”.

As I mentioned earlier, gold is hard to come by.

RABBIT HOLE: Alchemists were always on the hunt looking to change other metals into gold due to its rarity.

The ancient alchemists were the orginators of chemistry you know. 

But alchemists of yesteryear were certainly not the first to be so obsessed with gold.

Many of our much more ancient civilizations from around the globe were into it — but even before that…

According to late author Zecheriah Sitchin, there were some technologically advanced human-like E.T.’s who came to our planet looking for? You guessed it! Gold. They found it alright but, allegedly, were too lazy to mine it themselves — so they decided to genetically engineer humans (from pre-existing proto-humans that already inhabited Earth) as slaves specifically for mining the gold.

Mind blown?

Sounds like a crazy movie, right? But also sounds familiar.

OK, back to the story at hand; gold is not just rare here on Earth but throughout our ENTIRE Universe. That’s because it’s not as easily created within the core of a star and then catapulted out into space when the star dies; as is the case with more common elements like hydrogen, carbon or iron.

Instead, gold is created in a uniquely intense way; from two giant stars collapsing and then colliding! (All elements heavier than iron are born this way.)

It’s a more rare event that doesn’t happen as often so that makes gold universally rare and extraordinary.

It’s recycling… but on a whole other level.
Essentially, this is alchemical magic; the universe turning matter into gold!
Like this…

Is it a Crystal?
I know you may not think of gold as a crystal.

Doesn’t look like one, but I assure you it is.

It can even RARELY form as an actual visible cubic or octahedral crystal (being a member of the Cubic Crystal System — this is all sacred geometry, Babe). These are so hard to find though.

Here’s a link to a gold cube crystal… not to be confused with Fool’s Gold (aka Pyrite) which can quite often from as a PERFECT cube.

  • All crystals are minerals. In fact, one of the criteria for being a mineral is that its atoms must be arranged in an organized crystalline geometric pattern (rather than randomly as is the case with glass).
  • On the other hand, not all minerals are VISIBLE crystals, even though at the molecular level, they are.  Also interesting — that atomic geometric pattern is EXCLUSIVE to that mineral. So, changing that atomic crystalline pattern in any way would result in the creation of an entirely new mineral! I know. I get too excited about this quantum level stuff.

Sacred geometry is inherently baked into the energy pattern of crystals. (If you’d like to dive deeper into that topic, you may be interested in my CRYSTALS; Encoded with Sacred Geometry Class Elective.)

Because gold holds the characteristic cubic form and energy at the microscopic level, if you’re wearing gold (as many people in our culture do), you’re DIRECTLY working with sacred geometric cube energy (which is a very protective and grounding-type of energy).
Found in the Human Body
Not just talking about gold teeth here… the human body is made up of many elements, including trace amounts of gold.

Gold dust. James St. John [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]Biologists have recently confirmed that we do indeed have trace amounts of gold in our body — most of which is located in our blood… with the most concentrated amount found in — you guessed it; our heart!

Not surprisingly, since ancient times, gold has been used as a heart remedy, with scientists continuing to develop new gold heart remedies today using gold nanotechnology.

And how many times do you think you’ve seen a religious painting or statue including a sacred heart surrounded by a golden aura?

What an incredible gold-octahedral-heart chakra connection right there.
Now that “Heart of Gold” expression makes total sense!
According to chemist and researcher, Dr. John Emsley, the average person’s body contains about 0.2 milligrams of gold. If you could compress that into a cube it would be about 0.22 millimeters on each side. In other words, TEENY!

Although it’s present in only trace amounts, it’s been determined that gold plays an important role in both the health and maintenance of the joints, as well as being a key element in transmitting electrical signals throughout our body.

A 1980s episode of NOVA mentioned that without gold, your heart would not be able to beat. As you probably already know, the heart is an electrical organ as we are electrical beings. And gold is one of the most efficient energetic/electrical conductors we have available. Just too expensive to use for most practical purposes.

Being we already have gold within our body, working with or wearing gold entrains with that inherent gold within us and amplifies its energy. When you do this intentionally it’s even more powerful. 
Nanocrystal Sacred Geometry
Now let’s talk crystallography with some Noble Metal Nanocrystals. I know this is hardcore geekery, but please stick with me here.

