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Zanzibar sells an ever-changing selection of unique rock, mineral and fossil specimens.

     

     

   

Tumbled Stones

Zanzibar sells over 200 types of high quality, rough and tumbled stones, with the below stones generally in stock, as well as others that may not be listed here.  Availability and in stock of any given stone changes often. 

We offer these metaphysical uses merely as a suggestion and guideline.  Each practitioner has the ability to use the stone for his/her own purposes.  Note that there is not a specific defined purpose for each stone and that different references may quote very different uses for particular stones.  While generally accepted, these suggestions cannot be considered sound medical advice.

 

THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AS OF JANUARY 2016

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUMBLED AGATE

Agate is a healing stone for the body, mind and spirit. Is said to help bring love to a person.  Agate is essentially micro crystalline quartz.  Some other stones that are similar are carnelian and jasper.  Usually agates are semi-translucent, while jaspers are opaque. 

Agate is said to increase concentration, honesty and memory and is a good stone for students. Agate also protects a person from psychic attacks, thereby preventing negative energy from harming you. Agates are great for achieving stability and balance in many aspects of one's life. They work great with other stones to increase their healings.

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMAZONITE

Enables the discovery of one’s own truths

This stone allows one to move beyond fear of judgment from others to live in alignment with one’s own truths. It provided the freedom to express one’s thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is helpful in clearing energy blockages and balancing Yin and Yang energies. Amazonite also sooths aggravation and emotional trauma, eases irritation and calms all the chakras. It is great for non-verbal expression and a good energy filer, blocking negativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMETHYST

Believed by ancient cultures to prevent overindulgence and intoxication.

A purple variety of quartz crystal, it provides protection, spiritual attunement, grounding and is a powerful energizer. It also enhances psychic abilities, reduces mental tension and encourages the transformation and breaking of bad habits. A stone of spirituality and ontentment...that facilitates transmutation of lower energies into the higher frequencies of both the spiritual and ethereal levels.  Available in both tumbled and crystal shard forms.

Amethyst is found in large geodes buried on the steep sides of volcanoes where they often formed from casts of trees. When a potential geode is found, the miner (often with burro in tow) will spend hours or days using a hand held drill to drill a small hole in the side of the often very large geode. Once the hole is complete, a candle on a string is lowered into the geode.

For more history on how amethyst forms, click here:  amethyst

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMETRINE

A RARE MIX OF AMETHYST AND CITRINE
A very powerful stone, ametrine is a rare and unusual stone which occurs in quartz when amethyst and citrine reside in the same crystal. Because the color zoning effect is natural, no two ametrines will ever be exactly alike.

Ametrine is very helpful in getting rid of depression. This leads to inner peace and tranquility. Many believe that it contains the powers of amethyst and citrine in one stone, making it a very powerful money stone as well as an excellent via to higher psychic awareness and spiritual enlightenment. Healing, cleansing & power.

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELITE

It is a very soothing, peaceful, and uplifting stone quite helpful during times of transition. It has a calming and soothing vibration that may help to relieve tension, anger and stress. One of its strong attributes is that it will help you to make contact with the angelic realm and will aid you with finding your spirit guide. Psychologically, Angelite helps you to speak your truth. It promotes communication and self-expression. Dispels fear, anger and anxiety, converting them into faith and tranquility. Angelite encourages forgiveness. It alleviates psychological pain and counteracts cruelty.

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARAGONITE TUMBLED

Used to boost self-confidence and self worth, to relieve stress and diminish anger.  Tumbled stones from Peru.

Like planting roots, this stone prepares one for growth and change. It assists with manifestation into the physical plane. Aragonite is good for focus and concentration and prepares one for meditation.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARAGONITE CRYSTALS

Used to boost self-confidence and self worth, to relieve stress and diminish anger.  This crystal form is called "Sputnik Aragonite Crystals" due to its resemblance to the first satellite.  It is found in Morocco.

Like planting roots, this stone prepares one for growth and change. It assists with manifestation into the physical plane. Aragonite is good for focus and concentration and prepares one for meditation.  Considered to be potent aids to assist the healing and balancing of the emotional body, and help you to overcome stress and anxiety. Because of their structure, they send light out in a variety of different directions, to create an outcome of heightened light and energy in their surroundings. They may relieve anger and resentment, and they are known to help you if you are easily stressed, have anxiety stress or other negative emotional feelings.

 

 

 

   

BRECCIATED JASPER

A stone of strength and vitality, a nurturing stone that supports one during stressful times.

It can be used to bring mental clarity and focus to a previously scattered event, experience or life in general. It removes negativity from any space, returning it to its original source.  Also used for overcoming sexual guilt or shame, it can calm sexual aggressiveness as well as aiding in sexual compatibility. Brecciated Jasper also promotes dream recall.

