Vanadinite: A Cool Mineral With Lead (So HWC)

Vanadinite: A Cool Mineral With Lead (So HWC)

Vanadinite is a luscious mineral that looks like warm toffee flakes. It’s discovery and naming has a fascinating story.  Vanadinite is a result of a chemical alteration to a pre-existing material and is considered a secondary mineral. It was discovered by a Spanish...
Ametrine Seer Stone

Ametrine Seer Stone

I want to share a really cool stone with you. It’s an Ametrine seer stone. Usually seer stones are naturally made by rivers flowing over quartz minerals and polishing them into a clear, almost crystal ball like stone.  However, humans make them, too and this one is...
Sometimes It’s Good To Get Out In Nature

Sometimes It’s Good To Get Out In Nature

Humans are spiritual beings and sometimes we need to infuse ourselves into the world around us. Getting out in nature helps to keep one grounded and bring about peace of mind. As a Scorpio, I am a water sign and am drawn, naturally, to water. I grew up in Shreveport...
The Best Advice Ever Given To Me Was From Elon Musk.

The Best Advice Ever Given To Me Was From Elon Musk.

Photo by Loren Elliott | Getty Images News | Getty Images I am writing this blog post because one of my Twitter friends posed a question.  Today, I woke up and saw that the two Tesla shares I owned were almost at $1,000 per share. It took me around six months to save...
Stibnite is Toxic, But Oh, So Pretty.

Stibnite is Toxic, But Oh, So Pretty.

This Deadly Mineral Is My Latest Love   Last year, I went to this local gem show. The guy who does it travels around the country and comes to Baton Rouge every other month and I have been eyeing this lovely specimen of his for a while (above picture).  However,...
Herkimer Diamonds–Dazzling Natural Gems

Herkimer Diamonds–Dazzling Natural Gems

Dazzling Diamond LIke Gems   Herkimer Diamonds are a dazzling variety of quartz crystal. They are dubbed as ‘diamonds’ due to their stunning sparkle like that of actual faceted diamonds.  These gems are a rare type of quartz crystal that are double...
Carborundum Mineral

Carborundum Mineral

Silicon Carbide Is Really Pretty   Photo by Spirit Rock Shop.    Carborndum sounds like some type of car part but it is actually a really beautiful and light mineral. By light I mean that its fragile.  Carborundum is a compound of silicon and carbon, however it does...
How Toxic is Malachite?

How Toxic is Malachite?

Malachite is a common mineral that is easily identifiable by its gorgeous banded and varied shades of greens.  However, with over 50% copper content, it is pretty toxic if ingested or inhaled. This is why those who cut and polish this beautiful mineral need to wear...