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gloria
26-01-2004, 03:44
I have found this crystal site truly amazing. So much information here.
Have ordered The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall and Michael Grienger's Crystal Power, Crystal Healing, as recommended in these threads.
I've had a rose quartz for a couple of years, given to me by a White Witch, and I find it beautiful.
The other day in a bookshop in town I came across this machine which issued small 'stones' for a pound a go. Well two came out, one looks like onyx...dark green with lighter green marbling. The other I don't recognise. It's shades of pale blue and grey. The onyx is in quite good shape but the other has holes which look a bit like woodworm holes. And yet the rose quartz I have is perfect and almost heart-shaped, but don't get me wrong, I feel pretty attached to these two newcomers for some reason.
This may sound a dumb question, but remember this is all new to me, where other than the net can I buy these 'stones'?
Gloria.

Moonbow
26-01-2004, 04:12
Hi Gloria

Sometimes you can find crystals in the metaphysical shops. We have a few shops near us that things like candles, tarot decks, crystals, incense, aromatherapy oils - that type of thing. You may need to look in your local yellow pages.

As far as selection goes I have been told to buy the ones that I am drawn to - much like tarot decks. I think its better to buy in a shop because you can have a feel of the stones and get a connection to them that way.

Hope this helps

Moonbow*

Bluemanticore
26-01-2004, 06:31
Gloria, another place I have come across some lovely stones is at art and craft stores. Also, keep your eyes open for gem and mineral shows.
One other thing, that dark green stone with the light green marbling sounds like a description of malachite to me. Just my two cents. :)

Blessed be,
BlueManticore

lunalafey
26-01-2004, 07:43
Gem and mineral shows- YES!.....incredible selections and great prices....specialty shops jack the price way up.
I have never known for onyx to be anything other than black {& glassy} though. The stone you describe sounds familiar to me, but I can't think of what it is....not malachite- I'm invisioning a much darker green and shiny, not 'flat' like malachite. I would not describe malachite as marbled, for technically it's banded.
the other stone sounds like sodalite.

gloria
27-01-2004, 00:54
Great! Moonbow, Blue and Luna..thanks for your views and ideas there.
Not onyx? Shall be picking up books I ordered tomorrow, so hopefully should find out what it is.
Luna..you say sodalite the other one. What about these woodworm-like holes in it? Would this be something to watch out for in future purchases, or does it not matter?
Anyway thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it.
Gloria.

Bluemanticore
27-01-2004, 03:10
Gloria, regarding any worm-holes or nicks, IMO they can add to the character of the stone sometimes. I mean, a stone does not have to be perfectly smooth or solid to work well. I would suggest when shopping use your hands to decide if the stone is "good." Pick it up and feel it, run your fingers over it, see if it feels "right." Some holes or cracks may feel right being there, others may not. I happen to have a sodalite that has a couple wormholes that make the stone interesting. Mine is blue, like lapis lazuli, with white from the calcite, not grey. I'm not sure if you do have sodalite there, but really one can't say for sure without seeing it. Oh well. :)

Blessed be,
BlueManticore

gloria
27-01-2004, 04:22
Hi Bluemanticore...you know I was thinking the very same thing. I agree...there are things that have more appeal because of the fact they are not perfect.
I found a place on the net just to see a few pics of the different 'stones' and I have to say I doubt if what I have is sodalite. So maybe you're right.
Hopefully will find it in books tomorrow. Will let you know what these two are when I find out.
Gloria.

Moonbow
30-01-2004, 17:45
gloria

I was reading my book by Scott Cunningham and he mentions Holey Stones!. Apparently it doesn't matter what type of stone they are, and they have very important properties. So I looked on the internet and found this Holey Stones (http://members.tripod.com/~lil_feathers/stone3.htm)

Oh Yeah... Scroll down


I hope this is some use to you

Moonbow*

DeLani
31-01-2004, 04:39
The green one sounds like Malachite, or perhaps Serpentine/Serpentinite (?)
The other one is probably lace agate. I love Lace and Moss Agate!
Can you post pictures of them? Now I'm curious!

Pearl_Dragon
25-02-2004, 09:48
>>Gloria, another place I have come across some lovely stones is at art and craft stores. Also, keep your eyes open for gem and mineral shows.<<


The place where I find nice specimens is the gift shop at The Natural History Museum.

They carry any stone you can think of..And,at reasonable prices.


Pearl

Bluemanticore
25-02-2004, 11:20
Good suggestion Pearl_Dragon. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry happens to be the place I picked up my first stone, which happened to be my Sodalite. :)

Pearl_Dragon
26-02-2004, 00:24
>>Good suggestion Pearl_Dragon. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry happens to be the place I picked up my first stone, which happened to be my Sodalite. <<



After reading your posts, I'm a little surprised that you hadn't beat me to that suggestion ;) :D

Sodalite...That's one I don't have..It's a sub for Lapis,right?


Pearl

Bluemanticore
26-02-2004, 01:54
Yeah, I'm a little surprised too, it seems such an obvious place to find stones would be a science museum. I probably didn't think of it cuz all I got there at the time was the sodalite and a piece of citrine, very little compared to the 12 different pieces I found at a recent mineral show. Oh well. :) And yes, sodalite and lapis lazuli are interchangeable.

BlueManticore

Pearl_Dragon
26-02-2004, 07:17
Ah yes,Citrine..I had 2 pieces,and lost them both :(

What's that they say about losing your stones?




Pearl

Bluemanticore
26-02-2004, 07:26
Pearl, that's too bad, but since it was Citrines you lost no need to worry. Now if it had been your Marbles, that would be another story. ;)

BlueManticore

Pearl_Dragon
26-02-2004, 07:49
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:D



Pearl

Pearl_Dragon
26-02-2004, 07:53
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Kyrielle
02-03-2004, 03:34
I've heard that if you lose a stone, it's either finished teaching you and gone in search of its next student, or it decided to take a trip into another dimension to recharge itself and bring you back new wisdom.

Or it could mean you set it somewhere different than usual and forgot where, or it was bumped and fell and rolled under the bed (which could count as another dimension in some cases...) :)

-- Kyrielle