Monday, March 7, 2011

Ancient Silicified Coral Fingers & Branches ~ from Old Stock

Silicified Coral is a mineral that occurs when quartz chemically replaces coral tissue. The mineral is classified as a chalcedony that is composed of silicon dioxide in the formula SiO2 and a part of the chalcedony mineral group.  The mineral is classified as a chalcedony that is composed of silicon dioxide in the formula SiO2 and a part of the chalcedony mineral group also known as Agatized Coral. Agatized Coral from Oligocene-Miocene Hawthorn Group sediments located in Ballast Point, Gadsen Peninsula in Tampa Bay, Florida. This location has been closed to collecting for many, many years now. This batch of Coral was recovered over 30 years ago and has been in my personal collection for almost 20 years. There is just too much for me to use all of it myself, and I feel this is a good time to release the remaining batch.

Agatized Coral is a geological formation found only around the Ballast Point region on the Gadsen peninsula below Tampa City proper. This stone is extremely rare, from a global point of view, and comprises the remains of an ancient coral reef where over a dozen coral species were preserved that are unknown in any other part of the world.

This stone has a cleansing and drawing action on the body that is especially powerful when it is placed in a tub of bath water with a pinch of mineral salts added. The water and mineral salts activates the energetic properties of this coral, creating a purifying and rejuvenating effect that permeates the auric field. The energy waves from the coral travel through the body and internal organs cleansing negative particles that have attached to physical organs. These attachments can lead to dis-ease and discomfort within the body if left on their own to intensify.
When soaking in a bath with these amazing little bits of nature, they can help strengthen the circulatory system and bones while stimulating tissue regeneration. Carrying a piece in your pocket or on your body can protect the Aura from negative energy particle bombardment and allow the keeper to maintain a sense of Harmony and Unity with the forces of nature. This is also a powerful tool for anyone who finds it difficult to deal with fear, has panic attacks or needs help healing with inner chaos; it quiets disturbing emotions bringing peace to the mind and soul.

A bit of background on the Tampa Bay Agatized Coral ….

Most of the agatized coral that has been found lived in the vast Eocene seas which covered the state of Florida 35-40 million years ago, when it was part of the continental shelf. Agatized coral occurs when silica in the ocean water hardens, replacing the limy corals with a form of quartz mineral known as chalcedony. This long fossilization process (20–30 million years) results in the formation of a "pseudo morph," meaning that one mineral has replaced another without having lost its original form. In 1979 agatized coral was designated the official state stone. Agatized coral is found in three main Florida locations: Tampa
 Bay, the Econfina River, and the Withlacoochee/Suwannee River beds. In 1979 the Florida Legislature designated agatized coral as the Florida State Stone. It is described in the statute as a chalcedony pseudomorph after coral, appearing as limestone geodes lined with botryoidal agate or quartz crystals and drusy quartz fingers, indigenous to Florida.

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