Bornite

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Live happily and sensibly ever after.

Be reborn and let go of the past. 

Feel centered in your mind and heart.

Become who you were meant to be.

Let Bornite reveal your true path forward! 

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Healing Properties of Bornite

Spiritual: Bornite brings a practical breath of fresh energy into our life.  It helps us to stay grounded and to think clearly especially when dealing with complicated issues around morality.  Bornite encourages us to integrate old beliefs with new information and to be guided by both our head and our heart.  It helps us to find a steady moral center and from that place to make decisions that are logical and just.  Bornite asks us to gently set aside anything that is no longer useful or true and to spiritually grow up.  Bornite can also act as a midwife stone to ease a rebirth of the spirit.  Bornite is attuned to the Root and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 4.

Emotional:  Bornite has a sensible and happy energy.  It protects us from negativity and encourages us to concentrate on taking action in ways that will directly improve our present and future.  Bornite can also help us to make peace with grief and to accept what cannot be changed.  When we are struggling to accept something that feels unacceptable, Bornite offers comfort and compassion.  It reminds us that life is still good, even though some parts of it are extremely hard.  It asks us to choose to focus on the good, rather than getting mired down in the muck.  Bornite promises us that we can be reborn into happiness and peace, and that the power to do so is in our own hands.

Mental: Bornite is an excellent stone to work with when we are feeling small and unworthy.  It helps us to trust that who we are right now is enough.  That from this present moment, we can take a step forward, we can grow and learn.  We can eventually become the person we’ve always wanted to be.  When we are struggling to reach a goal, Bornite offers insights into the obstacles that are standing in our way so that we can work around them or find clever solutions.  Bornite helps us to think clearly and to be focused on problem-solving, rather then bemoaning the presence of the problem.

Physical: Bornite is said to be an excellent healing stone for physical ailments, especially anything related to the lower body.  It is used by metaphysical healers to strength the body and to healthy growth in children.  It is believed that whenever our body becomes out-of-balance in some way, Bornite can help us return to a state of perfection.  Bornite is also said to help with fevers, muscle spasms, and circulation.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Bornite

Bornite, Copper Queen Mine, Arizona, USA

Mineral Family: Sulfates

Chemical Composition: Cu5FeS4
Cleavage: Poor
Color: Coppery-bronze to gray-purple
Crystal System: Tetragonal
Form/Habit: Usually massive
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal, brittle
Gravity: 5.1
Hardness: 3
Luminescence: None
Luster: Metallic
Streak: Grayish-black
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Bornite is found around the world in copper mines.  Major deposits are located in Canada, Chile, Kazakhstan, Peru, Tasmania and the United States (Arizona, Conneticut and Montana).

Mineral Family: Bornite is a type of Sulfide, minerals in which sulfur has been combined with one or more metals. They tend to have simple structures and often have a metallic luster.  When tarnished, it may have a colorful iridescence and be called Peacock Ore. It is closely related to Chalcopyrite, Galena, and Pyrite

Formation: Bornite is typically found in igneous and metamorphic rocks, particularly in hydrothermal copper ore veins.  It is created when iron and copper molecules bond with water.

Mining: Sulfide minerals are the ore minerals for most commercially mined metals including Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Copper. Bornite is commonly mined alongside these more precious metals and is in one of the most important Copper ore.

Enhancements: All Bornite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.  However, Peacock Ore can be lab-created by treating Bornite with an acid-bath.

Synonyms: Peacock Ore, Purple Copper Ore, Varigated Copper Ore

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Bornite

History of Bornite

Bornite was not included as a distinct mineral in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, its presence as an ore for precious metals, such as Gold, Silver, and especially Copper, means that humans have been in contact with this stone for millennia and may very well have associated various metaphysical properties to it which were not recorded and preserved.

It was first described in 1725 from a copper mine in what is now the Czech Republic, but it wasn’t formally named for over a century.  In 1845 it was named after Ignaz Von Born (1742 – 1791) a Transylvanian mineralogist.  He was fascinated by everything to do with mining, metallurgy, paleontology, and chemistry.  He also named several species of snails.  Born belonged to the Freemasons, a fraternity group whose origins date back to medieval guilds of stonemasons, but had by then evolved into a secret society meant to strengthen character, improve morality and broaden mental horizons.  Towards the end of his life, Born initiated Mozart into the Freemason lodge.  Born was also a member of the Illuminati, another secret society composed of intellectuals and progressives, who opposed superstition and the abuses of State and religious power.   

Born became famous throughout Europe for his development of new ways of extracting precious metals from ore.  The Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa (1717-1780) wanted to create the world’s first natural history museum set up along the principles of the Age of Enlightenment.  She invited Born to move to Vienna and classify the monarchy’s huge collection of minerals, precious gems, and shells so that they could be added to the public museum.  Under Born’s leadership, the museum soon became a center of practical scientific research.  Today, it is the Natural History Museum Vienna and claims one of the world’s most comprehensive and valuable collections of minerals, including the largest collection of meteorites. 

Photos: Natural History Museum Vienna

Ethically Sourced Bornite

 

The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.

The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

 

The Mine

This Bornite comes from a small Copper mine in Peru.

The mine is family owned and has relatively safe conditions for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Bornite was polished in Peru.

The Lapidary is a family business.  The father owns small Copper mines.

The mining byproducts are polished and sold by the son. 

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

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

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

Sourcing Relationship

I purchased from this source a few times during the earlier years of my business.  They sell a variety of polished stones from Peru, including tumbled stones.  At first, the owner was never available while I was shopping.  I spoke with various workers, but because of the language barrier I got conflicting information.  It was obvious to me that the source was closely linked with a Copper mine, based on the minerals and location.  Research online seemed to link this source with a tech company in Hong Kong that makes a mining app for large industrial mines.  I decided that I wouldn’t do business with them again unless I met the owner and got clear information.

In 2019, I finally met the owner and happily he is bilingual.  He shared stories with me about his father who owns a Copper mine.  Most Copper mines are large industrial mines owned by multi-national corporations.  I was surprised but pleased to hear that this is a family-run business.

Safe Handling of Chalcopyrite

Bornite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Bornite

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: Peru

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

Details:

  • Color: Gray and gold
  • Polish: Shiny and mostly smooth, with occasional small cracks from the tumbling process.
  • Quality: A
  • Shape: Irregular rounded shape
  • Size: Average size is .75 in / 19 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .8 oz / 23 g / 113 carats

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