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Citrine February 22 2013

 Feb 22, 2013

For today's blog we are going to discover the beautiful stone of citrine. Those of you that we have visited us at the Alberta Kennel Club shows have seen our collection of Raw Cut Crystals. Amethyst, Rose quartz, Green Aventurine and Snow Quartz are now been joined by Citrine, Smoky Quartz and Carnelian. We received our stock yesterday and I am overjoyed with the quality. The new stones is beautiful and we can hardly wait to share them with our wonderful followers.

Citrine is a "feel better" stone. It is also known to attract wealth, abundance and prosperity. Iron is the element which gives Citrine its warm golden color. Extreme heat, whether naturally occurring or applied by man, will turn amethyst into a burnt golden color citrine. The properties of heated amethyst are similar to those of real citrine,  just less intense. Citrine is found throughout the world in deposits wherever other quartz is present.

Chakra association: solar plexus
Common sources: Brazil, Madagascar, Russia.
Astrological association: Sagittarius, Capricorn

Let's look at the recommendations for using Citrine in animal healing:
* Increases the hardiness and resistance of the body, strengthening the animals immune system and helping them deal with stress and shock.
* Protects against the negative effects from background radiation in the home and in the environment.
* helps newborns and young animals adjust to new environments, strange and overwhelming circumstances.

Associated Healing Attributes:
Brings abundance and wealth
Good for the digestive system
Eyesight, the heart and kidneys
Thyroid, thymus and liver
Tissue regeneration, nausea, vomiting
Detoxing
Good for relationships and self esteem
Getting rid of emotional toxins
Helps with yin/yang balance

Citrine chemical composition: silicon dioxide with iron. It is a member of the quartz family.
Color: yellow, golden or lemon
Hardness: 7
Crystalline structure: Trigonal
Purification and cleansing: you can cleanse citrine under cold running water, salt water or sunlight. Recharge  in the sunlight or among other crystals.

Citrine is the last stone in our body collection. So far we have looked at Black tourmaline, tiger iron, smoky quartz and citrine. They are all treasured gifts from the earth that support and streghthen our bodies and protect us from the environmental toxins that surround us, our loved ones and our animals.

We have many different products available in Citrine and our Body Collection. 

*A special thanks and recognition to all of the great writers in this field.
My information is a compilation of bits and pieces from the many books and online information out there. I am so grateful for all  of the insight.*


Smokey Quartz February 15 2013

Fed 15, 2013 Last week we reached out to our Facebook fans to help us reach 1000 likes. We are so grateful for all of your support. Many of you have liked our photos, but unfortunately likes don't count unless you go to Pet Heelerz and "like" our page. A big "Thank You" in advance. For today's blog we are exploring Smoky Quartz. This beautiful variety of the quartz family can vary from grey to warm brown, light and clear to an almost "solid" looking black/brown. The coloration is due to natural radiation occurring in its environment. Some stones can be smoky in color because of the presence of sodium. Excellent specimens are currently found in Brazil, Switzerland, the Himalayas, and Mexico. In the U.S., fine elestials and sceptors are found in Nevada. In Alpine countries , rosaries are made from the smoky quartz found there because of its protective properties. Chakra association: base and sacral chakra Common alternate names: smokey quartz, carnigorm Common sources: brazil, Madagascar, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Mexico Astrological association: Sagittarius, Capricorn Lets look at the recommendations for using smoky quartz in animal healing: *The stone or essence will have a very quick calming, grounding, almost sedative effect on an animal that is suffering from active shock or trauma. *Very useful for an animal when change is going to take place. *Helps with nervousness, and stressful situations. Associated Healing attributes: Vitality Survival instincts Male energies Stone of protection, grounding Helps with moving forward in life Good for legs, knees, ankles, hands and feet. Relaxation, sedation and meditation Helps with negativity, anger, depression, despair and grief. Smoky quartz chemical composition: silicon dioxide. It is a member of the quartz family. Color: a smoky grey to warm brown to almost brown/black translucent stone. Hardness: 7 Crystalline structure: Trigonal Purification and cleansing: you can cleanse smokey quartz under warm running water. Recharge in the moonlight or among other crystals. As part of our Body Collection, smoky quartz is an important addition. This incredible stone supports the body in so many ways. When working with smoky quartz you can feel a sense of calm. It is a sensation I am so thankful for. *A special thanks and recognition to all of the great writers in this field. My information is a compilation of bits and pieces from the many books and online information out there. I am so grateful for all of the insight.*

All About Black Tourmaline, an amazing stone! February 01 2013

 Feb 1st, 2013

We are so excited to say that we have been approved for a spot in Red Deer's " The Mane Event". April 26 to 28th. So exciting. Perfect place to launch our Equestrian Line of products.

