Published April 2016 • Updated July 2022 • Read Time: 5 minutes
Stichtite is a a fabulous purple mineral that is found in a few small deposits around the world. Most of the specimens on the market, however, are from the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. This is also the only known deposit for Atlantisite, a striking combination of rich purple Stichtite and vivid green Seprentine. In it’s pure form, it has one of the most joyful and youthful energies of any healing crystal. It can help us to bounce back after set backs and heal cleanly after emotional trauma. It can help us to forgive and to give other people the benefit of the doubt, and be willing to love again.
Stichtite connects our spiritual lives directly with our hearts, helping us to fully access our Highest Self. It awakens the Kundalini spirit and invites it to rise and bring its power into our Heart and Crown Charkas. It protects us from negative energy and encourages to be more loving and forgiving in our relationships with others, as well as with ourselves. It can also help us to be more childlike and see life with wonder and curiosity, letting go of jaded “adult” perceptions that often do not serve us or the larger world. Working with Stichtite ensures that our spiritual life is infused with laughter and delight.
Root, Heart, and Crown
Emotional Healing Properties
Stichtite is a joyful and friendly stone, encouraging us to be more affectionate and self-confident. It reminds us that life is short, and far too good, to waste time with fear or doubt. Any opportunity to express love should be seized and celebrated! During times of emotional trauma, Stichtite can help us to bounce back, and let go of whatever disappointment, anger, grief, or depression threatens us. It teaches us the importance of interdependence, allowing us to ask for help as needed and to give help as warranted. It stimulates cooperation, unity, and a great love and compassion for mankind as a whole, and individuals in all their imperfect beauty.
Mental Healing Properties
Stichtite helps us to see the other side of situations more easily and to focus on whatever solution is most just. It encourages us to work together with others, finding areas of agreement and similarity, rather than focusing on what separates us. Stichtite reduces our impulse to judge quickly and harshly, instead encouraging us to give people the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. It encourages us to think lovingly and logically, seeing the two thinking styles as a single energy rather than as opposed constructs.
Physical Healing Properties
Stichtite is believed to stimulate physical resilience and calm the nervous system. It is said to be particularly useful for helping people to recover from long illnesses or major physical trauma. It is used by metaphysical healers to heal spinal injuries as well as numerous brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia. It is also said to be useful for treating tension headaches, hernias, tooth conditions, and to reduce food cravings. It is believed to be very good for the skin, helping us to keep it looking and feeling young and healthy.
Large deposits of Stichtite have been found in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Smaller deposits are also been reported in India, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, and Zimbabwe.
Mining and Treatments
In most mining operations, Stichtite is a rare secondary stone. One of the more important Stichtite mines is located in Tazmania, Australia. This mine is also the sole producer of Atlantasite, which is a combination of purple Stichtite and green Serpentine.
All Stichtite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Stichtite is a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one carbon atom centrally located between 3 oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, the most common are Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite. Stichtite is one of the rarer Carbonite minerals and is primarily composed of Chromium and Magnesium.
Stichtite is as an alteration product of Chromite, a silvery Oxide mineral which is one of the primary alloying ingredients used to make stainless steel. Chromite can grow in a variety of different environments, but can only be altered into Stichtite when the Chromite forms within metamorphic Serpentine stones. When bright purple Stichtite forms next to bright green Serpentine, they create another healing crystals, commonly known as Atlantisite.
Stichtite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment. Try it in combination with Atlantisite and Serpentine
Hardness – Mohs Scale
Waxy or resinous
White to pale purple
History of Stichtite
Stichtite was first documented in Tasmania, Australia in 1910 by the Mount Lyell Mining and Railroad company. The mining company was principally searching for gold, silver, and copper, but along the way discovered many other minerals, including a few new ones. Stichtite was named after Robert Carl Sticht, the manager of the mine where the deposit was discovered. Stichtite has come to the attention of the metaphysical community fairly recently and so was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.
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.