Published February 2021  •  Updated July 2022  •  Read Time: 9 minutes
Tiffany Stone is a very rare blue-purple rock found in only one mine in Utah, USA.  It is mostly Fluorite and Opal, with a little bit of Bertrandite and other minor minerals.  It is mostly mined as an ore rock for Beryllium, a silvery-white metal used widely in the aviation industry.  While the main mine is an industrial one, they occasionally allow artisanal miners to mine some of the prettier specimens. Tiffany Stone has a delightful energy, both happy and calm.  It can help us to focus and think clearly, especially in our relationships.  Its a fantastic stone for anyone who is working on developing their emotional intelligence or supports others while they process difficult emotions.

Tiffany Stone

Tiffany Stone Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Tiffany Stone has a very smooth and orderly energy, that shines a bright light into our spiritual life and helps us to reach our full potential.  It combines rationality with intuition so that we can understand spiritual truths very clearly and to know what we are meant to do on a practical level.  It encourages us to calmly but intently, examine our patterns of thought, word and action, and to assess whether these habits are serving us well.  Tiffany Stone shows us that the little choices we make in our daily life have a tremendous impact on our spiritual wellbeing.  If we are being negatively affected by other people’s beliefs and dogmas, Tiffany Stone helps us to cast those energies aside and stand independently.  If we see injustice or oppression, Tiffany Stone pushes us to stand firmly against it.  If there are words that need to be spoken, whether about spiritual topics or the mundane, it helps us to speak clearly, confidently and concisely.

Metaphysical Properties Tiffany Stone
Chakra Third Eye and Crown
Element Water and Wind
Numerology 2, 5 and 77
Zodiac Leo, Capricorn and Pisces

Emotional Healing Properties

Tiffany Stone brings a calm, competent and happy energy into any situation.  It teaches emotional intelligence, particularly in our romantic relationships.  It encourages us to be loving, passionate and loyal to our partner, while also giving each individual plenty of room to grow and be true to themselves.  It reminds us that that the best relationships are interdependent, where each person cares and takes responsibility for themselves as well as supporting the wellbeing of their loved one.  Tiffany Stone invites us to enjoy life’s little pleasures and to notice all the things that make our heart happy.  If we have suppressed any emotions, it gently brings them to the surface where they can be examined and processed.  It helps us to think through our feelings and to express our needs and desires clearly.  If we need help identifying and properly naming our emotions, Tiffany Stone offers us gifts of discernment and increases our emotional vocabulary.

Mental Healing Properties

Tiffany Stone is a wonderful stone for clear thinking.  It swiftly dissolves chaotic and disruptive energy that clouds our judgement.  It strongly challenges any negative mental patterns, biases, and unsupported conclusions.  Tiffany Stone encourages practical common sense, always asking us to thinking out thoughts all the way through, rather than leaving them half-baked.  If our thoughts end on a ridiculous note, it helps us to discard the thought rather than doubling-down on it.  Tiffany Stone invites us to entertain new ideas and to be willing to reimagine how society works, rather than insisting things stay the same.  It encourages creativity and a love of learning.  It shows us how to effectively challenge the status quo and achieve our goals.  Tiffany Stone reminds us that there is always more to learn and ways to grow.  When we are designing anything, it reminds us to make it beautiful as well as functional.

Physical Healing Properties

Tiffany Stone is recommended for anyone who has complex healing needs, involving both the body and the mind.  For example, a situation involving a traumatic injury or illness or as a result of abuse.  Tiffany Stone helps us to recognize the full extent of the damage and to calmly assess what is required in order to bring us back into full health.  It may encourage us to seek help from doctors or to get rid of negative influences and habits.  It may push us to make big changes or gently ask us to be more patient and kind to ourselves.  Tiffany Stone is a particularly powerful talisman in situations when we’ve lost heart and feel like we don’t have the will to continue fighting.  It softly teases us to be a little less dramatic and a lot more sensible.  It reminds us that full healing takes time and the sharp pain of trauma will soon lessen if we give ourselves a safe place to heal.  As a talisman, Tiffany Stone is also recommended for handling eye problems, particularly if we are scared we might lose our vision.  It remind us that our vision is more than just what we see with our eyes and gives us courage to face the future and trust that we will be alright.

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Tiffany Stone Mineralogy

Where does Tiffany Stone come from?

Tiffany Stone is a rare variety of Fluorite found only in Utah, USA

Mining and Treatments

Tiffany Stone is mined at the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine, in central Utah, USA. The mine is one of the most important sources worldwide for Beryllium, a soft silvery-white metal used primarily by the aviation industry to create light-weight cogs and gears. In the past, the mine was also a significant source for Uranium. The mine itself is a series of linear open pits that follow the ore-bearing rocks. The pits are relatively shallow for an industrial mine, approximately 30-50 meters deep. It has been reported that only 1% of the Beryllium in the deposit has been mined so far. The majority of Tiffany Stone is viewed as a Beryllium ore and so is crushed to release the metal. Most pieces of Tiffany stone only contain a tiny percentage of Beryllium, usually no more than 1-2%. Only a very small amount of Tiffany Stone is sold to collectors as decorative pieces or for healing stones, making it both rare and relatively expensive.

