5 of the best San Diego beaches to spend the day, let your dog run, do some yoga, Hike, and explore amazing tide pools!click here to read more…
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.click here to read more…
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.
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.
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!
cgear original sand mat
want to transform your camping, picnicking, beach, yoga experience, or any outdoor adventure? If your into almost any outdoor based activity, a cgear sand-free mat can eradicate many of the subtle annoyances that can plague an excursion. You can create a 10 x 10 instant clean zone outside your tent, van or RV. Bring it to the beach, or on a hike. Take it canoeing or kayaking and and bust it out on the riverbank for an immediate welcome mat. I ordered mine from Backcountry.
its basically two separate + durable woven polypropylene fabrics, sewn together and including grommets for staking if needed. The unique weave allows particles of sand and smaller debris to fall through and not come back up. Anything else that happens to show up, simply can get swept off easily. I’ve used it all over the country for a year now, and I’m convinced of it’s durability and longevity. it’s polypropylene, so avoid placing it where campfire embers may pop onto.
ive found it enormously useful for keeping outdoor litter and debris from getting into tents and vehicles when placed next to them. It’s been great to pull out and do yoga on, fix a flat bike tire on and general hanging out. Fixing the flat tire was really nice to be able to set small parts and tools on without losing them in the sand and gravel. It also creates a sort of living room feel inviting you to chill out.
it does not work well for fine mud or in puddles. But, site selection is an art, and you really should try for a sandy, gravely spot anyways. However, it still cleans off easily and dries Fairly quick. One more thing to always avoid or anticipate is pine sap. I’ve put the mat on pine needles and reduced the amount of sap i would be tracking in everywhere. It can get on the mat as it would get on anything. That is the nature of tree sap after all. But, it cleaned off easily later washing it with pine oil based cleaner. It’s machine washable, packs up about the size of a sleeping bag and comes in a few sizes.
About the author: stelae travels the US, camping, cooking and van living, while working as a silversmith and lapidary artist. You can view his creations here
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.click here to read more about lodolite!…