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Black Tourmaline - see Tourmaline

Bloodstone (see also Quartz properties) Because of its ready availability, Bloodstone is often overlooked in favour of the more exotic crystals, yet is has quite exceptional healing properties.  Bloodstone is primarily Green Quartz flecked with Red Jasper.  It has many, many uses and should be considered the mainstay in any crystal healer's collection.  It is a powerful healer, can dispel both negative and evil energy, it promotes courage, grounds excess energy - especially where anger is present and is the definitive stone of good health.  As its name suggests it is believed to be excellent to help disorders of the blood and is the primary healing crystal in cases such as Laminitis with horses.

Blue Goldstone is a man-made stone, made from dyed (blue) glass with copper inclusions, which give it its trademark sparkle. Copper is one of the best carriers of healing energy, and is often used in the production of wands and other healing tools.

Blue Lace Agate  Blue Lace Agate has a beautiful, calm, healing energy. It is a lovely healing stone, using its gentle vibration to soothe and support the mind, body and spirit.  When worn by a man it can help them express the more sensitive side of their nature thus bringing their yin side into balance.  Its keywords are calmness, positivity, joyfulness and harmony and it aligns with the Throat chakra. See also Agate.

Blue Moonstone  - see Rainbow Moonstone

Blue Tourmaline - see Tourmaline

Boulder Opal (see also Opal) is said to clear the ‘murky areas’ from the aura, stimulating the healing of these areas and assisting one in communication between our conscious and sub-conscious mind. It enhances the properties of healing. It assists enhancing mental clarity, emotional security, physical well-being, and spiritual progression.  Usually possessing earthy brown tones , Boulder Opal specimens are partially dehydrated siliceous ironstone .  This naturally occurring drying out process results in irregular shrinkage cracks forming within the ironstone which accounts for its appearance.  In some instances, silica solution enters and solidifies within the cracks which can then produce what we know as gem opal.

Botswana Agate (see also Agate) is sometimes called the Stone of Change. It can help us handle change in a positive way. Humans are creatures of habit who generally dislike or distrust change, often resisting it.  Botswana Agate is said to help us deal with changes, to smooth the passage in such a way that the transition is not as difficult or painful as it could be without it; it is a comforting stone.  Relief from depression or grief is another excellent property of Botswana Agate. It helps focus on solutions instead of problems, and thereby increases creativity.

Brandburg crystals are a delightful type of Quartz which typically comprise of Clear, Smokey Quartz and Amethyst (not all three are always present, however) . The best examples are Clear Quartz with both Amethyst and Smokey Quartz, the latter two of which are usually Phantoms. They often appear quite 'rugged' with perhaps some nicks or small chips (making them Warrior Crystals also) and they can have many curious and beautiful inclusions. You can spend hours just gazing into these extraordinary crystals. It is not unusual to find them with water bubbles trapped inside them also, and these are referred to as enhydro crystals.

Brecciated Jasper (see also Jasper and Quartz properties) This is a beautiful stone, full of rich brown, cream and white swirls all mixed together beautifully.  It is especially good for grounding and can aid emotional stability and metal clarity.  It relieves mental stress and supports clear thinking. A gorgeous stone with strong links to the Earth.