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Collectors: 3 Ways to Identify Black Stones

Do you ever look at your collection and think, what is this?

As a crystal collector and gemstone jewelry designer for Quinn’s Crystals, I have a hard time distinguishing between some stones in my collection, especially those of the black polished variety. I have found two great articles from Hibiscus Moon and Ashley Leavy, two crystal healing experts, on how to identify black crystals.

In the first article “How to Tell the Difference Between Black Onyx, Jet, Apache Tear, Black Tourmaline & Black Obsidian” by Hibiscus Moon of Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy examines the physical distinctions between black stones. She divides them into organic (Jet, Apache Tear, Black Obsidian) and non-organic aka minerals (Black Onyx, Black Tourmaline). Next she looks at the weight, luster, patterns and clarity properties of the stones.

 

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The second article, “How To ID Your Crystals When They All Look The Same” by Ashley Leavy of Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy, also examines the properties of black stone. In additional to those covered by the first article, Ashley as looks at Shungite and Black Tektite. For those who prefer videos, she includes a youtube clip with descriptions and photos with her article.

Drawing on these two articles and my experience in collecting, I would recommend taking the 3 following actions to identify black stones:

  • Create a Catalog –avoid needing to identify by taking a picture or labeling your collection as soon as you by it.
  • Distinguish Characteristics -is it waxy or shiny? Smooth or crystal matrix?
  • Compare Properties- look at existing stones you are familiar with or compare to photos or descriptions from online experts to identify.

 

Starting today, identify and organize your stones, relax and enjoy your collection.

 

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My name is Jennifer Schaller and I am a Reiki Crystal Healer, specializing in healing crystal jewelry. When I’m not staring at the ground looking for pretty stones, you can find me cooking up good eats in the kitchen or beading on etsy. Contact me on Twitter @quinnscrystals with any questions about Reiki, Mindfulness and Crystal Healing.

 

Note: I am not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice. Alternative practices discussed here are a compliment to, not replacement of medical care. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Not Enough Time: 3 Ways to Break the Busy Cycle

As a full-time project manager, part-time scholar and foundling small business owner, I understand the busy cycle. It can be difficult to differentiate between what actually needs to be done and what we perceive needs to be done, creating inefficiency. I have found two article from experts that help us break out of our busy cycle to give us back our lives.

The first article “How To Break the Busy Cycle” by Charlene Lillie of Mayo Clinic gives us 4 questions to ask ourselves to help us break the busy cycle. She concludes her article with  3  short exercises to fit in breaks during your day. This includes breathing techniques, napping and getting out into nature. Napping? Sign me up!

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In the second article “6 Ways to Break the Cycle of Unnecessary Busyness,” UnCommon Chick explores ways to examine and re-organize our time management. By adjusting our time management skills, we can cut out the unnecessary busyness, allowing more time for the things we need to get done and breaks (or naps, your choice).

Drawing on these two articles and my personal experience, I would recommend taking the 3 following actions to reduce the too busy syndrome:

  • Evaluate Time Management –Cut out unnecessary busyness with the questions from both articles
  • Take Breaks-Even if it’s only 5 or 20 minutes, taking the time you need to rest will make you more efficient.
  • Prioritize – Decide what you really need in your life and what you could really do without.

Beginning today, evaluate how you spend your days, cut out that what weighs you down and give yourself time for joy.

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My name is Jennifer Schaller and I am a Reiki Crystal Healer, specializing in healing crystal jewelry. When I’m not staring at the ground looking for pretty stones, you can find me cooking up good eats in the kitchen or beading on etsy. Contact me on Twitter @quinnscrystals with any questions about Reiki, Mindfulness and Crystal Healing.

 

Note: I am not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice. Alternative practices discussed here are a compliment to, not replacement of medical care. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Trouble Sleeping: 3 ways to Naturally Improve Sleep

Are you one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from sleep disorders? Or someone who has troubling falling asleep at night? As a former member of the restless nights club, I understand the risks of over the counter sleep medicines and trust natural sleep methods such as those listed below.

The first article “5 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep… The Crystal Healing Way by Hibiscus Moon of Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy examines how to use crystal energy to improve sleep. Hibiscus Moon explains the various ways to utilize crystals to create a peaceful state to attain restful sleep.

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The second article “Herbal Sleep Aid: How to Make Peaceful Sleep Sachets Using Herbs, Essential Oils, and Crystals” from Frugally Sustainable instructs how to create sleep sachets to place under your pillow using crystals herbs and essential oils. Author Andrea includes a variety of options and descriptions of ingredients to make sleep sachets based on your needs.

Drawing on these two articles and my experience in collecting, I would recommend taking the 3 following actions for a better night sleep:

  • Practice Mindfulness –give yourself the best chance of rest by putting your mind at ease before you go to bed.
  • Sleep Sachet –make a sleep sachet with herbs and essential oils from the articles above to help you relax.
  • Healing Crystals- place crystals under pillow, near the bed or in grids to enhance sleep.

Starting today, utilize the natural resources above to get the restful sleep you deserve.

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My name is Jennifer Schaller and I am a Reiki Crystal Healer, specializing in healing crystal jewelry. When I’m not staring at the ground looking for pretty stones, you can find me cooking up good eats in the kitchen or beading on etsy. Contact me on Twitter @quinnscrystals with any questions about Reiki, Mindfulness and Crystal Healing.

 

Note: I am not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice. Alternative practices discussed here are a compliment to not of replace medical care. Discuss any medical concerns you have with your doctor.