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Crystals A-C


  • Color: Naturally takes all sorts of Colors.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Greasy.

  • Hardness: 6.5

  • System: Trigonal, Microcrystalline

  • Origins: Canada, Europe, Russia, and United States.

  • Healing: Cools and calms built-up energy in the body. Gently nurtures and soothes emotions. Settles an overactive mind. Engenders feelings of belonging in the world. Tones and strengthens the body.

  • Magical Attributes: Acceptance, Courage, Gives a mellow, blended aspect, Good for transmutation, Love, Protection, and Strength.


     Agate is a stone of strength and courage; it tones and strengthens the mind and body, grounding the stabilizing emotions and physical energy. It helps with the acceptance of oneself and to see the truth. It’s healing and cleansing qualities eliminate negative energy, soothing and calming the mind, body, and spirit. Agate occurs naturally in many colors, but is also dyed brilliant bright colors.


  • Color: Pale Turquoise to Deep Mid-Green, with Lighter Striations.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 6 – 6.5

  • System: Triclinic

  • Origins: Canada, China, Egypt, Libya, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, and United States.

  • Healing: Enhances Psychic Faculties, Inspires Creativity and Personal Expression, Releases Blocked Emotions and Supports Communication.

  • Magical Attributes: Awakens the Heart and Throat Chakras, Faith, Hope, Joy, Self-Expression, and Success.


     This popular gemstone is a variety of the common mineral Feldspar. It creates attractive, and somehow deeply satisfying chunky, prismatic crystals of a blue-green color. The stone is named after the Amazon River, although no deposits are known in that area. Amazonite is relatively soft and easy to work with, and it was popular in ancient Egypt. The green color of Amazonite has been traditionally linked to Fertility, Protection, and the Spirit of the Dead. It works somewhat like Rose Quartz, but it flows more with the emotions towards others then yourself.


  • Color: Gold and Yellow.

  • Luster: Resinous

  • Hardness: 2

  • System: Amorphous

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Boosts Energy and Generates Enthusiasm, Helps with Nervous Disorders, Invigorates the Body’s Systems, and Sharpens Thinking Processes.

  • Magical Attributes: Concentrates the Energy of the Sun, Life Energy, Love, and Protection.


     Although not an actual stone, Amber has been used for millennia as a precious gem. The main sources of Amber are South America, Myanmar, and the Baltic coasts of Europe, but it has been found in many places worldwide because it is light enough to float on water. It energizes the brain and nervous system, along with releasing nervous tension. Amber sharpens thinking and concentration, while giving a boost of energy.


  • Color: Purple and Violet.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Trigonal

  • Origins: Austria, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South America, South India, South Korea, and United States.

  • Healing: Assists in Calming the Mind, Eases Headaches, Reduces Insomnia and allows Restful Sleep, and Reduces Stress.

  • Magical Attributes: Aids Meditation and Sleep, Calming, Courage, Dreams, Encourages Self-Control, Happiness, Healing Addictions (especially alcohol), Helps Practical Applications of Imagination, Intuition, Love, Peace, and Psychic Energy.


     Amethyst is the stone of spiritually and contentment, it bestows stability, strength, and inner peace. It is a great stone for meditation and psychic abilities with its calming and peaceful energy. Amethyst provides clarity and enhances conscious perception and understanding.


  • Color: Violet and Yellow.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Hexagonal

  • Origins: Bolivia

  • Healing: A powerful Cleanser. Useful in Treating and Getting to the Bottom of Long Standing Illnesses, Depression, Fatigue, Headaches, and Stress Related Illnesses.

  • Magical Attributes: Enhance Mental and Spiritual Clarity, Optimism, and Uniting Masculine and Feminine Energies.

     Ametrine powerfully combines the qualities of both Amethyst and Citrine creating a stone of optimism. Its high energy balances out stress, tension, and emotional blockages to help harmonize and heal the body, creating a feeling of well-being. Ametrine connects the physical realm with the higher consciousness, it facilitates and protects during astral travel and brings greater focus to meditation.


  • Color: Gray, Light Blue, Violet, and White.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Pearly.

