Graceful Stability

Activate the Kundalini Spirit in the lower Chakras.

Gain wisdom from ancestors and other ancient spirits.

Acknowledge your own “rough spots” and be more gracious.

Be strong and stay loyal to whatever is most important.

Let Buddstone inspire you to dance between heaven and earth!


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Mineralogy of Buddstone

Raw Buddstone

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Rock Type: Metamorphic
Major Minerals: Quartz, Albite
Minor Minerals: Actinolite, ChloriteEpidot, and Fuchsite

Color: Green
Gravity: 2.61
Hardness: 7
Luminescence: Unknown
Texture: Silky
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Buddstone is found exclusively in South Africa.

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Rock Type: Buddstone is not a mineral, but rather a type of metamorphic rock. In order to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Buddstone is metamorphosed Chert, a fine grained sedimentary rock which comes in many colors, but is most commonly grey or brown. Buddstone gets its beautiful green color from inclusions of various green minerals such as Chlorite, Epidot, and Fuchsite. While sometimes referred to as a type of “Jade,” Buddstone is only distantly related to the Jade family. It is more closely related to Serpentine and Fuchsite. Buddstone is sometimes incorrectly referred to as “Verdite” which is a type of Fuchsite. True Verdite is pure green, while Buddstone is softly molted apple green, white, brown and other colors. 

Formation: Metamorphic rocks are created when an existing Igneous or Sedimentary rock (or potentially another type of Metamorphic rock!) is subjected to new pressures and high temperatures. This causes the atoms and molecules to rearrange themselves into new minerals while still in a hard solid state.   

Mining: The majority of Buddstone on the market was mined in association with Verdite. Both green stones are a by-product of the Gold and Garnet mining industries.  

Enhancements: All Buddstones are completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. 

Synonyms: Budstone, African Jade, South African Jade, Transvaal Jade, and Praetorianite.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Buddstone

Buddstone womanHistory of Buddstone

Buddstone 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. Buddstone is found exclusively in South Africa, alongside deposits for Verdite. Both of these soft green metamorphic rocks can be easily carved and so were used to make ornaments and amulets by indigenous tribes. Whether these carvings were purely ornamental, or had a deeper spiritual meaning is unknown.

Photo courtesy of Buddstone Statue

Healing Properties of Buddstone

Spiritual: Buddstone offers us the wisdom of our ancestors and gives us the strength and fortitude to use this wisdom in the modern world. It can also help us to better understand our own distinct family line, cultural habits, and belief systems. Buddstone encourages us to look more closely at our own beliefs with discernment and compassion, and to choose only those beliefs which best serve us and the Greater Good. Buddstone can also be used to activate the Kundalini Spirit and help it to rise to the heart level. Buddstone is attuned to the Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Taurus. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 2.

Emotional: Buddstone has a very calming and soothing energy which helps us to feel safe enough to do our emotional “work.” It encourages us to acknowledge our own rough spots and edges, and to actively work to smooth and polish them. Such work is done for our own sake, in order to become more emotionally mature and better able to hand the twists and turns of life with grace and dignity. Buddstone reminds us that when we have a steady emotional foundation to build upon, it is easy to accomplish great things.

Mental: Buddstone is a fantastic stone for anyone who needs to be more organized and focused. It shows us the quickest and most direct path to any solution, making it a valuable tool for resolving complicated problems. Buddstone encourages discernment and cooperation. It can help us to see commonalities and differences between groups of people and ideas, allowing us to more effectively work with them for the highest possible mutual benefit. Buddstone would be a beautiful talisman stone for anyone who is involved in a nonprofit organization.

Physical: Buddstone has been used by metaphysical healers to treat the physical heart and circulatory system problems. It is most often used to increase the flow of energy throughout the body.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Ethically Sourced Buddstone


The Miners sell 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 short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in the same country.



The Mine

This Buddstone is a byproduct of an industrial Gold mine in South Africa.

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary

This Buddstone 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


Sourcing Relationship

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.

Buddstone Tumbled Stone

Color: Blue stripes.  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 oz

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

Safe Handling of Buddstone


  1. Robert S. (Maryland)

    No problems

  2. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Beautiful crystal! I love the deep green color and swirls! I just love the way it feels! Thank you!

  3. Sarah L (New York)

    I am so happy with my crystals. They are so beautiful, I received them quickly, and they were wrapped up so nice so that I could easily identify them and know what to use them for. I will definitely be ordering again

  4. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The buddstone is awesome! I just love how it feels, and it is such a lovely shade of green.

  5. Elizabeth T. (Kentucky)

    Highly recommended seller!!! Beautiful crystals, fast shipment, caring handling.

  6. Jean K. (Los Angeles)

    Just perfect!

  7. Ammy B. (Iowa)

    As described. Thank you! Fast shipping.

  8. Shelbi H. (Washington)

    Received my new beauty ! I love it so much thank you for this new tool , I’m definitely learning its energy but it is very comforting , I find myself using it as a palm rub stone ! Very stress relieving and thankful for my purchase. Mahalo, and many blessings to you ! -Shelbi

  9. Barbara A. (California)

    I love my stones!!! I love looking at them and holding them They are oddly calming and invigorating at the same time. Just wish the ruby stone was a bit bigger But thak you for these little “gems”..

  10. Dorothy B. (Pennsylvania)

    (: 100% AWSOME SELLER!! Speedy Fast shipping, Thanks Have A Wonderful Day. 🙂

  11. Becki S. (Wisconsin)

    Very nice stone thank you

  12. Kim K. (California)

    Fast shipping. Great communication. Wonderful large Buddstone! Always a pleasure to do business with Julie – Thank you 🙂

  13. Patricia F. (Maryland)

    Beautiful! I think this is my favorite! Thx!

  14. Vicki L. (California)

    SUPER service! Very helpful & knowledgeable!!! I’d leave more stars if I could!

  15. Ilona S. (Connecticut)

    Needed stone…Thanks!

  16. Tammy D. (Ohio)

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  17. Paul S. (Washington)

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