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Himalayan SaltMay 15, 2017

Himalayan Salt: A Gift from an Ancient Sea

Pink Himalayan Salt is widely used today in lamps (shown above), as a spice, and cosmetically. It is said to have positive therapeutic properties. Most people know this salt is from the Himalayan region of Asia, but not many people know why so much salt is found in some of the highest mountains on Earth; nor do they realize that the salt is mined in northeast Pakistan at the foothills of these great mountains.

Scientists estimate that the salt deposit was formed 800 million years ago when tectonic shifts caused mountains to trap a shallow inland sea. As the water slowly evaporated the salt and other minerals were left behind in a large deposit that was later buried. The salt deposit was discovered by soldiers of Alexander the Great in 326 BCE when their tired horses started licking rocks in the area. The salt was used by the small communities in this mountain region until the late 1500’s when Emperor Akbar began the standardization of the salt mines and used the mineral as a trading commodity.

In 1827, the Dome and Pillar method of salt mining was introduced by the British. This method leaves 50% of the salt in each room (or Dome) in order to support the mine and mountain, making the mines safer for the workers.

Thousands of tourists visit the salt mines each year. There are six working mines in the region and they stretch all along the 186-mile salt deposit. All the mines still utilize the Dome and Pillar method of mining and the standards put forth by Emperor Akbar in the 1500’s! Because of these techniques, the environmental impact of the mining is negligible.  The salt is left in its natural state, and nothing is added or taken away.  All the work is done by hand in the traditional manner so the salt stays pure.

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village carry a unique selection of Himalayan Salt Lamps as well as many other Himalayan Salt Products for sale. It is believed that the lamps emit negative ions into the air, attracting harmful positive ions; and thus purifying the air. They make wonderful gifts and beautiful additions to any home. Visit Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of gifts and home décor accessories.

Seraphinite – Mineral Monday

Seraphinite Ring Close Up - Photos - Gem of the Month - ShopsThis week’s Mineral Monday from The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is seraphinite! Seraphinite is a deep-green colored variety of chlorite laced with shimmering patterns of silver that move with changing angles of light reflection. These silver patterns are caused by feldspar within the crystals. Seraphinite is found only in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia in Russia. The name seraphinite, comes from the Greek word “seraphim” meaning a type of celestial or heavenly being or angel. The name refers to the feather like patterns within the stone, mirroring those of an angel’s wings. Seraphinite is often referred to as the “angel stone” because of this pattern and it is said to help one communicate with angels.

Seraphinite Full Display - Photos - Gem of the Month - ShopsMetaphysically, seraphinite is believed to assist one in bringing healing to the body. Wearing seraphinite imbues the auric field with the vibrations of wholeness and well-being; and it effects not only the wearer, but also those who behold it. Seraphinite is very evolved and will bring the user along rapidly in his or her own evolution.

Seraphinite easily harmonizes with the vibrations of other high-energy gemstones, such as moldavite, phenacite, scolecite, petalite, tanzanite, danburite, azeztulite, Herkimer “diamonds”, Tibetan tektite and charoite. For healing, seraphinite can be combined with sugilite. For connecting with nature spirits, green apophyllite and Seriphos Green Quartz are ideal allies,

Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of seraphinite stones, beads and jewelry.

Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

Sand Art DisplaysApril 05, 2017

Sand Art Displays

Sand art is a relaxing, almost Zen-like form of “moving art”.  By moving art, we mean that the artwork is always changing, and you will never see the same image twice!

These innovative pieces of art are made with 4-7 different density sands and minerals in each frame. The different densities allow the sand to fall at different speeds creating a unique image each time. Each picture is comprised of crushed minerals (such as quartz), sand and some synthetic materials to create stunning colors. Some even have the ability to fluoresce!

How do these soothing sand art displays work? Good Question! Each picture has air trapped at the top just along the frame. Once the picture is turned over, the sand is now on the top and the air is on the bottom. Due to laws of gravity, the heavier, denser sand is unable to stay at the top with the lighter, less dense air beneath it. This causes air bubbles to float to the top trapping the sand. The sand finds the weak spots in the middle of the air bubbles and starts to fall through causing mountains and valleys as it falls.

You may notices at some point that the sand is not falling as fast or as slow as you would like. This is all adjustable! Each sand art comes with its own syringe that you can use to add or subtract air depending on how you would like them to flow. The more air you add, the more air bubbles there will be and the sand will fall slower. The more air you remove, the less air bubbles there will be obstructing the sand, and the sand will fall faster.

Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut today to purchase your own unique sand art display. Then, flip it over, sit back and enjoy the relaxing effects!

