Smoky Girasol Quartz Palmstone
Measures Approximately: 2 1/4" x 1 7/8" x 1 1/8"
Weighs Approximately: 4 oz
Smoky Girasol is a two for one kind of stone that Madagascar seems to do quite well. Thanks Madagascar!
The name “girasol” is given to stones that display a misty opalescence or a floating glow similar to moonstone’s adularescence. The name comes from a Venetian glass called girasole (Italian, “turn to the sun”) invented to replicate opals, colored blue and gold by the Rayleigh scattering of light like opalite. Just as there are star rubies, garnets, and diopsides, the girasol effect may be found in opals, sapphires, and this white variety of Madagascan rose quartz. Girasol quartz comes from the same mines as rose quartz and may also display asterism. According to current theories rose quartz is colored pink by a previously unknown mineral called “dididumortierite”. The cause of the white color in girasol quartz is debated. Since “dididumortierite” can lose its pink color when heated, it may be caused by exposure to underground magmatic activity.
Metaphysically, Girasol is a "Sacred Union" and polarity balance crystal. It's name means "turn to the sun", but it is also called "moon quartz", so it is associated with both solar and lunar energies. When it is in shadow, it looks like a glowing white color and when it is lifted to the light, it has a slight golden glow. I'm still amazed that it's not more popular in the healing community as we are all on the path of integrating masculine and feminine energies and qualities for wholeness. Plus, the balance needed between the masculine and feminine, in general... dude, it's an epic readjustment that we need super hard.
Smoky quartz is a brown to black variety of quartz. According to current theories exposure to natural underground radiation causes trace amounts of trivalent aluminum (Al3+) to replace some of its silicon. This change in its crystal structure creates its color. The name has changed slightly over time. Many historical sources called it “smoked quartz” instead, after its resemblance to smoke cured foods. Since natural irradiated color develops slowly below certain temperatures, smoky quartz tends to be found in specific environments like higher elevations where it had time to slowly darken.
Metaphysically, smoky quartz is one of the best protection, shielding, grounding, and stabilizing stones. It also makes an excellent meditation stone when paired with an expansive mate like selenite, moldavite, scolecite, amethyst, or whatever vibes high with you. It basically makes sure that the expansive energies have a place to connect and dig into the physical level, which speaks mostly to being able to integrate the energies and experiences you can reach with the high light stone. You can't turn on a light if the electricity isn't grounded, right? Same thing.