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Mineralogy of Smithsonite
Mineral Family: Carbonites
Chemical Composition: ZnCO3
Color: White, blue, green, yellow, brown, pink
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Botryoidal, rhombohedral, scalenohedral
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal
Luminescence: Yellowish-white (long wave) / Red (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Transparency: Translucent to opaque
Location: Significant deposits of Smithsonite have been found in Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the United States (Colorado, New Mexico) and Zambia.
Mineral Family: Smithsonite 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. It is closely related to Aragonite, Cerussite, Magnesite, Malachite, Rhodochrosite.
Formation: Smithsonie forms as a secondary mineral in zinc-bearing ore deposits that have been subjected to weathering or oxidation. It usually forms as gobular masses, but on rare occasion Smithsonite crystals can form. It is formed mostly from Zinc and is usually white. But if some of the zinc is replaced by other minerals, the Smithsonite can take on a variety of colors. For example, blue and green Smithsonite gets its color from Copper, while cobalt creates pink and purple Smithsonite.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. Smithsonite is usually mined as an ore for zinc. Approximately 80% of zinc mines are located completely underground, dozens to hundreds of meters below the surface. About 8% of zinc mines are open pit mines, while the remaining 12% are a combination of open pit and underground.
Enhancements: All Smithsonites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Aztec Stone, Carbonite of Zinc, Zinc Spar. Smithsonite is sometimes confused with Hemimorphite (for more information see History tab)
History of Smithsonite
Smithsonite has been mined since ancient times, but has only recently been described in lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Smithsonite was most likely the zinc-ore used in ancient metallurgy to provide zinc for making brass. Prior to the 18th century, Smithsonite was called Calamine, a generic name used for zinc ores. The name Calamine comes from the Belgian town of Kelmis, translated as La Calamine in French which was home to a large zinc mine.
In 1803, James Smithson (1765-1829), an English Chemist and Mineralogist determined that “Calamine” was actually two different minerals. The two minerals were very similar looking to the naked eye, but is quite distinct chemically and crystallographically. The more common zinc mineral was eventually named in his honor, Smithsonite, while the more rare zinc mineral was named Hemimorphite.
Smithson never married and had no children. He left his vast fortune and estate to his nephew, but stipulated that if that nephew died without an heir, it would then be given to the United States, “to found in Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institute, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” The will was upheld and in 1835, President Andrew Jackson was informed of the bequest and passed that information along to Congress who then founded the Smithsonian Institute. Smithson’s personal items, including scientific notes, minerals and libraries were sent along with eleven boxes filled with gold sovereigns, worth $54,000 (over 1 billion in today’s dollar). The Smithsonian Institute has since grown into nineteen museums ranging in subject from Natural History to Air & Space, nine research centers and a zoo. While more than 200 museums and educational institutes throughout the United States are Smithsonian Affiliates. Today the Smithsonian Institute has one of the largest gem & mineral collections in the world. A variety of beautiful stones can be viewed by the public at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Over 600,000 others are kept in the research collection, which are available to view/loan for free for researchers worldwide.
Healing Properties of Smithsonite
Spiritual: Smithsonite invites us to open ourselves to the awesome power of Divine Love and Light. It brings a calm, happy energy into the darkest of times and reminds us that we are loved even when we feel like we are all alone in the world. Smithsonite resonates with the energy of Kwan Yin, bodhisattva of compassion, and can be used to call upon her for help in order to bring healing, love, and peace into our lives. Smithsonite can also be used to connect with our angels and spirit guides, and to increase psychic awareness. Smithsonite is attuned to ALL Chakras and linked and to the astrological signs of Virgo and Pisces. It is connected to the Element of Water and vibrates to the number 7.
Emotional: Smithsonite is a powerful emotional healer, helping us to explore issues around love and self-worth, as well as abuse masquerading as love. It helps us to recognize what real love looks like and feels like, and to correctly label abuse without making excuses for the abuser. Smithsonite encourages us to be kind, compassionate and supportive, and to insist on the same treatment from those close to us. Smithsonite teaches that we are deeply lovable and deserve to be treated gently. It has a calm energy that can helps us to get clear about tricky emotional issues and to find the strength to stand up for ourselves. Smithsonite helps us to forgive and let go of depression and anger, but it also reminds us to protect ourselves and not allow anyone to mistreat us. It attracts good friends who love us just as we are.
Mental: Smithsonite has a very peaceful energy that can help us to think clearly and logically. It helps us to ignore negative emotional messages and instead look at situations from a logical and loving viewpoint. Smithsonite encourages us to be self-confident and to cultivate leadership skills and independence. It also helps us to correctly read non-verbal cues and to be skilled diplomats during difficult conversations. Smithsonite teaches us to look forward and see wonderful possibilities, and then to have the determination to do what needs to be done in the present to make good things happen.
Physical: Smithsonite is commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat the reproductive organs and endocerine system. It is also said to be useful for anyone seeking to lose weight, especially if connected to emotional eating, and to increase physical energy. It is also believed to help reduce alcoholism and make it easier to quit addictive substances/behaviors.
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Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
This stone was mined in Nigeria and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Smithsonite for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Smithsonite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Smithsonite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and have a unique rectangular shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be a beautiful apple green stone. 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 beautiful colors and clean energies, these Smithsonite 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.
Safe Handling of Shungite
Smithsonite contains Zinc and the blue-green variety contains Copper. As such it should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Smithsonite Water” for drinking or bathing. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Smithsonite is a fragile stone that can easily break or chip! They should not be casually carried in a pocket or in a medicine bag. They are best kept as collectors pieces or on an altar, handling with care.
Good to Know:
Smithsonite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Smithsonite can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Smithsonite can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing its color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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