Moldavite

This week’s Mineral Monday from The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is moldavite – a dark forest-green variety of a tektite. Tektites are a group of natural glasses that are formed from the interplanetary collision between a meteorite and Earth. Moldavite is only found in the Czech Republic along the Moldau River where a large meteorite crash landed about 14.8 million years ago leaving a very large debris field. The sharp glass-like edges of moldavite have been made into arrowheads and cutting tools dating as far back as the stone age and was even used as an amulet of good fortune and fertility in many ancient cultures.

moldavite-earringsMetaphysically, moldavite is believed to counteract cynicism and connect one with the universe. Due to its high vibrational field, some wearers of moldavite jewelry experience light headedness or lack of grounding and can only wear the jewelry for a short amount of time. Many people will also use moldavite while meditating as it is said to increase ones sensitivity to guidance and increase the ability to understand messages sent from other realms.

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village have an incredible selection of moldavite jewelry, rough moldavite specimens, moldavite incense, oils and more for sale. To see our full selection, and many more fossils and minerals, visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.

Check back next week for a new Mineral Monday!

Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

Selenite – Mineral MondayNovember 21, 2016

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Selenite – Mineral Monday

selenite-2aToday’s Mineral Monday from The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is selenite! Selenite, a variety of gypsum, is an extremely common mineral which forms by evaporation of saturated water solution creating long and thin or flat blade-like crystals. It is a very soft mineral often found in volcanic hot springs or mud. The most famous location for selenite is the “Cave of the Crystals” in Mexico, containing senile crystals over 5 feet long! Trace elements within gypsum cause color variations; but selenite frequently forms clear crystals. Sometimes sand causes grainy inclusions within selenite, known as sand selenite. Selenite crystal formations may produce radiating flower shapes or ‘roses’, referred to as “desert rose” (image on left of page), or clear diamond shapes or twin crystals forming together but at slightly different angles. Selenite has many uses including making plaster, fertilizer, alabaster and even some explosives!

desert-rose-selenite-11848Metaphysically, selenite is said to provide clarity of mind, aid judgment, and expand awareness. It has been used to treat disorders and deformities of bones as well as epilepsy. Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of selenite specimens and mineral displays!

Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

Mosasaur – Fossil FridayNovember 18, 2016

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Mosasaur Jaw 3 - Fossil Friday - ShopsToday’s Fossil Friday looks at the jaw of a fierce aquatic predator; the mosasaur! The name mosasaur is from the Latin word “Mosa”, meaning “Meuse River” in the Netherlands where the creature’s first remains were discovered around 1780. “Saur” or “Saurus” is Greek for the word “lizard”, giving mosasaur the title “Lizard of the Meuse River”. With a name ending in “saur”, many mistakenly consider mosasaur to be a dinosaur; but instead, this beast was a sea-dwelling reptile. Mosasaurs lived during the late Cretaceous Period, 96-66 million years ago. Mosasaur fossils have been found all over the world in regions once covered by large lakes, seas and even oceans.

mosasaur-jaw-aSpanning between 10 and 45 feet long, mosasaurs had double-hinged jaws and flexible skulls, which enabled them to devour their prey whole. What was this prey? Mosasaurs ate nearly everything in their marine habitats including seabirds, ammonites, fish and even marine dinosaurs and reptiles. It’s believed that the bite of a mosasaur had at least as much force as that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Interestingly, mosasaurs, unlike modern reptiles, reproduced through live birth instead of laying eggs. This was revealed due to a recent discovery of two baby mosasaur skeletons within the belly region of another. Mosasaurs went extinct during the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a large selection of mosasaur teeth and jaw bone fossils; to view our full selection stop into Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville.

Check back next week for another Fossil Friday.

 

Carnelian – Mineral MondayNovember 14, 2016

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Carnelian – Mineral Monday

carnelian-bracelet-necklace-aThis week’s Mineral Monday from The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is carnelian, a reddish-brown to orange color variant of chalcedony. Carnelian is found in Africa, Brazil, India & Uruguay and is a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs’ hardness scale, making it a relatively hard stone. Carnelian’s name is from the Latin word meaning flesh, a reference to its fleshy color. Ancient Egyptians, who used carnelian often in jewelry and art, referred to carnelian as “a sunset within a stone”. The amazing colors of carnelian, from beige to vibrant oranges, reds and even yellow, hold this description to be impressively accurate.

carnelian-beads-aMetaphysically, carnelian is said to bring happiness and hope to those who encounter it. Due to its fiery reds and oranges, some believe carnelian can help improve passion and love between two individuals. It is also said to reduce depression and feelings of loneliness, as well as, protect against envy, fear and rage. Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of carnelian beads, jewelry, minerals samples and giftware!

Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

Emerald – Mineral MondayNovember 07, 2016

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Emerald

Today’s Mineral Monday in The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is the birthstone of May; its emerald! Emerald is the deep green variety of the mineral beryl; the same mineral that when sea-green is the ever-popular aquamarine. It is actually chromium impurities within the beryl that create the deep green color of emeralds. Therefore, it is not surprising that the name emerald comes from the Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone”.

Emerald is one of the hardest gemstones with a Mohs’ Hardness Scale rating of nearly 8; diamond, the hardest natural mineral, is a 10. Emeralds have always been very rare and valuable. In fact, only a third of all emeralds mined are gemstone quality and able to be used in jewelry. Nearly all have some inclusion or minor flaw. As a result, “perfect” emeralds have been made synthetically by man since before 1850. Today, emerald is the state gemstone of North Carolina where many deposits have been found.

