Awaken spiritual gifts gently & naturally.
Be protected from energetic overwhelm.
Release old triggers and false beliefs.
Feel positive and hopeful for the future.
Let Muscovite guide you into your power!
Mineralogy of Muscovite
Mineral Family: Phyllosilicates
Chemical Composition: KAI2(Si3AI)OH,F)2
Cleavage: Perfect basal
Color: Rose-red, can also be colorless, silvery-white, green and brown
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Luminescence: Yellowish-white (long and short waves)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Mica is found all over the world, but the rarer, rose-red Muscovite is found mainly in Brazil, Madagascar and the United States (New Mexico)
Mineral Family: Muscovite is the most common member of the mica group. It is a Siliscate mineral, which 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. Muscovite belongs to the Phyllosilicate group, which includes many different types of mica minerals, including Fuchsite (green mica) and Biotite (black mica) and Lepidolite (purple mica). The Phyllosilicate group also includes such diverse minerals as Chrysocolla, Prehnite, and Serpentine.
Formation: Muscovite is a very common mineral which can form as fine-grained aggregates (Muscovite is the “glitter” in granite and other rocks). It can also form in thin masses.
Mining: Muscovite is a common rock-forming mineral for metamorphic and igneous rocks and is especially common in granite. Because it has a perfect cleave, they can be split into very thin flexible leaves. Most mica is colorless or brown and sold for industrial uses, mainly as a joint compound used in construction. Muscovite is also used to make paint, rubber, asphalt, and plastic parts. High-quality mica is used in cosmetics.
Enhancements: All Muscovite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Common Mica, Potash Mica, Isinglass, Muscovy Glass, Cat Silver, and Lapis Specularis (Stone Mirror)
History of Muscovite
Muscovite is the most common member of the Mica group, but was not included in older lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. The modern name Muscovite comes from the term “Muscovy Glass” which dates back to Elizabethan England. During that time period, mines near Moscow, Russia were producing long sheets of Muscovite that could be split into very thin slices. Some of these slices were nearly transparent and either clear white or lightly tinted. As a result, Muscovite was used as window panes and was a cheaper alternative to glass. The first known use of the term, Muscovy Glass can be found in a letter from the English Ambassador to the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1568.
Today, Muscovite is an important mineral highly sought after by the mining industry. Mica can be found in igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Most of it is ground up and used for a variety of industrial purposes. It is commonly used in construction and can be found in paint, plastic, rubber, and asphalt. Muscovite is also used in cosmetics. The more rare and expensive, thin sheets of Muscovite are used primarily to insulate specialty electronic parts, ranging from oxygen breathing equipment to radar systems. However, the main drive pushing Muscovite mining is the demand for ground mica for use in drilling mud for oil and and gas drilling.
Photos: Muscovy Glass
Healing Properties of Muscovite
Spiritual: Muscovite is a powerful energy magnifier and protector. It calls forth our own Highest Self, helping us to better trust our own judgement and decision-making skills. It increase our discernment, so we can recognize which people, places and activities support us, and which ones hold us back. Muscovite gives us courage to make difficult decisions, including purging toxic people from our lives. Muscovite protects us from direct psychic attacks as well as from more general negative energy. It helps us to detach any negative psychic cords that link us to others and to keep them from reattaching. Muscovite enhances telepathy, clairvoyance, astral travel, and helps us to be more receptive to the messages of our Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels. It also helps us feel more comfortable while spiritually awakening, so that we’re not overwhelmed by information downloads. Muscovite is recommended for earth healing grids, particularly along meridian lines. Muscovite is attuned to the Heart, Third Eye and Crown Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Leo. It is connected to the Elements of Wind and vibrates to the number 1.
Emotional: Muscovite helps us to stand in emotional integrity. It is particularly good to work with if we have become enmeshed with someone else, usually a lover or family member, and need to disentangle ourselves. Muscovite helps us to recognize which emotions are our own, and which more properly belong to someone else. It pushes us to take responsibility for our own emotions and actions and to not lay claim to those of others. Muscovite also helps us to recognize emotional triggers, anticipating them before they occur and recognizing them during. It can also help us to be less responsive when another person actively tries to push our buttons. Muscovite is an excellent stone for anyone going through a divorce or painful breakup. It softens the heart, dissolving layers of insecurity and uncertainty about ourselves and the future. It helps us to recognize projections, both our own and of others. Muscovite reduces feelings of anger, anxiety and clumsiness. It urges us to have faith in ourselves and to trust in our own ability to create success and happiness.
Mental: Muscovite is a powerful crystal for the mind. It promotes clear thinking, problem-solving and deep synthesis of complex information. It helps us to let go of “either/or” thinking and be more open to “both/and” opportunities. Muscovite stimulates the higher centers of the brain, making us feel more comfortable with paradoxes and opposing ideas. It is particularly good for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of advanced theories in music, philosophy and mathematics. Muscovite is also an excellent tool for encouraging critical thinking about political issues and large-scale problems. Muscovite is recommended for teachers and students, as well as for business owners, artists, activists, leaders and anyone else who wants to access the full capacity of the mind. It encourages quick thinking, succinct expressions, and a hopeful view of the future. Muscovite gives us mental confidence and encourages us to let go of preconceived notions. Muscovite inspires us to free ourselves so that we can evolve in beautiful new directions.
Physical: Muscovite is used by metaphysical healers to ease headaches, dizziness, vertigo and sleep problems. It is most often used to support mental distress associated with major and/or chronic physical problems. Muscovite is said to be particularly good for anything to do with the brain. It is believed to help with allergies, blood sugar levels, and to support the pancreas and kidneys. Muscovite is also said to help us find our most appropriate and healthy weight and to add vitality to our physical appearance.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Muscovite
The Miners sell to a Gem Dealer/Exporter
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Importer are all in different countries.
At least two middle-men are involved.
This Muscovite 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
The Lapidary & Export Company
This Muscovite was tumbled in China.
Lapidary factories in China are typically safe for workers.
The Carnelian was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.
The Importer is a female-owned business and pays its employees fairly.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met shopped with the wholesaler 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. The wholesaler specializes in exquisite Amethyst geodes and large stone statues. The owner is an energy-worker who has worked with many celebrities. Since the wholesaler didn’t carry tumbled stones, I took no note of them when I started my own business.
In 2018, my usual source for Black Tourmaline was sold-out and I happened to run into my old boss. She gave me a quiet wink & nod, and sent me to “the statue tent”. While their basic business had not changed, they now sell a variety of tumbled stones as well.
The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause. I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about mining and lapidary conditions in the country of origin.
Muscovite Tumbled Stone
Color: Red and sparkly. 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 Muscovite
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