Crystals for the Color of the Year | 2018 | Ultraviolet

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Today I want to talk to you about Pantone’s Color of the Year and my crystal matchup for 2018.

I started doing this Color of the Year Crystal matchup a few years ago… starting in 2013 with the color Emerald.  It’s always fun to do this; allows me to get a little creative, digging around and finding a cool match up for it.

Here are the links to the past five years in case you’d like to check those out too:

  • Color of the Year 2013: Emerald
  • Color of the Year 2014:  Radiant Orchid
  • Color of the Year 2015:  Marsala
  • Color of the Year 2016: Serenity and Rose Quartz
  • Color of the Year 2017:  Greenery

Ultraviolet …That’s a Color?

Pantone’s color choice for 2018 is the color “Ultraviolet”.  And I put that in quotes because ultraviolet ain’t no color. It’s technically a particular type of frequency on the electromagnetic spectrum, just beyond and slightly higher frequency than the visible light spectrum. Of course, leave it to me to get geeky about it, but it’s not really a color. 😉

However, Pantone has interpreted it as a color, as most people probably do, because of the word “violet” being included in “ultraviolet”, as a VIOLET-PURPLEY color.

 

I just want to share a little bit of their specific description:
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone UltraViolet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.”
Do you sense and feel the mysticism that they’re pulling into this description here?

This goes along with the whole idea of mysticism, spirituality, and crystals, and how they all kind of interplay with each other. Seems to be a popular trend for 2018 and Pantone jumped on the bandwagon, or maybe they helped spur the bandwagon forward. Anyhow, they present Ultraviolet very cosmically, don’t they?

Well, spirituality, mysticism, crystals all of it; this is the stuff we’ve been talking about for years! What we love and talk about has hit the mainstream now, full force, in 2018. And here it is now represented in the Color of the Year.
My Crystal Pick
Instead of going for… well, I was going to say “a literal translation of ultraviolet” (but as I said, it isn’t a translation of the color ultraviolet because there’s no such thing)… I’m going to go to the scientific explanation of what ultraviolet technically is and chose the minerals and crystals that actually, physically have the capacity to glow under ultraviolet light; the fluorescent specimens.

How about that? So let’s get into it!

Fluorescence

Some minerals actually have the characteristic of being fluorescent under ultraviolet light. Out of approximately 4500 minerals that we know of on planet Earth, about 500 of them have this characteristic. This characteristic is actually a really useful one for easily identifying minerals from others that closely resemble them.

[caption id="attachment_21085" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Fluorescent opal[/caption]

Sir George Stokes was the physicist and mathematician who first realized that some minerals have the ability to fluoresce under ultraviolet light.  He first discovered it with the mineral fluorite, which he noted was actually able to glow; emit this powerful vibrancy under ultraviolet light. So, he called this characteristic; the ability for a mineral to do this, “fluorescence”, naming it after the mineral he first noted it in.

He then tested many others and realized that fluorite wasn’t the only mineral that could do this.

It’s amazing to see these minerals that do have this property of fluorescence, to glow under ultraviolet light, because they look completely different from how they look under regular light to our eyes!
The Science
There are actually different wavelengths of ultraviolet light:

  • shortwave
  • medium-wave
  • long-wave

All of these waves are a higher frequency than visible light wavelengths, so just a step above the colors that we can see on the electromagnetic spectrum.

These higher-frequency waves are just outside of what we’re able to detect and measure with our eyes, but we can measure and see their effects on certain minerals; the ones that fluoresce. What might appear as a dull, gray rock might actually vibrantly glow in all kinds of beautiful, bright, vibrant colors under ultraviolet light.

 

[caption id="attachment_21086" align="aligncenter" width="800"] By (Hgrobe 06:16, 26 April 2006 (UTC)) – credit: Hannes Grobe/AWI (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]You might remember back in science class when you started learning about chemistry. What happens is the ultraviolet frequency will cause some electrons in some of the electron shells of the atoms that make up the mineral to temporarily gather up some extra energy from the ultraviolet higher frequency and they’ll actually jump up to the next higher electron shell… and then fall back down. When the electron falls back to its original electron shell, it actually leaves behind an energetic imprint.
Remember that energy can never be created nor destroyed, only transformed from one form to another; AKA First Law of Thermodynamics AKA Law of Conservation fo Energy!
So that atom leaves behind some energy in that higher electron shell. Some of that leftover energy is what’s actually giving off this light that we’re able to see! Pretty cool, right?

Also, the different wavelengths of ultraviolet, the short, the medium, or the long-waves will affect minerals differently as far as what colors they fluoresce. The reason is that the various wavelengths will cause different electrons to excite in different ways.

If you have a UV light or black light you can witness this for yourself.
A Metaphysical Side to This?
I do feel that there’s a special energetic property inherent to minerals that fluoresce under ultraviolet light that we can tap into on a metaphysical level because they possess this special characteristic that not all minerals do.

What do you think?

