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Retha’s Crystal Reflections

September, 2018

Herkimer Diamonds, a Girls Best Friend

Last month I finally got to cross a long held dream of mine off my bucket list….going to Herkimer NY to dig for herkimer diamonds!! It was a bonus that they have a fabulous annual gem show there and I was able to go while it was happening! First I will give you an overview of herkimers and what makes them so special, then I will tell you about my experience there!!

Herkimer diamonds are a very unique and distinct type of quartz. They are composed of silicon dioxide and have a hexagonal structure. They are found in only one place in the world, in Herkimer, NY (hence their name). Dolomite limestone is the rock formation in which they are found. Surface water seeped down into the ground and got trapped in pockets. From intense heat and pressure these beauties were formed. 

They are special because they are the highest vibration quartz there is! If you read my article from July “The Power of Quartz“, you already know that quartz as a group is the highest vibration mineral there is….and within the quartz family, herkimers vibrate highest of all! The other thing that sets herkimers apart and makes them easy to spot from regular clear quartz, is that they grow with double terminations (points on both ends). This is not only aesthetically pleasing, it makes them in effect wands, because you can use them to send energy in two directions, or can make a circle (or loop) of energy around you or a space. While regular clear quartz does sometimes naturally grow with double terminations, its few and far between. ALL herkimers grow this way, some may have breakage and you might not see both terminations, but they all grow this way. They also have a shorter more squat appearance compared to double terminated regular quartz. Once you are familiar with herkimers they’re very easy to spot.

Herkimers are called “diamonds” because they are known for their crystal clear clarity and stunning rainbows. They are every bit as beautiful as genuine diamonds in my opinion. (Though I do love my diamonds as well!) Herkimer specimens can be quite pricey due to their beauty, as well as herkimer jewelry. The best of the best quality is used for faceted jewelry, and that’s hard to find and very expensive. You can find reasonably priced natural herkimers set in sterling silver (I try to always have some in stock for customers).

Remember, quartz magnifies, so wearing it with your other crystals will turbo boost the other stones metaphysical properties! I love wearing all quartz, but herks are my definite favorite of all!

Within herks, some have black carbon inclusions, some are smoky, some are skeletal, some have clay inclusions, some are enhydros (water bubble trapped inside) some are golden healers (yellow or golden in color) and some are huge clusters with multiple herkimers connected to one another. There is a herkimer for every taste and budget. If you dont have any yet I highly recommend adding one to your collection!

Herkimers are known to magnify or boost the properties of any other crystal. They are especially great to pair with the synergy 12 crystals we discussed last month. I, personally, love herkimer and moldavite together. Talk about a power combo!! 

Herkimers are ascension stones. Herkimers are great for helping with dream recall and lucid dreams, simply place under your pillow at night. Herks are amazing meditation tools. They help you to astral travel, to connect the astral plane to the physical plane. They help to purify your energy field. They promote creativity and insights. Herks boost your psychic powers, clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities, telepathic abilities, channeling, and enhances communication with your spirit guides. Herkimers activate the third eye, crown and soul star chakras. And if all that wasn’t impressive enough, it also boosts your immune system and helps you to heal both physically and emotionally! Wow this is one impressive crystal! And since they are quartz you can even program them!! 

Ok, now that you are familiar with herkimers, lets talk about my trip!

Saturday was the first day of the gem show (it is two days long). We went the first day and got there early. It was herkimer heaven! Two huge buildings filled with vendors, and a bunch set up outside as well. They had crystals of every type, color and size. Just a total feast for the eyes! Of course I was mostly there for the herks but I love all crystals so I enjoyed looking at everything! We spent the day there and I found a few herks to add to my collection as well as a few for customers. The prices were decent. Not a steal by any means but reasonable and definitely less expensive than purchasing online or at crystal shops. It was a total blast going to the gem show!

The next day I was ready to go to a mine! There are a few mines you can choose from, but after speaking to a few sellers at the show, the Ace of Diamonds mine seemed to be the most recommended. So that’s where we went! You want to go prepared in old clothes and shoes, gloves, hat, eye wear and sunscreen. You can bring some garden tools, hammer, bucket, shovel and a pick. If you don’t have tools you can rent them in the gift shop. We got lucky with an overcast mildly rainy morning. We found a spot we liked and got started! If you look close in spots you can see little tiny sparkles in the dirt and rocks. The dirt is packed very hard with huge chunks of rock/matrix. It is quite a workout to get the stuff apart. About an hour in, we had quite a few tiny herks and some broken pieces of herkimers. Then a huge dump truck came and dumped a load of new rocks and dirt. I got on top (it was about 12 ft tall) and started digging around. I found some just lying there under a rock! It was so exciting when I found one! I also found a bunch of huge pieces of matrix with herks safely tucked inside, slightly peeking out enough for us to see it….but not enough to get it out! So we ended up loading my car up with a ton and a half of rocks to work on later at home lol. 