Looking back at the last month we have discovered what is a crystal, crystal identification and crystal classification. Today we are going to start looking at each gemstone in our collections. We will look at their identifying features, how they are classified, their healing attributes, the chakras they are associated with, and where they can be found on our beautiful planet.

Lets start with our BODY COLLECTION. Today we will discover Black tourmaline, also known as schorl.

Classification: according to the Dana System black tourmaline belongs in the silicates family or group. This is the largest group of minerals. There are more silicates on earth than all other minerals put together.
It's chemical formula is NaFe++3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4
Chemical composition:
Sodium 2.18 % Na
Aluminum 15.37 % Al
Iron 15.91 % Fe
Silicon 16.00 %. Si
Boron 3.08 % B
Hydrogen 0.38 % H
Oxygen 47.08 %. O

Identification:
Color: Black, Brownish black, Greenish black, Bluish black.
Streak : Brown
Hardness: 7 to 7.5
Cleavage or fracture: no cleavage
Crystalline structure: Trigonal
Diaphaneity or transparency: Opaque
Tenacity: brittle, so tenacity is fair
Luster: Vitreous
Gravity or Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.10 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Schorl =3.15 gm/cc.

Chakra association: base chakra.
Common alternate names: schorl, afrisite.
Common sources: Brazil, Pakistan, India, USA
Astrological association: Capricorn

Healing attributes:
Great grounding stone.
A feel better stone.
Good for practicality, creativity, intellect, protection and vitality.
Helps clumsiness.
Protects against radiation.
Realigns the physical body.
Protects against emotional negativity.
Balances and regulates hormonal levels.
Muscle strains and pains.
Skeletal problems.
Prevents the " sponge " effect.

Black tourmaline is one of my favorite stones. Hold one in your hand, put one in your pocket, keep it close everyday. It truly is a " feel good " stone. Most people can actually feel its effects within minutes. In this dimension our treasured pets have become our little sponges. They pick up all our negative stuff. Support them by using Black tourmaline on their collars and in their bed.

Next week we will look at another great gemstone, Smoky Quartz

A special thanks and recognition to all of the great writers in this field.
My information is a compilation of bits and pieces from the many books and online information out there. I am so grateful for all of the insight.*


Mineral Identification January 24 2013

Jan 25, 2013 To start today, I must apologize for a typing error. A few weeks back I wrote: Let's review, a mineral is: Naturally occurring A solid **Is organic** (mostly with a few exceptions) SHOULD READ "In organic" Has a fixed chemical formula Has an orderly crystalline structure Jan 11th we looked at how minerals are classified and the family groups they are organized into. This is called MINERAL CLASSIFICATION. Today we look at MINERAL IDENTIFICATION. Mineralogists consider the below physical characteristics or properties to help them identify a specimen. Color: most minerals have a distinctive color that can be used for identification. Streak: the color of the mineral in powdered form. Streak shows the true color of the mineral. Because streak is a more accurate illustration of the mineral’s color, it is more reliable than just color for identification. Hardness: one of the better properties to use for identifying a mineral. Hardness is a measure of the mineral’s resistance to scratching. The Mohs scale is a set of 10 minerals whose hardness is known. The softest mineral, talc, has a Mohs scale rating of one. Diamond is the hardest mineral and has a rating of ten. 1. Talc 2. Gypsum 3. Calcite 4. Fluorite 5. Apatite 6. Orthoclase Feldspar 7. Quartz 8. Topaz 9. Corundum 10.Diamond Cleavage or Fracture: minerals tend to break along lines or smooth surfaces when hit sharply. Different minerals break in different ways showing different types of cleavage. Fracture describes the quality of the cleavage surface. Most minerals display either uneven or grainy fracture, conchoidal (curved, shell-like lines) fracture, or hackly (rough, jagged) fracture. Crystalline Structure: minerals develop through natural atomic forces that create symmetrical exterior faces of the crystal. Crystals are categorized based on the number of faces or axes it has. *Cubic has three equal axes. eg. diamond, fluorite. *Hexagonal has four axes creating a six fold symmetry. eg. emerald. *Monoclinic has three unequal axes creating an elongated shape. eg. kunzite. *Orthorhombic has three axes at 90 degrees of each other. eg. cats eye. *Tetragonal resembles two to four sided pyramids joined at the base. eg. zircon. *Triclinic the most asymmetrical shape. eg. feldspar, turquoise *Trigonal is a elongated lozenge shape. eg. tourmaline, calcite. There are also Organic or amorphous categories eg. Amber, pearl, coral. Diaphaneity or Amount of Transparency: the ability to pass light through it. Tenacity: how a mineral is held together or resists separation. Magnetism: a quality that allows a mineral to attract or repel other magnetic materials. Luster: indicates how much the surface of a mineral reflects light. Luster of a mineral is described in the following terms: Metallic: The mineral is opaque and reflects light as a metal would. Sub-metallic: The mineral is opaque and dull. The mineral is dark colored. Nonmetallic: The mineral does not reflect light like a metal. These minerals are described using ters that refer to commonly known qualities. Waxy: The mineral looks like paraffin or wax Vitreous: The mineral looks like broken glass. Pearly: The mineral appears iridescent, like a pearl. Silky: The mineral looks fibrous, like silk. Greasy: The mineral looks like oil on water. Resinous: The mineral looks like hardened tree sap (resin). Adamantine: The mineral looks brilliant, like a diamond Odor: most minerals have no odor. Taste: only soluble minerals have taste. Specific Gravity: the comparison or ratio of the weight of the mineral to the weight of an equal amount of water. For the upcoming weeks we will be looking at the twelve beautiful stones we offer in our mind, body and spirit collections. We will look at their classification and identification, their chemical composition, their crystal system and their unique healing attributes. Pick up the minerals around you. Take in their energy. Touch them, feel them in the palms of your hands. Think about the miracle in which they where created. Be grateful for this gift from the earth. *A special thanks and recognition to all of the great writers in this field. My information is a compilation of bits and pieces from the many books and online information out there. I am so grateful for all of the insight.*

