of your stones and crystalsKeeping an Inventory
I wish that when I first started bringing crystals and stones into my home I had kept some records. It did not occur to me that this could be important and or useful. I started small like most people picking up some stones at parks, buying a quartz point or two at an expo, getting a few stones whenever they called to me etc.. Then after the Deva mugged me, I began to study and acquired more stones as they found me. When I found out that a person I knew was selling off her collection I heeded my intuition to buy all her remaining stones.
She had gotten them mostly as prop for her massage and psychic reading studio or received them as gifts and did not have much information. She could not remember what some were and did not keep all the labels and information she did have. I did not know that I'd want to know things like where a stone was mined etc. .
Some of the stones were labeled incorrectly or she misremembered what they were. Over the years I have identified most if not all of the unknowns.
I especially wish that all the different quartz points had not been put in the same box without note . I can tell what the different formations are but often don't know if a particular crystal is from China or Brazil or Arkansas. I do remember the provenance of a number of the ones I got for myself but never inquired about many of them.
I know that some of the things that she had paid high prices for were not what she thought she had bought and some gift stones were probably worth far more than she knew. Because I was not and probably never will be involved in crystals as a business the idea of keeping an inventory never occurred to me for years and years.
On the good side when I started out I was not influenced by the cost or mystic reputation of a particular stone . If I had had any solid idea of what a particular individual stone had cost I probably would not have been able to part with as many of the stones who wanted to go with others.
I work mostly with energy and follow my intuition. When I seek a stone or stones for a particular situation I ask and the stones kind of "light up" or vibrate to let me know. Sometimes the ones that respond are not the ones traditionally associated with the purpose and sometimes they are.
Each place has its own energy and the crystals and stones often carry energy from the location of their "birth" Knowing where they are from can help you tune into the energy and mission of the stone.
My spouse keeps detailed records of his collections of coins and police pins and romance novels etc Perhaps the kind of detail would not be as important for your crystals and some of the information is subjective and / unobtainable .
On the mundane arena It can be useful to keep some kind of record of when and where you got your stones and crystals how much you paid for them and where they are from and any notable history Perhaps if possible some notation of what similar stones are being sold for.
When working with stones for healing and meditation it would also be useful to note what work the crystal wanted to do and how you worked with it etc. Someday someone might want to know the story behind some special mineral friend.
No I still don't have anything like a complete catalog or album of my crystal family. I had started a digital scrapbook with some photos and notes but have kind of lapsed. Much of the mundane information is not available anymore I will probably never recall which piece of Dioptaise is from Uzbekistan? Afghanistan? (somewhere in the former USSR anyway) and Which is from Namibia ? The details of the smoky tabby are lost in time. I know I got the eight sided tourmanelated quartz at a Fung Shui shop in Millbrea and paid around $100 with tax ( yeah, probably Way too much but I had to give it a home) but I never asked where it came from and might not have understood the answer if I had . There have also been times when I discovered that I already had something I had just been scouring the stores and web for. Then There was the friend who returned from vacation and discovered that her mom had thrown out "all those dirty old rocks" as part of a surprise house keeping.
I don't know how many of you keep any kind of inventory but it might be helpful and while it may seem silly when You have only a few but there may come a day when you really wish you had some kind of records . It will be easier to start before you have a house full of crystals and stones.
Some things you might want a record of include
Where did you get it?
When? from whom ?
How you work with it
channelled message or guidance
traditional healing and other uses
personal impressions experiences
possibly a photograph
If you have a number of the same stone you might wish to have a page for stone type and a page for those specific stones you want to record more detail about .
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