This trip was so much fun, and if you are ever able to go herkimer mining you should give it a try! You get to keep anything you find. Its only $10 to mine all day long and its so exciting digging for buried treasure! These are staying in my collection forever. I will always remember when I got to mine my own crystal babies! Thanks for reading and I hope you will come back next month! I also did a grid review this month that I hope you will check out too. 

Love and crystal blessings,

xoxo Retha

Sources:

healingcrystalsforyou.com

crystalvaults.com

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

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Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

July, 2018

The Power of Quartz

Ah quartz…my very favorite crystal type. I get excited about every single piece of quartz I own. Hopefully after reading this you will get excited about your quartz too, despite how small or humble your piece, it is a powerful tool! The variations are endless, each piece is unique in its exact formation, it’s colors and it’s inclusions. I wear & work with quartz every single day. I hope you will too after learning more about this treasure!

Quartz is silicon dioxide. It is a mineral that is composed of silicon & oxygen atoms. It has a hardness of 7 on the MOHS hardness scale. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the earths continental crust, behind feldspar. Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a 6 sided prism terminating with 6 sided pyramids at each end. In quartz crystals silicon and oxygen atoms are joined in a tetrahedron (4 sided triangular pyramid). Linked in spirals, they can be left or right handed. This structure accounts for quartz piezoelectricity. Pressure on a quartz crystal causes positive and negative charges across it (piezoelectricity). It was discovered that alternating electrical charges cause a piezoelectric crystal to vibrate, the basis for quartz use as oscillators to control radio waves or keep time. 

Quartz crystals have many commercial uses in fact. Quartz is used in watches and clocks and in a wristwatch vibrates more than 30,000 times per second! They are also used in computers, microwaves, TV, radios, medicine, credit cards, and industrial tools. In electronics they can change a mechanical force, such as a blow from a hammer, into electrical energy. 

Quartz crystals are valued for their beauty. They are often used in jewelry. Clear quartz is often called rock crystal.  The Quartz family includes many many varieties. By color, some are Amethyst (purple), Citrine (yellow), smoky (brown/black), rose (pink) and tangerine quartz (orange).

Beyond these, there are varieties named for their growth patterns or their mineral inclusions/occlusions. An inclusion is a deposit of another mineral within a quartz crystal. It radiates the energy of the mineral, focused and amplified by the quartz surrounding it. Some named for their growth patterns include sceptor quartz, faden quartz, nirvana quartz, elestial quartz, skeletal quartz, and cathedral quartz. 

Some examples of ones named for their inclusions are lithium quartz, rutilated quartz, golden healer quartz, hematoid quartz, mosaic quartz, harlequin quartz, shamans dreamstone, and phantom quartz. Phew….just to name some!! Then there are also many types that are named for their location of origin, such as Tibetan quartz, Vera Cruz amethyst, Congo citrine, Lemurians and herkimer diamonds! 

 

Properties of Clear Quartz

These are the properties of clear quartz. Keep in mind even within clear quartz the properties vary depending on the formations and inclusions mentioned above. Since quartz is a magnifier, it will magnify the properties of whatever the other mineral is, whether its within the quartz or growing with the quartz on the matrix. Clear quartz is the most powerful energy amplifier the earth due to its helical spiral crystalline form. It can absorb, store, release, and regulate energy. It raises energy to the absolute best state possible and is an amazing healing crystal because it goes back to your pre disease state. It acts as a soul and body cleanser as it cleanses the organs and the soul and connects the physical 3-D with the mind and soul. It can be used for any condition and is a master healer. 

Clear quartz stores info like a natural computer program. You can program quartz to take on the properties of any other crystal, and it acts as that crystal until you deconsecrate it for that purpose. Quartz is the ultimate crystal to keep in your arsenal. While I definitely enjoy having crystals at hand in all varieties, and I appreciate working with every minerals unique energy, if I could only have access to one crystal, it would 100%  be a nice piece of clear quartz. Hands down. 

Quartz can also be used to enhance psychic abilities and can attune you to your spiritual purpose. It also aids concentration, and unlocks memories. It helps to harmonize all the chakras in the body too.

Crystal healing is an ancient practice. It is thought that as light reflects off crystals the electromagnetic field of the body (the aura) then absorbs that energy. Then areas of dis-ease can be pinpointed and then healed. If you have a nice clear piece of quartz, you can use it as a scanner, running it down over the body while looking through the quartz to see areas that need healing. 