Another reason gold is special is that it’s a member of the Noble metals; a group of metal elements that won’t tarnish, rust, corrode and no acid can destroy. Pretty indestructible stuff!

Examples of other noble metals:

  • palladium
  • silver
  • platinum

Scientists find these metals to be mega-interesting because of their potential scientific applications.

A nanoparticle is a teeny-tiny particle, although larger than an atom; between 1 and 100 nanometers. Trust me, that’s super small!

You can check out the cubic gold nanoparticles here if you want to get SUPER-GEEKY (something I often enjoy).

Now, these little noble metal nanocrystals need to be chemically engineered in a lab to exist. BUT once created, they NATURALLY express themselves as teeny tiny Platonic solids of gold or silver or whatever noble metal is being used. Our entire Universe (Multiverse) is built upon the architecture of the Platonic Solids.
The sacred geometric form these nanocrystals take is NOT man-made or influenced. That’s the form they CHOOSE to take. All on their own.
Keep in mind, everything is made of vibrations of a certain frequency (information) and that specific frequency produces shapes of specific geometry.

CSIRO_ScienceImage_10976. Optical photograph showing supergene gold triangles and hexagons they appear black on a weathered surface that is coated in iron oxides and clays.

I find these nanocrystals very intriguing due to their perfect geometric beauty, symmetry and most obvious Platonic solid shaped-crystals (with each of the five solids being represented) that they choose to embody and communicate.

As I said before, sacred geometry is inherently baked into the energy pattern of crystals.
Through vibration and sacred geometry, Source Energy has encoded ordered info into the minerals, which we get to tap into by working with them!
Promisingly, octahedral gold nanoparticles are a new up-and-coming possible cancer treatment.
Chakra Connection
Yeah, that’s all great and very heady deep-thinking sort of info. It’s fun to wax philosophical and take a look at all the cool connections. Right? But is there any practical use for this knowledge?

Yes — through intentional work with certain chakras and our subtle energy body.

Although gold works well with ALL the chakras, you can now see why it resonates most easily with the heart chakra.

Gold can also be also used successfully with our throat chakra to help heal anger, fear, and trauma through self-expression of our emotions. Some of us need lots of help with that. Wearing a gold necklace or pendant can be so helpful for this. 😉

Keep in mind — a bright yellow golden glow (or highly specific light frequency) is what is often described by many when doing light body activations or when visualizing the auric field on themselves or others. Back to those religious images:

Our Lady of Guadelupe image. Image credit: Unknown [Public domain]After all, remember that the Latin word for gold is “aurum” — which is where the word “aura” comes from.  

Then we have the higher transpersonal (above your physical body) chakras which are often described as radiating a shiny or glowing golden orb. (Remember that Latin reference above to ‘shining [or glowing] dawn’?) It’s no wonder then that gold entrains so easily with our light body/aura and the higher transpersonal chakras as it assists in strengthening or bringing them back into balance. If you want to know the basics of chakra work I have a blog series all about that — begins right here.

Now, you also have an electromagnetic field (EMF) around you (as part of your subtle energy body), very similar to the Earth’s.
One important place this EMF originates from is our heart — the place in our body where most of our gold is held. No shocker there.
By the way, your heart’s magnetic field is 5000 times strong than your brain’s and it’s electrical field 60 times stronger than the brain’s. Bear in mind that gold is the most electrically conductive metal we know of that is also resistant to oxidation. Could the fact that our heart is so powerful be that it contains that special ingredient again; gold?

Besides working with or wearing gold, you can also choose to take it internally (after doing your own due diligence please). I have a smoothie recipe over here that I like that utilizes colloidal gold. 

Thanks for joining me for on that short cosmic journey… for dancing just a bit “in the eddies and whirlpools” with some stardust, heart chakra, sacred geometry, and gold energy.

Please let me know in the comments if this info was a complete bore-fest or if you enjoyed it. I’d love to know either way (no hurt feelings here at all… I’m used to people telling me to get lost with this sort of mumbo-jumbo). This way — I know what kind of crystal topics you want from me most. 🙂

Lapis Lazuli Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

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Lapis lazuli is one of the most mysterious and a favorite among crystal healing, mineral collectors and metaphysical purposes. It’s natural good looks also keep it in high demand in the jewelry trade. We’re going to dive deep into all its aspects today.

