Issue March 2019
Newsletter
Spring is Here!
We're back from Tucson and Oh, what a trip! We continue to bring   back more inventory each year (2 semi's this year) and can't wait for you to see it all at our 13th Annual Tucson Trunk Sale starting March 9th. During this trip I was able to negotiate a spectacular buy for a special lot of decorator pieces of Amethyst, plus some Agate, Citrine and Kyanite home and office nature accents.  We will be showcasing this special buy in our studio and will have all pieces specially priced at 50% off marked price. Several pieces are large dark colored cathedrals plus many sizes of amethyst geode wing pairs displayed on black metal stands. This half-off opportunity will be limited to the trunk sale only. If you've always wanted that heart stopping piece of amethyst but never could afford it, this very well could be your chance to take one home.

There seems to be one or two minerals that seem prevalent at each show and dominates our buying selections. This year it seemed to be Chrysocolla and Labradorite. However, my favorite pick for the trip were the small but spectacularly radiant iridescent Rainbow Garnets we brought back.  Be sure to watch for our e-mail next week detailing all the various minerals, fossils, jewelry and more we brought back for our Tucson Trunk Sale.

Even though we're crazy busy trying to get everything processed from Tucson for the trunk sale, we will also be traveling to Corpus Christi for the 56th annual Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Show on March 3rd & 4th. and on Sunday, March 3rd, we'll be at the Healing Arts Festival and Market in San Antonio.  If you're in the neighborhood be sure to stop by our booths and say "Hi!".

This month brings the Vernal or Spring Equinox also known as the first day of Spring.  On the Equinox we find our days split evenly between the light of day and cover of night. This means that the northern and southern hemispheres are equally illuminated or as close as it can get anyway. This is the time when the sun rises every where on earth at about 6:00am and sets at about 6:00pm.

In my travels I have come to realize that our created environments  are truly changing to bring nature back into our living spaces. Whether it's a consciousnesses or not, the end result of  bringing the joyous energies of Mother Nature into our lives is the same. Check out these natural quartz crystal point chandeliers illuminating their main lobby at The Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, CA, where I was able to recharge from our big buying trip before heading back to Austin!

Remember your green on St Patrick's Day, we may have a flash sale happening around that time. Happy March everyone!
 


Blessings
Karen Richards
& The Staff



Special Offers


Get Ready for the Trunk Show!  

 

We do believe in fairies!  Find our new Faerie House hidden within Nature's Treasures and you will be blessed with special offers or free gifts!  The fairies move around a lot and collect all sorts of treasures, so who knows what you will find and where!?
 
 
 
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In the Community Events Center

   
March 2 Saturday  
Austin Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess   Rituals, Witchy Classes, Goddess Book Club   3-5pm in the Studio
 
 
March 20 Wednesday  
Austin Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess Celebrating the Spring Equinox
and the Full Moon in Ritual
7-9pm in the Studio
 
 

 
 
 
 
B ook Signing With  
Leah LaChapelle
March 30th, 11-5 in the store 

Workshop Using the Book
Saturday, April 13
2-4:30 in the Studio   
 
Are you planning an event for 2018?
Nature's Treasures has a 2,200 sq ft Auditorium
and 1,200 sq ft Studio Space available for your event.  
 
Check our calendar for availability and email our Events Director at - community@ntrocks.com
 
 
In the Community 
 
 
 
The Austin-area Boyscouts Den 17 visited Nature's Treasures this past February to learn about geology and rock formation!


 
March 3rd * 11am-6pm 
Hilton Garden Inn San Antonio - Live Oak Conference Center
8101 Pat Booker Rd, Live Oak, Texas 78233
  

Looking Ahead

 

NATURE'S TREASURES PRESENTS:
AN INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF AGATE
Hosted by Nature's Treasures at The Norris Center

Coming to Austin - Summer 2019

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Meet Our Staff 
 
  
Amanda J, Inventory Manager
Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2007 from Concordia University in Austin, TX. Amanda joined the Nature's Treasures family as a front counter employee in 2010. Since then she has worked her way up and is now the Inventory Manager. She oversees the entire inventory process from our shopping trips to Denver & Tucson to processing and even stocking and restocking new and exciting products within the store. Amanda enjoys swimming and being in nature, but truly dreams about one day opening her own bakery!


Treasure Tome: A Trove of Knowledge

 
Amethyst: An Etiology

By Michael J. Kallstrom, MS Geosciences
 
In modern times most people know amethyst as the February birthstone. However, Amethyst has a rich history in mythology and lore spanning time and the globe. The name is derived from the Greek word amethustos meaning 'not drunken,' although the etiological (origin) story for amethyst was not relayed until 1576 by a French poet named Remy Belleau (Knuth, Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore, Revised Edition, 2007).  
 