  • Hardness: 3.5

  • System: Orthorhombic

  • Origins: Peru

  • Healing: Heavy Metal Miasma is Alleviated.

  • Magical Attributes: Awareness, Promotes Peaceful Silence, and Reveals Hidden Aspects of Reality.


     Also called Anhydrite, Angelite is quite a common sedimentary mineral that forms massive layer of rock. It is created when Gypsum loses water, which causes the rock layer to shrink and caverns to form. It also occurs as a result of evaporation of sea water or the weathering of Pyrite. The best Angelite comes from Peru and Mexico, but it is also found in Germany. The heart of Angelite’s healing action is the concentration of peacefulness. This crystal slows everyday thought processes and allows you to notice more subtle qualities of experience. It is sometimes – mistakenly – thought that Angelite takes its name from its angelic powdery blue color, but it is actually named after Angela, the partner of the person who discovered the stone.


  • Color: Blue, Green, or Yellow.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Dull.

  • Hardness: 5

  • System: Hexagonal

  • Origins: Brazil, Canada, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and United States.

  • Healing: Activates the Intellect and Deepens Understanding, Encourages Subtle Levels of Awareness, Personal Expression and the Flow of Communication, and Re-organize Aspects of our Lives.

  • Magical Attributes: Transforms Static Situations.


     This crystal appears in many colors and forms, and often resembles other crystals; its name comes from the Greek work “Apate”, meaning deceiver. Blue Apatite opens the throat chakra.  It enhances communication in groups and facilitates public speaking. Yellow Apatite activates the solar plexus chakra.  It is a great eliminator of toxins and draws off stagnant energy. Green Apatite is a healing stone for both humans and the Earth, and is a stone for manifesting and awakening the Heart Chakra.


  • Color: Clear, Gray, Green, Pink, and White.

  • Luster: Vitreous, Mother of Pearl, and Sometimes Adamantine.

  • Hardness: 4.5 - 5

  • System: Tetragonal

  • Origins: India and Volcanic Rock.

  • Healing: Deep Relaxation, Helps Release Suppressed Emotions, and Used in Reiki Healing. Overcome Anxiety, Fear, and Worry.

  • Magical Attributes: Develops Powers of Subtle Perception and Recognize Truth. The Green Variety links to Nature Spirits.


     Apophyllite creates a conscious connection between the physical and spiritual realm, allowing you to access the Akashic Records and past life experiences. It helps you recognize and act upon the truth in all situations. Apophyllite is mentally and spiritually calming and grounding. It can be used to open the third eye and to bring light and energy into the heart.


  • Color: Almost Colorless, Pale Blue or Turquoise.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7.5 - 8

  • System: Hexagonal

  • Origins: Brazil and Pakistan.

  • Healing: Calms the nerves, Clears Stagnant Emotions, and Encourages Optimism.

  • Magical Attributes: Clarity, Promotes Safe Travel (especially at sea), Protects from Harm, and Purification.


     Aquamarine purifies the body and enhances clarity of mind with its gentle and compassionate energy. It helps bring closure to unresolved situations. It is especially good for sensitive people promoting self-courage, elevating fears, and phobias. Aquamarine is an excellent stone for meditation, calming and balancing the physical, emotional, and mental aspects.


  • Color: Brown, Gold, Orange, White, and Yellow.

  • Luster: Vitreous or Pearly.

  • Hardness: 3.5 - 4

  • System: Orthorhombic

  • Origins: Bahamas, Molina de Aragón in the Province of Guadalajara in Castilla-La Mancha, Ocean Water, Slovakia, Spain, and United States

  • Healing: Helps with Problem-Solving, Releases Feelings of Stress and Impatience, and Useful for Studying and Taking Exams or Tests.

  • Magical Attributes: The Ability to take on more Responsibility, Acceptance, Enhances Patience, Provides a Safe Base from which to Explore New Possibilities, and Pulls Disparate Elements Together.


     Aragonite is an earth healer and grounding stone attuned to Gaia. It transforms geopathic stress and clear blockages, deepening your connection to the earth.


  • Color: Blue Gray, Green, Orange, Red-Brown, or Yellow. All come with Metallic Flecks,

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Microcrystalline and Trigonal.

