Danburite


DanburiteOther Names:
Origin of Name: Location, Danbury, USA
Meaning of the Stone: Leo starsign
Classification: semi-precious
Family: Tectosilicates
Region: USA, Mexico, Bolivia, Japan,Russia,Madagascar
Color: colorless, yellow(light-faded) grey,brown,pink
Transparency: transparent, translucent
Fracture: Conchoidal, uneven
Hardness (Gravity): 7-7.5 (2.97-3.03)
Crystal System: orthohombric
Similar Minerals: Topaz, Apatite, Citrine

1. Legend and History:

Danburite is a relatively newly discovered stone carrying no historical or legendary matters; It was first discovered in 1839 by Charles Upham Shephard in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, and this is where it’s name derived from.
Danburite is said to be a stone of strong spirituality and an excellent crystal for the relief of stress and worries. In addition, it is said to help with restless sleep disorders, stimulation of the heart, and bring on its wearer a positive outlook on life.

2. Origin in nature and use:

Danburite is a common mineral, but rather rare as a semi-precious gemstone. Honey colored crystals are known to be excavated in Baja, California, while colorless crystals, of up to 10cm high are found in Charcas, Mexico.
In addition, Russia, Bolivia, and Burma also have Danburite deposits where large white, yellow and green crystals have been found.
This gemstone is usually cut en cabochon or with flat sides to be put on jewelry as it resembles topaz and citrine both which are rather expensive and rare.

3. Interesting Facts:

Danburite has often been referred to as the stone of “joy and celebration”.

4. Care and Storing:

Danburite is best stored in a presentation box or soft cloth pouch; It is cleaned with water and soap. Danburite must not be cleaned with steam or use of ultrasound.

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