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Feel grounded, peaceful and expansive.
Maintain balance in all areas of your life.
Let Indigo Gabbro inspire you to grow!
Mineralogy of Indigo Gabbro
Color: Black, blue
Location: Gabbro is a fairly common igneous rock, found in many locations worldwide. Indigo Gabbro is a rare form found only in Madagascar.
Rock Type: Indigo Gabbro is not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients such as flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In the case of Indigo Gabbro, it is an igneous rock made principally of Augite and Feldspar, as well as Chlorite, Lodestone, Muscovite, Serpentine and various other minor minerals.
Associated Minerals: Olivine (Peridot), various rare metals
Formation: Indigo Gabbro is formed when molten magma trapped beneath the Earth’s surface, slowly cools and becomes solid rock. Gabbro is chemically identical to basalt. The only difference between the two stone is that Gabbro is formed below the earth’s crust and so is coarse-grained, while Basalt forms on the surface of the earth, after a volcanic eruption, and is fine-grained.
Mining: Gabbro is relatively common and mined in massive quantities. Left rough, it is used as a base for roads pavement and polished it is used on the outside of buildings as countertops, and even gravestones. Polished Gabbro is often referred to as “Black Granite”.
Enhancements: All Indigo Gabbro may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, or polishing.
Synonym: Mystic Merlinite, Blizzard Stone (See History Tab for more details)
History of Indigo Gabbro
Indigo Gabbro is a relatively “new” stone on the market and was not included any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. In modern lapidaries, there is often some confusion about which stone is being described since there are several commercial names associated with this stone, including: Black Granite, Blizzard Stone and Mystic Merlinite.
Indigo Gabbro is a form of Gabbro, a common dark-colored, coarse-grained igneous rock. Gabbro is relatively easy to polish and is resistant to weathering and wear. It is sometimes called “Black Granite” by manufacturers and merchants who sell ‘granite’ counter-tops, floor tiles, and even graveyard headstones. Granite is a closely related igneous rock, but is typically white, pink or grey.
Most Gabbro is darkly colored, but one deposit found in Madagascar has a striking balance of black and a purple/blue/grey. Gabbro from this deposit is properly known as “Indigo Gabbro.” Commercial marketers also sometimes sell this stone as “Mystic Merlinite”. This is not to be confused with regular “Merlinite” which is found in New Mexico, USA and is a white agate with black Maganese, sometimes with sparkly druzy crystals. Merlinite is more properly called “White Dendritic Agate”
Another rare form of Gabbro is called “Blizzard Stone” and it is found only in Alaska. However, Indigo Gabbro from Madgascar and Blizzard Stone from Alaska are often confused. Simply put, both stones are Gabbros, but Blizzard Stone is black and white, while Indigo Gabbro is black and purple/blue.
Healing Properties of Indigo Gabbro
Spiritual: Indigo Gabbro kick-starts our spiritual journey and encouarges us to grow into our most authentic self. It grounds our spiritual beliefs into practical actions, so that we truly live our beliefs, rather than just talking about them or vaguely aspiring to them. Indigo Gabbro preaches that our life is our religion, and how we conduct ourselves in our everyday life is the window into our real spiritual beliefs. However, Indigo Gabbro also reminds us that we are fully capable of changing and evolving, so if our actions do not match our beliefs, it is a relatively straightforward matter to course-correct and begin to act in greater integrity. Indigo Gabbro can amplify energy vibrations, whether from other crystals or from an outside energy force such as reiki. Indigo Gabbro is attuned to the Third Eye and Solar Plexus Chakras and the astrological signs of Taurus and Cancer. It is connected to the Element of Storm and vibrates to the number 1.
Emotional: Indigo Gabbro is a grounding and inspiring stone to work with. It helps us to look at our life logically, and to focus on practical solutions that will bring us more peace and good energy. It encourages us to claim our own power and to be confident. It has an expansive energy, that helps us to think big and to actively dare to make our dreams come true. Indigo Gabbro is especially helpful for anyone who has a tendency to feel like a victim or someone who has no control or power in their own life. Indigo Gabbro whispers the truth – that we do have power and control, and that we can change our life. Indigo Gabbro helps us to be patient while we change, but also to stay determined and keep a steady course. It encourages us to maintain balance and to remember to be grateful for what is already good, even as we move forward in other areas.
Mental: Indigo Gabbro invites us to think very carefully about our habits, both the things that we regularly do, as well as the things that we regularly don’t do. Indigo Gabbro asks us to carefully question whether or not those habits serve our Highest Good, or whether they are actually forms of self-sabotage. Indigo Gabbro reminds us that in many ways we are in control of our life and our destiny, and the habits we engage in, our what often directs our path. Change our habits, and we change our life! Indigo Gabbro helps us to feel more confident in our own ability to determine what needs to be done, and then to do it.
Physical: Indigo Gabbro is used by metaphysical healers to treat the feet and skeletal system. It is said to be especially good for treating the spine and the skull, and is believe to help heal brain damage caused by a traumatic physical injury.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Indigo Gabbro
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 short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Indigo Gabbro was artisanally mined in Madagascar.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Indigo Gabbro was polished in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
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
I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.
In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals. The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows. The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community. They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.
In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.
Indigo Gabbro Tumbled Stone
Color: Indigo and black. 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 Indigo Gabbro
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