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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.

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Fire Opal

fire-opal-mineral-monday-shopsFire opal is this week’s Mineral Monday! A type of opal, fire opal derives its name from its fiery red/orange color; although it is not uncommon to fine it in brown or white. Unlike most other types of opal, fire opal can be clear and clean, almost transparent in some cases. The largest deposits of fire opal are found in Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula – a peninsula which separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. However, fire opal has also been found in other countries such as Russia, Honduras and the United States. Recently, some of the largest fire opals ever discovered have been mined in Brazil. Brazilian fire opals are becoming well-known for their beautifully unique orange colors.

Metaphysically, fire opals are said to invoke passion and bestow courage on their wearer, as well as provide an overall sense of peace.

For more information on other varieties of opal, please Click Here and read our previous Mineral Monday post on opal!

fire-opal-rough-aThe Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a unique collection of fire opal jewelry in the Artistic Jewelry Shop and fire opal mineral specimens in the A to Z Mineral Shop. 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.

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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.

Larimar – Mineral MondayOctober 10, 2016

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Larimar

larimar2This week’s Mineral Monday brings us to the blue waters of the Caribbean, it’s larimar! Larimar is a stunning blue mineral that is reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea, fitting since it is only found in the Dominican Republic. While it was originally discovered in 1916, it was forgotten about until it was rediscovered by two men in 1974. The men, a Peace Corps volunteer and a local man, named the gemstone after the combination of the local man’s daughter Larissa and the Spanish word for sea, “mar”.

Larimar was formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity, and its beautiful color lends itself for use in jewelry.  It is also used as an ornamental stone and sought after by mineral collectors.

Metaphysically, larimar is a healing stone and is known for cooling tempers and calming the wearers fears and anxieties.

larimar-bracelet-2The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a beautiful selection of larimar jewelry in the Artistic Jewelry Shop and polished larimar specimens in the A to Z Mineral Shop. 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.

Fulgurite – Mineral MondaySeptember 26, 2016

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Fulgurite

This week’s Mineral Monday examines a fascinating mineral created by lightening; it’s fulgurite! Fulgurites are the result of lightening striking silica-rich materials most often found in sand. The word fulgurite comes from the Latin word fulgur which means “lightening”.  When the lightening hits the sand it is so hot that it instantly melts the sand particles and fuses them together. the lightening creates tubes of fulgurite which can be meters long; they tend to have a rough exterior with a smooth shiny interior.  Fulgurites come in a range of colors including grey, black, brown, tan, white, and can even be green or blue.

fulgurite-2-sArchaeologists working on a site on the coast of Scotland found a fossilized fulgurite that they determined to have formed 250 million years ago! In 1997, artist Allan McCollum, with the assistance of Dr. Martin Uman – a lightning expert who managed the lightning research station in Starke, Florida – triggered a lightening strike to create a unique piece of fulgurite. The fulgurite they produced was 7 3/4″ long. Years before, Dr. Uman had excavated what is now recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest piece of fulgurite ever found, stretching over 17 feet long1!

Metaphysically, it is believed that fulgurites assist with communication. Both communication between people and with spiritual or heavenly entities.

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a unique selection of natural fulgurite for sale in the A to Z Mineral Shop. 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.

1http://publish-www-ufl.wcm.osg.ufl.edu/news—archive/archive/1997/05/experts-from-uf-dig-up-worlds-longest-solidified-lightning-bolt.html

Mesohippus – Fossil FridaySeptember 23, 2016

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Mesohippus Fossil

mesohippus-sToday’s Fossil Friday is Mesohippus, which means “middle horse”. These now extinct creatures are the link between the eohippus type horses and the modern horses that we know today. Mesohippus lived between 37 and 32 million years ago in the woodlands of what is now North America. Their fossils are most commonly found in the badlands of South Dakota and other areas of the Midwest. They were only 6 hands tall (about 2 feet), which is significantly smaller than modern day horses. Mesohippus had three toes on its front feet while their predecessors had four; this was the beginning of the modern hoof we see on horses today. They also had a significantly larger brain than their predecessors, closer to the size of a modern horse’s brain.  The mesohippus did not feed on grass like modern day horses, but on twigs and fruit which can be inferred from the size and shape of their teeth.

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has two impressive mesohippus fossils, a foot and lower leg bone as well as an intact skull. To see these fossils and many more in the Ancient Fossil Shop, visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.

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Sapphire – Mineral MondaySeptember 19, 2016

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Sapphire

sapphire-roughThis week’s Mineral Monday from The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is Sapphire, the birthstone for September! Sapphire is corundum (aluminum oxide), the 2nd hardest mineral on earth, with a 9 out of 10 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. Because of sapphire’s hardness, it is often used for industrial purposes – Apple Watches feature lab-created sapphire glass in their screens to prevent scratches and damage. Sapphire can come in a variety of colors as all corundum is considered a type of sapphire; expect red corundum which is ruby. Some examples include pink, yellow, green, and white; though blue is the most common color of sapphire. The rarest sapphire color is padparadscha, a pinkish-orange color gem. Sapphires are mined in Kashmir (India), Sri Lanka, Australia and Montana. Sapphire is also one of the first gems to be grown in a lab.

sapphire-necklacesSapphire has been treasured for centuries and worn as polished jewelry dating back to the Ancient Romans. At this time, it was believed that sapphire could protect its wearer from evil. During the Middle Ages sapphire was said to preserve chastity and cure eye diseases. Deep blue sapphires were often associated with royalty and worn by medieval kings to protect them from their enemies. In 1796, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave his fiancé, Josephine, a sapphire engagement ring that recently sold at auction for close to one million dollars! The Shops at Nature’s Art Village have a unique collection of sapphire jewelry, sapphire beads and rough and polished sapphire minerals. Visit The Shops on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of gemstone jewelry, beads and minerals.

