Published April 2014  •  Updated July 2022  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Stilbite is a soft and sweet Zeolite with a very soothing vibration.  Many of the high-quality collector’s pieces found in the market were artisanal mined in India within an industrial basalt mine.  These Stilbite have a pastel orange hue and often have a shimmery luster when moved in the light.  In fact, its name comes from the Greek word stilbein, which means “to shine.”  Stilbite has an energy of quiet joy that can sooth an anxious mind and help us feel less overwhelmed by the world around us.  It is a wonderful stone for introverts who want to make more friends and for new business owners who need to build a strong team.  It is also a wonderful crystal to keep in a bedroom to encourage sweet dreams.

Stilbite

Stilbite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Stilbite has a very soft, gentle energy which helps us calmly shift into balance and alignment. It calms our mind and heart, helping us to move more in accordance with our true spiritual nature. Stilbite encourages us to dream more, both while awake and during sleep, and to let go of any negative attachment to the word “impossible.” Stilbite reveals that all things are possible when we are connect to the Divine. It aids us in spiritual journeying, helping us to feel supported, protected, and guided as we grow and learn.

Metaphysical Properties Stilbite
Chakra Heart, Third Eye, and Crown
Element Wind
Numerology 33
Zodiac Aries

Emotional Healing Properties

Stilbite has a quiet and joyful energy that brings us self-confidence and peace of mind. It is extremely supportive and can calm anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed. It helps us to slow down and think clearly, taking life one step at a time, rather than trying to hold the entire big picture all at once. Stilbite helps us to face our fears and to be honest with ourselves and others, when we are going through a difficult time. Stilbite takes care of our heart, healing it and helping it to expand and blossom. It also helps us to seek out good people, who can support us and help us grow. It does this so gently and easily that it happens almost without our being aware of it, until one day, we look around at our life and just marvel at how good it is!

Mental Healing Properties

Stilbite is a wonderful stone for the mind, helping us to feel mentally balanced and clear-headed. It is especially good to work with when we feel overwhelmed by choices and need to make a decision. Stilbite banishes fear and lovingly reminds that we will make the best possible decision based on the currently available information. It counsels us that regardless of which path we choose, we are sure to learn something valuable along the way. When we don’t know what to do next or how to start a project, Stilbite can help us to simply pick a corner and start! Stilbite is an exceptionally good stone for new entrepreneurs who are just beginning to build their business. It increases creativity and helps us to stay grounded and focused.

Physical Healing Properties

Stilbite is said to help calm ADHD and ADD and to treat bipolar swings. Metaphysical healers most often use it to treat brain disorders and to gently heal the body when it needs especially soft care. It is also believed to help detoxify the body and increase our sense of taste!

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Stilbite Mineralogy

Where does Stilbite come from?

Stilbite deposits have been found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, and the United States (New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington).

Mining and Treatments

Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. The Deccan Traps, a volcanic geological region in Western India, is the principle source of most Stilbite.

All Stilbites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Stilbite is a Zeolite, a type of Silicate 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. Stilbite belongs to the Zeolite group, in which the stones have an open crystal structure that contains cavities in which molecules of water can be trapped.

Stilbite’s energy works well with its family – other Zeolite minerals.  Try it in combination with Scolecite

Stilbite Formation and Crystal Associates

Stilbite is a relatively common stone formed from a combination of water, sodium and calcium. The majority of Stilbites are calcium rich, while a few are sodium-dominate. They occur in igneous rocks and at hot spring deposits.

Stilbite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Apophyllite and Cavansite

Mineralogy Stilbite
Chemical Formula Na,Ca0.5, K)9 (Al9Si27O72) 28 H20
Cleavage None
Color Colorless, white, pink (common) & green, blue, black (uncommon)
Crystal System Monoclinic
Form/Habit Tabular
Fracture Subconchoidal, Brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 5-5.5
Luminescence Yellowish-white (long and short wave)
Luster Vitreous to pearly
Mineral Family Zeolites
Specific Gravity 2.3
Streak White
Transparency

Transparent to Opaque

History of Stilbite

Stilbite is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical world and so its properties are still being explored. It was first named in 1797 by the French mineralogist Jean Claude de la Métherie (1743-1817), the same year he returned to Paris, following the Reign of Terror, the period of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. He was responsible for naming numerous minerals over the course of his career. Stilbite’s name comes from the Greek stilbein, meaning “to shine,” a reference to its pearly luster.

In 1997, Stilbite was discovered to be two different minerals, rather than just a single one. These minerals are now known as Stilbite-CA and Stilbite-NA. To the naked eye, they seem identical but on the chemical level the difference is apparent. Stilbite-CA is the more common variety, and has a high calcium content. Stilbite-NA is more rare and has a higher sodium-content.

Jean Claude Delametherie, Stilbite

Jean Claude de la Métherie