Copper

Cu #29 is a native mineral that is actually pretty rare although it seems abundant.

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Copper ore

I LOVE working with copper. I love the color and I love the energy that comes from copper. I am not a huge fan of the green marks left from copper rings but it is a beautiful metal.

Copper, as you know is a heat and electrical conductor. In spiritual and magical practice I prefer a copper chain on a pendulum because it’s very sensitive to energy and promotes warmth.

While silver is associated with the Moon, Copper is associated with Venus and the goddess of love, harmony, balance, beauty and art and peace, Aphrodite.

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It’s used to promote friendship, love, passion, fertility and justice and is associated with the house of Taurus and Libra.

For thousands of years, copper has been engraved or embossed with magical symbols and considered most powerful (money). It was also once used to make mirrors; a reflection of the goddess.

I personally love brushed copper for the softer pink shine it gives almost like rose gold. Cleaning the patina off copper (and silver) is also very easy.

Vinegar and iodized salt. For best results, heat the vinegar to a boil, dissolve the salt and let your metal sit for a few minutes. Careful not to inhale the vapor though, it burns the nostrils. Many sites will give you more complicated recipes but I know this one works from experience.

Polish with rubber or cow hide (leather) OR whatever polish you prefer to work with.

Copper is an alchemists treasure. It can be recycled, renewed or transformed and is very easy to work with.

Fluorite

I don’t know what it is exactly about fluorite that my dogs dislike so much but it repels my Cheddar like kryptonite! I don’t known that I would use it to repel aggressive dogs but it could work to keep your dogs out of places you don’t want them to be.

Fluorite is used in the manufacturing of steel, as a flux, for hydrofluoric acid, as a catalyst for high octane fuel, fluoride in water and in teflon coating for non-stick cookwares. In the 18th century powdered fluorite was also used to treat kidney disease.

It is a pretty soft stone with a hardness of 4, it’s a halide and is calcium fluoride that comes in amazing colors due to chemical contamination that colors along its cleavage so you can see the formation of the crystals.

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Fluorite gets its name from the Latin “fluere” which means “to flow” which explains its use as a flux which is used to clean and cause metal to flow along the path of the flux or to aid in the melting of metals.

It’s found in lead and silver ores, sedimentary rocks, hydrothermal veins and hot spring in nearly every country.

It has a dull luster that is somewhat waxy looking but not waxy feeling. When polished they shine exquisitely. When working with them, they leave a thick mineral paste on your equipment.

Fluorite has one other very cool property, fluorescents, they glow under UV lights (black lights). In some cases, just heating the fluorite will cause it to glow (phosphorescence) and in others, if you hit it, it will spark.

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In metaphysical uses, it is used for protection and healing but also to help aid the mind in releasing negativity and the colors enhance the users experience so the colors seem to make a difference to individuals and seem to compliment your auras. Putting one on your brow chakra helps aid in astral projection or other ESP sessions by enhancing a person’s psychic abilities and clearing channels.

My aura happens to be a blueish-green (turquoise) color and the fluorite I connect with most happen to be greenish-blue.

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But many like the purple or rainbow mix of colors as well.

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Other notes: it has perfect octahedral cleavage is insoluble in water. Is in the isometric system.

All pics are my own. 🧡

Resources:

Simon & Schusters’s Guide to Rocks and Minerals Guide Book

Smithsonian Rocks and Gem, definitive guide to rocks, minerals, gems and fossils.

Myself

Malachite -carbonate hydroxide

Malachite had been mined since 3000BC and comes from copper ore. Copper is the mineral of the Goddess Aphrodite and planet Venus and is green copper carbonate hydroxide.

The name comes from the Greek “mallow” referring to itself leaf green color.

It’s found in copper mines in botryoidal (like balls or bubbles) clusters and with a fibrous sheen that appear metallic and is commonly also found with azurite (like turquoise) which is also a mineral that comes from Copper ore. Most/many blue to blue-green minerals come from copper and the color comes from exposure to other elements and chemicals.

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In China it is/was called Shilu named after where it was found in the Shilu, Guangdong Province. In Italy they were worn as protection against the Evil Eye.

Today it’s still used to absorb negativity and protect you against unseen or unforeseen forces aka the Evil Eye.

They can be found all over the world but the best specimens come from: Congo, South Australia, Brisbane, Morocco, Arizona, Lyon.

The Ancient Egyptians first discovered smelting when they learned that heating malachite in fire reduced it to copper.

They called it Shesmet and it was used as a medicine to protect against Staphylococcus bacterial infections.

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According to my reference book Smithsonian Rock and Gem, pg 184 it is a fact that ancient egyptian green eye paint containing malachite had medicinal properties.

The Specific Gravity of Malachite is 3.9-4 which basically means it’s heavy/dense yet its not very hard with a 3.5-4 on the Mohs scale which means it’s not very hard to break, scratch, chip etc…

I just purchased this one for my own collection from BeysRockShop.com and I had to have it as soon as I saw it.

For the most part I am not that attracted to malachite because most of the specimens I come across are tumbled like the one below but the fibrous and metallic looking ones are amazing!

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Tumbled stone

This one is now on my list of most prized stones along side my meteorite and my moonstone.

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What I just noticed about my three favorite stones is that they fit together like pieces to a puzzle. It makes me think that these didn’t happen on accident. They were meant to be. 🧡

Petrified Wood Opal

This is a beauty!  My husband was out in Wyoming for a job and went to the Blue Forest in Big Sandy.  He brought home several pieces that I have yet to work on but I am simply in awe of this one!

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It is more than I was hoping for.  I haven’t yet uploaded it to my Etsy store

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What’s really interesting when working with organic gemstones is the smell.  Because these aren’t exactly igneous rocks but organic matter that’s been replaced by minerals, they often have a certain smell.

Amber, for instance, has a sweet smell that is pleasant and nostalgic.  This one here, every now and again I would get a whiff of what smelled like an overheating motor….tar or something.  I have smelled similar before but like with the amber, it’s hard to really pinpoint what it smells like exactly but only what it sort of smell like.

It’s another aspect of working with rocks and minerals that really fascinates me.  I mean, I am always in awe of the creation itself but certainly when it comes with “smellavision”, it’s like taking a step back in time.

So this one, the smell was strong like burnt resin or tar which is striking because the Blue Forest in Eden Valley was likely due to a volcanic eruption that occurred during the Eocene period and then flooded which is what would have enabled minerals to transform the wood into opal or chalcedony.

When I look at pieces like this, it always seems like Nature took her own snapshot of what it was like before we happened.  From a scientific perspective, they offer so much insight into the formation, the history, the timeline of the Earth: what minerals were present, what activity has happened, how much pressure there was… but from a spiritual perspective, it is something else.

For me, it’s like jumping through time in a way that cannot be replicated through faux gemstones, digital images or recreated in a lab.  These are things that take millions of years to develop and they are worth way more than they go for on the market but worth every penny spent IF you are on of those people who sees these things as more than just a valuable gem.

They are like priceless pictures you cannot part with because it’s all you have left of the past.