History and Lore
Ancient texts often referred to this stone as “sapphire” yet oftentimes they were actually citing lapis.

“Lapis lazuli” literally means “blue stone”. Lapis is Latin for “stone”, hence the word “lapidary” meaning work involving working with stones; engraving, cutting, or polishing.  Then “lazuli” originally comes from the Persian word, “azul” meaning “blue”. 

This gorgeous and enigmatic stone has been used in countless ways with evidence of mining going as far back as 7000 BCE. Archaeologists have documented its use in many cultures as talismans, jewelry, adorning religious objects, sculptures and structures.

Arguably the most ell-known burial mask of all; King Tut’s burial mask incorporated significant use of Lapis lazuli. Photo credit: Jon Bodsworth [Copyrighted free use] Egypt’s love for Lapis
The bluestone has been known to hold major religious as well as royal significance in many parts of the world but probably most notably in Egypt. Egyptologists have also noted lapis lazuli’s frequent use for medicinal purposes as well as in statuary, structures, scarabs and burial masks for its spiritual and metaphysical uses.

Lapis scarab. Walters Art Museum [Public domain]Ancient Egyptians also used lapis to create vibrant blue eye shadow by grinding it up into a powder form and creating a paste. They felt it made them look more god/goddess-like with its sparkly pyrite flecks and deep bright blue intensity.

Later on, lapis powder was used during the Renaissance period into the 1800s for creating the vivid Ultramarine blue paint.

This paint is very rarely used today due to its scarcity and expense.
Locales
Afghanistan is THE world’s leading source of high-quality lapis lazuli.

However, this stone can also be found in Chile, Russia, Canada, Argentina, and Pakistan, California, Colorado (Blue Wrinkle), and Arizona. But the quality (and therefore pricing) varies quite a bit.
Metaphysical Uses
Lapis is known for its ability to:

  • strengthen our intuition, inner vision, and inner knowing
  • powering up confident truth-telling
  • protect us on a psychic and spiritual level
  • enhancing meditation
  • strengthening the clairs (our diving abilities)
  • removing blocks to spiritual evolution

You may be wondering if the energy from all the various types of lapis from the different locales also varies. Although I feel that all lapis has a similar energy, I do feel that the energy of the Afghan lappy is definitely more intense… but you really have to check this out and determine that for yourself.

Chakras
This stone is ideal for balancing, strengthening and awakening the Third Eye chakra while inviting in better visualizations and receiving of energy and information from this chakra; including past and parallel life viewing.

It’s also quite powerful for the throat chakra. Please always use caution when using it for this chakra as it may be too intense for some.
Geology
Lapis lazuli is not a mineral.

Instead, it’s a rock.

See, one of the criteria for being a mineral is to have a consistent chemical composition, which lapis doesn’t have. So just like granite, it’s is a rock composed of several different minerals.

The inconsistency of exactly which minerals are present in lapis is the very reason why its Mohs Hardness varies so much — so we can’t use that as a method of testing to see if it’s real.
Color Variations
Most lapis from locales other than Afghanistan is usually much less expensive and less “dazzling”.

It has:

  • more gray in it
  • is more of a dull blue
  • and lacks the pyrite flecks

Here’s an example of the “less dazzling” lapis lazuli (my stash from Chile in this photo below). You’ll note there’s no pyrite and there’s a lot of grey (from calcite).

Afghan lapis (in this next photo) has little to no grey and the blue is much deeper and more vibrant — but also has that characteristic pyrite. Now, too much pyrite may give the stone a slightly greenish hue in some places.

Keep in mind, the deeper and more vibrant the blue (plus the presence of the sparkly pyrite) is the more preferred lapis lazuli, which is just one reason it’s more expensive and a bit harder to come by. We’ll get into the other reason in just a bit. 

Color Origin
There’s a geological debate on exactly WHERE that deep vibrant almost indigo dreamy blue color comes from. Most geologists used to agree that the blue came from the main mineral component; lazurite (a blue silicate in the sodalite family).

BUT it seems most geologists have since decided that most of the blue comes instead from the gorgeous mineral haüyne; (also, in the sodalite family).

