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Zodiac Crystals || Crystals for your star sign

While birthstones represent your birth month, the zodiac stones are meant to bring out and reflect the best strengths of your personality based on your signs characteristics. A zodiac crystal can combat negative traits and enhance positive ones. Knowing which crystals and gemstones are aligned with your astrological sign can nurture your commitment to balance and healing. The best thing about birthstones is there is no hard or fast line, you can take your pick from a range of different crystals. Each Zodiac has a signature stone, but there are other crystals and stones that fall under the same element or who share the same ruling planet that will also work for you. Use this zodiac crystal reference to help you chose a suitable gift or treat...

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Crystal styling in your living room

There are many crystals you could use in your living room. Add a large geode or cluster on books on a coffee table or group smaller crystals on a tray. Add your stones to any shelf in a bookcase for a touch of natural, earthy décor. We suggest starting with: Amethyst is the master of calm and perfect for a living space. It soothes anxiety and stress, whilst cooling excessive emotions for a relaxed living room space. Clear Quartz is powerful cleansing crystal and works to help with healing. This crystal is perfect for lifting your mood and making you feel better. A clear quartz cave or geode will become a beautiful centrepiece of your display. Apophyllite is a high vibrational crystal is ideal for bringing positivity and uplifting energy to a...

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Tips for looking after your crystal lamp

Unlike salt lamps, our crystal lamps do not sweat so there's no messy drips. Crystal lamps can be placed on any stable surface. Be careful handling your lamp. Crystal although heavy is fragile. A Dimmer Switch is NOT recommended as it holds all its charge at the switch which can cause the lamp to overheat. Dust your crystal with a dry cloth and tooth brush. Quartz and agate lamps can be cleaned in water but we advise against using cleaning sprays.  Be careful cleaning your selenite lamp as little shards can come off (they make nasty splinters).  Cleanse your crystal lamps energy with the smoke from incense, sage or palo Santo.  If you have bulbs blowing regularly, here are some things to...

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Mixing old and new decor

The most liveable, inspiring homes combine old and new pieces to give each room an effortless sense of having been assembled over time. Adding treasures that tell a story is a great way to introduce character and depth to your interior. But creating a balance so that the room looks elegant (rather than untidy), can be challenging. Here's some tips to help you create the home of your dreams: Stick to a neutral or two tone colour scheme. The more colours you add, the harder it is to get the balance right.  Your antique finds will look artfully curated if displayed within a group of items, some modern, some old. Bookcases are ideal for a mix of modern pieces and antique treasures. Add soul and...

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How to use crystals in your decor

Technology is filling our homes, so interior designers are turning to statement crystals as a home decor must-have for instantly adding personality, balance energies and oozing opulent style. Crystals are the natural way to bring positive energy and personality to your home. When choosing crystals, find one that speaks to you (or you can't take your eye off). Decorating and staging crystals throughout your home allows you to connect with mother nature and enjoy the therapeutic effect that has on your soul. Crystals not only look beautiful when styled but also offer a natural centrepiece to any space that promotes balance and calm. Keeping a stone at the heart of your home is a constant reminder to decompress and take a mindful moment. LIVING AREAS: Citrine...

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