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What is a Tektite?

By Charli Lundholm EarthGallery.com The origin of tektites, also called impact or meteoric glass, is still debated by scientists. Some people feel they were originally meteoric material that become separated from it’s iron content as it came through our atmosphere. Others think that as meteorites have impacted the earth, the surrounding rock, or pieces of […]

Interior Design and Well Being

By Neville Ryan EarthGallery.com Interior design is associated with beauty, form and function. What is not typical is the association with health and well being. This is where stone, minerals and crystals come into play. These pieces, produced by Mother Nature and sometimes enhanced by man, can be used to enhance both the interior and exterior […]

Quartz…why is it so important?

By Neville Ryan Quartz is one of the most common minerals in the world, second only to Feldspar. It surrounds us in our everyday lives and aids us in our metaphysical or spiritual growth. Quartz was a highly desirable product for early man and was traded over great distances even before agriculture became a feature […]

Energetic Spring Cleaning

By Charli Lundholm Happy Spring! This is such a wonderful time of year. There is a sense of newness and rejuvenation in the air. We have all been going through a time of intense energy recently. Have you felt it? It is a time when we are supported to really do some Spring cleaning. I’m […]

Hazards of Mining in the Australian Bush-Part 2

By Neville Ryan   While Australia didn’t have have the problems surrounding the mining of CRYSTALS in South America or the difficulties of mining MINERALS in the Africa or even the problems faced by LAPIS miners in Afghanistan, we did have our own set of problems mining in north west Western Australia.  As people travel through the Australian bush in the northwest they often remark […]

The Hunt for Tiger Iron-Mining in the Australian Bush “In the Good Old Days”-Part 6

By Neville Ryan Tiger Iron is dramatically different to Tiger Eye, both in looks and in mining procedure. Tiger Eye mining involved a lot of prospecting and testing to find the right seams of material and could be found over a wide area of the Hamersley Ranges.  Tiger Iron however, which is a combination of […]

The Hunt for Tiger Eye – Mining in the Australian Bush in “The Good Old Days”-Part 3

By Neville Ryan The stories in this series are a compilation of events that took place over several trips while mining Tiger Eye, Snakeskin Jasper and Rainforest Jasper in the Pilbara region of northwest Western Australia. We were about 250 miles from the nearest town driving the truck and towing the generator across a flat, […]

Lapis Lazuli (Lapis) Meaning

By Neville Ryan Lapis is the Latin word for stone and Lazuli is the ancient Persian word for blue. Lapis has been mined in Afghanistan since 7000 B.C. Because of the cost and beauty it was only available to royalty and high priests.  It was used for the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King […]