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Find your purpose and live it with joy and gratitude.
Let Cinabrite inspire you to live your own myth!
Mineralogy of Cinabrite
Other Names: Cinnabrite. Despite the similarity in names and coloring, Cinabrite is NOT related to Cinnabar.
Mineral Family: Metamorphic rock (Silicate minerals)
Color: Red/pink and white
Luster: Silky or waxy
Fracture: Uneven, brittle
Color of Streak: White, grey, colorless
Chemical System: Combination of tectosilicate and monoclinic
Chemical Composition: Combination of Ca2Al2(Fe,Al)(Si2O7)O(OH) and Na4(Al3Si9O24)CI and Ca4(Al6Si6O24)(CO3SO4)
Location: The only known deposit for Cinabrite is located in Peru.
Mineral Family: Cinabrite is a combination of two distinct silicate minerals, Scapolite and Thulite (Pink Epidot). 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. Because Cinabrite is a combination of two minerals, it is more properly considered a “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!
Formation: Cinabrite is a contact metamorphic rock. Contact metamorphism is the process by which a rock is changed by the pressure and extreme heat caused by a body of intruding magma. This interaction between the rock and magma often results in the formation of valuable minerals, such as Garnets and Zeolites, as well as Tanzanite, Scolecite, and Stilbite. In the case of Cinabrite, the original rock was most likely a Limestone (sedimentary rock) rich in the white mineral Scapolite. During the metamorphic process, Thulite, (pink Epidot), was created within the Limestone and combined with the Scapolite to produce Cinabrite. In the picture to the right, Cinabrite would most likely be formed in the purple belt, since Thulite is a type of Zeolite, which is closely related to Garnet.
Mining: Because Cinabrite is so new to the market (it has been available in small quantities since 2012), little is known about the mining practices used to produce it. Considering its mineral family and formation, it is most likely a byproduct of the Calcite or Garnet mining industry in Peru.
Enhancements: All Cinabrites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Cinabrite
Cinabrite was introduced to the commercial market in 2012 and so has only recently begun to reveal its powers to the larger metaphysical community. It was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. We do know, however, that the origin of Cinabrite’s name is similar to that of the mineral Cinnabar. There are two possible etymological origins – both of which are fascinating.
The name may come from kinnabari which was the Greek word for brick-red Mercury Sulfide. This would make sense since Cinnabar is one of the major sources for natural Mercury. Because of its Mercury content, Cinnabar was widely used by mining communities worldwide prior to the middle of the 20th century. Mercury dissolves many minerals and thus was used to refine precious metals such as Gold. This refining process is now outlawed, but remains largely responsible for the Mercury poisoning inherent in many old mining areas. Cinnabar is highly toxic and should not be used in crystal elixirs or even placed against bare skin. By contrast, its more friendly cousin, Cinabrite, is completely safe and has no known toxicity.
The name might also be derived from the Persian zinjirfrah and Arabic zinjafr which mean “dragon’s blood.” (Interestingly, the Greek kinnabari was also used in the 14th-17th centuries to refer to a mythical combination of elephant and dragon’s blood used in spells!) The modern incense “Dragon’s Blood” comes from a plant native to South Asia, Dracaena cinnabari, which is also used to create red pigment for dyes. The toxic mineral, Cinnabar, has also been used to make vermilion dyes, although this practice has largely been replaced by a synthetic substitute.
There seems to have been a great deal of confusion in the pre-modern world about what to do if a spell called for Dragon’s Blood. Should the toxic mineral or the exotic plant be used? Which one of them was created as a result of mortal combat between dragons? The ancients never quite figured it out. (Modern witches would be advised to rely on the plant resin, or perhaps to experiment with the non-toxic Cinabrite!)
Photos: Dragon Battles
Healing Properties of Cinabrite
Spiritual: Cinabrite has a sweet questing energy that asks us to look deep within ourselves to find the answers we are seeking. It gives us insights into which parts of ourselves are already perfect and which parts need to be tweaked so that we can enjoy greater peace and happiness in our lives. Cinabrite reveals the divinity within us, our own perfection, and shows us that we contain all the power in the world inside us if we only dare to look closely. Cinabrite can also be used to help us to connect directly with our Highest Self and other spiritual guides such as angels. It is attuned to the Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, and Throat Chakras; is linked to Taurus, Gemini, and the elements of Water and Wind, and vibrates to the numbers 1 and 5.
Emotional: Cinabrite is a stone for independence and courage. It reminds us that we are capable of changing ourselves and our world. It urges us, gently but firmly, to let go of any attachment to being a victim. Instead, it teaches us to acknowledge the past and present for what they are, and then actively spend our energy working to create a better future. Cinabrite gives us emotional endurance and clarity so that we can achieve our goals and stay the course. It also reminds us to keep a positive outlook and remain hopeful that, given time, Love, Truth, Justice, and Mercy will ultimately win.
Mental: Cinabrite nurtures our eloquence, sense of humor, creativity, and self-confidence. Under its influence we speak both logically and lovingly. It is a fantastic talisman for anyone involved in social justice groups, as well as public speakers, entertainers, writers, teachers, and anyone else who seeks to affect other people’s thoughts and actions. Cinabrite can only be used for good, and constantly reminds us that we must be truthful in our words and deeds. It also reminds us that life is a joyful thing, and that we must not let solemnity color our perceptions too often. Laughter is good medicine for both the heart and body, and it also serves to make new ideas more palatable and memorable.
Physical: Cinabrite is a very new stone and so has not been widely used for physical treatments. Its two primary mineral components, however, both have strong healing traditions. The white mineral, Scapolite, is believed to help quicken the recovery process after operations and also to provide relief from discomfort in the shoulders and upper body. The red mineral, Thulite, is said to help soothe intestinal disorders. Both minerals are commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat calcium deficiencies.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
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These Cinabrites were mined and tumbled in Peru.
I discovered the Peruvian tumbling company at the 2015 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. I was looking for another vendor, whom I had previously purchased from, when I ducked into their tent. When I saw their exceptional tumbled stones I was delighted. Unlike most tumbling companies, this one deals only in Peruvian exotics. Many of the stones they were selling were completely new to me! It has been fascinating to explore these new beauties and I look forward to seeing what new stones they bring out in the years to come!
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Cinabrite for you.
You can buy a single Cinabrite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Cinabrite 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 have visually pleasing pattern of dark pink on a white background. 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 subtle shimmer and clean energies, these Cinabrites 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.
What You Should Know:
- Cinabrite is a combination of Thulite and Scapolite. It is NOT related to the mineral Cinnabar.
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