- 1. Phosphosiderite
- 2. History and Meaning of Phosphosiderite
- 3. Matephysical and Chemical Properties of Phosphosiderite
- 4. Healing Properties of Phosphosiderite
- 5. Metaphysical Properties of Phosphosiderite
- 6. Phosphosiderite for Sale by KenKenGems
Phosphosiderite is an incredibly gentle stone. Offering a range of eye-pleasing colors, it requires lots of TLC. You should be very careful with it because it doesn’t tolerate harsh handling. But if you do everything right, this lilac-purplish marvel is bound to become a head-turning highlight of your jewelry.
History and Meaning of Phosphosiderite
The history of the mineral starts at the end of the 19th century. It is believed that the first specimens were found by Alfred Lewis Oliver Legrand Des Cloizeaux in 1858 but the gem remained unknown to the general public for several decades. It received its name only in 1890 thanks to the German mineralogists Willy Bruhns and Karl Busz. After studying its composition, they concluded that the mineral was made of a blend of phosphorus and iron oxide. Phosphosiderite’s name praises both compounds: it has phospho for phosphorus and sideros for iron (in Ancient Greek).
The first deposits of the mineral were found in the homeland of its discoverers, Germany (Bavaria, Northern Rhine-Westfalia) as well as in Italy, the Czech Republic, England, Spain, and France. A bit later, the mineral was unearthed in Namibia, Chile, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and the USA. Some of the finest specimens come from Peruvian mines.
Despite the fact that phosphosiderite came on the scene only in the 20th century, it has actually been known since antiquity. Our ancestors considered it a stone of peace, harmony, and tranquility. Buddhists associate it with the heart and third eye chakras, which are responsible for mental health. Possessing powerful energy, the mineral is of great use for meditation.
Matephysical and Chemical Properties of Phosphosiderite
Phosphosiderite is a mineral of igneous origin but some of its deposits are formed by fossilized biomaterials - shells and algae. Phosphosiderite is an opaque and translucent stone with either a vitreous or resinous luster. Its crystals are usually spheroid, kidney, or radial in shape, and are pretty small. Some crystals of phosphosiderite can coalesce with each other forming a thin crust with a rough surface.
Phosphosiderite is a rather rare mineral that is made up of ferruginous and phosphorus oxides. They give the stone its statement colors:
- pink phosphosiderites are highly prized for their delicate hues, the most sought-after of which is bright orchid-purple. Many specimens exhibit yellowish veins that are inclusion of mineral cacoxenite.
- brown phosphosiderites provide various shades from coffee and brick to light amber;
- dark lilac stones offer multiple shades with a touch of blue;
- green stones are predominantly olive green or mossy green with a uniform coloration;
- red phosphosiderites are dark, with a purple or pink tint;
- colorless specimens are either deprived of any color or feature a hint of blue;
Many specimens of phosphosiderite showcase an optical phenomenon of pleochroism. Such stones become rose, caramel red, and colorless when you view them from different angles.
You shouldn't expect decent hardness from the mineral - it scores only 3.0-3.5 on the Mohs scale. It doesn't tolerate high temperatures and can be dissolved in acids. For this reason, its use in jewelry is very limited. You can make the most of its beauty as well as preserve it for as long as possible if you incorporate the stone in necklaces, earrings, pendants, or pins.
Healing Properties of Phosphosiderite
Phosphosiderite is widely used in traditional medicine thanks to its pronounced healing effect. In particular, its therapeutic effect can help alleviate (and, to come extent, treat) the following health concerns:
- Benign and malignant neoplasms. The stone is able to slow down the speed of development as well as reduce the risk of pathologies in people with a predisposition. That being said, the stone cannot replace conventional tumor treatment.
- Pathology of the optic nerve and retina. Applying the mineral to the eyelid reduces pain and inflammation. Along with that, it temporarily improves vision, especially in patients with retinopathy. It is also of use in the treatment of conjunctivitis.
- Diseases of the nervous system. Phosphosiderite reduces the likelihood of the development of inflammation as well as protects against encephalitis and meningitis.
Aside from that, the stone is capable of stabilizing the functioning of the liver and adrenal glands. However, it is not recommended to boost the operation of the digestive tract since its action is similar to antibiotics and it can disrupt the natural balance of the microbiota. Last but not least, the stone normalizes the work of the thyroid gland. It is especially beneficial for accelerating metabolism and reducing excess weight.
Metaphysical Properties of Phosphosiderite
Phosphosiderite is highly revered for its ability to affect the human mind. Those people who have faith in their hearts and are spiritually strong can absorb the energy of the mineral. It will help them develop self-confidence, realize talents, and put their mind at ease.
At the same time, phosphosiderites featuring cloudy spots, cracks, and rough patches have an opposite effect. They may negatively impact personality, worsen the character of a person, and cause mental confusion. Stolen and donated stones carry the same effect. They have the ability to memorize human energy and get attached to it, but when they are introduced to something else, they react adversely.
If you choose a phosphosiderite stone wisely, it will give you creative energy and concentration to help complete your tasks and reach your goals, especially financial ones. It will also encourage you to discover what you are capable of and remove fears that may impede your progress. Phosphosiderite will reward your efforts and help understand that every action can make a difference.
Phosphosiderite for Sale by KenKenGems
Are you looking for Phosphosiderite for sale? Great, we have many excellent options to offer:
- large cabochon stones fashioned into pendants (in gold and silver settings);
- loose stone sets (2, 3, and 4 pieces);
- 15” and 34” strands.
Our phosphosiderite stones are available in multiple shapes and sizes as cabochons and faceted cuts. The only thing that all our stones have in common is their superlative quality. Go ahead and check out our inventory of exquisite phosphosiderite stones and beads. Their prices will pleasantly surprise you.