Find courage and strength to do what needs to be done.
Be courteous and diplomatic without any prejudice.
Make decisive decisions and stay committed to them.
Actively resolve lingering issues and problems.
Let Bronzite inspire you to act with honor!
Mineralogy of Bronzite
Mineral Family: Single-chain Inosilicates
Chemical Composition: (Mg, Fe)2[Si2O6]
Cleavage: Good to perfect
Color: Brown-black and golden-brown.
Crystal System: Orthormobic
Luminescence: Blueish-white, weak (long wave)
Streak: grey/white or brown
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: The most important deposit for Bronzite is in Mysore, India. Additional deposits are located in Brazil, Canada, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and the United States (Arizona).
Mineral Family: Bronzite is the brown variety of Enstatite, a type of magnesium silicate. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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. Enstatite is a member of the Pyroxene group of minerals, which also includes Astrophyllite, Dipside, Jadite, and Rhodonite. The Pyroxene group is composed of important rock forming minerals and form the basis for much of the Earth’s upper crust. Enstatite can be colorless, yellow, green, brown, or black. The brown variety with a metallic luster is commonly called Bronzite.
Formation: Bronzite is formed when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rock. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. Trace amounts of magnesium and iron within the silicate determine which type and color of silicate mineral is formed. Bronzite is the brown variety of Enstatite. Enstatite typically grows as an opaque stone, but occasionally it develops small crystals.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. Enstatite is a relatively common mineral, found in both igneous rocks and in meteorites and is considered an important rock building mineral. By itself, its only commercial use is as a gemstone.
Enhancements: All Bronzites on the market are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Bronzite
Bronzite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Bronzite’s name, of course, comes from its distinctive metallic luster. While it makes a striking decorative stone when cut and polished, Bronzite is rarely used except for the occasional small object.
Bronzite belongs to the mineral family Pyroxene, whose name is Greek for “fire stranger.” This is because Pyroxenes sometimes form as crystals embedded in Obsidian (volcanic glass). It was originally thought that these crystals were impurities, or “strangers.” In fact, the Pyroxene crystals were actually formed before the lava erupted!
Healing Properties of Bronzite
Spiritual: Bronzite is a very grounding and thoughtful stone. It encourages us to bring logic to our spiritual practice, so that we know exactly why we believe or do something, rather than just relying on blind faith. With the addition of this logic, not our spiritual practices are deepened, but our ability to communicate about them is also increased. Bronzite is also a stone for service, teaching us the value of community, and the joy of both giving and receiving. Bronzite is attuned to the Root and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Leo. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Fire and vibrates to the number 1.
Emotional: Bronzite helps us to step outside our emotions so we can properly analyze ourselves and our situation. This is particularly helpful during stressful or negative times. Once we understand and accept the reality of our current state, Bronzite encourages us to start taking proper action to improve the situation. Bronzite’s message is essentially one of love and balance, not as an impossible ideal but rather as something that should be actively worked towards.
Mental: Bronzite has a wonderful mellow energy which can help us deal with difficult people and situations. It has been called the “stone of courtesy” and encourages us to keep a level head and remain civil. Such civility is not meant to be passive or submissive! Rather it is about using our conscious mind to control our actions, as opposed to allowing ourselves to be controlled by our most basic “fight or flight” instincts. Bronzite teaches us to be discerning in our thoughts and words, decisive in our actions, and loving in our emotions.
Physical: Bronzite is said to be helpful for bringing the body pH balance into harmony. It is also believed to help the body better absorb iron and other nutritive minerals. Bronzite has been used by metaphysical healers to treat anemia as well as a variety of illness caused by vitamin deficiencies.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Bronzite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Bronzite is from an Industrial Hematite mine in Brazil.
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This Bronzite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Bronzite Healing Stone
Color: Brown, with a metallic glitter. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1.5 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Bronzite
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