Find the heart of silence within meditation.
Open yourself to spiritual passion and love.
Actualize dynamic ideas with cool efficiency.
Ground your mental and emotional bodies.
Let Magnesite inspire you to blissfully center!
Mineralogy of Magnesite
Mineral Family: Carbonites
Chemical Composition: MgCO3
Crystal System: Hexatonal/trigonal
Fracture: Conchoidal, brittal
Luminescence: Yellowish-white (long wave) / Blueish-white (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque
Location: Magnesite deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, China, the United States and Zimbabwe. They have also been found in meteorites and on the planet Mars!
Mineral Family: Magnesite is a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one carbon atom centrally located between 3 oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, the most common are Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite. Magnesite is a relatively rare stone, which usually forms in massive slabs, although occasional fine crystals have been found. It is closely related to Aragonite, Calcite, Malachite, and Rhodochrosite.
Formation: Magnesite typically forms in magnesium-rich rocks such as peridotites (igneous) or Limestone (sedimentary). It can also form when a mineral solution containing Magnesium flows across Calcite.
Mining: Magnesite is a very desirable mineral to mine because it is a rich source for Magnesium, an element that can only naturally occur in combination with other elements. Magnesite is used to produce Magnesium products (for example, epsom salts and synthetic rubber) and is combined with Aluminum or Zinc to give structural strength to aircrafts and spaceships.
Enhancements: All available Magnesites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Sometimes the tumbling produces smooth stones, other times it produces a knobbly mass, full of bumps and lines.
History of Magnesite
Magnesite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Magnesite is mostly used for industrial purposes, most interestingly as a source for the metal used to build spaceships. While Magnesite has many practical uses here on Earth, its most fascinating history belongs to the stars.
In 1984, a group of meteorite hunters who belonged to ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites, funded by the US National Science Foundation) made a unique discovery. The meteorite which they discovered (ALH84001) had landed in Allan Hills, Antarctica, and is believed to have originated on the planet Mars. In 1996, the meteorite was the subject of headlines worldwide after it was announced that it contained evidence for microscopic fossils of bacteria. It was tentatively put forth as possible proof that life had once existed on the Red Planet. The fossils were located in the carbonate globules, which were largely composed of Iron and Magnesite.
The meteorite is an igneous rock, which is estimated to be 4.09 billion years old. This is slightly older than any known Earth rock, making this meteorite the oldest known rock in the solar system! According to current theories, ALH84001 was blasted into space approximately 17 million years ago, after Mars was hit by a large meteorite, sending rocks through its atmosphere and into deep space. The Martian rock traveled the cosmos for millions of years before eventually landing in Antartica, roughly 13,000 years ago. It has been suggested that it came from the Valles Marineris canyon on Mars, based on a chemical analysis done by the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey spacecraft, but the evidence is not conclusive.
NASA, along with many other space exploration agencies worldwide, is currently making plans for a manned-mission to Mars, potentially in the 2030s. When the astronauts finally land on another planet, Magnesite may very well be one of the main minerals that make up “Mars Rocks.”
Healing Properties of Magnesite
Spiritual: Magnesite activates psychic powers and increases our ability to receive and understand information from a higher source. It is one of the most powerful crystals for activating the Third Eye and is a phenomenal tool for anyone who is working with spirit guides, angels, or other spiritual entities. Magnesite has a very positive vibration, and reminds us that life is good and meant to be enjoyed. Magnesite is attuned to the Heart, Third Eye, and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Aries. It is connected to the element of Storm and vibrates to the number 3.
Emotional: Magnesite is an emotional balancer, helping us to let go of stress and to develop good emotional health habits. It is a joyful stone which helps us connect our hearts directly with the Divine, allowing us to feel safe and supported. Magnesite reduces the effects of fear and irritability, helping us to become more tolerant and patient with emotional stress, and to know how to resolve it satisfactorily. It is a stone of hope and forward progress. Magnestite helps us to self-reflect accurately and kindly so that we can do our personal work and become better versions of ourselves.
Mental: Magnesite helps us to process complex information, showing us how it relates to our own life and how we can use that information to help others. It is an excellent talisman for anyone who studies history, anthropology, earth science, or cosmology because it encourages us to ask the “big questions,” study the evidence, and then make the mental leaps which can reveal the “big answers.” Magnesite teaches us to become better listeners and to gather as much information as we can before making any firm judgements. It also reminds us that when new information becomes available, we need to adjust our thinking accordingly.
Physical: Magnesite is said to encourage the body to relax. It has been used by metaphysical healers to release tension, muscle spasms, stomach cramps, and to relieve overly sensitive skin or organs. It is the most important healing crystal for anything related to a Magnesium deficiency. It is also believed to help relieve headaches/migraines.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Magnesite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells 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 different countries, with at least one middleman involved.
This Mangesite comes from an industrial Magnesite mine in Zimbabwe.
The exact mine is unknown, but Zimbabwe has one of the best records for miner-safety in Africa.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Noble Shungite has been left rough and natural.
It was imported into the USA by a Lapidary.
The Lapidary is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.
All Lapidary workers are paid fairly.
The Lapidary sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners. He and I had an instant rapport.
Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock. He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke. In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin. When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.
Magnesite Tumbled Stone
Color: White with black/gray markings. 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 Magnesite
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