Tuesday, January 21, 2014



      New Years Day was first recognized (as far as we know) by Ancient Mesopotamia about 2000 BCE, and is probably the largest public holiday celebrated, since the world is pretty much on the Gregorian calendar now (interesting sidebar: if you are not aware that the calendar has not always been like it is today, look it up, its history is fascinating!).

     A time of new beginnings, how do you celebrate the New Year? Do you make resolutions?  Clean the house (business)? Ignore the whole thing? Perhaps you resolve to treat yourself (and other) in a more nurturing, healthy way: more hot baths, runs to the ski slope, hikes in mountains?  Don't forget to do a little mineral exploration while you are out there (we have all the supplies for that, as well as for pampering your mind and soul). We here at Mama's Minerals are taking inventory and getting ready for our Albuquerque store to make its big move this summer to a new location to better serve you!    

    Whatever you decide to do over the next few months, as the days grow longer and the sun returns, make sure to take good care of yourself: every human being is precious, and that includes you!

Friday, January 10, 2014

-A type of chert, an extremely fine-grained, silicon-rich sedimentary rock -May contain fossils -Fine-grained texture facilitates splintering & flaking into sharp shards, making  flint useful for blades, arrowheads, etc.

-Creates a spark when struck against steel -Used in flintlock rifles to make a spark and ignite gunpowder

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Solstice-time!

Wow, is it really almost 2014?  We here at Mama's Minerals have been so busy, making changes to serve our customers and public, that the New Year almost snuck up on us!

We welcomed Juan Romero as Operations Manager recently: his job is to make everything run more smoothly at our three locations (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and online) and he is doing a GREAT job!

We hosted many events at Mama's this year: free classes galore (always check the "CLASSES & EVENTS" section of our website for upcoming events), our Easter celebration, Science Fair, Craft Fair- too many to mention, actually.  And, of course, we still have tons of free info and instructions on our website.  Definitely take some time to surf it and learn!

We'd love suggestions on what you'd like to see on this blog!  While we are only reaching a few people with it right now, we'd like to make it more interesting to YOU in the coming year!

Merry Holidays to you and yours!  be safe, be wise, and be happy!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013




-Hardness: 4.5-5
-Chemical formula CaSi2O5-2H2O
-Named after German biologist Lorenz Ockenfuss
-Usually formed as an amygdule in basalt (a secondary mineral filling vesicles in basalt)
-Can be dyed
-Also known as bordite or disclasite

Monday, November 4, 2013

ovember was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar, and retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar (obviously, it's now the eleventh month in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars). It is one of four months with a length of 30 days. It's Zodiac signs are Scorpio (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22) and Sagittarius (NOV 23 - DEC 22). 

The birthstones of November are topaz and citrine. Topaz is available in almost every color, the most common being yellow, pink, purple, orange, and blue. All yellow gems in antiquity were called "topaz", and this is the color that most resonates with November. Often confused with citrine (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are unrelated mineral species. Citrine is actually fairly rare.  Most citrine available today is heat-treated amethyst: when amethyst is heated at temperatures of about 470ºC to 750ºC, iron impurities are reduced and can turn violet amethyst into golden 'heated' citrine. Metaphysically it works the same as naturally occurring citrine.


n honor of Thanksgiving, try meditating this month on gratitude: gratitude is one of the the most powerful and yet misunderstood forces in the human emotional range (along with forgiveness).

     A common mistake people make is thinking that being grateful for their current situation will somehow "stick" it in place: after all, if you are grateful, you must like what's going on and the Creator/Universe should give you more of the same, right?  However, this couldn't be further from the truth: by being grateful for the situations you have (even the challenging ones), you can change the "charge" of the energy creating your current situation into a higher form, attracting more good and leaving the lower vibrations behind.

     Some things everyone can be grateful for: Mother Earth (we here at Mama's Minerals love our Mama Earth!), water (we here in the Southwest are keenly aware of what a precious resource clean water is), the sun (a free nuclear fusion generator capable of heating our homes, cooking our food and a host of other things), friends, food, fun, family..... actually, the list of priceless things we can be grateful for goes on and on!

Citrine beads . . .but we have so many more
variations to see at our stores and online!
     Autumn is a great time to try a little exploration of nature and science. We have a host of books, classes, and videos on our website ( to keep you busy on those chilly-yet-beautiful autumn evenings!  While you are there, check out our online store!

     If you feel like getting out in this wonderful fall weather, come see us at our Santa Fe store, 100 E. San Francisco Street (in the historic La Fonda Hotel) or our flagship store in Albuquerque, 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE at Lomas - Suite 15!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy October!

October Greetings,

Mama's Readers!

Some facts: October is the tenth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It's name derives from the Latin "octo" meaning "eight," because it was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar (January and February were inserted later).

October plays host to numerous holidays, both lesser known (National Fire Prevention Week, Children's Book Week, World Animal Day) and popular, with the best-known being our beloved Halloween.

Mineral skulls, coyote and owl fetishes, and a large jade toad all
make additions to your Halloween decor or craft projects!
Halloween and its cousins Samhain and El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) sit neatly at the end of the harvest season, reminding us of their agricultural roots. While Halloween in many places is now about dressing up and trick-or-treating, its derivations are far older: while some scholars debate its origins, it's pretty safe to say Halloween evolved out of European festivals that combined celebrating a bountiful year with honoring those that had died during the previous solar cycle. Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in) was the "summer's end" celebration that did just that, and is still celebrated by NeoPagans today.

Skull beads at Mama's can make Halloween fun!
In the Southwest, we are lucky enough to be able to celebrate the Day of the Dead alongside Halloween, although they are not the same holiday. El Día is a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world, gathering family and friends to honor the dead in a festive, loving atmosphere. Fun and beautiful sugar skulls, calaveras (skeleton figures posed in every day activities), and personal altars (which often include marigolds, pictures of dead loved-ones and things they liked) all serve to remind celebrants of the joy, fragility, nobility, and preciousness of life.

At Mama's Minerals, we always have things to celebrate whatever version of these holidays you like: mineral skulls, skull beads galore, crystal balls, various Zuni fetishes (sometimes we have bats,cats, and wolves!), metaphysical supplies, and a host of other things to complete your holiday. Come see us, and . . .

Happy Halloween!
Blessed Samhain!
and a Día de los Muertos filled with fond memories of your loved ones!
~the staff at Mama's Minerals.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mama's Weekly Rock Facts- Anhydrite

-From the Greek "Anhydros"="waterless"
-Chemical formula = Ca(SO4) vs. Gypsum= Ca(SO4)*2H20
-Forms from dehydration of the mineral gypsum
-Often associated with halite in marine evaporite deposits
-Light blue anhydrite is sometimes called angelite
An angelite wand from our Santa Fe store- 
please call for availability
at either location!