Crystals & Stones
Most Opalite is an artificial crystal or man-made stone created from glass designed to mimic the appearance Opal, the October birthstone, which is forged organically out of volcanic ash. Natural Opalite does exist, but it is very rare, and occurs in opalized volcanic ash in countries such as Africa and Brazil.
Ordinarily it is translucent or a milky white, but it can appear to be blue or a sky blue when placed against a dark background. A mixture of mineral dolomite and metal, with its special shine and bluish hue, Opalite can be a lovely stone and is known by many names such as Tiffany’s Stone. This is in reference to the famous jewellery store which wraps all products in baby blue wrapping. It’s also called the Ice Cream stone as it has a unique coolness to its appearance, and sometimes is mistakenly called Purple Opal.
Being a synthetic stone, Opalite has quite a different meaning for spirituality compared to other natural stones which are formed within the earth. As with all synthetic stones, one should use Opalite for the more straightforward challenges in life, which is where its purpose shines greatest.
Opalite’s two primary colours, blue and white, come together to form its unique shine. Together they stand for openness, calmness, and purity. Like a calming force against a storm, Opalite is seen as a helpful in passing through trying times by instilling the holder with a sense of peace and self-assurance. The spiritual meanings of Opalite are quick mood boosts, the ability to turn a frown into a smile, and the light of a clear blue sky.
For crystal healers, Opalite is steeped in profound symbolism and is considered to be emblematic of youthful optimism, playfulness and resilience.
Opalite is also said to work well for treating physical ailments including insomnia, nightmares, arrhythmia, and breathing difficulties. It is said to stimulate light-heartedness and ease the burdens felt by, in particular, sufferers of emotional illness and trauma. Opalite helps to clear the mind, reducing fatigue and increasing energy, and as such is an ideal meditation aid.
Rose Quartz was crafted into precious jewellery by the Assyrians back in 800 BC. Since then, this soft and bright quartz has passed from civilization to civilization; making peace with the Greeks, preventing the signs of aging in the Egyptians, and used as a claim of ownership during Roman times.
Today rose quartz is often used as jewellery, for meditation, or as decoration in homes or office spaces.
Rose quartz is a mineral composed primarily of silicon dioxide and is one of the most abundant types of minerals that are found on earth. The crystal can be found and is commercially mined in a number of places across the United States, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, India, Sweden, and Germany.
The rose quartz is a pale pink stone that is part of the quartz crystal family. Deeper pink varieties of the stone are sometimes called strawberry rose quartz. Lavender rose quartz varieties are pale purple. Real stones are normally lacking in good transparency and will be slightly opaque and normally have white streaks embedded in the actual crystal stone.
The Rose Quartz meaning is greatly connected to its pink colour. Pink represents gentleness, calmness, femininity, compassion and love. The gentle energy it carries support and rekindles relationships, bringing joy, passion and contentment. Its delicate charm and soothing colour give a calming effect to the mind and body.
While there’s no scientific evidence that rose quartz crystals offer any health benefits, they’re still commonly used for healing purposes. Some believe that it is able to prevent heart attacks and thrombosis by developing and improving your circulation system, and aids in ensuring your muscles can be strong and as smooth as possible.
Linked with the Zodiac sign of Taurus, Rose Quartz with its pink quartz shimmer is the perfect match for this sensitive sign. Taureans are ruled by the planet Venus (just like the Rose Quartz), and we know that Venus is the planet most aligned with themes of beauty, love, hedonism, and comforts of the heart. It’s a stone that recognizes that there may be times when the stubborn nature of Taureans can work against their best interests and so it brings open-hearted compassion to the table to help them learn to go with the flow a little more.
Libra’s too can fall hard for the finery of Rose Quartz as their birthstone as it helps them to tune into their real thoughts and to cast aside superficial fantasies about love.
Snowflake Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass that gets its name from the tiny white mineral inclusions, cristobalite, that form little snowflakes-like patterns in the dark stone. It is a smooth stone that is often polished into small gems and beads, which are then fashioned into bracelets and pendants. The hard stone is also ideal for carving small figurines and sculptures.
Snowflake Obsidian is said to purify and ground body, soul and aura. It centers and focuses attention, which can be really useful in chaotic or stressful environments. In meditation, it facilitates looking inward and finding the inner strength to overcome whatever obstacle is in your path. It is protective of both your space and your aura, so it is useful for keeping your space calm and balanced, and also for shielding you from the negative energy of a toxic coworker or family member that you are unable to avoid.