I agree with you, and I would add that t would be vain to think that the reality is only what we can feel with our five senses. It would be pretentious. I believe that there is so much more than what we can perceive!
Dude, if/when I visit the Philippines I so would love to go crystal shopping there. I like comparing between countries - eg I've been to crystal shops in HK. They should be easy to find in any of the malls in Manila I hope?
Just a word of warning about moldavite: There is a LOT of fake moldavite out there. Before you buy, do your research and understand how to identify the fake material. And only buy from reputable sources. I know many people who have gotten scammed with moldavite (and other stones, too).
LUCKY YOU! And you've just given me another reason to visit there. I am intrigued by those pearls And thanks for the tip on wearing dowdy clothes, I hope I blend in there as well as I do in most of AsiaHey Yannie! Wow, I do hope you'd find yourself in our shores one time.
Yup, there are highly reputable crystal stores in many of our behemoth malls, and they do have pretty extensive collections. But since they must pay a premium for renting space, it adversely impacts the prices of their wares. Because of this, I mostly source my crystals through highly trusted private dealers.
I do not know how their mall store prices compare with other Asian countries. Although we have an extensive mining industry, we focus more on minerals rather than crystals. There are still some local crystals, like serpentine, tektites, etc. that you can get for a steal though.
BUT if you are on the hunt for pearls, then you can hardly do better than here. It's my mom's birthstone, and her eye for these babies (and diamonds) is basically peerless. Her collection is STUNNING. There's a not so fancy array of shops right here in the capital that looks like Neptune opened his trove right smack in a tropical concrete market. I know my fellow Manileños know or have heard of this one. Ropes and handfuls and clutches of pearls, either by their lonesome or finely set, at hyper-competitive prices. This is a place that society matrons and diplomats' wives and, some say, even European royalty have graced. They sell all kinds and hues, but nothing beats the glory of our inimitable Golden South Sea pearls. We make it a point to take our female American clients to this market, and they are downright gobsmacked at the prices. They keep on asking "This is genuine, right? No really? Are you kidding me?" And that is before my female colleague begins to haggle. After that we're all pretty much friends for life.
A few tips though: wear dowdy clothes, and make sure you have a companion who knows her pearls, and who has shopped there a few times. The bargains that would rain down would have you leaving the market feeling like Christmas morning.
I guess this is one of the reasons why the Philippines is known as the Pearl of the Orient Seas.
FINALLY! Just bought my new moldavite ring from a reputable crystal shop here. It's a size 10 so I can only wear it in my pinky. I can't wait to work with it.
Celticnoodle suggests that pietersite would work great with it, and so does The Book of Stones by Simmons et. al., so I guess this pairing would be harmonious:
I also bought a set of 7 engraved chakra stones. Oval-ish and flat, I think they'd be perfect for crystal meditations, in tandem with Tomas's Chakra Crystals book set I bought a while ago. Add Grilley's Chakra Theory and Meditation videos and I'm pretty much all set.
Thanks a lot, RiverRunsDeep. I blocked off my Sunday so I can at least have a full day of working with them. Once I get to (and hopefully master) more advanced studies on crystals and chakras, Reiki would be the next logical step. I hope to one day be adept at it like you.