Tucson Treats, Part 2: Winter 2018

Winter 2018 Tucson Treats, Part 2: Notable Gemstones!

In addition to tons of fabulous sterling silver, our recent buying trip yielded so many drool-worthy gemstones!!  As a gemstone fanatic I happen to love pretty much all gemstones, but at this recent gem show we found so many rare, uncommon gemstones – the kind of gemstones you have to stop and adore (….and buy).  We brought back a bunch of these show-stoppers to our stores for you!  I’ll be doing more in depth posts about these gemstones over the upcoming months, but I wanted to show them off in the meantime.

K2: Found in Pakistan at the base of K2 mountain, the world’s second highest mountain, K2 stone is a naturally occurring combination of granite and azurite.  Occasionally there will also be small flecks of green from malachite.  Note that K2 stone untreated and, therefore, contains unsealed granite.  Unsealed granite can discolor due to exposure to oils, chemicals, dye, etc.  Some people prefer this color-changing aspect, but if you want it to stay like this you can try sealing your K2 with a granite sealant from a home improvement store.  K2 represents insight and higher awareness.

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Auralite-23: Containing a mixture of 23 different minerals, Auralite-23 is a powerful metaphysical gemstone prized for its magical qualities and ability to work on achieve multiple energetic goals with it’s multiple minerals.  While the larger specimen would contain all 23 minerals, each bead only contains some of these 23 minerals once cut from the specimen. 

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Bumble Bee “Jasper” Cabochons: You asked, we found it!  Bumble Bee “Jasper” is sought after for it’s unique & striking color.  It’s not technically a jasper though, but rather a sedimentary rock that forms in volcanic environments and contains multiple minerals (sulfur, manganese oxide, arsenic sulfides, etc.).  Bumble Bee “Jasper” boosts creativity and confidence.

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Shattuckite: A relatively rare stone from the Shattuck Mine in Bisbee, AZ,  Shattuckite enhances communication and intuition.

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Selenite: A gypsum that grows in a plate-like structure, Selenite has a gorgeous chatoyant quality.  It is self-cleansing and often used for cleansing other gemstones.  Be cautious not to get your Selenite wet as it can soften the structure.

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Pietersite: Check out our recent gem of the month blog post about Pietersite for all the details about this gorgeous gemstone!

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Natural Citrine: Almost all Citrine beads sold in the bead industry are actually heat-treated Amethyst.  When Amethyst is heated to very high temperatures it turns golden and looks like Citrine.  It’s widely accepted and ok that heat-treated Amethyst is sold as Citrine, but when you find natural Citrine it is a special treat!!  Natural Citrine feels more soft and grounding compared to heat-treated Amethyst/Citrine’s higher & brighter vibration.

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Cavansite: A rare gemstone found mostly in a small town in India, Cavansite forms stunning sparkly blue crystals.  It is used to ease the transition through major life changes, expand consciousness, and increase communication.

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Multi-Sapphire: Ok…so we’ve had Multi Sapphires before, but it’s pretty uncommon for us to have them in gorgeous round like these (hello, mala makers!).  The colors on these are so luxe and they would make the perfect high-end variation of your favorite round-bead based designs.  Sapphires is known as the wisdom stone with each color having it’s own wisdom and resonating with a different metaphysical property.

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Well I don’t know about you, but I was basically drooling on my desk while writing this blog post.  These gemstones are just so yummy!!  You HAVE to come see them for yourself!

Happy Beading!!

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