Published December 2017  •  Updated March 2024 •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Shattuckite is rare vivid blue mineral found in copper deposits.  It’s often mixed with other copper-minerals, such as Azurite, Chrysocolla, Dioptase, and Malachite.  Most of the crystals on the market come from either the Sonoran desert of the American Southwest or the Kalahari desert in southern Africa.  The crystal was named after Lemuel C. Shattuck, a saloon keeper, cowboy and miner in the Wild West.  Shattuckite is a stone of truth and balance.  It helps us to see what has gone wrong and how to bring it back into rightness.  Its also a fantastic stone for tarot readers, astrologists and anyone who interprets the intuitive realms.


Shattuckite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Shattuckite is a stone of truth that helps us to accurate assess ourselves and the world around us.  It is an unusually powerful stone for manifestation purposes.  It helps us find the right words for spoken affirmations, and also how to use those words as a catalyst for practical action.  Shattuckite reminds us that we can’t change the truth just by wishing.  If we want to change our reality, we have to take action to reshape it.  Shattuckite is also a fantastic stone for mediums, channelers, tarot readers, astrologists and anyone who works in the intuitive arts and communicates with the spiritual realm.   Shattuckite help us to accurately interpret the messages we receive and to communicate those message to others.  It also provides spiritual protection against any entity that seeks to harm us or take away our free will.  Shattuckite can be used to remove curses.

Metaphysical Properties Shattuckite
Chakra Throat, and Third Eye
Element Water and Wind
Numerology 2
Zodiac Sagittarius and Aquarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Shattuckite helps us to recognize when we are out of alignment, and to know what is needed to restore balance.  It encourages pragmatism and problem-solving, and helps us to stop wasting time just feeling sorry for ourselves.  Shattuckite advocates personal responsibility and healthy boundaries.  It invites us to examine our own thoughts, words, and behaviors and recognize how they affect others.  At the same time, Shattuckite also helps us resist the urge to take all the blame and absolve everyone else.  Above all, Shattuckite wants us to see and understand what is true.  Shattuckite is an excellent stone to work with when trying to heal and restore a damaged relationship.

Mental Healing Properties

Shattuckite encourages us to be less judgmental and emotionally-driven, and instead to be realistic and curious.  Shattuckite is is an excellent stone for writers, teachers, scientists, ministers, lawyers and anyone whose job it is to guide others to truth.  Shattuckite gently reminds us to make sure that our own actions, match our words and beliefs.

Physical Healing Properties

Shattuckite is most often used by metaphysical healers as a tonic for general health and well-being, and to bring the physical body back into balance.  It is also used to treat more serious illness, particularly those associated with the  spleen or the throat.  Shattuckite is said to facilitate synesthesia and to keep the sensory organs healthy and strong.

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Shattuckite Mineralogy

Where does Shattuckite come from?

Shattuckite is primarily mined in Namibia and the United States (Arizona). Additional deposits have been found in Argentina, Congo, Italy, and Mexico.

Mining and Treatments

Shattuckite is mined in copper mines and along copper seams.

All Shattuckite on the market is fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Shattuckite is a rare single-chain inosilicate 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. One way the tetrahedra can connect is in long single chains, and it is to this group that Shattuckite belongs.

Shattuckite’s energy works well with its family – other single-chain inosilicate minerals.  Try it in combination with Cat’s Eye Quartz, CharoiteDiopside, Hawk’s Eye, Hiddenite, Jadite, KunziteLarimar, and Rhodonite

Shattuckite Formation and Crystal Associates

Shuttuckite forms in desert areas as a secondary mineral in copper sulfide mineral deposits. It pseduomorphs out of other copper minerals, such as Azurite, Malachite or Dioptase. When a crystal pseudomorphs, there is an atom by atom replacement occurring internally, but the outward shape of the original crystal remains the same.

Shattuckite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Azurite, Chrysocolla, Dioptase, Malachite

Mineralogy Shattuckite
Chemical Formula Cu5(SiO3)4(OH)2
Cleavage Perfect
Color Blue
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Uneven
Hardness – Mohs Scale 3.5
Luminescence None
Luster Vitreous to silky
Mineral Family Single-Chain Inosilicates
Specific Gravity 4.1
Streak Blue

Translucent to opaque

History of Shattuckite

Shattuckite is a relatively rare secondary copper mineral.  It was first described in 1915, when bright blue specimens were found in the Shattuck-Arizona Copper Mine near Bisbee, Arizona.  However, it has only recently been introduced in the metaphysical crystal world, and so is only occasionally described in modern lapidaries, texts that described gemstones and their powers.   The original Shattuckites were a pseduomorph of Malachite.  Over the past century, several other deposits have been found where Shattuckite has pseduomorphed out of Azurite or Dioptase.

The Stattuck Mine was founded in 1904, by Lemuel C. Shattuck, a former saloon keeper, rancher, lumberjack, land-developer and prospector.  The mine proved extremely profitable and producing many tons of Copper, as well as Gold, Silver, Lead and various copper-derived minerals.  L.C. Shattuck soon become a leader in Bisbee society, serving on the City Council, the water company, the Bisbee Improvement Company and several other local positions.  He also founded hospitals and a bank for miners and merchants.  The Shattuck Mine closed formally closed in 1947, and is currently inaccessible.

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