When I arrived in North Cyprus from Australia in 2012, I had a hell of a time sorting out my jewellery once our luggage arrived (six months after being shipped from Australia, held up in Istanbul and only released after a bribe!). So I finally decided to get some cork boards and hang my jewellery on them. However, my collection has increased exponentially since I came across the crystal goodies my friend Dawn brings over from Istanbul, and this week I sorted them out into three boards: one for non-crystal jewellery, one for crystal jewellery and a third for earrings. Of course now my order of bling from Rose Wholesale has arrived I’ll have to do a bit of re-arranging. My husband shook his head when I was doing all this re-organising but I told him sweetly, don’t get between a Libran and her jewellery!
I thought I’d share a couple of new crystals I came across recently (never let construction shenanigans from the development next door which has been plaguing us divert you from the crystal crazies). The first is a magical quartz from the Messina area in South Africa. The original Messina mine has been exhausted – this used to be a wonderful source of quartz with ajoite and bright blue papagoite.
The quartz which landed in my lap recently is from another mine and has a combination of red piedmontite and yellow-green epidote over one surface. It has a main termination with a phantom inclusion and also a small face with multiple terminations.
Along with this my supplier friend included a freebie – a small crystal wand with brookite on the surface and rutile inclusion, this is from Pakistan. On this question of size, I’m not bothered how big or small a crystal is – it only matters to me how I interact with the energy and this small quartz wand is awesome, resonates very intensely with my own energy to remind me that small is just as powerful as big. So go beyond surface appearances and look into a crystal to see how it works with you.
We have building works going on right beside us creating enormous amounts of dust and noise, so I decided to bring inside the crystals and stones I had on a table on the verandah beside my office. I have had a huge piece of petrified wood for years, since I lived in Boonah, south-east Queensland. It’s from Mt French, the big mountain close to Boonah, and a friend gave it to me. This time, as I picked it up, a piece broke off much to my suprise. However, I held it and felt it was calling to be made into a pendant, a grounding piece of the earth element with links to earth elementals.
So I painted it with gold and rainbow glitter nail polish, something I wouldn’t normally do as I like my stones au naturel, but these seemed to inspire a connection with the earth elememtals. Then I added a gold wrap, an aquamarine stone to honour water elementals, and clear and purple Swarovski-type flatbacks to represent the spiritual connections of this pendant.
This piece has a very powerful, ground energy with deep links within Mother Earth. She also keeps me connected with Australia where I lived for over 40 years.
Been fiddling with some jewellery. My daughter in Rosehearty, N-E Scotland, gave me the dreamcatcher earrings in 1994 when we had a holiday in the UK. I bought the feather earrings a while back from Dawn Buyukertas who sells a wide range of crystal and other jewellery here in North Cyprus. But the feathers were too light to hang properly, so I added them to the dreamcatcher earrings along with some other beads.
The quartz pendant I created from a freebie small clear quartz point sent to me with my last crystal order. It’s small but it jumped in my hand when I held it, so I’ve added a silver wire holder and three Swarovski-type crystals for the crown, throat and heart chakras. My experience has been that you don’t need a large crystal for energy, any size crystal is fine as long as you’re drawn to it and it resonates for you.
Friday afternoon I was sitting creating some art pieces when I got the nudge that crystals I’d ordered from the US had arrived. Normally parcels from America turn up in roughly 2-3 weeks but this package turned up within 1.5 weeks because, yes, when my husband popped up to our post box in Alsancak, there were my crystals waiting for me, beautifully packed in a cardboard box. So my intuition is working nicely, I’m pleased to say.
I must admit that I ripped the parcel apart in my excitement to get at the crystals I’d ordered. So here below are my gorgeous new stones, supplied by Jan Haerer at: http://www.topazspirits.com. She sends out monthly posts about new arrivals and really has a wonderful selection of varied, high quality crystals if you’re looking for a reliable supplier.
Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine so you get purple shot with pale yellow. This stone comes from Bolivia and for me is a stone of balance and creative inspiration.
PREHNITE DREAM WEAVER WITH EPIDOTE INCLUSIONS
I find this stone very soft and calming, just right as a palmstone for meditation.
SAHARA DESERT STONE WITH STRIATED GOLD, BUFF AND BROWN
I love everything from the Sahara desert, got no idea why. I have a couple of Libyan desert glass pieces as well as a couple of rocks from the Saharan region. This one I have yet to work with but it’s really interesting, patterned one side and very smooth the other, almost like lava rock.
QUARTZ – LIGHT SMOKY WITH FELDSPAR AND DEEP TOURMALINE
This crystal is from Pakistan and is a light smoky quartz together with feldspar and one piece of deep green tourmaline along with other green tourmaline scattered through the crystal. The green tourmaline is so dark it seems almost black but looks heavenly when you hold the stone up to the light. I haven’t worked with it yet so why I’m drawn to it. I have no idea but I know, when I saw the list of new crystals on offer, that this piece called to me.
MESSINA DOUBLE-TOURMINATED QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH GREEN, DRUZY EPIDOTE
The original Messina mine was finally exhausted a few years back, but there’s been a new find of quartz in recent times and this is where this crystal cluster has come from. It’s a complex stone – multiple terminations at both ends, and at one end there’s what I think is a small gwindel formation, where the quartz grows in different directions. It is elestial at one end and has a layer of green druzy epidote at the reverse side. Again I haven’t worked with this quartz yet so have to wait until I suss out how I interaction with it.
CLEAR QUARTZ POINT
Finally, and by no means least, Jan added in a freebie for me, a clear quartz point which is small, 5cms long, but packs a real power punch. I felt it resonate with me as soon as I picked it up, and I know it’s to help me balance my energies better and assist in healing from the fungal infection I’ve had on my left foot and which has been driving me mad as the itching at night in the warm bed kept me awake throughout the night for a couple of weeks. It’s settling down now and I intended to turn this small wand into a pendant I can wear around my throat chakra.
This my latest crystal mandala layout – for Focus. I moved the table away from its previous position beside my crystal collection as I felt the grouped crystals interfered with the energy of the crystal mandala and its intent of focus. It feels heaps better in its new position under my spider drum and Shamanic Power painting (see photo below).
Later I’m going to try my hand at talking about the crystals I’ve worked with using my new tablet, so won’t go into details of this today.
I get a poem and photo in my inbox every day from Panhala, a Yahoo group, which started up when I lived in the UK in 2003. These posts really light my day, a wonderful selection of poetry, so I’m going to reprint one here relevant to my love of crystals, rocks and stones:
Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tigers tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.
From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.
~ Charles Simic ~
(The Voice at 3 A.M.)