Vatican Stone

Cosmic connection

See the “big picture” and expand your understanding.

Strengthen your spiritual and physical foundations.

Be relaxed and at peace, especially during transition.

Heighten your survival skills and act with fluid motion.

Let Vatican Stone inspire you to live gracefully.


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Mineralogy of Vatican Stone


Natural Outcrop of Vatican Stone, Harehope Quarry, England

Rock Type: Sedimentary rock (Limestone) with Marine Fossil
Major Minerals: Calcite
Minor Minerals: Aragonite, Quartz

Color: Black with grey/white fossils
Gravity: 2.3-2.7
Hardness: Varies
Luminescence: Unknown
Texture: Clastic
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Vatican Stones are found exclusively in County Durham, Northern England. vatican-stone-mine-locations

Rock Type: Vatican Stone is not a mineral, but rather a rock and a fossil. 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 Vatican Stone, it is Black Limestone with white/grey fossils.  Fossils are a remnant or impression of an organism which lived in the past. Fossils come in many different forms and, depending on what is being preserved, the fossilization process can also be very different. In the case of Vatican Stone, the fossils are of Stags Head Coral.

Formation: Vatican Stone was formed 365 million years ago, when Stags Head Coral was slowly buried under layers of mud in a shallow tropical sea. The mud eventually hardened into Limestone, preserving the fossils beautifully.  

Mining: Vatican Stone is commercially mined exclusively in Rogerley Mine, England. It was originally thought to be a type of Marble and was mined as a decorative stone for churches and the homes of the very wealthy. It is now correctly recognized as a Limestone, but is still used decoratively, in counters and floors in private residences.


The entrance to Rogerley Mine, England

Enhancements: All Vatican Stones are fully natural and have been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.  

Synonyms: Frosterly Marble, Stags Horn Coral in Matrix. May be inaccurately labelled Ammonite in Matrix, 

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Vatican StoneRogerley Mine

History of Vatican Stone

Vatican Stone is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical world, and so is not included in any lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. As a result, the healing properties of Vatican Stone are still being explored. In geological circles, this stone is more likely to be referred to as “Frosterley Marble.” But the metaphysical community typically uses the name Vatican Stone instead, a name which references the fact that this stone was used to decorate Catholic churches.

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Live Cup Coral

Many people incorrectly believe that the fossils in this stone are Ammonites, an extinct species of mollusks, more closely related to coleoids like Octopus, Squid and Cuttlefish, than to modern shellfish. While Ammonites have been beautifully preserved in fossil beds around the world, they are not responsible for the fossils found in Vatican Stone. Instead, the fossils are of an ancient horn Coral species, Dibunophyllum bipartitum.  This species thrived during the Carboniferous Period (359-299 million years ago). This species of Coral looked similar to modern Cup Corals in the Balanophylia genus.

At that time, Great Britain and Ireland were tropical islands, close to the equator, nowhere near their current northerly location. Much of the land was submerged under a shallow sea and covered with a thick bed of coral. What little land was above the sea was a tropical swamp. Towards the end of the Carboniferous Period, the various continents fused into a single super-continent, Pangaea. The British Isles and Ireland were pushed Northward, as well as up out of the water. Mountain ranges were formed, and the remains of the swamps were preserved in what would eventually become coal. Vatican Stone is a remnant of this period. It shows perfect Coral fossils, preserved in a black Limestone.


Columns of Vatican Stone, St. John the Baptist Cathedral

Vatican Stone has been mined in the county of Durham, in north-eastern England for centuries. The oldest written reference to the stone dates to 1183, in a document which mentions “Lambert the marble cutter of Stanhope.” Just as Vatican Stone is often incorrectly thought to be Ammonites, rather than Coral, it was formerly thought to be a type of Marble, rather than Limestone.

The stone was carved into striking pillars for Cathedrals, inlaid in floors, and carved into baptismal fonts, sculptures, and sacrament cups.

Photos: Cup CoralCatheral Columns

Healing Properties of Vatican Stone

Spiritual: Vatican Stone is a mystical stone, guiding us to find our truest connection to Spirit and the Divine. It deepens our prayers and gently pulls back the walls in our mind that separate us from the world. Vatican Stone reminds us that there is no “us” and “them,” there is only “us” and we are beautiful and deserve to be safe and loved. It can help us to see the “Big Picture” and make good choices. Vatican Stone enhances gifts of prophecy and telepathy and strengthens our intuition. It can also help us to discover our Animal Totems and to learn the lessons that they need to teach us. Vatican Stone is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Virgo and Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Water and Earth and vibrates to the Numbers 5, 6, and 8.

Emotional: Vatican Stone calms our emotions and helps us to stay steady and peaceful regardless of the situations we might find ourselves in. It helps us to feel emotionally safe and be open to new ideas and situations. It is particularly helpful whenever we need to push our own comfort zones and be welcoming to people who are different than us. Vatican Stone encourages us to look on the bright side and to not give energy to paranoia or negative thinking. It also invites us to explore our roots and to make peace with our past. It can also help us to stay calm and practical during times of transition.

Mental: Vatican Stone can helps us to stay physically safe, relying on logic and good sense, and not allowing fearful emotions to run amok. It enhances our sense of diplomacy and reminds us that there are always at least two sides to every story. Vatican Stone encourages us to focus on preventative measures, to avoid bad situations, rather than waiting until a bad situation is thrown upon us. Vatican Stone also enhances our professional skills, helping us to be successful in all our endeavors.

Physical: Vatican Stone is used by metaphysical healers to treat hearing disorders and to bring renewed vitality to aging bodies. It is believed to treat bone and spine disorders and injuries. It is also said to be good for carpal tunnel syndrome and other muscular disorders.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

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.

These Vatican Stones were mined in England and tumbled in South Africa.

It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Vatican Stone for you.

Your Stone

Vatican StoneThis price is for one stone. You can buy a single Vatican Stone or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Vatican Stone measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.

The stone I choose for you will be rounded in shape and have dark grey/black matrix rock with pale grey fossils. 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 subtle shimmer and clean energies, these Vatican Stones 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 Vatican Stone

Good To Know:

Vatican Stones are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.

Vatican Stones can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Vatican Stones 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.

Tumbled and fully smooth Vatican Stone can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Vatican Stone Water” for drinking or bathing. Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic. Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones. When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.

Vatican Stones can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.


  1. Beth S. (Kentucky)

    The Vatican Stone’s fossil patterns are attractive and pleasing, their earthy colors contrast yet are comfortably soft. The Vatican Stone’s “feel” is about as totally grounding as any crystal I’ve ever had, a gentle kind of grounding but powerful. From the few days I’ve spent with it, my sense of it is that your description of its properties on the Moonrise Crystals site is spot-on.

  2. Patricia T. (Ohio)

    I’m diggin these fossils. So interesting to look at! You ROCK!!! (no pun intended)

  3. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Another really beautiful stone! The shells create such neat markings and stand out so well against the black background.

  4. Kim K. (California)

    Lovely Vatican Stone! Lightning fast shipping. Thank you 🙂

  5. Kimberley L. (Texas)

    Ohhhhhh Julie! It’s BEAUTIFUL! I have goosebumps! I could cry! I LOVE IT! Blessings to you! I am so HAPPY! VERY PLEASED! THANK-YOU!

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  7. Wendy K. (New Hampshire)

    Always good value at this shop: good specimens, exactly as advertised or better, well-packed and quickly shipped. Thank you, Julie!

  8. Denise M. (Minnesota)

    Mine stone has a lovely pair of angel wings!

  9. Judith-Marie M. (New Jersey)

    Thank You!! Great Seller To Deal With!!

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