Treasures at Off on a Whim: Aragonite

~ Aragonite ~A pale yellow mineral formed from calcium and carbonate. Named after Aragon in Spain in 1797. It is essential for the replication of reef conditions and keeps water pH close to its natural level. Also helps removes pollutants from contaminated waste waters. Symbolizes: energy self-confidence/worth relieve stress grounding, calming and centering focus and…

Protection and Prosperity: Lapis!

Protection and Prosperity: the beautifully amazing lapis lazuli gemstone The blue in Lapis Lazuli stones is always so brilliantly rich and deep, with specks of gold pyrite, a truly stunning and vibrant color. Lapis has been valued for so long, it’s considered an ancient gemstone. From the Egyptians who buried it with their dead to…

August Birthstone: Peridot

August babies, here is your stone! The gorgeous lime green peridot! When I first purchased a strand of peridot stones, I wasn’t too sure about them. I don’t normally gravitate to lime green. But over the years I’ve come to love this stone more and more, as I’ve worked with it in so many pieces…

July Ruby!

July, summer has come, for those of us from the good ol’ USofA we celebrate our Independence, Japan starts to finish up rainy season and our friends Down Under are hitting mid-winter. And for those born in this month, the ruby is their stone. We all love the ruby, this red stone filled with mystery…

New Treasures part 2!

The second half of my stone order for the month. Most of these are rated precious or gemstone quality, and oh aren’t they beautiful! I do wish the light had been better, but the forecast has been for snow, so I chanced a dash outside for a quick picture before my extremities froze off! Can’t…

Treasures and more Treasures!

Always a happy day when my monthly order of stones arrive! I didn’t order in December, so this month was a double order. So ย many stones, but am quite happy that 6mm bloodstone were back in stock. This is popular stone for healing pieces, and the supplier had been out of them for quite a…

Charoite: The Magic Stone!

I’m completely fascinated with this beautiful stone! The vibrant shades of purple, the swirls, the smoothness, it reminds me of a little galaxy somewhere far far away. It’s a pricier stone, one of the most expensive I’ve purchased so far outside of meteorites and gold beads, but well worth the cost I think. Besides simply…