COLOR OF THE YEAR: MARSALA ~ 2015 ~ Rubellite, Ruby + Cinnabar

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Hola Crystal Hottie!
Today we are going to talk about Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, which happens to be Marsala. Over the past few years, I’ve done a video with this theme, finding a crystal that embodies that specific light frequency.

  • 2014- Radiant Orchid
  • 2013- Emerald

Pantone describes Marsala as a “naturally robust & earthy wine red.”

Since making this video, I’ve discovered that yes, Marsala is indeed a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily.

Man! Marsala was a tough color.

Yeah, it was hard to find a crystal that was that exact color that Marsala is because a Pantone Color is very specific. I swear, while I was sitting down to make up this video, I could not think of any others! Was drawing a total blank.

Rubellite is actually a ruby-red color of tourmaline; hence its name! Tourmaline comes in almost every color of the rainbow.

The specimen I show in the video is actually a rubellite in clear quartz matrix & it’s a lighter color of the rubellite. It’s actually bordering on pink tourmaline. The one in the photo below is a better representation for “Marsala”.

[caption id="attachment_16292" align="aligncenter" width="283"] Rubellite Photo Credit: Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]
  • Rubellite is known for its ability to heal the heart physically & emotionally, while also connecting you with the Universal Heart that connects us all. It’s a great crystal for balancing both the heart & root chakra
  • It’s a beryllium aluminum silicate, as all tourmalines are & has a Mohs hardness of 7-8, so relatively hard

Ruby actually comes closer to the Marsala color then my specific specimen of Rubellite that I showed in the video.

  • a stone of passion & strength, it also helps boost our life force energy & aligns with our root chakra
  • Ruby is an aluminum oxide & is a variety of corundum. It’s quite tough with a Mohs hardness of 9 (10 being the hardest)

Here’s a precious cinnabar specimen I took a photo of on dolomite & quartz that was on display at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show….price tag was $25,000 smackers! Gorgeous but muchos expensive.

  • a whimsical stone of magic, insight & deep transformation that aligns with our root & third eye chakra
  • a mercury sulfide mineral, this makes it a toxic stone so be sort careful handling it & definitely no ingesting gem elixirs created with it. It’s relatively “soft” with a Mohs hardness of only 2-2.5

Those are my picks for the Color of the Year & Stone Combo. I would love it if you have other crystals in mind that would go along with Marsala, (really coulda used your help pre-video on this one)…please tell us about it in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings!


Best Crystal for Capricorns: What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You

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Capricorns! It’s our time to shine sparkly ones!
I like talking about Capricorns because I’m a Capricorn and our birthdays land between December 22nd and January 19th. And a crystal that I really like to work with is Ruby.

Edgar Cayce  actually gave us a list of crystals to work with the different astrological signs. I don’t really don’t subscribe at all to the birth stones that go along with different birth months because those were brought about by different jewelry associations to help sell the gem stones.

The astrological correspondences I feel make a lot more sense and go along with the different personality types or energy types that have to do with our astrological signs.
So, the sign we are in now is Capricorn.

Capricorns have a tendency to be very patient people, intelligent, ambitious people, highly ambitious sometimes to a fault. Very grounded, very earthy people, and the sign is, it’s an Earth sign and the sign is goat!

Now I’m not an astrological expert at all. There are plenty of you out there, I know there are. So I hope I gave a good, overall, general viewpoint of a Capricorn 😉

The crystal that we like to use for that astrological sign is Ruby. And in my vid, I show you a beautiful Ruby specimen with the six sides showing perfect fastening in the rock matrix. And I really, really just love it! It’s right in the granite, and it’s beautiful; just a beautiful representation of a deep red Ruby.

Ruby is part of a crystal family that we call Corundum. It’s an Aluminum Oxide.

It’s got the Mohs hardness, (“Mohs hardness” is a term we use to determine how hard the mineral is in comparison to others), so it’s a relative scale. It’s got the Mohs hardness of 9. So it’s super hard. Diamond in comparison is a 10, and that’s the hardest.

It’s a very, very tough mineral. So with that comes energy of passion, energy of strength, an energy of ambition and courage, of course, so that makes a lot of sense right? It has a lot of vibrational alignment with Capricorns.

Say you’re looking to give a birthstone to a Capricorn, it’d probably would be a lot more appreciated to give them a Ruby  rather to give them an Aquamarine or Blue Topaz or Tanzanite even, those are the ones I’ve seen listed that go along with birth month that again the Gemological associations and things came up with.

The Ruby seems to fit a lot better for a Capricorn to me.

So let me know what you think about that, okay? Let’s hear about your experiences with birthstone gems versus Ruby in the comments below.