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Natural Treasures

"Beach" Orb

Turquoise is combined with fluorite in this orb which features an air plant (tillandsia): pruinosa. Crushed glass and shells form a sparkly sand and two decorative shells add textural interest. 

Size: Approx. 3" x 3" x 4" (WxLxH)

 

Add an orb stand for $7.50, also available in our shop.

Please see crystal descriptions and air plant care below.

Turquoise usually occurs in regions where water percolates through porous rock, dissolving copper, aluminum, and iron. These minerals accumulate in pores and cracks to form turquoise deposits. It has been prized by cultures all over the world for over 5,000 years: Ancient Egyptians mined and worked turquoise into jewelry and ceremonial objects as early as 3200 B.C.E.

Turquoise is thought to bring peace and relieve stress. It is also said to assist in communication.

Birthstone: December

Zodiacs: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces

Fluorite typically forms in igneous rocks through hydrothermal activity. The phenomenon of “fluorescence” was discovered by George Gabriel Stokes in 1852 when he noticed that fluorite produced a blue glow when illuminated with UV light.

Fluorite is said to aid in decision making and to provide clarity.

Zodiacs: Libra, Capricorn, Pisces

Plant care: the air plant should be removed for watering. It is best to water air plants in the morning. Depending on humidity and the amount of sun it receives, air plants should generally be given a bath/soak once a week for 30 minutes. To do this, submerge your air plant in a container of water. It is preferable to use rain water or melted snow (wait until the melted snow has reached room temperature). Tap water can also be used if left to sit uncovered for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Do not use softened or distilled water. Following the bath, shake the excess water from the air plant and place it upside down to dry for at least 4 hours before replacing it. Air plants with "bulbs" (medusae, pruinosa, xerographica) do not like to have their bulbs soaked or filled with water as they will rot. Do not soak the bulbs; instead, swish the plant except for the bulb in the water twice a week and allow to dry before replacing, following all other general care instructions. Do not water or spray the decorative moss.

 

Air plants generally prefer bright but indirect/filtered light. Too much exposure to light will dry out the plant. 

It is normal for leaves to die periodically on your air plant and they can be removed carefully. If your air plant seems a bit crusty or dry, it may be receiving too much sun and/or not enough water. Most air plants produce new leaves from the centre as they grow. If the tips of some of the leaves on the air plant have gone brown, you can trim them with sterilized scissors. Cutting on the diagonal gives a more natural appearance. The brown tips are an indication that your plant needs more water and/or less sun.

Disclaimer: contains small parts which may pose a choking hazard. No parts are safe for consumption. Clear quartz and other clear crystals must not be placed in direct sunlight as it may refract the light and cause damage, including fire. Metaphysical crystal description is provided for information only; crystal healing is not to be considered as a substitute for conventional medicine

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