Be calm, organized, and focus on the task at hand.
Find inner peace, clarity,and a sense of direction.
Gradually expand past your old limitations and fears.
Create the life you desire and live your dreams.
Let Stilbite guide you into simplicity and joy!
Mineralogy of Stilbite
Mineral Family: Zeolites
Chemical Composition: Na,Ca0.5, K)9 (Al9Si27O72) 28 H20
Color: Colorless, white, pink (common) & green, blue, black (uncommon)
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Fracture: Subconchoidal, Brittle
Luminescence: Yellowish-white (long and short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque
Location: Stilbite deposits have been found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, and the United States (New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington).
Mineral Family: Stilbite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form 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. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Stilbite belongs to the Zeolite group, in which the stones have an open crystal structure that contains cavities in which molecules of water can be trapped. Zeolites are not well known outside of geological circles. After Stilbite, the most famous Zeolite is probably Scolecite.
Formation: Stilbite is a relatively common stone formed from a combination of water, sodium and calcium. The majority of Stilbites are calcium rich, while a few are sodium-dominate. They occur in igneous rocks and at hot spring deposits.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. The Deccan Traps, a volcanic geological region in Western India, is the principle source of most Stilbite.
Enhancements: All Stilbites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.
Synonyms: Stilbite-CA, Desmine
History of Stilbite
Stilbite is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical world and so its properties are still being explored. It was first named in 1797 by the French mineralogist Jean Claude de la Métherie (1743-1817), the same year he returned to Paris, following the Reign of Terror, the period of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. He was responsible for naming numerous minerals over the course of his career. Stilbite’s name comes from the Greek stilbein, meaning “to shine,” a reference to its pearly luster.
In 1997, Stilbite was discovered to be two different minerals, rather than just a single one. These minerals are now known as Stilbite-CA and Stilbite-NA. To the naked eye, they seem identical but on the chemical level the difference is apparent. Stilbite-CA is the more common variety, and has a high calcium content. Stilbite-NA is more rare and has a higher sodium-content.
Healing Properties of Stilbite
Spiritual: Stilbite has a very soft, gentle energy which helps us calmly shift into balance and alignment. It calms our mind and heart, helping us to move more in accordance with our true spiritual nature. Stilbite encourages us to dream more, both while awake and during sleep, and to let go of any negative attachment to the word “impossible.” Stilbite reveals that all things are possible when we are connect to the Divine. It aids us in spiritual journeying, helping us to feel supported, protected, and guided as we grow and learn. Stilbite 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 Wind and vibrates to the number 33.
Emotional: Stilbite has a quiet and joyful energy that brings us self-confidence and peace of mind. It is extremely supportive and can calm anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed. It helps us to slow down and think clearly, taking life one step at a time, rather than trying to hold the entire big picture all at once. Stilbite helps us to face our fears and to be honest with ourselves and others, when we are going through a difficult time. Stilbite takes care of our heart, healing it and helping it to expand and blossom. It also helps us to seek out good people, who can support us and help us grow. It does this so gently and easily that it happens almost without our being aware of it, until one day, we look around at our life and just marvel at how good it is!
Mental: Stilbite is a wonderful stone for the mind, helping us to feel mentally balanced and clear-headed. It is especially good to work with when we feel overwhelmed by choices and need to make a decision. Stilbite banishes fear and lovingly reminds that we will make the best possible decision based on the currently available information. It counsels us that regardless of which path we choose, we are sure to learn something valuable along the way. When we don’t know what to do next or how to start a project, Stilbite can help us to simply pick a corner and start! Stilbite is an exceptionally good stone for new entrepreneurs who are just beginning to build their business. It increases creativity and helps us to stay grounded and focused.
Physical: Stilbite is said to help calm ADHD and ADD and to treat bipolar swings. Metaphysical healers most often use it to treat brain disorders and to gently heal the body when it needs especially soft care. It is also believed to help detoxify the body and increase our sense of taste!
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Stilbite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Wholesale Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Stilbite is a byproduct of an industrial Basalt mine in Mahrashtra, India.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Stilbite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Stilbite Tumbled Stone
Color: Pale orange, with a white shimmer. 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 Stilbite
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