Several variations of this story exist, but since I am a romantic, I have chosen to tell the following version...Once upon a time, the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, fell madly in love with a fair maiden name Amethyste who he pursued relentlessly, drunk with love. However, Amethyste refused his advances and wished to remain chaste. She beseeched the virgin goddess, Artemis, to protect her virtue. The goddess, therefore, turned Amethyste into a pillar of white crystal. Dionysus, being humbled by Amethyste's desire to remain chaste, poured wine on the crystals as an offering that turned them forever the color of grapes.
 
In actuality amethyst belongs to the quartz family with the purple color resulting from trace amounts of iron that substitute for silica in the crystalline structure. The iron absorbs certain wavelengths of light, such as yellows and oranges, which causes us to see a purple hue. The iron generally comes from basaltic, iron-rich rocks through which groundwater flows and leaches out the iron and silica necessary to form this purple variety of quartz.
 
However, this knowledge only makes the amethyst origin story more astounding. Quartz is typically colorless or white like the original crystal pillar, and due to its allochromatic ("other colored") nature, it can turn purple through the aforementioned process. The storytellers must have noticed the similar crystal habits and physical properties shared between quartz and amethyst, so they naturally correlated the two in this origin story.
 
Regardless, ancient Greeks and Romans often attributed amethyst the power of sobriety, believing that wearing an amulet of amethyst prevented inebriation. Some anthropologists believe this can be attributed to ancient Romans drinking water from amethyst goblets. The water appeared the color of wine, but one could not get drunk from it. In modern times this belief in amethyst's sobering powers has led to its use in the new age community for alleviating addictions of any kind. Amethyst's association with the crown chakra in vedic tradition results in its use for intuition, dreaming, spiritual connectedness and general well-being. 
 
 

Austin Agates Exclusive

 
From the Spanish Stirrup Rock Shop
Lava Cap Thundereggs     
 
Lori Lytle Coleman is our Keynote Speaker for the International  Exposition of Agate 

Notes on Agates:  
Silica is the key component to agate formation since it belongs to the quartz family made up of SiO2.  Because of their beauty and durability, agates have been used since the Neolithic as tools, jewelry, tableware and decor for thousands of years. Although agate has been used for ages, new world agates have only been mined recently and many varieties are mined out.
 
 
International
Exposition 
of Agate 
June 6-9
 
 
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What's New? 

 
In The Store
  Restocked! Skulls
Wooden Altar Statues  
 
At The Counter
 
 
Sterling Silver & 14k Gold-plated Chains Restocked! 
 
Cintamani Stone    
 
 
In The Depot
Assorted Drilled Stones 
(including Moldavite)


Amethyst Stand-Ups | $9/lb


Monthly WINNER!


$25 Gift Certificate Winner is:  
 
Raven M.

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next time you're in the store! 

March's
Birthstones


Aquamarine & Bloodstone
 
 
The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are very valuable. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Like emeralds, this gemstone is actually a variety of a mineral called beryl. It's also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries.

The second birthstone for March is bloodstone, a dark-green stone flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide. Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.

Bloodstone is also called heliotrope, a word from the ancient Greek that means "to turn the sun." Many believe it was probably named such because of ancient ideas about how minerals reflect light. In fact, some believed that the sun itself would turn red if this stone was put into water.

Aura, Meridian & Chakra  
Photos & Video
 
 
Now Available DAILY!!! 
Walk-ins Welcome! 
12:00pm-6:00pm
 
With our updated Aura Machine, you can see the color of your aura. 
 
Offered daily and starting at only $25, this is a great gift to give yourself or a loved one.

 
DAILY IN-STORE 
PRACTITIONERS
   
11:00AM - 6:00PM
 
March
 
Friday, March 1 - Tara Ventura - Numerology/Tarot; Clairvoyant Psychic; Intuitive Counseling; Energy Healing (chakra)

Saturday, March 2 - Amber Soberon - Reiki Master

Saturday, March 2 - Christine Martensen - Crystals knowledge, Reiki, and empathic connects to Angels, Guides, Spirit Animals and Ascended Masters through clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Sunday, March 3 - Denise Nitti - Intuitive Medium, Intuitive Artist, Intuitive Life Coach, Energy Worker, Reiki Master

Sunday, March 3 - Madame Zee - Psychic Tarot Counselor, Magickal Life Coach, and Female Empowerment facilitator

Monday, March 4 - Eva Lott- Metaphysical minister, reiki master, stress management

