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Mineralogy of Chiastolite
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Al2SiO5
Cleavage: Perfect to poor
Color: Brown with black cross
Chemical System: Orthorhombic
Luminescence: Yellow (short wave)
Location: Chiastolite crystal deposits have been found in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Chiastolite is a distinct yellowish-brown variety of Andalusite, famous for its distinctive black cross. Andalusite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are 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. Chiastolite belongs to the Nesosilicates group, in which the Silicate tetrahedra are not directly attached to each other. Some of the most famous Nesosilicates are Garnet, Peridot, Topaz, and Kyanite. Andalusite may be found in a variety of colors including, pink, red, white, violet, yellow, blue, and green. The most common type is a yellow-brown variety which has inclusions of black prisms of Graphite.
Formation: Chiastolite is commonly found in metamorphic rocks, where it is often in association with Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire), and Kyanite. On occasion, Chiastolite may form in igneous rocks, particularly Granite. The actual formation process is still a mystery and several different theories have been postulated. The most widely-accepted theory is that when pure yellow-brown Andalusite is forming, impurities, principally made up of Graphite, begin to attach themselves to the corners of the Andalusite crystals. As the concentration of impurities grows, it temporarily slows down the growth of the crystal. Eventually a pattern of four radiating lines of Graphite emerges across the Andalusite. The result is Chiastolite.
Enhancements: All Andalusites are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Chiastolites are always cut along a cross section in order to show their distinctive cross.
Synonyms: Andalusite, Cross-Stone
History of Chiastolite
Chiastolite’s distinctive cross has long made it a favorite in lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Its name has two potential origins. It may come from the Greek word chiastos, meaning “cross,” or from the Greek work Chi which is the name for the Greek letter “X.” It is also called Lapis Crucifer or “cross-stone” in many of the oldest lapidaries.
Chiastolite’s metaphysical properties have been particularly celebrated since the rise of Christianity, and its natural cross has long been seen as having mystical and religious significance. In Europe, one of the largest deposits of Chiastolite can be found near the Shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. According to legend, these Chiastolites are actually holy relics which have been petrified and should be carried during religious pilgrimages. In medieval times, Chiastolite was used to keep the “evil eye” at bay. Today, it is often carried as a sign of devotion, bringing a sense of peace in death and the promise of re-birth.
Photos: Santiago de Composttela
Healing Properties of Chiastolite
Spiritual: Chiastolite calls attention to our own self-awareness and quest for spiritual understanding. It is a stone of rational thinking – dispelling illusions, myths, and outdated beliefs. Chiastolite can reveal to us a glimmer of the beautiful, logical, mystical truth that the Perfect Masters understood so well and that, with time, we too can understand. Chiastolite is a powerful stone for meditation and prayer, and is a guide and protector during the dark nights of the soul. Christians in particular are often attracted to this beautiful mineral which speaks of the glory of God and the message of forgiveness and love. It is also commonly used as a protective talisman, protecting us from negativity and harm. Chiastolite is attuned to the Root and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 3 and 4.
Emotional: Chiastolite has a very calm and grounding energy which reduces feelings of nervousness, fear, and guilt. In particular, it can help us to understand and accept mortal death while also bringing us peace and hope that rebirth and immortality are possible for us and our loved ones. Chiastolite teaches balance and harmony in all things, particularly between our mind and emotions. It counsels us to not let our emotions run wild, but instead to bring a rational perspective to all the situations we face and to choose our responses accordingly. Chiastolite offers us courage, strength, and the knowledge that we are capable of handling anything we are given.
Mental: Chiastolite stabilizes the mind, helping us to think clearly and act rationally. It can help us to understand who we really are and what our great purpose is in this life. It is an excellent stone for anyone who is going though a “mid-life crisis” or a period of self-doubt and despair. Chiastolite stimulates creativity and practicality all at once, making it a useful tool for any artist who wants their art to be understood and appreciated.
Physical: Chiastolite is said to strengthen the nerves, especially when we feel weak, our perception slowed or our body paralyzed. It is also believed to increase lactation in mothers. It is commonly used my metaphysical healers to treat patients suffering from lingering sicknesses, and can help the patient feel hopeful and not give into depression.
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Earth to Pocket
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These Chiastolites were mined and tumbled in the United States.
I first encountered the US wholeseller at the 2015 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Right away I was impressed with the quality of the tumbled stones, and especially the appearance of hard-to-find tumbled stones such as Chiastolite. After talking with the owner, who self-proclaims herself “the Tumbled Queen,” I was even more pleased. The Tumbled Queen knows her stock inside and out and we happily discussed the geology and origins of various rare minerals. I later bought from her again six months later at the 2015 Franklin, NC Gem and Mineral Show.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Chiastolite for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Chiastolite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Chiastolite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips, and be a round, tan stone with a visually pleasing black cross on it. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their distinctive pattern and clean energies, these Chiastolites are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
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