The history of emeralds date back to the Ancient Egyptians, where it is said to be the favorite stone of Cleopatra. The Romans believed emeralds could improve poor eyesight and Emperor Nero is said to have worn glasses made of the stone. Emeralds were also cherished in the Western Hemisphere by the Incas & Aztecs. The Aztecs believed emeralds aided in judgement and presented Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortez a cherished stone called the “Stone of Judgement” in the 16th century.

Metaphysically, emeralds are said to provide domestic bliss, enhance memory, incite activity, eliminate negativity and bring beneficial results to legal matters. Emeralds have also been said to assist with love, sensitivity and loyalty.

Emerald 1The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut have a variety of emeralds including natural, polished and synthesized emeralds and emerald jewelry! Visit Nature’s Art Village to see our full selection of minerals and gemstone jewelry.

Check back next week for another Mineral Monday and Click Here to see previous Mineral Monday posts!

Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

Kyanite – Mineral MondayOctober 31, 2016

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Kyanite

rough-kyanite-display-aThis week’s Mineral Monday is kyanite, a beautiful blue stone, which is also the November 2016 Gem of the Month! As the Gem of the Month, kyanite will be on sale throughout November in all six shops at Nature’s Art Village. For more information on our Gem of the Month promotion please click here!

Kyanite is a beautiful aluminum silicate found in a wide array of colors including blue, green, orange, white, black and indigo. It is found almost exclusively in metamorphic rocks.  Kyanite has blade-like crystals from a triclinic crystal system that can be dark and gem quality or more feather-like. These bladed crystals may grow up to a foot long! Sometimes it forms clear crystals, but these are rare – more often it is blue or black in color. Kyanite is also known as cyanite, disthene, and rhaeticite. It’s used in high temperature porcelain products such as spark plugs, electrical insulators, and acid resistant products. Kyanite is found around the world including in the United States, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Myanmar, Kenya and Mexico.

kyanite-rings-aMetaphysically, the energy of kyanite is said to be unlimited in application, making it one of the very best attunement stones. It helps in recollecting and interpreting dreams. Kyanite also facilitates meditation with a calming effect. The energy of kyanite is said to be accessible, gentle and balanced.

Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of kyanite jewelry, rough and polished minerals, beads and more.

Check back next week for a new Mineral Monday!

green-kyanite-beads-aMetaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

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Geology Toys & Science Kits

This Thursday, October 27th through Sunday, October 30th is the 7th Annual Nature’s Art Village Toy Sale and for today’s Mineral Monday we are looking at the best toys at Nature’s Art Village to inspire your young geologist! Every toy in The Ageless Toy Shop inside The Shops at Nature’s Art Village will be on sale between 15% and 50% off during the toy sale including the selection of rocks & geology toys displayed below. Click Here for more information on the 7th Annual Nature’s Art Village Toy Sale.

geocentral-excavation-kitExcavation Kits

Get hands-on with Nature’s Art Village’s selection of excavation dig kits! Perfect for boys and girls alike, these engaging science kits allow you to uncover genuine specimens from meteors and rocks to fossils and more. Learn about each unique piece you uncover on your archaeological adventure and add your finds to your personal collection. Each kit comes with all the supplies you’ll need and are the perfect gifts for birthdays, holidays or any special occasion. Nature’s Art Village has Excavation Kits from GeoCentral and Discover with Dr. Cool for sale in the Ageless Toy Shop.

earth-science-kit-rocksScience Experiment Sets

crystal-growing-kitsThe Ageless Toy Shop inside the Shops at Nature’s Art Village’s has an enormous collection of science experiment sets that are the perfect mix of learning and fun! Grow your very own crystals from scratch with our crystal growing kits or create an erupting volcano that bursts with lava. Learn about a large variety of rocks and how they formed with an earth science kit and begin your collection with the samples rocks included. With dozens of unique science kits made be GeoCentral, Kristal Educational, Toy Smith & Green Science, The Ageless Toy Shop at Nature’s Art Village is your destination for science fun!

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From The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth to beginner rocks & mineral guides, The Shops at Nature’s Art Village have a large selection of books to inspire your little rock enthusiast. Picture story books with fun illustrations like Volcano Wakes Up! and The Magic School Bus allow you to take an entertaining adventure while learning about how the earth was made. Have a more advanced geologist in your family? Nature’s Art Village offers a selection of educational books and guides from National Geographic, GeoCentral and more. Turn their new hobby of rock collecting into a life-long passion with rocks and mineral guides for all ages and reading levels. All books within the Ageless Toy Shop at Nature’s Art Village will be included in the Toy Sale.

For more information on the 7th Annual Nature’s Art Village Toy Sale call 860.443.4367 or visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.

Check back next week for a new Mineral Monday!