  • Origins: Chile, India, Russia, and Spain.

  • Healing: Calms and Stabilizes the Emotions, Encourages a Positive Outlook, and Increases Tranquility especially the Blue. Green Aventurine is one of the best Balances for the Heart Chakra, and Promotes Spiritual Growth and Gratitude for what you have. Red-Brown Aventurine brings Happiness and Relaxation.

  • Magical Attributes: Create Luck Charms, Increase One’s Confidence and Creativity, and Increase Prosperity.


     A common variety of massive Quartz, Aventurine has a long history of use for carving and healing. It was used in Tibet to increase perception and improve eyesight. It can be easily distinguished form other members of the Quartz family by its fine, sparkling inclusions. It is this quality that gives the stone its name – it was considered to resemble a sparkly green ornamental glass of the same name, invented in Italy during the 18th century, in which metallic flakes were added to the molten mixture.


  • Color: Blue to Dark Blue.

  • Luster: Chalky and Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 3.5 - 4

  • System: Monoclinic

  • Origins:Australia, The Congo, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, and United States.

  • Healing: Amplifies the Powers of Reiki and Other Healers and Increases the Flow of Energy Throughout the Body.

  • Magical Attributes: Aids in Communicating with Other Dimensions and Spirit Guides, Aids in Past-life Recall, Communicate with Children still in the Womb, Concentration, Divination, Dreams, Grants Visions and Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Psychic Energy,  and Transformation.


     A popular crystal for its beautiful blue color, this stone has a startling blue edge, which is the key to its healing powers. Azurite forms when copper ores oxidize. It is associated with Malachite, with which it shares a similar chemical structure. In the Middle Ages, powdered Azurite was used as a blue pigment in paints and dyes. As it absorbed atmospheric moisture, it used to oxidize to Malachite, which explains why the sky is green in some early Renaissance paintings. The 2 minerals can be found in a form called Azurite-Malachite, which is excellent for “clearing out” deep-rooted emotions. The finest large Azurite crystals come from Namibia.


  • Color: Green with Red, Brown, or Yellow markings.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Trigonal

  • Origins: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Madagascar, and United States.

  • Healing: Energizes and Balances Heart and Root Chakras. Provides Motivation and Encouragement.

  • Magical Attributes: Aids Healing, Courage, Helps Regulate the First Four Chakras, Increase Outer Worldly Influence and Prestige, Offers Protection from Loss of Life-Energy, Self-Confidence, Strength, Victory, and Wealth. 


     Bloodstone is essentially Green Jasper that has the addition of red, brown, or yellow markings created by iron oxides. However, this tiny variation brings quite a range of healing qualities, as well as making the best specimens – with distinct blood-red markings against a deep green base – a sought-after carving material. It is used to increase the circulation of energy through the body and release blockages. Bloodstone is also used in spells to draw money or increase wealth, calm fears and anger and ensure victory in legal matters.

Blue Lace Agate

  • Color: Bands if Blue, Gray, and White.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Greasy.

  • Hardness: 6.5

  • System: Trigonal, Microcrystalline

  • Origins: South Africa and Volcanic Rock.

  • Healing: Can be used as a “Wish Stone”, Overcoming Obstacles, Powerful Healing Stone.

  • Magical Attributes: Brings Peace, Communication, Contentment, Conveys Hidden Messages, Purification, and Understanding.


     Blue Lace Agate gently opens and expands the consciousness, stimulating intuitive and spiritual insight, encouraging creativity, and confident expression. It aids communication, promotes harmony with others, calms the mind, sooths the emotions, and reduces stress. Blue Lace Agate gives us patience, peace, wisdom, kindness, and honesty. It enhances a positive attitude, aligns once center and encourages listening and understanding. Blue Lace Agate is nurturing and supporting bringing a deep inner peace.

Blue Quartz

  • Color: Dense Min-Blue, Gray-Blue, and Lavender-Blue.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 6 - 7

  • System: Trigonal

  • Origins: Austria, Brazil, and United States.

  • Healing: Breaks Patterns of Behavior, Protects from Negative Influences, and Reduces Negative Thoughts and Stress.