A detoxifying stone, it promotes health and healing/recovery from illness. A wonderful grounding stone which can assist those who feel overwhelmed when it comes to organizing.  Helps in developing creativity.
 

 

 

   

CARNELIAN

Used to manifest motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.

Carnelian Is full of Life, passion, and force. It allow living to the fullest and the bearer to speak boldly in this world or the others. It breaks up negativity in the bearer of this stone and helps the facilitator to move those who are addicted into more positive behaviors. Like the goddess Pele, carnelian is the fire of life and the passion for it. It helps one take control, lead, help others and overcome.

 

 

 

   

HEMATITE

Absorbs negative energy, calming in times of stress or worry. Highly protective.

Many forms all have the ability to absorb and radiate laser light equally, which is only one of it's physical miracles. Emotionally, it gives what it gets...sends love. Mentally excellent for adding to someone's ability to focus and helps those who are easily distracted without diminishing their sparkle. Also helps us to join our disassociated parts of ourselves and helps our gifts to rise and sparkle.

 

 

 

   

LABRADORITE

Heightens intuition, dispels illusions, protective against negative energy.

Labradorite is a form of Feldspar. This stone mirrors the deep wisdom of the unconscious. It represents the layers of dimensional and earth energy. An excellent tool for shapeshifting and shamanic journeying through time and other worlds. It represents the Raven of American Indian medicine acting as a messenger from other realms. Brings magic and miracles. Attunement to one's destiny.

 

 

 

   

LEPIDOLITE 

This gorgeous and sparkly purple stone is collected here in California. 

Lepidolite is Calming, helps in Balancing of Emotions and Healing of One's Heart, Allowing Love In after a breakup or heartbreak This stone has many applications for calmness, emotional balance and heart healing.

Lepidolite is the mineral used to derive Lithium, a salt user for emotional balance and well-being. This stone allows one to forgive old heart wounds and allows your heart to fill once again with new love. 

 

 

 

   

MOOKAITE

These stones have been in use by the Australian Aboriginal people as a healing stone since before explorers arrived in Australia. Mookaite is a powerful healing stone that helps provide stability to one’s perspective of life, helping make the right decisions based on objective knowledge. It is also said to help with matters of understanding aging and helping one to stay young.

It connects one to the energies of the earth, allowing for a deeper connection to the eternal instinct of the spirit in human form. Mookaite is a wonderful stone to use in a supportive role when working with animals. It is a rainmaker stone, which can aid dehydrated and dry climates by bringing in moisture.It also assists in the growth of gardens by providing maximum growth for plants.

 

 

 

 

   

MOONSTONE

Known as the traveler stone, for the protection it affords. Good for lovers.

Moonstone reintegrates the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical bodies and holds them all together by reinforcing the aura. It creates a shield against negativity. Moonstone embodies the female energy, intuitions, and lunar influences. Moonstone is very helpful in balancing your physical being with the ebb and flow of the physical universe. Very helpful for anyone with allergies.

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Halite Crystals  & HIMALAYAN ROCK SALT

Pink Halite crystals from the Mohave desert in Southern California. $3 & up.  Halite is essentially rock salt. It is collected from Searles Lake near the mining town of Trona in San Bernardino County in the middle of the Mohave desert.
During years with rain, this flat salt flat basin fills with a shallow layer of water. Salts and minerals seep out from the ground and form briny pools. Salt loving bacteria feed on microscopic organisms and algae and in late summer turn bright red. This is where the pink halite gets its color.
Collecting these specimens is a tremendous amount of work! You have to walk far out to the middle of this lake in scummy salty water, being carful not to get cut by the sharp crystals. Salt collects on you and all your tools and it is very hot - often over 110 degrees!  You must find salt that has formed an overhang and these crystals if the conditions are just right, form on the underside of these overhangs. Few specimens have unique crystals such as those depicted here.
Breaking up the surface crystals to get at the delicate crystals below isn't easy - often requiring picks as well as crowbars. The crystals then must dry in the sun before they can be carefully packed as they are more fragile than other crystals .
At the moment all of our Halite is collected by the eleven year old son of one of our friends and mineral suppliers. He's an industrious kid and he gets to collect all the specimens, set their prices and keep the money.
Many people associate pink halite similar to Himalayan rock crystal.  Also known as Rock Salt, Halite comes from the Greek words halos, meaning “salt, sea” and lithos meaning “rock”.
Many of us know common table salt to be beneficial (in moderation, of course), but Halite is a wonderful healer in other ways as well.  A mineral of purification, Halite can cleanse the aura, deflect negativity and balance the emotions (especially helpful for those who suffer from mood swings).
Because of its purification properties, Halite is one of the most valuable minerals to use when cleansing your crystals. Adding a halite specimen will help keep your crystals cleansed.
Note: Because it will dissolve, never cleanse Halite in water.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PYRITE

A powerful protective stone, Pyrite shields the user from negative energy of all kinds.
Helps those who are having will power, anxiety and/or commitment challenges. Helps one to overcome shyness and absorbs negative energy. Pyrite blocks energy leaks and mends auric tears. Is said to protect you from both environmental pollution and physical danger. Pyrite also promotes good physical health and emotional well-being.