Geologists also used to say that to technically be called “lapis lazuli,” it had to have a distinctive blue color (still holds true) but that it also should contain at least 25% blue lazurite. Obviously, this is no longer the case being that lazurite is no longer considered the reason for the color.
Blood Mineral Status
Over the last few years, much controversy surrounding the mining of lapis lazuli has come up.
There’s been a lapis lazuli shortage happening that began trickling into the gem market around 2016.
At that time, I did an investigative blog post to see what was going on.

Afghan Lapis. Photo Credit: Hannes Grobe [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]I discovered that lapis is still being mined but the price has been driven higher. Allegedly, this was because the largest mine in Afghanistan (where the finest lapis is from) had been “taken hostage” by militia and the Taliban, creating a shortage in the supply. You can read more about that here. To my knowledge, this is still the case.

The Global Witness, a non-governmental agency that exposes natural resource corruption, has also drawn some major attention to the problem and was “calling for the government to ensure publication of mining data, reform mining oversight, and support community monitoring of mining.” They want lapis defined as a blood mineral. To date though. I don’t see that this has been accomplished yet.
What I’m Doing
Personally, I decided several years ago not purchase ANY Lapis Lazuli (talk about HARD to pass up!!!)… until I hear that things have been restored back to normal there. Sadly, I still haven’t found evidence of that.

When I heard about this issue, I made a decision to alter our required school supplies for my Certified Crystal Header Course to make sure not to include any lapis at all.  So, I’m not purchasing any (even if it’s been around in someone’s shop for years) — because that will create a void; a need for the shop owner to get more for someone else. Right?
Listen, I’m not preaching what anyone else should do. Heck, I don’t know what the right solution is! This is just what I’ve decided to do.
Watch Out for Fake Lapis!
It’s attractiveness, ease of “fake-ability” and difficulty in recognizing the fakes make lapis A POPULAR one to keep on our “Fakes Short List”.

Soap Box Side Bar: I have a mission to create a well-educated Crystal Family so that we can make well-informed decisions when adding specimens to our sacred collection.

I just want us all to have the knowledge first and then you can make an informed buying decision. If you want a fake in your collection then have it at. No judgment there. I just want you to be able to tell the difference.

As always, the moral of the story here is… Buyer Beware:

    • Who are you buying from?
    • Are they reputable?
    • Do they know what they’re talking about?
    • Are you doing your own homework? 

The best way to protect yourself is through education.

**Please SHARE this info with other crystal lovers so that we all stay in-the-know and well-informed. No duping us with FAKES!!!**

Can you tell I’m passionate about this stuff? If you are too and want to know more about the mineral kingdom so you can be CONFIDENT in what you’re getting then you may want to check out my Crystal Savvy: Crystal and Mineral ID Class Elective here.

Genuine Lapis Lazuli. Used with permission. (photo credit: fr:User:Luna04 ) The Dying Game
Many times, poor-quality and much less expensive sodalite, calcite, jasper or white howlite are dyed blue so they can be deceptively passed off as lappy. Sometimes even plastic, resins or glass (either mixed in with lapis lazuli “powder” to make “reconstituted” lapis or pure) will be sold as the bluestone!

Since it’s porous, lapis itself can be “enhanced” — often wholesalers will put some dye in it to colorize the calcite portion of the stone making it look like a more vivid and deeper blue. This practice is actually quite common and I don’t mind it as much as passing something off as lapis when it’s not.
My 9 Tips for Spotting Fake Lapis Lazuli

  • Look for areas that are TOO dark blue –  (a good giveaway) of overdye. Overdye can also rub off on your fingers. Acetone (nail polish remover) or alcohol can remove some of the dye from a fake but may also damage the stone so tread lightly.
  • Sniff for sulfur (rotten egg) odor when cutting for lapidary purposes – that’s a sign of a genuine piece because true lappy always  contains the element of sulfur
  • Teeth Tap– One way to test if its plastic is to tap it on your teeth. Plastic will give a dull tap whereas the real-deal will make a higher-pitched clink.
  • Cool to Touch – Real lapis will feel cooler to the touch when compared to fake plastics.
  • Meltability – Plastics can melt or catch on fire too so hold it up to a flame (carefully!)
  • Too Perfect – If it’s very uniform it may be reconstituted (which is not technically fake but completely altered by man). Or it may be plain ole’ plastic, resin or glass
  • Too much white – Lapis can be easily confused with sodalite but will have much less white calcite, also too much white is a sign of a lower quality lapis — if it’s too heavy on the white then pass. If you know how to do a streak test, sodalite will have a white streak whereas lapis will have a slightly light blue streak
  • Too much grey –  If it has a lot of grey in it, it may, again, be sodalite or sign of a lower quality lapis; streak test!
  • Cheap Price – this is usually an indicator of a fake. If its too cheap; too good to be true most likely is.
  • Remember… the inconsistency of lapis is the very reason why its Mohs Hardness varies so much so, unfortunately, we can’t use that as a method of testing to see if it’s real.

