Crystal Clusters

Clusters are groups of naturally occurring crystals. One or more types of crystals may grow together. The cluster is characterized by crystals growing at many angles, in contrast with a “crystal castle” where all the single points are formed parallel with each other. Crystal clusters represent the evolved community.

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Think of each crystal as giving off a tone, or frequency unique to itself. The cluster emits a symphony of vibrations. These crystals can be placed in areas where you want to create a stronger healing vibration or to cleanse the atmosphere. Look for crystal clusters with thin sandstone or no rock matrix behind it. That way you get more crystals and hardly any opaque matrix rock for your money. When placing clusters on furniture, always use a cloth, pillow or pad under the crystals, as the sharp rock on the bottom will scratch your furniture.

Clear quartz is pure silica. When it contains tiny bubbles of water or gases, part of the crystal will appear misty or milky white.

Amethyst is purple quartz (also lilac, lavender or lavender-pink which is called “Rose de France” amethyst.) This is a great stone to use for meditation. The amethyst color (indigo/ violet/ purple) represents the vibration of the pineal gland (third eye chakra- indigo and purple) and pituitary gland (crown chakra – lilac, gold and white). Hold an amethyst over your chakras, to promote a meditative state. In Feng Shui, amethyst represents wealth. Amethyst is usually found in Brazil, as small rounded caves from 6 inches across up to 8 feet long or more. Occasionally, the shape is long tubes, called vugs, of varying width, up to 45 feet long!

The color can range from purple-white to almost black. Also, the perception of color depends on the lightsource's strength and color tint. In the sun, amethyst may be a vivid purple, only to look dark or black indoors under dim lighting. Outside, the sun brings out the blue tint, while under halogen bulbs, the color is warmer and more reddish from the yellow tint of the light-bulb. You can use a small spotlight to highlight the amethyst in your room or gallery. Be aware that sunlight can cause some amethyst to fade. This is usually a slow process, but I saw one amethyst cluster change from dark purple to pure white over two weeks while outdoors in the Arizona desert.

If your amethyst crystal has a rich dark color, it is best to keep it indoors, away from a sunny window. If you want to use it outdoors, face it north, away from direct sunlight, or put it in the shade. Amethyst is also found in large pieces and geodes (sealed caves) in Uruguay. Other mining locations include Madagascar, India, the USA (New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Missouri, California, Georgia), Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, and Canada. Amethyst usually expresses as alternating color layers or zones where light and dark shades interweave with clear zones.

When yellow, orange or gold color layers appear in amethyst, it is called ametrine (amethyst-citrine.) Amethyst can loose its color when exposed to heat, at which point it can wind up white, yellow, orange, or brown. This is called “heat-treated citrine” to distinguish it from natural color citrine. Occasionally, the heat treatment of amethyst can result in green quartz crystals! Even the heat from a campfire can cause nearby crystals in the ground to turn green, as happened in Mexico once.

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