Published June 2017 • Updated July 2022 • Read Time: 5 minutes
Danburite is a lovely crystal that looks similar to Quartz. But while Quartz crystals grow in pointed pyramids, Danburite has a blunted wedge-like shape and is slightly harder, similar to a Topaz. It is usually white or colorless, but occasionally can be yellow or pink. It was first documented in Danbury Connecticut, USA and was named after the town by a professor at nearby Yale University. In the 20th century it became popular with metaphysical healers who noticed its high and sweet vibration. It is a stone of peace and Light. It is a favorite among reiki practitioners who channel Light either by laying-on-of-hands or through distance-healing.
Danburite has a very soft and high vibration which brings peace to our mind and heart. It provides a connection between us and the Divine and all the angelic realms. It is particularly good for helping us to feel the presence of our loved ones who have passed over. It promises us that anything that we don’t understand right now, will one day be made clear and until then, we are being watched over, guided and loved. Danburite is one of the very best stones for reiki healers to work with. It is also an excellent meditation crystal especially for serious seekers of enlightenment.
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Emotional Healing Properties
Danburite is very soothing to the emotional body. It supports us so that we can let our light shine bright, regardless of any pain in our past or present. It comforts us when we are grieving, helps us to feel safe when we are scared, and encourages us to let go of resentment and anger. Danburite teaches us how to let go of any negativity that is trapped inside us and how to release anything which no longer serves us. It is particularly good at helping us move forward when we feel trapped by our past. Danburite gently pushes us until we get moving again and then smooths the path before us.
Mental Healing Properties
Danburite helps us to recognize how our spiritual leanings and our earthy mission can be combined. It shows us how to be of service to the world and how to do our part to elevate the vibration of the planet and our species. It invites us to sit down with an open-mind and open-heart. It encourages us to be more interested in truly understanding something, rather than insisting on being right regardless of the facts. Danburite offers us gifts of patience and serenity. It can also be used to facilitate lucid dreaming.
Physical Healing Properties
Danburite is recommended for anyone suffering from a difficult illness or chronic condition. It lends us its calm and hopeful energy, making it easier to be patient with our body and our healthcare team. Danburite reminds us that the body is very complex and modern medicine is still an evolving science. It’s okay if we don’t understand everything or know exactly what to do. It encourages us to try various healing modalities to see what works. If something doesn’t work, Danburite helps us to set it aside and try something else. Danburite is also a sweet talisman for the liver and gallbladder.
High-quality Danburite has been found in Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), and Russia. It has also been found in Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Iran, Italy, Japan, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania and the United States (California, Connecticut, New York).
Mining and Treatments
Danburite is mined at its primary deposit, as a secondary mineral within mines.
Danburites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing,
Danburite is a Sorosilicate mineral. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Danburite belongs to the sorosilicate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule.
Danburite is typically formed by low-temperature contact metamorphism. It is sometimes found in Quartz veins and pegmites.
Danburite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment. Try it in combination with Apophyllite, Grossular Garnet
Colorless, pink, yellow
Subconchoidal to uneven
Hardness – Mohs Scale
Vitreous to greasy
Translucent to opaque
History of Danburite
Danburite is a relatively new stone for the metaphysical community. As a result it is not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It is, however, included in most modern lapidaries because of its high vibration.
Danburite was first described in 1839, by the American mineralogist Charles Upham Shephard (1804-1886). During his lifetime he had one of the largest mineral and meteorite collections in the United States. He was a professor of Natural History at Yale University and helped create a geological survey of Connecticut in 1835. During this survey, several new minerals were discovered, including Danburite. The original Danburites were not gem-quality, but rather a dull white-yellow stone. He named it after the small town of Danbury, Connecticut where it was found.
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin.