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Citrine on Aluminum Base Studio Greytak’s Citrine on Aluminum Base combines the stone of abundance with the metal of purpose for a powerful piece that is bound to bring success. From the French word citron, for “lemon,” citrine is one of the few stones in the world that appears yellow in its natural setting. Called the light maker for its sunny color and its ability to clear the mind and spark imagination, citrine is often confused with yellow quartz or yellow topaz, but it is paler than both and can be identified by its smooth, rounded edges curved and softened as if gently worn by stream water. Natural citrine is quite rare and has a more muted color than the rich gold variety that comes by heating amethyst or smoky quartz. Natural citrine has long been found on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. It adorned the handles of daggers belonging to 17th century warriors. The British, too, were enamored with citrine. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert based their entire summer residence on incorporating this cheerful stone. Today, it is sought after for its ability to absorb negative energies from the environment and to bring wealth and prosperity. Aluminum is a chemical element found in the earth’s crust. As a metal, it has only been known in modern times. The ancient world used alum, an aluminum-based salt, extensively. When wood was treated with an alum solution, it became flame resistant, a technique that saved many a city from attack. From the 16th century onward, alum was used in Europe as a tanning agent, and for various medical uses. The metal was crudely created in 1824 by a Danish physicist and used by Napoleon Bonaparte in medals and a crown for Prince Louis Napoleon. In 1886, scientists discovered an easier process to release the metal. That process opened the door for the aluminum industry. Shortly after, Alfred Nobel built the first passenger boat with an aluminum hull, and J.P. Morgan started to use it in railroad cars. Karl Benz built the first sports car with an aluminum body, and it was an aluminum engine that powered the Wright brothers first flight. The Empire State building was built on aluminum, as was the space program of both the US and USSR. In World War II, aluminum was so crucial to the aviation industry that Joseph Stalin wrote to Franklin Roosevelt, “Give me 30 thousand tonnes of aluminum, and I will win the war.” Energetically, aluminum deflects others’ energy and protects the wearer. It calms nervousness, guilt, and fear. It helps one speak the truth and find life purpose. Physically, it aids in the metabolic process and calms over-acidic conditions in the stomach. It supports the absorption of iron in the intestines and helps with weakness and even paralysis. Place this piece where big work is being done that requires vulnerability, courage, and just a bit of help from the divine.  


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    H 9 in. x W 10.5 in. x D 10.5 in.H 22.86 cm x W 26.67 cm x D 26.67 cm
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    Missoula, MT
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Studio Greytak is a conceptual art project by John Greytak. He explores the intersection between design by nature and design by humans. He does this by curating and collecting the most compelling examples of works from nature, then offering them up to a select group of designers who work with him at his design center in the Treasure State of Montana.

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