  • Magical Attributes: Calming, Harmonious, Helps to Transmit Information Effectively, and Protects from Negative Influences.


     Blue Quartz purifies the mental, emotional, and physical bodies. It helps calm the mind, allowing expression of the individuals with and assists in reaching out to others. It stimulates intuitive insight and enhances communication and creative expression.


  • Color: Brown and Bronze-Brown.

  • Luster: Metallic and Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 5 - 6

  • System: Orthorhombic

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Releases Emotional Tension.

  • Magical Attributes: Helps to Deflect Negative Energy. Promotes Creativity and Flexible Thinking.


     Bronzite is a member of the prolific group of rock-forming minerals called pyroxenes – all complex compositions of metals and silicates. Bronzite derives its name from its warm, metallic, golden-orange luster. The mosaic-like pattern on the stone’s surface hints at its ability to integrate disparate elements or different points of view into one harmonious whole.


  • Color: All Colors as well as Colorless

  • Luster: Mother of Pearl, Silky, and Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 3

  • System: Hexagonal

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Calms and Soothes Agitated Emotions. Shifts Energies that become Slow-Moving or Stagnant.

  • Magical Attributes: Amplifies, Calms Fears, Cleanses, Centering, Grounding, Links the Individual to the Natural Cycle of Continuous Change and Transmutation, Money, Peace, and Purification.


     Calcite is a powerful amplifier and cleanser of energy, grounding you, and bringing joy and lightheartedness into your life. It helps to balance the emotions, boosts the memory, calms the mind, alleviates stress, enhances trust in oneself, and strengthens the ability to overcome setbacks connecting the emotions with the intellect. Calcite helps overcome laziness, increasing, and stimulating your energy. It is a spiritual stone that is linked to the higher consciousness, aiding spiritual development.

Calcite Gold

  • Color: Gold and Yellow.

  • Luster: Mother of Pearl, Silky, and Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 3

  • System: Hexagonal

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Helps with Recovering from the Emotional Effects of Abusive Situations and Relationships.

  • Magical Attributes: Joy and Lightheartedness.


     Golden Calcite is excellent for meditation and attuning your mind to the higher planes and induces a deeper sense of relaxation.


  • Color: Orange and Red-Orange.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Trigonal

  • Origins: Arabia, India, Brazil, Iran, Saudi, and Uruguay.

  • Healing: Releases Stress and Trauma.

  • Magical Attributes: Combat Jealousy of Others, Happy Home, Increased Fertility and Creativity, Joyous, Personal Power, Promotes, Strengthened Magic, and Warm. A popular stone in Carved Amulets, Rings, and Seals. Worn for Confidence and Protection from Harm.


     Carnelian enhances and vitalizes the physical, emotional, and mental bodies. It’s warm and joyous energy attunes with the inner self helping to open the heart. It is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation and for stimulating creativity. Carnelian is full of life force and gives us courage and vigor to make the right life choices. It helps anchor you in the present, reality, aiding concentration, and willpower. Allowing you to trust yourself and your perceptions.


  • Color: Clear, Gray-Blue, and Sky-Blue.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Pearly

  • Hardness: 3 – 3.5

  • System: Orthorhombic

  • Origins: Germany, Italy, and Madagascar.

  • Healing: Blissful Silence, Communication, Encourages Expression, Helps to Lighten the Mood when needed, and Inspiration.

  • Magical Attributes: Aids Growth, Calming, Compassion, Healing, Positive, Reveals new Viewpoints, Uncovers the Fundamental Energies of Reality, Uplifting, and Verbal Skill.


     Celestite has a gentile, calming, and uplifting energy, cringing harmonious balance and alignment into your life, revealing the truth, and helping to resolve conflict. It promotes purity of heart and attracts good fortune. Celestite is an ideal crystal to place in your bedroom or healing room as an environment cleanser and source of soft positive energy. It helps you to access the angelic realm as well as urging you towards spiritual development and enlightenment.


  • Color: Blues, Brassy Yellow (un-weathered) Pinks, Reds, and Yellows (weathered).

  • Luster: Metallic

  • Hardness: 3.5 - 4

  • System: Tetragonal

  • Origins: Australia, Europe, South Africa, and United States.

