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Rhodochrosite

I'm fascinated with the vast differences in colour available in Rhodochrosite. I've only seen a certain type of dusty light pink during my adventures but perhaps the Wizard has seen others.

 

The light pink variations I've always seen remind me of the softest pink candy floss, as light on my eyes as the sugary goodness of candyfloss melting in my mouth. The deeper crimson red specimens I've seen photos of always conjure images of Autumn leaves.

 

Red Rhodchrosite is the rarest, all other colours vary from shades of light pink to pale brown depending on impurities.

 

For the sake of Science

 

  • Mohs: 3.5 to 4
  • Family: Anhydrous Carbonate
  • Source: United States, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay

 

For the sake of Peace

 

  • Brings Love and Compassion
  • Imparts dynamic and possitive attitudes
  • Clears Solar plexus and base chakra
  • Encourages spontaneous expression of feelings

 

Useless Information


 

 

Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured.
Walter Anderson

 

Labradorite

When people speak of Labradorite I always think of two things. The first being a wonderful flashing blue streak that shocks my eyes into submission and the rest of me into absolute awe. Labradorite is a stone that has the potential to soften the hardest heart.  The second thing I think of is the potential it has to make credit cards smoke and bank accounts cry.

Quality specimens of Labradorite, particularly Finnish Labradorite (Spectrolite) are sought after collector’s items and some sell for more than avid fans wish to divulge.

 

The various flashes in different pieces of Labradorite vary from blue to orange to yellow and if you’re lucky enough, to all three in one specimen.

 

I’ve listed a very basic introduction into what we know about this iridescent beauty below.


Labradorite is named after the Province of Labrador in Canada where it was first discovered

 

For the sake of Science

 

  • Mohs: 6 to 6.5
  • Family: Plagioclase Feldspar
  • Growth: Crystallizes from basic magmatic rock as a layered structure
  • Source: Greenland, Finland, Russia, Canada

 

For the sake of Peace

 

  • Labradorite stimulates the imagination
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Highly mystical and protective stone
  • Imparts strength and perseverance
  • Useful companion through change
  • Regulates Metabolism

 

Star Sign

 

  • Aquarius

 

Useless Information


  • Time: Labrador, Canada runs 5 hours behind South Africa


As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster.
Thomas Guthrie

 

Esoteric

Test Article for Esoteric FAQ

Why Crystals?

Conversations pertaining to the collection of rocks always lead to rather entertaining outcomes.

 

Some people collect for the sake of owning specimens of mineral magnificence, others for the “healing”
helpful properties they feel the crystals possess. Whatever the reason, the scientifically minded and the
hippie minded almost always argue their point. Welcome to the place where these opinions meet, we’re
not here to argue, we’re here to help you find what you need.

 

I’ve been hunting for rocks for a while now; by no means do I consider myself an expert. In a sense I
don’t necessarily consider myself a collector either but some would view it differently. The constant
search for crystals and mineral specimens has become an eye opening experience. I buy rocks because
they’re beautiful, because I like the feeling that comes from owning them and the security they give me.

 

When reading any of the articles I post please keep in mind that I’ll give as much information I
deem “good to know” on particular stones and specimens, there is no order and there is no specific
theme. This journey is one of learning and about discovery.

 

The directory on this site is a one of a kind Mineral Map to South African crystal distributors. If you are in
the buying game for beauty, for security or for admiration this place is a labor of love, it’s a place fueled
by a passion, a happy place my inner hippie thrives in.

 

Happy Hunting

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