    Thanks for joining me for this spotlight on Lapis Lazuli! Let me know in the comments below; what’s your favorite way to work with Lapis Lazuli?

    Crystal Blessings,

    Turquoise Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

    Let’s talk about one of the most popular gemstone minerals in history; turquoise.  We’ll discuss the many colors and varieties while also taking a look a this stone’s healing properties, correspondences, and meanings.

    Also, read on to be sure you’re not being duped by turquoise fakes! 

    This stone is quite popular in jewelry (whereas selenite – with a Mohs hardness of 2, is not as popular because it gets scratched up much more easily), particularly in Native American jewelry and southwestern designs. Some of my fav jewelry pieces are turquoise!

    Metaphysical Properties and History
    Treasured for thousands of years, used in ancient Africa, Asia, South, and North America for many different purposes, this mineral is perhaps most often used as some form of protection.

    Historically, turquoise was found to be worn by nobility in Ancient Egypt. There are so many museum pieces displaying the use of turquoise along with lapis lazuli, carnelian, and a few others. Plus, turquoise adorns the burial mask of Tutankhamun (aka King Tut) — one of the most well known and recognized artifacts of ancient times!

    • Additionally, there’s evidence and artifacts of turquoise and copper mining activity in Sinai.
    • Here’s a great article to learn more about turquoise’s significance to certain Native American cultures.

    Considered sacred to the Navajo, this stone is known to be of the bringer of rain.

    Since ancient times, it’s also been used as a traveler’s companion, given to those embarking on a long journey over the ages. It’s said that when many explorers and traders were crossing the seas by boat, turquoise was to help provide a safe voyage.
    In fact, I always travel with turquoise as part of my travel mojo kit.
    My travel mojo bag which includes a rough turquoise & hematite

    This mineral invites in strength and vitality along with good communication skills (great for public speaking!) I personally like to pair it up with clear quartz for this purpose — amplifying its effect.

    Chakras
    We most often associate this stone with the Throat Chakra.
    Remember, it’s all about communication, Babe.
    It assists us to clearly articulate while being sure to speak our truth (and remembering to listen well too). Again, this includes all types of communication; public speaking as well as writing.
    Geology
    Turquoise is an opaque (not transparent) phosphate mineral with a Mohs hardness between 5-6, depending on the type of turquoise. You may not think of it as a technical crystal because its crystals are not actually visible and it doesn’t allow light to pass through. However, it IS indeed a crystal.

    How?

    It’s due to its crystalline structure (not visible to the naked eye), but it’s there at the micro-crystalline level.

    Turq is now primarily found in the US Southwest as well as Iran, Tibet, China, Australia, and Afghanistan, typically dry arid climates.

    Being a copper-derived mineral, its color can be a whole range of blues and greens… (think of an oxidized penny or the Statue of Liberty).

    Since it also contains aluminum, I don’t recommend that you put it in a crystal bath or use it to make an ingestible gem elixir.
    Why Green or Blue?

    • bluer turquoise comes from more copper being present (Arizona turquoise is known for this characteristic). [The most sought-after color has the least amount of green in it; more of a lighter or robin’s-egg blue. And it’s the color that’s most often faked, so beware! More on that below.]
    • greener turquoise happens when you have some iron mixed in there (Nevada turquoise is known for this). 

    Turquoise can often be found alongside calcite, azurite and malachite, chrysocolla and gem silica minerals. Being these minerals are all copper-derived, they tend to grow together in the same deposit. That’s a miner’s big clue – when they would find such specimens it was an indication that there was copper in the area and time to start digging!