The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, also known as fool's gold, is an iron sulfide with the chemical formula FeS2.


This mineral's metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool's gold.


Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek πυρίτης (pyritēs), "of fire" or "in fire", in turn from πύρ (pyr), "fire".
In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel; Pliny the Elder described one of them as being brassy, almost certainly a reference to what we now call pyrite.

By Georgius Agricola's time, ca. 1550, the term had become a generic term for all of the sulfide minerals.

Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock, as well as in coal beds and as a replacement mineral in fossils. Despite being nicknamed fool's gold, pyrite is sometimes found in association with small quantities of gold.


Gold and arsenic occur as a coupled substitution in the pyrite structure. In the Carlin–type gold deposits, arsenian pyrite contains up to 0.37 wt% gold.
Pyrite usually forms cuboid crystals, sometimes forming in close association to form raspberry-like framboids. However, under certain circumstances, it can form anastamozing filaments or T-shaped crystals. Pyrite can also form dodecahedral crystals and this suggests an explanation for the artificial geometrical models found in Europe as early as the 5th century BC.
 

 

 

   

RUBY IN FUCHSITE

Ruby in Fuchsite tumbled specimen stones

This is actually ruby (did you know ruby is sapphire - yes! If a sapphire is red, pink or purple it's called a ruby) in a matrix of Fuchsite. They have not been color enhanced, dyed, heat treated or irradiated. Plain and simple this is the best color ruby in fuchsite I've seen.

On a metaphysical arena, ruby in fuchsite is said to allow for emotional healing, and allows for openness and honest communication.

 

 

 

   

TEKTITES

Tektites from Thailand. These are IndoChina tektites from Thailand and are approximately 700,000 years old! 

Tektites (from Greek τηκτός "tēktos", molten) are gravel-size bodies composed of black, green, brown or gray natural glass formed from terrestrial debris ejected during extraterrestrial impacts. While not technically meteorites, they are of earthly origin, merely cast into space by the impact of meteorites and then re-entered the atmosphere. 

They are characterized by 1. a fairly homogeneous composition; 2. an extremely low content of water and other volatiles; 3. an abundance of lechatelierite; 4. a general lack of microscopic crystals known as microlites and chemical relation to the local bedrock or local sediments; and 5. their distribution within geographically extensive strewnfields. 

Tektites generally range in size from centimeters to millimeters. Millimeters-size tektites are known as microtektites.


 

 

 

 

MORE DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

 

 

   

HEMATITE

Absorbes negative energy, calming in times of stress or worry. Highly protective.

Many forms all have the ability to absorb and radiate laser light equally, which is only one of it's physical miracles. Emotionally, it gives what it gets...sends love. Mentally excellent for adding to someone's ability to focus and helps those who are easily distracted without diminishing their sparkle. Also helps us to join our disassociated parts of ourselves and helps our gifts to rise and sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

HEMATITE

Absorbes negative energy, calming in times of stress or worry. Highly protective.

Many forms all have the ability to absorb and radiate laser light equally, which is only one of it's physical miracles. Emotionally, it gives what it gets...sends love. Mentally excellent for adding to someone's ability to focus and helps those who are easily distracted without diminishing their sparkle. Also helps us to join our disassociated parts of ourselves and helps our gifts to rise and sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

HEMATITE

Absorbes negative energy, calming in times of stress or worry. Highly protective.

Many forms all have the ability to absorb and radiate laser light equally, which is only one of it's physical miracles. Emotionally, it gives what it gets...sends love. Mentally excellent for adding to someone's ability to focus and helps those who are easily distracted without diminishing their sparkle. Also helps us to join our disassociated parts of ourselves and helps our gifts to rise and sparkle.

 

 

 

 

   

HEMATITE

Absorbes negative energy, calming in times of stress or worry. Highly protective.

Many forms all have the ability to absorb and radiate laser light equally, which is only one of it's physical miracles. Emotionally, it gives what it gets...sends love. Mentally excellent for adding to someone's ability to focus and helps those who are easily distracted without diminishing their sparkle. Also helps us to join our disassociated parts of ourselves and helps our gifts to rise and sparkle.