Check back next week for another 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.

Xiphactinus – Fossil FridaySeptember 16, 2016

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Xiphactinus Fossil

Today’s Fossil Friday is the Xiphactinus Audax better known as the “bulldog fish”. The name “Xiphactinus” means sword-fish in Latin and Greek and is pronounced (Zy-fac-tin-us).  Xiphactinus was a massive bony fish that lived during the Late Cretaceous period (100-66 million years xiphactinus-sago). They are considered to be one of the most vicious creatures to have lived in the sea, you can imagine why! They could grow up to 15 feet long and had three inch teeth and weighed up to half a ton. Xiphactinus resembled a very large modern day Tarpon with very large fangs, however there is no relation. The first Xiphactinus fossil was found in Kansas in 1850. In 2010, a Xiphactinus fossil was found with a Mosasaur flipper between its jaws; numerous other fossils have been found with undigested and partially digested prey in their stomachs. They lived in the Western Interior Seaway which covered the center of the North America. Fossils of this fish have been found in Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia.

Xiphactinus is one of the many fossils on display in the Ancient Fossil Shop inside The Shops at Nature’s Art Village. Visit Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see this fossil and hundreds more!

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Agate – Mineral MondaySeptember 12, 2016

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Agate – Mineral Monday

agate-displayToday’s Mineral Monday from The Shops at Nature’s Art Village is the mystical birthstone for September, as well as the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Gemini; it’s agate! The mineral agate is often called “the Earth Rainbow” because it’s found in almost every color the Earth can produce. It is named for the Achate River in Sicily, Italy, where it was first found thousands of years ago. Composed of silica, agate belongs to the chalcedony family of quartz. It is often volcanic in origin and is usually banded, but will sometimes be branch like in appearance due to the inclusion of other minerals. It is generally believed that the formation of agate is due to the quick cooling and hardening of the liquid silica. If the silica hardens over a long period of time, quartz crystals will form instead. This phenomenon explains why quartz crystals can be found inside agate. It is one of the first minerals known to man due to its hardness and bright color and has been worn for adornment since as far back as the Stone Age.

dsc06707Metaphysically, agate is said to have curative properties and be effective against allergies, insomnia, skin disease, as well as stress. Along with its curative properties, agate is said to promote composure, inner composure, and maturity for the wearer. It is also said to help alleviate postpartum depression experienced after childbirth. In addition, it is said to help in easing the pain of childbirth and ensuring a good birth. Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of agate samples, displays, beads, jewelry 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.

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Opalized Ammonite Fossils

Fossil Friday Opalized Ammonite 3Today’s Fossil Friday are opalized ammonite fossils! The mollusks known as ammonites lived over 350 million years ago and are now extinct. They had hard shells made of a chalky material called aragonite, with a colorful outer layer of mother-of-pearl, both of which were frequently dissolved or replaced by other minerals during fossilization. In some instances, the mineral (or mineraloid) used during fossilization was opal. Opal is a hydrous silicon dioxide mineraloid with the unique ability of diffracting light into a wide spectrum of colors. This results in beautiful opalized ammonite fossils.

Today, we use these incredible, natural fossils to make beautiful jewelry and displays. Opal is said to have the metaphysical properties of soothing poor sleep habits, centering the mind and helping children overcome mental afflictions. The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut have a large selection opalized ammonites, as well as, opal jewelry and other related jewelry, fossils and minerals.

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Malachite

malachite 2 - Mineral MondaysToday’s Mineral Monday is malachite! Once used by the Ancient Egyptians as an early form of eye-shadow, malachite is a vibrant green mineral composed of copper ore and occurs naturally in the oxidized portions of ore mines. Malachite consists of light and dark green colors and sometimes exhibits small crystals on the surface. Few minerals are as vivid and unique in their color pattern as malachite.

The name malachite comes from the Greek word “moloche” meaning mallow. It was given this name in reference to the unique lobed patterns often observed on malachite resembling a mallow plant. This beautiful ornamental mineral is found in Arizona, Mexico, France, Russia, Africa and Australia and is commonly used in tabletops and vases.

rough malachite - mineral mondaysAs mentioned earlier, the Ancient Egyptians would grind malachite into a powder and use it as eye-shadow. The Ancient Egyptians also believe malachite could stimulate clear vision and insight. They had their children wear it as a talisman to protect them from bad dreams and provide a sense of emotional security.

Metaphysically, malachite represents fidelity in love and friendship, loyalty among partnerships, and practicality and responsibility in business. Malachite has also been used as a protective stone by those involved in aviation.

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a wide variety of malachite in both raw and polished form. To learn more about this mineral and hundreds more visit Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.

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.

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