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"Amethyst" Orb

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Amethyst and rose quartz are combined in this orb which features an air plant (tillandsia): enchanted capitata. Decorative moss, dried baby's breath, eucalyptus, and a lotus seed pod 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. 

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz which gains its violet color from irradiation and trace amounts of iron and other metals. This crystal gained its name from the Greek word amethystos which translates to "not intoxicated". Amethyst was also used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians.

This purple stone is said to help one maintain mental clarity and physical energy. Amethyst is also thought to relieve stress and anxiety.

Zodiacs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Birthstone: February

Rose quartz usually forms in hydrothermal veins or in the cores of granite pegmatites and has a hazy to translucent appearance. Its color ranges from a light pale pink to a deep hot pink, due to trace amounts of dumortierite, titanium, iron, and/or manganese. Rose quartz was thought to beautify the complexion by the ancient Egyptians and Romans and is one of the major carving stones of China.

Called the Heart Stone, Rose Quartz may have been used as a love token as early as 600 B.C. and is still an important talisman of relationships. It is considered to be quite effective in attracting new love, romance and intimacy, or in developing a closer bond with family or friends. It is also thought to promote the release of tension and stress, and the dissolution of anger and resentment.

Zodiacs: Taurus, Libra 

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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