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This is a review for the $42.00 Crystal Variety box.
How cute is the crystal covered tape that wraps this sturdy box? Such a lovely presentation! The crystals were carefully packaged: nestled in several feet of white paper and (separately) enclosed in bubble wrap. It’s not surprising, then, that they arrived in perfect condition.
The insert included in the box is a quick note from Adam, the owner of Enchanted Crystal, revealing that he’ll be going to the Tucson Gem Show and asking subscribers for requests of what they’d like to see in future boxes. The Tucson Gem Show is the highlight of the gem world in America so I’m excited to see what goodies the Enchanted Crystal team comes back with!
These notes are nice and add a personalized touch, but I’m still desperate for an insert or QR code with a link to information about each crystal. Scouring the internet for facts on each stone is interesting, but incredibly time consuming, and can be very difficult with the rare crystals.
Last month’s variety box included two small Agatized seashell fossils. This month’s box contains a regular seashell fossil, in the most gorgeous shade of blue-green. The color reminds me of patina on copper; like the coating on the Statue of Liberty.
Seashell fossils are not exactly gemstones or minerals because they come from the bodies of marine animals. Despite this, some believe that shells can bring inner peace, calm the body and relax the mind. When used in meditation shells can bring balance, stimulate imagination and help you gather and retain knowledge. It’s also said that shells can aid the circulatory and muscular systems, help with calcium deficiencies and help to heal broken bones by aiding in the absorption of vitamins A & D.
I’ve often worked with Moonstone and Rainbow Moonstone but I had no idea that there was a black variety! The specimen sent this month is large and rounded, though not quite egg shaped. It’s smooth, heavy and feels wonderful just to hold.
Like the other varieties of moonstone that I own, black moonstone has a chatoyancy that is a hallmark of the stone (which makes it incredibly difficult to photograph). It also has fabulous rusty orangish streaks that add to its beauty. After some research, I’ve discovered that this black variety of moonstone was only found recently, in the African country of Madagascar.
Black Moonstone’s metaphysical properties are similar to those of regular moonstone, except that the black variety provides total protection of the aura from negative energy. Some recommend that you carry black moonstone with you if you’re going through a break-up or are having problems with someone close to you. It will allow you to be empathetic and support that person, while shielding you from their toxic energy.
Last month I received a chunk of epidote contained within matrix. This month, a piece of pure epidote crystal was sent to me. Last month’s specimen looked black but this crystal, while mostly black, has sections with a greenish hue. The shape is really natural and interesting, as well.
According to the research I did last month, epidote is one of the few crystals that should be used cautiously. The reason is that it’s an amplifier of energy. Considering that, it makes sense that the name “epidote” comes from the Greek word for, “increase.” It’s believed that carrying epidote will amplify whatever energy you’re manifesting at the moment: positive or negative. Because of this, it's thought to be unwise to carry it on a day when things are going badly. On the other hand, carrying it on a good day can attract creativity and prosperity.
Quebec Fairy Stone (Rare)
This is an interesting mineral. Though many societies have used this stone, the Algonquin tribe of Northern Quebec was the one to officially name it: “Fairy Stone.” Also known as “Goddess Stones,” this mineral is comprised of clay and calcium carbonate and is found mostly in ancient glacier deposits in Canada, Scandinavia, Morocco, the British Isles and Greenland.
For centuries, Fairy Stones have been used to bring protection, luck, wealth and prosperity. Some cultures even put them under children’s beds to protect them from nightmares. It’s believed that Fairy Stones can open your root chakra, help you to relax after a stressful situation and elevate your aura (which can protect you from negative energy).
Iceland Spar Calcite
This chunk of Iceland Spar Calcite is absolutely gorgeous but incredibly difficult to photograph!
Interestingly, historians believe that the Vikings used this mineral to navigate at sea because it has the ability to polarize light, allowing them to always find the sun in any weather condition. Icelandic Spar is very similar to quartz, both in appearance as well as its metaphysical properties.
Iceland Spar is thought to have the ability to cleanse auras and realign chakras. It’s also said that it can unlock psychic abilities and clarify the mind. Some believe that by holding a piece of it to your third eye, while holding a piece of Phenacite to your forehead, heightened knowledge will flow from the crown chakra to the third eye, where the Iceland Spar will help you implement this new knowledge.
This piece of Chabazite is my favorite stone from this month’s box. I’m a sucker for interesting, sparkly crystals. I’ve made jewelry, much of it with gemstones, for over 15 years. In all of that time, I’d never heard of Chabazite; I love the rich orange color and somewhat cubic shape of the crystals.
Some believe that Chabazite will cause you to relax so that your connection to the spiritual realm is stronger. It’s said that it can aid you in releasing anger as well as strengthen your focus and help you to persevere in difficult situations. Chabazite’s healing properties are said to include helping with addiction, thyroid issues and weight loss.
Hand-Crafted Cloth Grid
Each month, a new grid design is hand-crafted onto a sturdy cloth. This month’s design is very intricate and reminds me of a lovely turquoise mandala. But what, exactly, is a grid? After searching a bit, I found a great explanation. According to a blog from the Healing Crystals Company:
“A crystal grid involves the physical act of laying out one’s crystals in a pattern that is recognized in sacred metaphysics. This layout, combined with the user’s genuine intention, is thought to amplify the properties of the stones quite significantly, bringing greater benefit to the user or more successful outcomes.”
This is my fourth Variety box from Enchanted Crystal and I’m totally addicted. If you’re like me, and crystals are new to you, this is an awesome way to jumpstart your collection! After just 4 boxes, I have a very respectable collection of beautiful crystals. I’m really enjoying researching all of these stones and dreaming of ways to display them. I truly can’t wait to see what next month brings!
While I’m not totally sold on all of the physical powers attributed to crystals, I enjoy studying them and would love to believe in their ability to aid us! The more I learn, the more I respect and appreciate them.
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To Wrap Up
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Value Breakdown: This is the Crystal Variety box that costs $42 a month. That’s only $7 per specimen (not counting the cloth grid)! If you consider that shipping is free, that’s a surprisingly good value! Want to start small? Enchanted Crystal also offers a smaller box, containing one crystal (and a bonus baggie of small crystals) each month for $16.
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