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Get to Know Gem Silica

Nov 01, 2016 06:58PM ● By Heidi Wiesenfelder

Gem Silica

Metaphysics, crystals and gems are popular in the Tucson area, and the benefits of various types of stones and gems are fascinating to many. Let’s look at one specific type of stone, Gem Silica, from the general category of chrysocolla.

Chrysocolla is a copper mineral that ranges from turquoise blue to blue-green, and is typically translucent to opaque. Arizona is one of many worldwide sources for chrysocolla, with Gem Silica being a silicated version, meaning it is mixed with quartz. It is valued for its bright and consistent turquoise color and high level of translucency.

Historically, Gem Silica is referenced by ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and was named by Greeks. Gem Silica can be used for many benefits and has varying effects on different aspects in one’s life.

Regarding the chakras, Gem Silica acts mainly through the throat (5th) chakra, with some influence on 4th (heart) and 6th (inner eye). This helps with communication, making it an ideal gem for speakers, teachers and singers.

In Feng Shui terms, chrysocolla is associated with the water element, and Gem Silica is additionally associated with wind. It has a calming effect.

Gem Silica can support our health physically, specifically with the throat and pregnancy/birth. Mentally, it promotes lightheartedness, and allows one to let go of extraneous concerns and focus on what really matters.

Heidi Wiesenfelder is the store manager at Arizona Lapidary & Gem Rough, which carries Gem Silica. Connect at 520-399-6641, [email protected] or ArizonaLapidary.com. See ad, page 9.

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