Latest Tourmalines

Tourmaline is pretty amazing, all colours of the rainbow, many names, a common triangular like formation, but say ‘tourmaline’ and most think of black sticks!

A lot of tourmaline has hidden colours, zoning and and bi colour areas, previously we showed a few from Staknala but these Himalayan crystals have some hidden blue green zoned colours.

can you see the colour change from black to green to blue

Summers Waning

Schools are back, holidays are fading memories and there’s a chill in the air, almost autumn…

Not sure whether its a thing but we’ve felt the ‘autumn cleaning’ urge, although often I feel like I’m always tidying & cleaning, which leads me into saying the ‘dusty’ Earthly Gems blog has made a return, cast from server to server and address, hidden, copied and ignored but now self hosted and here to stay. We’ve set up analytics so will be able to see if we’re writing anything that anyone will find interesting.

I don’t want to say it but its in the ether, how about a crystal for Christmas?

lapis lazuli palmstone
faden quartz set into a pendant
solid tiger eye gemstone ring
tourmaline spray of crystals

Smokey Quartz Phantom Point with Hematite Inclusions

Loving this smokey quartz polish point, not only is it great quality crystal it also has phantom and various other inclusions as well as some hematite, the more you study it the more you see and feel. The rough smokey quartz gets hand selected from Madagascar then cut and hand polished by skilled craftsmen.

Have put it away in stock so I don’t get too tempted!

smokey phantom included quartz point.

Address Move

You may have noticed our address has changed from Peterborough to Market Deeping, a tad safer to cycle from home and greener (in all senses of the word). Sorry we still no longer have a showroom you can visit, but that enables us to provide great quality crystals at great prices.

Sunderland Road, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8FD

A Little on crystal Healing

Crystal healing is one aspect of living a more holistic lifestyle, in brief, various crystals can be held, worn as jewellery or placed on or around a person, animal, plant, building or natural area.
Its a non invasive treatment which can aid general well being or treat a specific condition, subjective but perhaps most used in order to keep ‘balanced’.

Whilst over time various tests and experiments of crystal healing have been performed in order to dis-credit it, its use is steeped in history. How many prominent figures have been seen to wear large stone jewellery and carry objects encrusted in gemstones?
Whilst the boundaries of science are ever widening, perhaps the true effects of crystals are still lurking in the unknown…
But science can measure frequency, vibration and energy emanating from stone, especially when external forces are applied, the simple clock or watch has a quartz movement, struck together quartz can create a spark.
This energy vibration therefore must have a subtle impact on our own energy fields, adopted from an older civilisation the term chakra is commonly used today to refer to the different energy centres in the body, the main being root chakra, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown, there are other smaller chakras all around the body.
So taking a stone of a particular vibration and places it into the area of a chakra can have an effect on it.
Down at the local bookshop(if you have one) you’ll find several books on crystal healing from a variety of authors often with what appears contradictory information. You must consider with your own discernment which you feel appropriate or resonates with you, we’re all different so different crystals can have differing effects on different people, what some might consider a grounding stone others may have a different view.
Visiting a crystal healer and having a healing session maybe appropriate for you, or if you have a range of stones or crystal jewellery at home, perhaps you take a moment every morning and consider which would be the best stone or stones for you to carry around today, take that moment to quieten the world and hold the thought then decide.

I had a lovely rose quartz large inverted drop shape pendant gifted to me which I wore daily for quite some time, then for a few days in a row the cord can undone at it would slip from my neck, I managed to rescue it and tie it tighter then one day it fell and hit the pavement and damaged itself. Perhaps it was a way to say I didn’t need to wear it any longer.

Placing stones around the home in conjunction with cleansing can change the feel of the room, traditionally salt was also sprinkled around.

