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Rutilated quartz is quartz where a band of foreign mineral has grown inside the quartz. Rutiles may be gold or red (titanium), and sometimes other minerals such as black tourmaline, pyrite, hematite, or epidot (to name a few), may be found growing inside quartz. These types of quartzes with rutiles growing inside them are very rare and sought after.
Quartz is said to receive, activate, store, transmit and amplify energy. It is also said to be an emotional balancer as it dispels negativity. It is the stone used most often for meditation. Rutilated quartz is thought to be a powerful healer; it is stronger than other quartz as the rutiles are said to intensify the power for the quartz. Quartz may be found worldwide including many Canadian locations.
Citrine is a semi-precious gemstone. It is best described as a beautiful yellow transparent gemstone. It is a form of yellow quartz; although it very often resembles a yellow topaz. Yellow clear quartz is called citrine, purple quartz is called amethyst. Sometimes these two colours will appear together, the combination citrine and amethyst stones are called ametrines. Citrine and ametrine are fairly hard stones; they measure 7 hardness on the Moh’s scale.
Some believe that is useful for people who can’t slow down, it is said to allow people to slow down and relax.
Pearls are formed when a piece of sand or other irritant finds its way into an oyster. The oyster begins to secrete a smooth hard crystalline substance called nacre around the irritant to protect itself. As long as the irritant remains, the oyster will continue to produce this nacre, layer upon layer. It will take several years to produce a 3 to 4mm pearl.
Cultured pearls or saltwater pearls are pearls that have a little help from man. Man will place an irritant into an oyster, usually a piece of polished shell. Cultured pearls will normally be produced in a farm setting. Only 50% or less will produce a viable pearl. As the oysters are very temperamental, the pearls they produce will never be a mass market item.
Freshwater pearls are grown in fresh water mollusks. They are less lustrous than salt water pearls, but are easier to grow. They are often more of a freeform shape than other pearls.
The most common colors of pearls are silver/ white, rose, cream, gold, and blue/grey. Color choice is mostly up to personal preference. More unusual colors are available, such as blue, purple, black, and green; these colors may be caused by different minerals and nutrients present in the water. Tahiti was the original place for black pearls due to minerals present in that area. Pearls may also be color enhanced. Some believe pearls are for wisdom and that they may help one with inspirational thought.
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