Crystals, a beautiful gift from the earth! January 13 2013

Jan 11, 2013 Crystals or minerals are inorganic solids. They each have their own distinct properties. Their chemical composition and the internal arrangement of their atoms is what makes each one unique. Each Crystal has it's own particular vibration of a precise intensity. This vibration or energy attunes itself to other vibrations. Ie. Humans, animals, plants. There are over 2000 unique specimens of minerals on earth, with new deposits still being discovered. Let's review, a mineral is: Natually occurring A solid Is organic (mostly with a few exceptions) Has a fixed chemical formula Has an orderly crystalline structure Mineralogists group minerals into family groups based on their chemical composition or what they contain. The Dana System classifies minerals into eight different classes or families. Using this mineral classification system not only helps to organize the thousands of known minerals but it also helps us understand mineral formation. Native Elements Pure or single element group. Most minerals are made up of combinations of chemical elements. In this group a single element found in is pure form. Example carbon as diamond. Silicates This is the largest group of minerals. Silicates are made from metals combined with silicon and oxygen. There are more silicates than all other minerals put together. Examples are quartz and feldspars. Oxides Oxides form from the combination of a metal with oxygen. This group ranges from dull ores like bauxite to gems like rubies and sapphires. Sulfides Sulfides are made of compounds of sulfur usually with a metal. They tend to be heavy and brittle. Several important metal ores come from this group like the pyrite. Slufates are made of compounds of sulfur combined with metals and oxygen. It is a large group of minerals that tend to be soft, and translucent like this barite. Halides form from halogen elements like chlorine, bromine, fluorine, and iodine combined with metallic elements. They are very soft and easily dissolved in water. Halite is a well known example of this group. Its chemical formula is NaCl or sodium chloride commonly known as table salt. Fluorite is also in the halide family. Carbonates are a group of minerals made of carbon, oxygen, and a metallic element. Calcite known as calcium carbonate is the most common of the carbonate group. Phosphates are not as common in occurrence as the other families of minerals. They are often formed when other minerals are broken down by weathering. They are often brightly colored. Examples are turquoise and apatite. Mineraloid is the term used for those substances that do not fit neatly into one of these eight classes. They are glasslike amorphous structures. Opal, jet, amber, and mother of pearl all belong to the mineraloids. As we walk around our world, look closely at the minerals around us. Take in their energy. Think about the miracle in which they where created. Be grateful for this gift from the earth. *A special thanks and recognition to all of the great writers in this field. My information is a compilation of bits and pieces from the many books and online information out there. I am so grateful for all of the insight.*