Finding Crystals by Helen Jane Meyrick of Dreamstone Therapies
I expect the majority of you buy your crystals from shops, on-line stores and MBS fairs. However, have you ever thought about finding your own crystals & stones? There is nothing more satisfying or pleasurable than finding your own ‘treasure’ if only you know where to look.
Now I am not advocating that we all take up 'spelunking' and venture into the depths of the earth to find treasures, but just simply become far more aware of the geology of our environment and find out what is native to our land and where stones can be found. Our beaches and hilltops can be a source of wonderful delights especially where erosion, quarrying or mining have occurred. Streams & rivers in areas of quarrying & mining may also contain stones of interest and these will have a more familiar appearance having been ‘tumbled’ and worn smooth by the running water. (Obviously you need to take care when searching in running water that you do not slip, fall or drown!)
Admittedly it is not always easy to identify what you find, as many stones and crystals in their natural form look nothing like the polished, tumbled, clean specimens on display in shops and it is easy to make mistakes, so familiarise yourself with what the stones and crystals look like in their natural, unpolished, unadulterated form. Places like London’s Natural History Museum have a wonderful collection of natural stones & crystals which can be viewed up close and there are a number of books and websites with a wealth of information. Alternatively why not visit Rock and Gem Fairs as here you will find stalls displaying rock and stone specimens for those interested in geology, so you can see more clearly what to look for.
I have had the delight of finding chunks of quartz both on the beach and on the hillsides in Wales, I have also returned home with some lovely pieces of gypsum and satin spar. I was, however, not fortunate enough to find any Jet on the beaches at Whitby, but I know people who have.
Of course the other caveat is that you ensure you are not trespassing or putting yourself in danger when venturing on a crystal hunt. Whilst disused quarries, mines and caves are great places to go crystal-hunting they can also be very dangerous and off the beaten track, so make sure you keep safe at all times and that someone knows where you are going. But nevertheless, just get out there and start looking, who knows what treasures you may find or what treasures may find you!
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