May 14, 2009
This compact little book is one of the best introductions to crystals I've seen in a guide of any size. It is easy to use and beautifully illustrated with many helpful photographs. Silveira focuses only on the main members of the quartz family - clear, tangerine, amethyst, citrine, smoky and rose. With obvious love and mastery of her subject, she shows how to identify the various forms, and describes the origins and the metaphysical properties and uses of each variant. The last section describes her personal experience with crystals, and includes tips on selecting and arranging them for special applications and how to energize and cleanse them.