Chiastolite (China)

$22.00

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Understand the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

Be protected from harm, trauma, and ill wishes.

Leave behind old patterns and conditioning.

Let Chiastolite awaken you to greater consciousness!

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Healing Properties of Chiastolite

Spiritual: Chiastolite calls attention to our own self-awareness and quest for spiritual understanding. It is a stone of rational thinking –  dispelling illusions, myths, and outdated beliefs.   It helps us to be humble, rather than dramatic.  It reminds us that the truth of our spiritaul faith is known only to us and the Divine, we don’t get any extra credit for bragging about it to others.  Chiastolite can reveal to us a glimmer of the beautiful, logical, mystical truth that the Perfect Masters understood so well and that, with time, we too can understand. Chiastolite is a powerful stone for meditation and prayer.Chiastolite is a guide and protector during the dark nights of the soul. Christians in particular are often attracted to this beautiful mineral which speaks of the glory of God and the message of forgiveness and love. It is also commonly used as a talisman to protect us from negative energy in general and curses in particular. Chiastolite is attuned to the Root and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 3 and 4.

Emotional: Chiastolite has a very calm and grounding energy when we feel nervous or doubtful.  It offers us courage, strength and the knowledge that we are capable of handling anything we are given.  It is especially helpful if we are grieving or on “death watch” for a loved one.  It helps us to understand and accept the harsh reality of death and the dying process, while also bringing us peace and hope that rebirth and immortality are possible for us and our loved ones.  It helps us to stay patient and present, regardless of whether the dying process is quick or slow.  If we feel that we are not handling things “the right way,” Chiastolite gently gives us permission to forgive ourselves for whatever sin we think we’ve committed and to do our best to meet our own emotional expectations.  Chiasolite strongly encourages us to not allow our emotions to run too wild, but instead to seek out a rational and compassionate perspective. It teaches balance and harmony in all things, particularly between our mind and emotions.  

Mental: Chiastolite stabilizes the mind, helping us to think clearly and act rationally. It can help us to understand who we really are and what our great purpose is in this life. It is an excellent stone for anyone who is going though a “mid-life crisis” or a period of self-doubt and despair. Chiastolite stimulates creativity and practicality all at once.  It is a wonderful talisman for artists who are scared to put their art out into the world, out of fear that it won’t be understood or appreciated.  Chiastolite reminds us that we don’t get to control other people’s thoughts or actions.  We are only responsible for ourselves, so we need to act in a way that supports our Highest Good.  When our depression or anxiety whispers dreadful thoughts that paralyze us, Chiastolite confidently counters them, asking us “but darling, what if it works?”    

Physical: Chiastolite is recommended for elders and as well anyone suffering from a serious diablitating illness or injury.  When our physical body isn’t working the way it used to, we may feel resentful or depressed.  Chiastolite helps us re-connect with our spiritual nature as a way to accept the reality of the situation and shift our thoughts in a more positive direction.  It reminds us that we are still capable of living a rich life if we focus on what we can do, rather than all the things we can’t.  Chiasolote is also a particularly comforting stone when we have been given a fatal diagnosis and are preparing for the end.  It calms our fears and helps us to believe that our immortal soul will live on.  It is a comforting talisman when suffering from rhematism, never-damage and paralysis.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Chiastolite

Rough Chiastolite
Rough Chiastolite, Gumio, Boal, Asturias, Spain

Mineral Family: Garnet Group

Chemical Composition: Al2SiO5
Cleavage: Perfect to poor
Color: Brown with black cross 
Chemical System: Orthorhombic
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal
Gravity: 3.2
Hardness: 6.5-7.5
Luminescence: Yellow (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous 
Streak: White
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Chiastolite crystal deposits have been found in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States.chiastolite mine locations

Mineral Family: Chiastolite is a distinct yellowish-brown variety of Andalusite, famous for its distinctive black cross. Andalusite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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. Chiastolite belongs to the Nesosilicates group, in which the Silicate tetrahedra are not directly attached to each other. Some of the most famous Nesosilicates are Garnet, Peridot, Topaz, and Kyanite. Andalusite may be found in a variety of colors including, pink, red, white, violet, yellow, blue, and green. The most common type is a yellow-brown variety which has inclusions of black prisms of Graphite. 

Formation: Chiastolite is commonly found in metamorphic rocks, where it is often in association with Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire), and Kyanite. On occasion, Chiastolite may form in igneous rocks, particularly Granite. The actual formation process is still a mystery and several different theories have been postulated. The most widely-accepted theory is that when pure yellow-brown Andalusite is forming, impurities, principally made up of Graphite, begin to attach themselves to the corners of the Andalusite crystals. As the concentration of impurities grows, it temporarily slows down the growth of the crystal. Eventually a pattern of four radiating lines of Graphite emerges across the Andalusite. The result is Chiastolite. 

Mining: Chiastolite is mined at its primary location, usually as a result of Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire) mining.

Enhancements: All Andalusites are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Chiastolites are always cut along a cross section in order to show their distinctive cross. 

Synonyms: Andalusite, Cross-Stone

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Chiastolite

History of Chiastolite

Chiastolite’s distinctive cross has long made it a favorite in lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Its name has two potential origins. It may come from the Greek word chiastos, meaning “cross,” or from the Greek work Chi which is the name for the Greek letter “X.” It is also called Lapis Crucifer or “cross-stone” in many of the oldest lapidaries.

Santiago-de-Compostela
Shrine of St. James, Santiago de Compostela

Chiastolite’s metaphysical properties have been particularly celebrated since the rise of Christianity, and its natural cross has long been seen as having mystical and religious significance. In Europe, one of the largest deposits of Chiastolite can be found near the Shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. According to legend, these Chiastolites are actually holy relics which have been petrified and should be carried during religious pilgrimages. In medieval times, Chiastolite was used to keep the “evil eye” at bay. Today, it is often carried as a sign of devotion, bringing a sense of peace in death and the promise of re-birth.

Photos: Santiago de Composttela

Ethically Sourced Chiastolite

 

The Miners sell to the Lapidary

The Lapidary sells to a Gem Exporter

The Gem Exporter sells to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The supply chain is relatively short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are in different countries, but the exporter is in another. 

 

 

The Mine

This Chiastolite was artisanally mined in Hunan, China.

The exact deposit is unknown, but is most likely either a granite mine or following a vein of tin.

It would be relatively environmentally-friendly

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary/Importer

This Chiastolite was lightly tumbled in China.

Lapidary factories in China are typically safe for workers.

The Chiastolite was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.    

The Importer is a family business run by a married couple.

The Importer pays its employees fairly.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show.  They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare.  The tumbled Celestite and specialty Obsidian particularly caught my eye, since no other source carries them.  The owners are a married couple, he takes care of their larger stones, while she is the self-proclaimed, “Tumbled Stone Queen.” The Queen knows her stock inside and out and we’ve spoken in person and by phone about the geology and origins of various minerals.

The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause.  I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about mining and lapidary conditions for the countries in question.

Safe Handling of Chiastolite

Chiastolite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Chiastolite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: China

Polishing Method: Hand polished, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Brown with a black cross
  • Polish: Shiny but not completely smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Disc
  • Size: Average size is 1.5 in / 38 mm at its longest diameter
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 1 oz / 28 g / 141 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

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