  • Healing: Creating Stable, Free-Flowing Emotions, Helps to Ground and Encourages Detoxification, Protects us against Fluctuations in Energy, Removes Emotional Blocks, and Silences Unwanted Thoughts.

  • Magical Attributes: Enables us to be Flexible at times of Change, Enhances Creativity and Innovation, and Fosters an Appreciation for the Unexpected.


     Chalcopyrite is a common ore of Copper, which is most often displayed in its oxidized form, known as Peacock Ore. Un-weathered crystals are the brassy color, but once exposed to the elements, light refracts off the uneven surfaces of this soft mineral in a bewildering array of violets, purples, reds, blues, yellows, and pinks. This is especially true in its massive form. Containing both Copper, the metal of Venus, and Iron, the metal of Mars, Chalcopyrite represents the union of beauty and power.


  • Color: Gold, Pink, and Violet-Purple with White.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Dull.

  • Hardness: 5 - 6

  • System: Triclinic

  • Origins: Russia

  • Healing: Encourages a Personal Perspective on Collective Situations and Soothes Tense Emotions.

  • Magical Attributes: Accept Change, Brings Balance amid Turbulence, and Encourages Understanding.


     When polished Charoite shows swirling purple and white cloud-like structures interspersed with translucent patches and inclusions of black aegirine (a pyroxene). The essence of Charoite is movement and flow, encouraging harmony on a deep level. As with most other purple stones, it helps to integrate different aspects of our lives by combining the energies of red (practicality, action, and involvement) and of blue (quietness, introversion, peace, and detachment).

Chevron Amethyst

  • Color: Soft Violet

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Trigonal

  • Origins: Africa, Brazil, and India.

  • Healing: Dissipate and Repel Negativity of all kinds and Helps Remove Resistance to Change.

  • Magical Attributes: Intuition and One of the best stones to work with the Third-Eye and Spirituality.


     Chevron Amethyst brings the qualities of purity, composure, and calmness, repelling negativity. It enhances intuitive vision, helping to bring a positive answer to any problem. Amethyst provides clarity and enhances conscious perception and understanding. Chevron Amethyst brings the qualities of purity, composure, and calmness, repealing negativity. It enhances intuitive vision, helping to bring a positive answer to any problem.


  • Color: Pale and Dark Green to Black.

  • Luster: Pearly to Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 2

  • System: Monoclinic

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Alleviates Feelings of Isolation and Abandonment. Clarifies Personal Goals.

  • Magical Attributes: Enables Contact with the Forces of the Natural World and Non-Physical Beings from this Planet and Beyond, Nature Spirits, Refining our Relationship with the Spiritual Forces of the Universe, and Works on the Fine Levels of the Heart Chakra.


     Chlorite often forms green, cloudy inclusions within Quartz crystals, but its most impressive form is known as ‘Seraphina” or “Seraphinite”. This relatively recent addition to the crystal market, originating in Siberia, forms exceptionally soft radial clusters of dusty green fibers. When carefully polished it resembles crushed velvet or shot silk in its magical complexity of shades and play of light. Initially rare and extraordinarily expensive, Seraphinite is now easier to acquire – but, because of its softness, beware of it as jewelry. Many newly discovered minerals are extremely beautiful, but no match for the durability of traditional gemstones.


  • Color: Green and Turquoise to Light Mid-Blue.

  • Luster: Vitreous to Waxy.

  • Hardness: 2 - 4

  • System: Microcrystalline and Monoclinic or Orthorhombic.

  • Origins: Cornwall in England, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Israel, and United States.

  • Healing: Aids Communication on many levels. Relaxes the Body and Emotions.

  • Magical Attributes: Brings Change, Inner Peace, Promotes Balance, Success, and Wisdom.


     Often resembling ethereal landscapes or the surface of distant planets, Chrysocolla is a stone that suggest many possibilities. It actually forms where Copper is exposed to air and water. The mineral is rarely pure, and its crystal structure varies depending on the mix of elements. It is also found mixed with other Copper minerals, such as Azurite, Malachite, Cuprite, and Turquoise.


  • Color: Apple to Emerald Green.

  • Luster: Resinous to Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Trigonal (Microcrystalline).

  • Origins: Arizona, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Haneti Poland, Russia, Tanzania, and United States.

  • Healing: Brings an Increased Sense of Calm, Increases Creativity, Promotes Sound Sleep and Deep Rest, and Supports Cleansing and Detoxification.

  • Magical Attributes: Conveys the Harmonious Energy of Nature, Enables us to Blend with our Surrounding – even reputed to Confer Invisibility, and Traditionally a stone of Good Luck and Success.


     Deriving from the Greek “Chrysos”, (Golden) and “Prason” (leek), Chrysoprase is a type of Chalcedony that often forms in thick veins between a matrix of light, sandy stone. It has a characteristic color, a dense, translucent apple green, which makes the mineral in its un-worked state resemble some kind of confectionery – green almond paste or coconut icing, perhaps. Bohemia was traditionally the richest source, but now Australia produces some of the finest Chrysoprase.

Citrine Quartz

  • Color: Golden-Brown, Orange-Brown, and Yellow.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Trigonal

  • Origins: Brazil, France, Russia, and Spain.

  • Healing: Boosts Confidence and Creates a Sense of Personal Power and Provides a ‘Sunny’ Energy to Stimulate the Mind in the Winter Months.

  • Magical Attributes: Cleansing, Deflects Nightmares, Incubates Energy, Promotes Balance and Good Cheer, Psychic Powers, Revitalizing, Self-Esteem, Strengthens Protection, and Sustains all Processes of Nature.


     Citrine is an uncommon variety of Quartz that combines the bright clarity of Quartz with the warm tones of sunlight. It occurs naturally where Quartz crystallizes with inclusions of Iron. The finest specimens come from Brazil, France, Russia, and Spain. However, much of the Citrine available today is derived from the far more common Quartz Amethyst, which turns golden yellow when subjected to heat. Citrine is an energizing stone that provides happiness, courage, hope, and warmth. It is said to hold the energy of the sun, enhancing our self-esteem, self-expression, and creativity. Citrine is a powerful cleansing and revitalizing stone, invigorating and awakening the mind, body, and soul. It attracts abundance and prosperity into our lives.

Clear Quartz

  • Color: Transparent and White.

  • Luster: Vitreous

  • Hardness: 7

  • System: Hexagonal and Trigonal.

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Brings Spiritual Peace, Cleanses and Shifts Energy, Ideal for Meditation and Contemplation, The Master Healer, and Powerful Healing Stone for any Condition.

  • Magical Attributes: Amplifies and Directs Energy, Amplifies the Energy of other Stones if placed nearby, Builds Energy Pathways, Counters Black Magic, Energizing, Helps to Reveal the Truth, and Used for Divination and Scrying.


     Clear Quartz works on all areas of the mind and body, awakening, amplifying, and transmitting energy and clarifying thought prosses. It is an excellent stone for meditation, directing energies with more intensity. It connects to the higher self, removes negativity, and allows access to your spirit guide. Clear Quartz provides clarity in thinking and awareness. Improving your memory and providing clarity of mind.


  • Color: Red, White, Pink, Gold, Blue, and Black.

  • Luster: Dull to Vitreous.

  • Hardness: 3

  • System: Hexagonal or Trigonal.

  • Origins: Global

  • Healing: Balances and steadies the emotions. Boosts fertility and our drive to satisfy desires.

  • Magical Attributes: Heightens Awareness of the needs of others, Protects us from Harm, and Understand Life's Connections.


     Formed from the skeletal remains of colonies of small sea animals and polyps, Coral is usually found in shallow, warm water. Red varieties are the most valuable and are collected of Japan, Africa, Malaysia, and in the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Australia and the Caribbean yield black and golden Coral; while blue Coral is found off Cameroon in West Africa. In Tibet and China fossilized red Coral can be found at the top of mountains, along with fossilized conch shells, testifying to the long history and ever-changing surface of the planet. Although not strictly a mineral unless it has become fossilized, Coral has been a popular gemstone for thousands of years. The red variety, in particular, is cherished in India, Tibet and among Native Americans as a promoter of fertility and life-energy.

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