I encourage you to start working with fluorescent crystals and see if you notice any unique metaphysical properties about these minerals because I would like to share that in our community and see if we can collectively come up with some meaningful data on that.

Let’s experience this together and see what we can come up with. Please jump in and share your findings or comments below.

Crystal Blessings,

 

 

 

Why Rose Quartz, Blue Calcite & Blue Lace Agate are the New Black

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Fashion. What color is the new black now?

One day you’re in the next day you’re out. Pffft!

I don’t have time for that shizzle… I just grab the next t-shirt up for rotation in my drawer, match some bottoms to it, pair up some crystal jewelry I’m vibing with for the day & I’m good to go!

BUT today…I’m going to dabble in the fashion world again while I present my annual Color-of-the-Year video, where I match-up a crystal to Pantone’s Color of the Year!

Previous Years

  • 2013: Emerald
  • 2014: Radiant Orchid; Sugilite + Lepidolite
  • 2015: Marsala; Rubilite + Ruby

This year Pantone made it more exciting because they chose two colors.

Drum roll please…
The colors of the year for 2016 are Serenity and Rose Quartz!

Rose Quartz + Serenity
The purpose of the color of the year is to “set the tone” for the coming year. Pantone has stated that the color they choose,
“has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times.”
Well…that’s a bit rich for my taste…but I think it’s safe to say it sets the direction & tone for fashion & style for the year…if you’re into that sort of thing.

So of course, yep…this is a whole marketing & branding thing for Pantone, but color is such a big part of the visual properties of crystals that I cannot help but jump onto this bandwagon!
Serenity
Serenity is a beautiful sky blue color that’s a really light blue…almost bordering on lavender.

Now, I actually chose two crystals to embody the energy of the Serenity color.
Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate is a pale blue gorgeous “lacy” layered-looking type of agate; hence the name.

Agates are generally characterized by the bands that you’ll see in them. It’s actually a banded chalcedony; a quartz mass made up of submicroscopic quartz particles set up in fibrous layers (those are the bands you see) that also may have other inclusions giving it various colors.

Blue Lace Agate Characteristics

  • a type of quartz, all agates are a type of quartz
  • same Mohs Hardness as quartz; a 7, so it’s relatively hard.  You’ll find them in jewelry & anything that can kind of withstand being worn a lot, ya know…that might get banged up or something or worn as a bracelet
  • a throat chakra stone
  • all about calm, gentle, serene energy, clarity
  • Best for calm + clear communication, about finding your voice but in a very calm way

Blue Calcite

Calcites come in every color in the rainbow…pretty much. Plus, calcites as a group in general, are great for balancing hormones. If you want to know more about that, I have blog post that I wrote all about that here.

Blue Calcite Characteristics

  • another throat chakra stone
  • great for thyroid balancing (whether it’s hypo or hyper thyroid) because an out of whack thyroid has to do with hormone imbalances (please read my cautions & disclaimers here before using crystals on medical issues)
  • spiritually calming + soothing as well as emotionally calming + soothing so it’s a great stone to meditate with
  • Also enhances psychic ability & assists with astral travel
  • 3 on the Mohs Hardness scale, so much softer than the Blue Lace Agate….meaning not a good idea for jewelry

The reason it’s so “soft” in comparison to quartz is b/c calcite is a Calcium Carbonate. Calcium carbonate is what the shells & hard parts of  organisms are made of. Yeah…without our precious calcites most of Earth’s organisms would not even exist! That’s the reason why calcites are so abundant on our planet. So in this case, life giving rise to a crystal.
Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz feels like one of those crystals that we all know quite well. It’s 1 of the first ones that many of us purchase or that we’ve worked with or that we learn about. ❤ Am I right about that?

Rose Quartz Characteristics:

  • a type of Quartz that almost always shows up in masses. (BUT…sometimes you’ll find rare very expensive pieces that do grow in points and…wow if you have one of those; hold on to that baby because it’s worth quite a bit, they’re very rare. *See photo below.*)
  • Can vary in color, intensity and hue; sometimes they can be very deeply pink colored & sometimes they’re very pale so that they’re barely pink… and sometimes they’re right in between.
  • Rose quartz is very abundant & come in big huge masses.
  • The stone of love; all kinds of love, whether we’re talking about romantic love or love for family members, pets and friends, compassionate love or even self-love; this is the stone that encourages kindness, compassion and love of all sorts.♥
  • Works very well with the heart chakra for emotional heart issues, spiritual heart issues as well as physical heart issues.
[caption id="attachment_8684" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A large cut & polished rose quartz point.[/caption]

Rose Quartz is an all time sparkly fav & if you don’t have some in your collection, I highly recommend that you do get some.

[caption id="attachment_18466" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Examples of those SUPER-RARE natural rose quartz point clusters. Photo Credit: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]I hope you enjoyed this fun match up for  Pantone’s color of the Year 2016:  Serenity and Rose Quartz.

Do you have any of these stones in your crystal collection? OR do you have any other suggestions to match up with “Serenity”? I’d love to hear what you think of my picks in the comments below. 🙂

Crystal Blessings!