Wearing clear quartz daily is an excellent way to raise your overall vibration, as well as to amplify the other crystal jewelry you are wearing. You can also program your quartz jewelry to support specific intentions or energy streams. Doing this at the new moon is a great practice to incorporate into your routine. Having a lot of clear quartz in your home is an effective way to raise vibrations in your space. Spheres, generators and clusters are great choices. Not to mention they make beautiful additions to any decor. One place I would not recommend putting clear quartz is in the bedroom. Clear quartz can be disruptive to your sleep. Amethyst on the other hand is a great option within the quartz family to place in your sleep space.

It fascinates me that while quartz is widely available on every continent, there are some types that only grow in one place on the entire earth! Such as herkimer diamonds. Isn’t that incredible? I am lucky enough to be going to the Herkimer Diamond Gem Show this month as well as going mining in herkimer, NY while I’m there. Its been on my bucket list for awhile and I’m so excited! I will be writing an article all about my experiences in Herkimer. It will be in September’s column. I hope you will come back and check it out! In the meantime, I hope you learned something new about how truly magical clear quartz is and I hope this inspires you to get your quartz out and work with it! 

Crystal of the Month: Lemurians

First, a little background information. Lemuria was an ancient advanced society that pre-dates even Atlantis. It was also known as “Mu”. Lemuria was lost and sank to the bottom of the sea in a natural disaster long long ago. The Lemurians were wise energy workers. Lemuria was a civilization celebrating oneness, unconditional love, cosmic connection, humanity as a whole and healing. It was a matriarchal culture. Toward the end of the lemurian civilization, the physical beings were aware that a great change was coming. They set about to find a way to store their precious, vast knowledge on earth for later discovery. Its believed during the last 300 years or so, they were preparing for a cataclysm. Record storage was downloaded into seed crystals. They were then placed into the earth for later discovery. In these crystals, there are bar code like lines that are said to help you to download these important messages that were laser imprinted by this advanced race of beings. The key is in being able to touch these situations. 

Lemurian crystals are clear quartz points that are easily identified by the horizontal line patterns, or striations, that are present on some of the point faces. They resemble bar codes and are sometimes referred to as the “stairway to heaven”. These striations can be seen but more importantly FELT. If its a lemurian seed crystal, it will have the striations on alternating faces, or on 3 of the 6 faces. If its a lemurian, it can vary which faces the striations appear. Striations usually end in a triangular face, forming the apex of the crystal. Some are frosted or matte in appearance, while others are very clear. There are also lemurian root crystals, which grow beneath the seed crystals and are the rarest of the lemurian types available to us. They are covered in sacred markings such as shamans portals and are exceptionally clear. 

Lemurians can come in clear, smoky, pink, tangerine, and golden in color. They come in all sizes but should be in a wand shape tapering from a thicker base to a thinner point.

The first mention of Lemurian crystals was in the early 90’s and they were coined in a newsletter by Katrina Raphaell. She claimed that true Lemurians only came from one location, the Diamantina mine in Minas Gervias, Brazil. Others now believe that they can come from multiple places in the world. Hawaii for example is said to have a very strong Lemuria connection. I invite you to research this topic further and decide for yourself which school of thought resonates with you. 

Its believed that these crystals will find the right “keeper”, and when that keeper connects with it and starts working with it, the messages of ancient higher wisdom are then downloaded into our subconscious. The information can then be accessed by us when we are ready for their wisdom. I like to ask my new lemurian crystal prior to working with her for the first time, to please bless me with their guidance for my highest good and the highest good of mama Gaia. 

Lemurians are excellent tools for many purposes. They are perfect for energy workers, crystal healers, lightworkers and Reiki practitioners. Lemurians are believed to carry care or healing instructions for mother earth, and so of course are master healers for humans as well. They can’t be beat for personal healing tools. 

Another use is to use it during meditation. You can put the striations against your third eye, or by running your index finger on your left hand against the lines. They are considered to be a communication tool between us and the cosmos. These crystals are attracted to the people who will aid the planet in these times. 

Yet another use is in dreamwork. For greater access and recall to our dream state. Investigating your dreams aids in discovering your souls journey. 

You can use Lemurians to form a protective circle by holding the crystal in your right hand and encircling the person, room or location. 

Whichever way you choose to work with your lemurian know that the more you work with it the more powerful it will become. I could talk about Lemurians all day, but I hope this overview sparked your interest and you get a lemurian crystal to try!

Thanks for spending time with me this month and I wish you all many crystal blessings!!

XO Retha

Resources

The crystal bible-a definitive guide to crystals by Judy hall

Eyewitness crystal and gem by Dr. R F Symes and Dr. R R Harding

Sage Goddess blog “how to work with lemurian quartz crystals”

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage Goddess affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16