    I visited an awe-inspiring copper mine in Bisbee Arizona not too long ago (where Bisbee Turq hails from). The Queen Mine opened in 1915 and officially closed operations in 1975, but it’s still open for tours.  Fun Stuff!

    Bisbee Turquoise specimens Often Faked
    Due to mines being depleted, authentic turquoise has become rarer and consequently, more expensive.
    So, unfortunately, the fakes abound!
    There’s actually a thriving market for faked turquoise (often in the form of dyed howlite).

    You may be wondering about the other turquoise colors out there. Perhaps you’ve heard of purple or White Buffalo turq?

    • White Buffalo turq – there’s hot debate over whether this material is real-deal turquoise at all. You can read about that here.  Personally, since the jury’s still out with the geologists, I’m staying neutral on this one.
    • Yellow “Turquoise”  – you may have heard of or seen this one. Not so much a fake as a misrepresentation. It’s really actually serpentine or some form of jasper. Don’t be fooled!

    I’ll get to the purple stuff in this next section. 😉
    STRAIGHT UP FAKE ALERT 🚨
    Purple “Turquoise” – (aka Mojave Purple Turq, Magenta Turq) this one looks too good to be true — and it is. Often times it’s a result of reconstituted mineral, stabilized then mixed with a red-colored synthetic resin (oftentimes plastic) then pressed. Blue + red = purple.

    More on what “reconstituted” means below.

    Purple Turquois. Photo Credit to our Crystal Family Member, Courtney Goodwin. TY, Courtney!

    FYI: Sometimes people refer to sugilite as purple turq (which they really shouldn’t do because it just adds to the whole naming confusion… we have enough to contend with already without adding to the confusion, right?)

    Found these examples of plastic resin fakes + who-knows-what below in a local shop labeled as “Unbelievable Turquoise hand mined in Madagascar”!!

    When asked if they were mislabeled, they told me “No”.
    Listen, if you like fakes; fine. It’s the deception (or ignorance) I’m against.
    I feel that ignorance can’t be your excuse for long — if you’re gonna sell the stuff then you have a responsibility as a seller to educate yourself on what you’re selling. And if you’re not sure about something then please just be honest about that and then make it your business to go find the answer.

    I have a blog post here that I wrote all about spotting turquoise fakes and frauds (plus some other minerals).
    Reconstituted Turquoise?
    Essentially, this means that small amounts of authentic turquoise that would otherwise be wasted are recycled by grinding it up into a fine powder. Resins (usually plastics), synthetic fillers, and adhesives are then often added and then pressed into a mold, carved or shaped.

    I totally get the need for this (so we don’t waste that valuable turq-powder), but just keep in mind that this means that there are mostly synthetic chemicals mixed in with your turquoise. If you’re down with that, then go for it.
    Shopping Tips

  • If it’s cheap, sorry to say, it’s likely not the real deal since the price of turquoise has been on the rise for several years now due to its growing scarcity.
  • One key thing to always ask about when purchasing turq is:
  • “where was it mined from?”

    It’s a good selling practice to attach the name of the specific mine to authentic turq. The reason for this is that each mine produces a distinct looking sort of turq. Knowing precisely what mine the piece came from raises the value of the specimen.

    If the turq you’re eyeing has no mine name attached to it — AND the seller has no idea what mine it came from, that could be an indication that it may not be the real deal. Here’s a great blog that shows many examples of different types of turquoise

    3. This tip was given to me by a loveable silver and turquoise miner named, Mongo from The Good Enough Mine in Tombstone, Arizona. If can’t tell whether your specimen is chrysocolla or turq, LICK IT! Mongo says turquoise is harder and not as “boney-chalky-sticky” to the tongue. I tried it and he’s right! 

    Be savvy
    Want more tips on turquoise and how to be savvy about spotting other fakes? Then check out my Crystal Savvy Class Elective.

    And in my next newsletter, I’ll be gifting out my Ultimate Reference Guide to Spotting Crystal Fakes to all my subscribers. This is a HUGE 105-page handy guide that you don’t want to be without if you collect crystals or perhaps are a seller. If you’re already subbed watch your inbox for that. If you’re not already subbed, get on the list here. 

    Thanks for joining me for this spotlight on Turquoise! Let me know; what does this stone mean to you?

    Crystal Blessings,