Crystal grids, the placement of quartz points and other stones should be tried, for example quartz points in the corners of a room, maybe with some rose quartz and perhaps a quartz cluster in the centre to help the energy flow, experiment to find what feels best, perhaps different in each room depending on the purpose. Once I visted a good friend and noticed a huge chunk of rose quartz in the shower. My neighbours think I have a couple of interesting brown rocks adjacent to my path but I know they’re jasper, in the garden I’ve several large chunks of rose quartz, amethyst and clear quartz, the plants seem happy!

A Reply….

Whilst social media has great positives, there’s a downside, possibly by how we use it and by whom and that folk feel they can say whatever they like with no filter….anyway musing over, below is my comment on a Pagan community thread(which has been made a closed group, so unfortunately I can’t list the conversation) regarding mining, blasting and profiteering of crystals and minerals by dealers…

“I think you have to research a little more thoroughly and ask questions of the people selling them, as with many products low pricing uniformity in appearance are often indicators.
Stones are sourced in several ways, some minerals are sourced in conjunction with ore extraction for industry, those big holes around the world that eventually make all the cables and appliances we all use everyday, the buildings we live in foods and medicines we take not to mention health and beauty products.
Blast mining is an expensive pursuit, predominately reserved for higher value commodities.
Others by smaller groups and families creating a living in remote areas often worked by local craftsman with skills passed down through generations, others by collectors exploring areas with hand tools.
Hobbyists providing a mining environment for recreation and education. Stones in some parts are even uncovered after heavy storms, turbulent seas.
Who right now is wearing jewellery with diamonds or gemstones. Mines for gemstones can be little more than a deep muddy puddle in the ground eg sapphires. Diamonds from massive global companies…
From way back stones have been worked for tools and decoration. My large chunks of rose quartz in the garden may well have originated elsewhere but when we’re long gone it’ll still be a large chunk of rose quartz.
I don’t agree with blasting for crystals and would never knowingly buy from such sources, I also believe sensitive folk can easily tell, but I think you can learn a lot from exploring the mineral kingdom, the beauty, geometry and knowledge.
Quartz & feldspar are 2 of the most abundant minerals on the planet the holistic, therapy, pagan, jewellery market is a mere fraction of ‘industry’, these minerals and sedimentary, metamorphic & igneous rocks are formed predominately by volcanic activity and or compression.

TO QUOTE A Mining education info site “What would our lives be like without mining? Imagine a world without transportation such as jet planes or railroads, without communications such as cell phones or radar, without decorative items such as
art or jewellery, without buildings such as skyscrapers or parking garages, without defense systems items such as missiles or submarines, without medical care items such as X-rays or surgical tools. We wouldn’t have any of these things without mining and minerals.”
I love my stones and will always do so.”

Mineral Picture Taking

Good picture taking is essential, however they need to be realistic, you don’t want to receive a mineral for it not to look like the image we show. We don’t have a professional photographer or even an amateur one, but we’ve tried to learn techniques that work. Ok so we did buy a big camera lots of lights and a light tent, not sure where they are now!

However we did go back to basics and use a ‘small’ camera that had a custom white balance, white and black backgrounds, painted white wall for larger items and some daylight bulbs. We do experiment, using clear perspex or glass to remove a base etc.

Labradorite has beautiful colours and patterns however the colours only show with light reflecting at certain angles, sometimes different colours with different light angles. So lots of twisting turning and head scratching can be involved, however these papillion certainly don’t disappoint but frustrate a little!

papillion labradorite with polished surface
papillion labradorite polished face
papillion labradorite with an unpolished surface
unpolished rear of the same labradorite

earthly-gems.co.uk service interuption

Our shop earthly-gems.co.uk is currently unavailable!

It’s the first time in 16 years of trading online we have had such a major problem.

Our current hosts have suffered technical issues relating to power & networks and the backup & continuity measures they have obviously aren’t enough to prevent downtime.

We can only apologise and ensure you that we’re looking at alternatives.

In the meantime have a look at this large English fluorite formation, I have large hands but it is big and my wrist is still recovering from holding/displaying it in one hand!