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How to Buy the Best Geodes
For those who desire positive, spiritual energy and would like to clear negative vibrations from their space, geodes are a powerful tool.
If you are not familiar, geodes are unassuming rocks with an internal cavity lined with minerals. That mineral lining is often a dazzling druse of tiny quartz crystals underneath bands of gray and white agate. Within that inner layer, you may find Amethyst, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Calcite, Chalcedony or other minerals. Geodes usually range in size from one inch to two feet, however, I have seen some that are upwards of 14 feet!
Those who are interested in purchasing their first geode often wonder how to find the best available. That answer depends on what you are looking for.
Before You Shop for Your Geode
Before purchasing a geode, it is important to consider the following:
What type of energy do you want to bring into your home?
I always recommend starting your geode search by deciding what type of energy you want to bring into your home. Depending on the mineral within its core, geodes will affect the energy within your home in different ways. They can also assist in meditation and will help you connect to your higher consciousness or group consciousness.
Where will you place the stones to bring in the correct energy?
As far as energy goes, there are numerous ways in which you can take advantage of the power found within a geode’s crystals. Their beauty and energy will improve your home’s ambiance and positive vibes no matter where you place them. However, each crystal possesses its own vibe and helps us to align with its specific frequency, so if you want to use crystals in your home for healing purposes, it is best to place them intentionally.
For harmonious relationships…
Display Rose Quartz in the southwest corner of your home.
For an open mind when learning or approaching new situations…
Put a Carnelian crystal in the northeast corner of your home or desk; or hold one in your hand while studying.
Keep a Rose Quartz crystal in the southwest corner of your bedroom; or wear a Rose Quartz pendant.
For absorption of negative energy…
Put a piece of Black Obsidian in the hallway or place small pieces of Hematite under your doormat.
For financial success…
Place Citrine in the southeast corner of your home. You can also place Citrine on a cash box or till or carry a piece in your wallet or purse.
For heightened intuition and positive career decisions…
Display Clear Quartz in your home office.
For protection against harmful emissions…
Put a piece of fluorite on your computer.
Place a moonstone in the area of your home that you plan to dedicate to your children.
If you would like to learn more about bringing geodes into your home and how to achieve the energy you desire, I recommend starting your journey with my signature Energy Positioning Blueprint. This is an exclusive approach to energy positioning in which I will personally help you create a home environment that will boost your personal health and well-being, and create energy using an energy field from the stones, as well as the chakra systems found within you.
Place your stones deliberately to preserve their appearance and energy.
Amethyst is UV sensitive, as is most stones, and those rays will ruin the crystal. So, it is important to make sure they are not sitting by a window or in another area within your home that receives direct sunlight.
Look for a connection.
Take the time to fill your geode to see if it’s connecting with you and your home. Amethysts are fantastic stones for every single room in your home or business.
What to Look for When Buying a Geode
When you are looking at Geodes, and specifically Amethysts, it is important to consider the following before making a purchase:
1. Do you like the stone?
Everyone is different—some like all-natural stones, some like protective coatings on their geodes, some like calcite and others prefer without. There are also different point sizes and color preferences to choose from. These are all personal preferences. They say that the rock chooses you, you don’t choose the rock. So, consider if the stone is drawing you in. Are you tempted to look at it more than once? When you feel a connection to a specific geode, it is that geode’s way of connecting with you and saying, “Take me home.”
2. The Price Point of the Geode
Geodes can range from $60 to thousands of dollars. I recommend deciding on a budget and then only looking in that area, rather than overwhelming yourself and giving up.
