Bornite was not included as a distinct mineral in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, its presence as an ore for precious metals, such as Gold, Silver, and especially Copper, means that humans have been in contact with this stone for millennia and may very well have associated various metaphysical properties to it which were not recorded and preserved.
It was first described in 1725 from a copper mine in what is now the Czech Republic, but it wasn’t formally named for over a century. In 1845 it was named after Ignaz Von Born (1742 – 1791) a Transylvanian mineralogist. He was fascinated by everything to do with mining, metallurgy, paleontology, and chemistry. He also named several species of snails. Born belonged to the Freemasons, a fraternity group whose origins date back to medieval guilds of stonemasons, but had by then evolved into a secret society meant to strengthen character, improve morality and broaden mental horizons. Towards the end of his life, Born initiated Mozart into the Freemason lodge. Born was also a member of the Illuminati, another secret society composed of intellectuals and progressives, who opposed superstition and the abuses of State and religious power.