Tuesday, March 5 - Mia Michel - Intuitive, and healer, Akashic Records Consultations, Past Lives and Soul Readings

Wednesday, March 6 - Laura Tree - Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Consultant, Atlantean Healing, Diamond Violet Flame Transmutation

Thursday, March 7 - Elaine Ireland - Tarot reading & psychic work

Friday, March 8 - Anne Berlin - Psychic medium, psychometry, work with archangels & Ascended Masters

Saturday, March 9 - Yuci Edwards - Spiritual Counseling, Tarot Reading, Angel Guiding, Coffee Cup Mapping, Akashic Records

Saturday, March 9 - Alice Rodriguez - As a Psychic Medium Alice can receive messages from your deceased loved ones in spirit and your spirit guides.

Sunday, March 10 - Anaya Swan - Priestess, artist, musician, a Reiki master, and a magical seamstress and healer. Tarot readings

Sunday, March 10 - Robert Gerami - Reiki, Chakra balance sessions, Etheric cord cutting sessions

Monday, March 11 - Thumper Donnelly - Medium, clairvoyant psychic, energy healing, past lives

Tuesday, March 12 - Kramer Wetzel - Astrology chart & reading, tarot, good humor

Wednesday, March 13 - Adrienne Goff - Author, teacher, healer, connecting you with your crystals

Thursday, March 14 - Ricardo Gonzales - Psychic

Friday, March 15 - Tara Ventura - Numerology/Tarot; Clairvoyant Psychic; Intuitive Counseling; Energy Healing (chakra)

Saturday, March 16 - Julie Reeves - Sighted intuitive astrology, tarot & past life consultation

Saturday, March 16 - Yuci Edwards - Spiritual Counseling, Tarot Reading, Angel Guiding, Coffee Cup Mapping, Akashic Records

Sunday, March 17 - Stepanie Fix - Tarot card reading & dream interpretation

Sunday, March 17 - Christine Martensen - Crystals knowledge, Reiki, and empathic connects to Angels, Guides, Spirit Animals and Ascended Masters through clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Monday, March 18 - Eva Lott- Metaphysical minister, reiki master, stress management

Tuesday, March 19 - Mia Michel - Intuitive, and healer, Akashic Records Consultations, Past Lives and Soul Readings

Wednesday, March 20 - Laura Tree - Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Consultant, Atlantean Healing, Diamond Violet Flame Transmutation

Thursday, March 21 - Elaine Ireland - Tarot reading & psychic work

Friday, March 22 - Anne Berlin - Psychic medium, psychometry, work with archangels & Ascended Masters

Saturday, March 23 - Denise Nitti - Intuitive Medium, Intuitive Artist, Intuitive Life Coach, Energy Worker, Reiki Master

Saturday, March 23 - Sally Ramirez - Angel Card Reader, Clairvoyant Medium, Energetic Healing

Sunday, March 24 - Tracy St. Croi - Evidential medium, psychic

Sunday, March 24 - Robert Gerami - Reiki, Chakra balance sessions, Etheric cord cutting sessions

Monday, March 25 - Thumper Donnelly - Medium, clairvoyant psychic, energy healing, past lives

Tuesday, March 26 - Kramer Wetzel - Astrology chart & reading, tarot, good humor

Wednesday, March 27 - Sheryl Martin - Psychic medium, dream interpreter, reiki master, spiritual counselor, intuitive, life coach, & empath

Thursday, March 28 - Ricardo Gonzales - Psychic

Friday, March 29 - Madame Zee - Psychic Tarot Counselor, Magickal Life Coach, and Female Empowerment facilitator

Saturday, March 30 - Stephanie Fix - Tarot card reading & dream interpretation

Saturday, March 30 - Anaya Swan - Priestess, artist, musician, a Reiki master, and a magical seamstress and healer. Tarot readings

Sunday, March 31 - Julie Reeves - Sighted intuitive astrology, tarot & past life consultation

Sunday, March 31 - Tracy St. Croi - Evidential medium, psychic

Personal Shopping Services
Custom Jewelry with
Crystal Heart Studio
 
Merlyn Dyches, metaphysical jeweler/artist and owner of the Crystal Heart Studio, will be onsite every 2nd and 4th Saturday offering stone wiring, wrapping and intuitive reading services.  Get your treasures and have them wrapped, bring your own in, or purchase finished wire wrapped jewelry on site!

Austin's Crystals Whisperer
 
What are your crystals telling you? 
 
Dianna, Austin's Crystal Whisperer offers her Personal Crystal Readings to help you find, understand and connect with the rocks, minerals and crystals that are perfect for you! 

Rates start as low as 
$15.00 for 10 minutes

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