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Tucson Gem Show

The Tucson Gem Show. It is the name used referring to a multitude of large gem shows, along with a satellite of smaller gem shows that take over Tucson around the last week of January and the first week of February. It’s the biggest to do of the gem show world, and the largest convergence of crystals and gems from around the planet. About 65,000 people visit for the show, and has an economic impact of about 120 million dollars.

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Labradorite – amazing crystals!

Labradorite ring by Stelae jewelry

If there’s one stone that can capture your imagination and grab your attention, it’s Labradorite. It has the ability to connect and communicate with you through an intense flash from way across a room. Other crystals like Lodolite and Rutilated quartz, are more subtle, and require a deep look inside them. But, Labradorite has its own special language of color and light, and broadcasts out to you.

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amazing crystals – rutilated quartz

an essential crystal for your collection

one of the most unique and amazing crystals found in nature is rutilated quartz. an essential piece for anyone’s collection. but what is it? rutilated quartz is a common quartz, but with some special attributes. other common quartz you may be familiar with are amethyst, rose, citrine and smoky quartz. but, what sets this variety apart, are the finely colored threads of needle-like hairs of ‘rutil’ that accent each specimen in a distinctive way.

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amazing crystals -Shangaan Amethyst

Shangaan Amethyst pendant by Stelae jewelry

Dark, clear + smoky amethyst from Zimbabwe

Anyone who watched Jim Henson’s fantasy film from 1982 “the dark crystal” knows amethyst ain’t nothing to f*** with. But, i along with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the skeksis have continually sought out this engaging variety of quartz.

Shangaan Amethyst crystal
Shangaan amethyst

There is a wild diversity and range of metaphysical associations, as diverse as the many cultures that have revered this gemstone from antiquity. One of the most persistent attributes comes from the ancient Greeks who used it to prevent and cure the hangover. Personally, i like to spend a little time in meditation to get to know how a particular element or mineral vibes, i always feel well and protected by amethyst. The jury is still out on hangovers.

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two of my favorite varieties Of Amethyst are Shangaan from Zimbabwe and Veracruz amethyst from Veracruz, mexico. I adore both, and they both have unique attributes and properties.

Shangaan Amethysts are a relatively new discovery and have some amazing physical qualities. They tend to contain a swirling mix of darker purple, clear + light smokiness. Also, A common feature I’m told, is that often, you can see what appears to be tiny reddish purple flecks emanating from the center. I’m told that is a result of an interaction with the mineral hematite during formation. Wether or not hematite is involved, the result is a beautiful sparkling specimen full of positive energy. Because of these qualities, the Shangaan variety steps up and demands attention.

i must admit, i want to be surrounded by amethyst. I desire to lay on amethyst mats, sleep in amethyst rooms and Eat off amethyst plates. At the last Denver gem show, i went all out on a collection of Shangaan Amethyst.

these crystals are perfect raw, in thier naturally found state, with the interplay of it’s constituent colors all together. i have only made pendants using them, customizing each unique crystal with a handcrafted sterling silver setting. They deserve to be raw and upfront and center.

Below, I’ve added a gallery of a few pendants featuring Shangaan Amethyst. And be sure to read my full page on Amethysts!

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amazing crystals! – lodolite

garden quartz or lodolite

Garden quartz, lodolite, dream stone. There’s many unique names used to describe this form of quartz. Basically, it’s a clear quartz that has grown on and included parts and pieces of other minerals. Another name for it is inclusion quartz.

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Van life build out: turn an Astro / Safari into a tiny cottage on wheels

Interested in van life? Read about the van build out of a 2003 GMC Safari, complete with kitchen, bed, work studio, and a system for water storage, electricity, refrigeration and shaded patio.

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