Chiastolite (USA)


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Explore your spirituality and soul’s purpose.

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 It is a stone of rational thinking –  dispelling illusions, myths, and outdated beliefs.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.

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 a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.

The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.






The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with at least one middleman involved. 



The Mine

This Chiastolite comes from a small mine in the USA.

It would be relatively safe conditions for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary

This Chiastolite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

Safe Handling of 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: United States

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Brown with a black cross
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 0.6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats

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


  1. Deborah C. (Indiana)

    The crystals you sent were beautiful…

  2. Lein W. (Netherlands)

    This Chiastolite is such a surprising vibrant stone, I can’t stop my mind wandering how this can grow. Thanks again!

  3. Rachel B. (Maryland)

    Thank you. The chiastolite you sent is beautiful.

  4. Bradley O. (Wisconsin)

    Gorgeous Chiastolite!! Thank you!!

  5. Sarah W. (New York)

    On time. Great condition.

  6. Elizabeth B. (Tennessee)

    Love it! Beautiful crystal

  7. Ionela M. (Oregon)

    Shipped on time.

  8. Victor P. (Maryland)

    Thanks a lot. It’s great!

  9. Erika W. (AE)

    Enjoyed receiving these stones. Truly appreciate the care and time put into selecting these stones just for me!!

  10. Kali T. (Massachusetts)

    I love love love the crystals and all of the significance and thought you put into the process makes them so special. It’s so different than just picking some out from a store based on their stated meanings to have somebody who can feel their energies and knows your specific story and needs to pick them out for you.

    I knew before I purchased that these would be the most special crystals I own and I was not disappointed. They are gorgeous, feel wonderful to touch and really do make me feel happy in some way.

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  12. Colton S. (Arizona)

    very nice cross on the stone fast shipping and a really cool stone. also very good tea

  13. Desiree S. (Nevada)

    My crystals arrived today!!! They are amazing thank you!!! They are all so beautiful!!! I am in love!!

  14. Christopher J. (Maryland)

    Very fast shipping! As described! Thanks for the free gifts!

  15. Bryce D. (Florida)

    Thank you! Fast shipping and item as described! 🙂

  16. Mary D. (Pensilvania)

    These are the most perfect Chiastolite stones I ever saw..awesome!

  17. Alisa K. (New Jersey)

    Very pleased with quality. Quick, easy transaction

  18. Regina V. (Florida)

    Always a great transaction and beautiful stones.

  19. Karen K. (California)

    Always a pleasure. Great seller!*****

  20. Nancy Rose B. (Texas)

    Such a lovely tranquility, simply gorgeous!

  21. Michel L. (France)


  22. Keri S. (Minnesota)

    Thank you so much for picking out such a beautiful stone!! I’m excited to incorporate it into my life

  23. Mary D. (Pensilvania)

    Good energy, interesting pattern, sent quickly. Thank you!

  24. Carrie P. (California)

    Great seller! Beautiful stones. Highly recommend!

  25. Dawn R. (New York)

    Very unique!

  26. Jen R. (Florida)

    Thank you SO much! Beautiful and great energy! 🙂

  27. Ammy B. (Iowa)

    As described. Super fast shipping.

  28. Mary S. (Nevada)

    Fast shipping, lovely stone, great seller

  29. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Beautiful stone with a wonderful cross! I love it! Thank you!

  30. Mary R. (Michigan)

    WONDERFUL stones, lovely service! THANK YOU!

  31. Tamara P. (North Carolina)

    Beautiful stones, quick delivery thanks

  32. Khairi J. (Singapore)

    MoonRise Crystals is truly a gem. Julie, is helpful, knowledgeable and understanding. I will definitely return for more crystals in future. Feels blessed to make a new friend.

    Overall I am extremely satisfied with this transaction. Julie’s intuitive selection of crystals is definitely something to look forward to. Perfect matching and pairing of crystals just for you. Awesomeness!!!

  33. Marlene H. (Tennessee)

    great seller, packaged well and expidited. Will buy again from this seller.

  34. Elizabeth K. (New Jersey)

    Beautiful stone. Arrived quick, packed BEAUTIFULLY with some tea. Happy me.

  35. Stephanie E. (Texas)

    Beautiful! Perfect! Thank you so much! And thanks for the gift!

  36. Lucinda Y. (Tennessee)

    Very nice! I appreciate the fast shipping & friendly communication. Thank you!

  37. Yanti Y. (Dki Jakarta, Indonesia)

    I like ….

  38. Lynn K. (Michigan)

    Great choice! Thanks for your accurate selection for me. Winner!

  39. Amelia H. (Hawaii)

    Thank you for the Fast and Excellent Service!!! Love my stone!!!

  40. Tammy D. (Ohio)

    beautiful stone,wonderful energy, fantastic friendly seller

  41. Judith-Marie M. (New Jersey)

    Great Seller !! Looking forward to doing business with you again!

  42. Judith-Marie M. (New Jersey)

    Out Standing Seller!! Very Unique Item!!

  43. Maria C. (California)

    Thanks Julie !

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  45. Marha M. (Illinois)

    Exactly as described and promptly shipped. Thanks so much!

  46. Angela S. (Ohio)

    As always, absolutely the BEST stones on the Internet! LOVE Julie & Moonrise Crystals!

  47. Christopher P. (Ohio)

    Great seller! Beautiful Gemstones!! Will do business with again!

  48. Shanee J. (California)

    Lovely, beautiful stone. Kind , sweet seller!

  49. Alex H. (Texas)

    I do like this stone. Thanks!!!

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