3. The Geode’s Energy
Energy is energy. Decide what type of energy you want to bring into your home and find the type of geode that contains that energy. It doesn’t matter if the rock is light or dark, it has the same energy. So, pick what you like. I have many geodes in my home and most of them are unique in some way. But personally, my favorite is a blue Amethyst because it is not the standard Amethyst. I love the color blue, so it fit me. I do also have the more common purple Amethyst in my home, as well as one with lots of rosettes in it, Uruguayan Amethyst with cleaved Rose Amethyst in the middle. Each piece that I have in my home is unique in some way or has a unique story behind it.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Fake Geode and a Real Geode
“Fake” geodes are, for the most part, far and few between because they aren’t generally worth enough to fake. However, it is common to find real geodes that have been dyed bright colors. Natural geodes are very rarely bright in color—so, if a natural geode is extremely vibrant, it will be pricey. Therefore, if you come across a bright-colored geode at a low price or an unnaturally colored geode, it is likely dyed.
Additionally, the outer surface of real geodes should have a rough surface and be gray or brown in color. The inside of the geode varies but usually features white and gray bands, with crystals in the center.
How to Decide Which Geode Piece to Purchase
The criteria you use to decide on a geode piece will depend on exactly what you are looking for. If you are in the market for an Amethyst geode, which is what I specialize in, you may want one that is larger and dynamic or one with a lot of sparkle and small points.
Uruguayan Amethyst Geodes
If it is the latter, I would direct you to Uruguayan Amethyst geodes because they tend to be small and have more sparkle. They are known for their deep, “Welch’s Grape Jelly” color. However, Uruguay is also known for a variety of different geode colors—from red, to blue, to green and pink, and sometimes even mixed! It is amazing!
Uruguayan Amethyst geodes contain more basalt, which causes them to weigh more than Brazilian geodes. They also tend to be rounder in shape, as opposed to oblong.
Brazilian Amethyst Geodes
As stated above, Brazilian Amethyst geodes are usually oblong in shape and are known for medium to large points. In fact, I have seen points bigger than my fist in both light and dark purple. Also, in Brazil, I have seen the tallest geodes—some of which are over 16 feet!
Characteristics to Look for When Shopping for a Geode
It is easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for a geode, so to help you on your journey, here are five characteristics to consider:
Color of the Crystals
The value of a geode increases with the intensity of its color. This is especially true in the case of Amethyst geodes—the deeper the purple, the more expensive the geode—because those deeper-colored Amethyst geodes possess stronger healing properties.
Look for geodes with thin outer walls and a small base. Geodes are sold by weight, so the more crystal, compared to the outer layer of sedimentary rock, the better.
Formation and Size
As mentioned above, the heavier the geode, the more expensive it will be. Additionally, the size of each crystal point will also determine value. Large points are rarer and took thousands of years longer to form than small points, so the size of each point is also important to note.
The more symmetrical a geode is, the more it is worth. If geodes are bent, round or square, they are generally less valuable, while elongated, cathedral-shaped geodes are more valuable.
It is very common for geodes to have some natural cracks or defects, as well as additional cracks, defects and holes as a result of the mining process. Geodes with minimal cracks, defects and holes, or repairs that are hidden well, are more valuable.
The Best Places to Purchase Your Geodes
Picking the best geodes is my specialty. I travel to Brazil and Uruguay frequently and work with the best miners in each country to choose the best geodes that come out daily. I inspect each rock for thickness, damages, color, shape, and energy to ensure that my clients are receiving nothing but the best.
About Michal Mael:
Michal’s worldly background made her the perfect ambassador for nature’s gems. She was born in Israel to parents of Iraqi, Yemenite, and European origins moved to America at a young age and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. As a pre-teenager, she mastered sales in her mom’s retail store, and by the age of 19, Michal opened “Jewels of the Nile,” a traveling business selling beads, statues, antiques, and crystals.
Through decades of traveling the world to handpick and sell gems, Michal became a leading expert on rocks and minerals. Transforming any environment with Nature’s Art Decor™ is her specialty. Michal believes that each crystal has a specific purpose and place in life, business, and the home. Tranquility and abundance can be achieved through the right placement of Nature’s Art.
From international businessmen and women to Beverly Hills celebrities, and everyone in between, Michal uses her expertise to place the exact crystals needed, giving clients the alignment they desire in both home and work environments. She has developed her own technique and system of Energy Positioning Placement™ and teaches audiences about stones and energy all over the world.
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