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Rocks Abound for Rock Hounds
Rocks, minerals and gems are not only fascinating to behold, they also have a long history of folklore relating to special attributes and healing energies. I love reading about the metaphysical properties of gemstones and incorporate this knowledge into my jewellery making. Some of you may be a little sceptical, but one way to find out if you are sensitive to the energies of gems is to hold them in your hand for a minute or two and feel your energy shift.
Sometimes your whole mood will change as your body attunes to the vibration of a particular gemstone. Some gemstones are uplifting while others are grounding. Most will work directly with your emotional body and chakras.
Something for the whole family at the Gem Fair this year.
A great way to test this for yourself is to visit the Suncoast Gem Fair which is on 21st November at Mooloolaba State School. The event starts at 8.30am and finishes at 4.30pm. Free parking is available via Venning St. The entry cost for each adult is $5 and free for children under 12. Stroll around the many stalls and note which gemstones attract your attention. Often they are the ones you need in your life at the present time. Sometimes you can buy that particular gemstone as a necklace or pendant. Other times you may simply want a tumbled specimen to use during meditation.
Gemstones can be cut into any shape and have healing properties.
At 1.30pm there will be a lecture on agate. If you have ever heard of "thunder eggs" or agate nodules you will know that cutting them in half will reveal many layers of banded colour. No two are the same and some of the banded patterns are so beautiful they are mesmerizing! Agates are found all over the world including the famous Agate Creek variety from North Queensland. My favourite agate is blue lace agate because of the delicate blue hues. OK, I also have a thing for Mexican crazy lace agate...and Botswana agate too. Also don't forget to check out the demonstrations if you are into lapidary. Who knows, you may want to sign up to be a member of the Suncoast Gem and Fossicking Club at Buderim!
Ruby Fuchsite sphere - some gemstones are combinations of two or more different crystals.