Previous month:
August 2012
Next month:
October 2012

September 2012

Help Me Choose A Crystal

Your interest is piqued and now you want to buy a couple of crystals and see for yourself. There are many options to buy stones and crystals.

1. Visit your local mineral or new age shop and pick a stone that appeals to you. Hold it in your hand and see if it feels right. Some people like to use a pendulum to "dowse" a stone. Make sure the owner is knowledgeable about stones and buys from reputable sources. I am fortunate that in my area I have several quality shops to choose from. This is my preferred method of purchase.

2. Local gem and mineral shows sponsored by your local gemology society. A listing can be found at Even the major events allow the public to attend. Three listing sites are,, and

3. Online sites. There are many to choose from. The one I buy from is They also have a monthly newsletter and many archived articles on crystals and their healing properties.

Like anything, Buyer Beware. Many stones are similar in appearance and can be innocently mistaken or intentional misled by a retailer. In many cases, only a certified gemologist with thousands of dollars of equipment can truly tell the difference. Examples include: Jade (expensive) and Serpentine (inexpensive), Amber (expensive) and Copal (inexpensive) and yellow plastic (yes, it happens), and Turquoise (expensive) and dyed Howelite ot Magnesite Inexpensive).

Members of the American Gem Trade Association must identify all stones for sale with all that applies from the following list:

1. N - Natural. Stones are not treated in any manner.

2. B - Bleaching. To lighten or remove unwanted gem color.

3. C - Coating. To improve the appearance or add special effects.

4. D - Dyeing. To make it look like another stone or to intensify its natural color.

5. F - Filling. Solidified Borax is a by product of heating and it fills in any cracks.

6. G - Gamma Radiation. Used to alter color.

7. H - Heating. Used to alter color.

8. I - Impregnating. Intentionally filling in cracks with glass, plastic, or ceramic.

9. IMIT or MM. Uses manmade products such as glass, plastic, or ceramic to resemble a natural stone.

10. O - Oiling. Fills in cracks with oil or wax to improve appearance. 

11. R - Radiation. Used to alter color.

12. S - Stabilized. Uses a bonding agent to improve durability and appearance.

13. SYN- Synthetic. Uses manmade materials to replicate the optical, physical, and chemical properties of its counterpart.

14. U - Diffusion. Uses chemicals and/or high heat to create star like inclusions in the stone.

15. W - Waxing. Uses wax or paraffin to improve appearance.

As I make therapeutic jewerly for both pets and people, its important to me that I buy my gemstones beads from a member of AGTA. I look at it like an ingredient list on a shampoo bottle. I can make an informed decision on whether or not I want that particular stone.

So, now that you have bought a couple of pocket stones, how do you care for them. That will be the topic of an upcoming blog.


Why Crystal Therapy Works

When I became involved with crystals, my early conversations were peppered with a lot of "really" and "seriously." I'm pretty sure they were looking around for the hidden camera.

So, why does crystal therapy have merit?

First, there are the physical properties associated with each crystals. Examples include:

1. Clear quartz. It amplifies other forms of energy and is used in laser surgery.

2. Magnetite. It's magnetic properties are used in MRI's (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

3. Corundum. It's composition is aluminum oxide and is used for microdermabrasion.

Then, there is the scientific principal of entrainment. Entrainment is where the Dominant Resonance (DR) of one object affects the Lesser Resonance (LR) of another object. Remember in grade school when the teacher brought out a couple of tuning forks and placed them around the room. She made one of the tuning forks vibrate and shortly all of them began to vibrate. Another example of entrainment is when the mood of a group changes when a new person enters. That boring party that livens up. Or, on the flip side, the mob now looking for rusty pitchforks.

Crystals have a measureable DR. As they are not subject to environmental factors, it's frequency is stable. Human and animal's DR averages around 7.8Hz. It is not a coincidence that it is also the frequency of the Earth. It's called the Schumann Resonance. Because we are subject to environmental factors such as stress, diet, bacteria, toxins, etc., our frequencies can become unstable and we begin to operate at a LR. 

Choosing the right crystal can help to entrain our LR back to a DR, which allows our bodies to do their jobs and start to heal itself. Crystal Therapy can work in conjunction with traditional medicine. Improving both modalities.

My converstions with my grooming clients, friends, and family have gone from disbelief to "help me choose a crystal.' Which will be the topic of my next blog.