How to tell the Difference between Black Onyx, Jet, Apache Tear, Black Tourmaline & Black Obsidian

A common question I get from my students in my Certified Crystal Healer Course is:

How to tell the difference between our many shiny black tumbled stones.

There are several common ones that all polish up pretty shiny, making it almost impossible to tell them apart; both physically & sometimes even energetically.

But there are slight differences & I’m going to tell you what to look for right here. 

I’m going to focus on the 5 most common ones:

  • Jet
  • Obsidian
  • Apache Tear
  • Onyx
  • Black Tourmaline

As most black stones usually are, all 5 of these are considered to generally be energetically grounding, protective & usually resonating well with either the Earth Star Chakra or Root Chakra

Now let’s get into the subtle differences…

difference black obsidian onyx

Non-Mineral Stuffs

I’ve divided the stones into 2 sub-groups of “non-mineral” & “mineral”.

The non-minerals, although usually lumped in with the rest of the crystals, are not technically minerals, b/c they don’t have 1 very important aspect that all minerals must have: a crystalline atomic matrix, a repeating geometric pattern among their atoms.

Jet

Jet is not a crystal/mineral…it lacks a crystalline […]

2020-01-28T00:12:12-05:00139 Comments

COLOR OF THE YEAR: RADIANT ORCHID ~ 2014 ~ Sugilite + Lepidolite

Pantone Color of the Year

sugilite lepidolite

I love color! How about you?

So, last year I started a tradition of pairing up a crystal video to match up with Pantone’s Color of the Year. To explain sort of what that’s about this is from the Pantone website:

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist.

Pretty cool, right? You can find out more about that here.

I decided to create a NEW color collage of my own…with crystals! YOU LIKE?

sugilite lepidolite

In today’s featured video I go over 2 very specific stones that I felt aligned very well with “Radiant Orchid”.

COLOR OF THE YEAR: RADIANT ORCHID ~ 2014 ~ Sugilite + Lepidolite

More Crystal Info + Another that goes with the 2014 Color of the Year

Sugilite

  • sugiliteA potassium sodium lithium iron manganese aluminum silicate mineral […]
2020-01-27T22:55:30-05:0010 Comments

What 5 Crystals Should You Have in Your Beginner’s Kit?

I recently asked the Crystal Hotties on my Facebook Page:

“What are some popular crystal topics that you would like to know about?”

I promised I would take the TOP 2 & turn 1 into a video (working on that this weekend) & the other into a blog post. Here’s that blog post.

I won’t get into what shapes your crystals should be, whether natural, cut or polished here in this post since that’s really a whole other topic for another day. Since this is for a beginner’s kit, my advice is to select the 1 crystal shape or size that calls to you most & still fits within your budget. If that means just getting 1 tumbled stone of each then that will be PERFECT. Go for it!♥

So,  what 5 crystals you should have in your beginner’s kit?

Well, that really would vary by individual. But we can determine 5 Must-Haves.

Now, there are so many ways to go with this. But I wanted to keep the list simple using inexpensive & easy-to-obtain crystals. Didn’t want to send you hunting to the ends of the Earth looking for the most rare & expensive crystals I could think […]

2015-06-04T11:09:52-04:0090 Comments

Car Protection Crystal Mojo Kit

Did you see this?

I’m often asked what crystals 1 could use to protect themselves while traveling about.

car protection crystal mojo kit

(I prefer a black bag for this but I ran out at the time I took this pic….oh well!) And yeah…no…that’s NOT POT. *Watch the vid for further explanation, LOL!!!*

I made this video a bit ago to show what my husbo & I use in our cars.

You can also use this for traveling on a train, plain or a bus…why not?

There’s a fun little poll within the video too. 🙂

Car Protection Crystal Mojo Kit

Here’s a handy ingredient list for the car protection mojo kit:

So stay safe & SPARKLY, Chick Pea!

2015-08-17T12:27:39-04:0012 Comments