Chiastolite Stone - The Andalusite Gemstone of Balance and Harmony
Chiastolite Gemstone or Cross Stone
Chiastolite Gemstone is a variety of Andalusite with cross-shaped black inclusions of carbon. It is also known as Cross Stone (Lapis Crucifer) because of the natural cross like pattern on the stone. Another name associated with this stone is Macle. The name Chiastolite is derived from the Greek word 'chiastos', the meaning of which is 'cross marked'. Andalusite is named after the area (Andalusia in Southern Spain) where it was first discovered. Andalusite is made up of Aluminium Silicate minerals. The cross sign is formed in this stone when carbon rich impurities form an axis along the crystal. This stone was first discovered in Spain and has been used since ancient times as an amulet for protection against supernatural creatures and to ward off evil eye. It is considered as a Religious Gemstone associated with Christianity (like Bloodstone) because of the natural cross pattern on the stone. This stone is found in white, red, brown, orange and green and has a hardness rating of 7.5 on the Mohs scale. The chemical composition of this stone is Al2SiO5. Chiastolite Bead necklaces and jewelry are quite popular because of its unique design. Chiastolite Stone is associated with the sacral and root chakras.
Chiastolite is found in Algeria, South Australia, Bolivia, Chile, China, France, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Sri lanka, Canada and in California in the USA.
Healing and Metaphysical Properties of Chiastolite Stone
Chiastolite Gemstone has built a reputation as a stone of balance and harmony. It is a very efficient psychic protection stone. This Andalusite stone is said to enhance the intellect, problem solving abilities, stability and mental clarity. This stone is said to dispel negative thoughts and energies. It is said to be very useful for astral travel. Chiastolite is associated with the crown and root chakras. It is a good stone for meditation. Healers use this stone to lessen fevers, treat blood disorders, rheumatism, blood pressure etc. This stone is said to help in balancing the immune system and increase lactation in nursing mothers. This stone is also said to be very effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress and guilt. It is said to help in overcoming feelings of loneliness and fear. It is a good stone to be worn by those who are temperamental. It is said to be helpful in clearing emotional baggage. To have a harmonious atmosphere at work, one may wear chiastolite jewelry or carry the tumble stones in a pouch.
Chiastolite gem studded jewelry is suitable for every day wear because of its hardness. However, avoid steam and ultrasonic cleaning devices to clean this stone. It can be cleaned using lukewarm soapy water and then rinsed thoroughly with plain water. Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth. It is advisable to store the jewelry in separate jewel boxes to avoid scratches from harder stones and metals.
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