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Mineral Family

Tiffany Stone is not a mineral, but rather a metamorphic rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Tiffany Stone is primarily composed of purple-blue Fluorite, mixed with Opal which often has swirling veins and spots of Bertrandite, Chalcedony and Manganese. The main mineral, Fluorite, belongs to the Halide mineral family, a group of minerals which consists of metals combined with common halogen elements. The most famous member of the Halide family is Halite – better known as common table salt! Fluorite is the second most well-known, and is found worldwide in a rainbow of bright colors, including vivid shades of purple and blue. The purple coloring on Tiffany Stone is always from Fluorite. Dark blue areas may be Fluorite or Chalcedony. The white sections are the most varied geologically speaking and can be Fluorite, Chalcedony, Bertrandite, Dolomite or Opal. Any thin yellow veins in Tiffany Stone is Bertrandite, while any black spots are Manganese.

Tiffany Stone’s energy works well with its family – other metamorphic rocks.  Try it in combination with BuddstoneCinabrite, Impactite, Nuummite, Picasso Marble, Scheelite Lace, and Unakite

Tiffany Stone Formation and Crystal Associates

Tiffany Stone is formed when a metal, most likely silver but possibly lead, combines with Calcium and Fluorine in a water-soluble solution. This solution settles into sedimentary soil and eventually hardens, leaving little gemstone nodules in the sedimentary rock. Normally this process would result in pure Fluorite, but in this case nearby hot springs ensures that the groundwater which seeps into the sedimentary soil and rocks is particularly rich is silica acid. The silica-water settles on top of the Fluorite nodules and overtime the water disappears and the silica gel that is left behind opalizes the Fluorite. A similar process occurs in the case of opalized fossils.

Tiffany Stone is sometimes referred to as “Opalized Fluorite” or even “Petrified Fluorite.” Those terms sound scientific, but don’t actually make sense upon closer inspection.  It is reasonable to call Tiffany Stone, “Opal Fluorite” (Opal and Fluorite entwined together), similar to other combination stones like Ruby Zoisite.  But terms like Opalized Fluorite or Petrified Fluorite are more problematic.  Those are marketing terms, rather than a scientific ones.

Technically, the word “Petrified” means to take an organic substance (an animal or plant) and slowly replace it with a mineral substance.  A really colorful fossil, such as Petrified Wood or Coral may be called “Agatized” because the plant or marine animal was replaced by Agate.  In even rarer cases, a fossil might be sparkly because it’s been “Opalized.”  But, Fluorite is already a mineral, so by definition, it can’t be petrified or opalized.

Tiffany Stone’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Fluorite, Opal and Picasso Marble

Mineralogy Tiffany Stone
Rock Type Sedimentary Gemstone
Major Minerals Fluorite, Opal
Minor Minerals Bertrandite, Beryllium, Chalcedony, Manganese
Color Purple and blue, often swirled with white
Texture Sub-vitreous, resinous, waxy
Transparency Translucent to opaque
Special Features Fluorescent

History of Tiffany Stone

Tiffany Stone is a product of the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine in Juan County, Utah USA.  Juan County is a mineral rich area, prospectors have found both gold and oil there.  But more rare than either, are the only US mining deposits for Beryllium and Uranium.  There were several uranium mines that provided the fuel for the nuclear age, including the original atomic bombs.  But only one Beryllium mine, the Brush Wellman.  It is an industrial pit mine, established in the 1970s to extract Beryllium for the aviation and space industries.  It is expensive and toxic, but unparalleled as an aerospace material because it is both strong and lightweight.  It is frequently used to build spaceships and satellites.

Alongside the Beryllium is a pretty purple gem, known as Tiffany Stone.  Virtually all Tiffany Stone is crushed to produce Beryllium, a rare metal. The mine itself is not interested in the gem since it is economically insignificant when compared to the precious Beryllium that may be inside it.  On a few occasions, the mine has allowed collectors to gather Tiffany Stone with the intent of selling it on the market as a unique purple gem.  Occasionally prospectors find the gem in the mountains surrounding the mine, or in the tailings, the waste material from a mine.

There are two competing stories for how Tiffany Stone got its name.  One story is that the stone was named for Tiffany Harris, the daughter of a Utah miner who was gave some of the purple gems when she was a child.  This story seems plausible, but there are no written records to verify it, only antidotal stories.  The second name origin story is that it was named for Tiffany and Company, the famous luxury retailer known for its fine jewelry and stained glassware.  However, the  New York company has never been associated with the mine or the stone, despite the fact the the jewelry company often names and markets unique gemstones.  If it were named for the company, it is odd that Tiffany and Co. hasn’t acknowledged the compliment.