SMITHSONITE - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History and Myths

Smithsonite Last updated : September 22, 2019 12:49 AM

The rare carbonate of zinc, Smithsonite sometimes referred to as “zinc spar”. This stone was named after the British chemist and mineralogist, James Smithson (1765-1829). James Smithson founded the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and in 1832, Smithsonite was confirmed as a distinct mineral.

Smithsonite is considered as the world’s second most important industrial ore of the metal zinc, and the first one is Sphalerite. Based on the rarity of gemstone quality, this stone is considered as the least popular gemstone. Therefore, gem collectors were the one, who sought this stone rather than jewelry designers.

The alternate name of Smithsonite is bona mite, which usually occurs as the earthy botryoidal masses. Smithsonite is considered to be the secondary mineral that forms in the parts of copper and zinc deposits. These copper and zinc deposits tend to oxidize by the process of air and water. Well, formed crystals of Smithsonite can be found rarely.

Where is Smithsonite found?

The world’s leading Smithsonite source is at Leadville, Colorado. Colorless crystals of Smithsonite can be found in Namibia and Zambia regions. While, blue and green form of Smithsonite crystals can be found in Spain, Greece, Italy, Australia, Mexico and the United States (New Mexico).

Healing Properties

Smithsonite silver jewelry helps the wearer in boosting his psychic aids, as the actions of this healing stone are very powerful. Some of the advantageous healing properties of Smithsonite are as follows:

  • Physical Healer

Being a healing stone, Smithsonite can help the wearer in many issues. One of the most beneficial properties of Smithsonite is that, it helps the wearer in relieving stress and makes his mind peaceful. It is also supportive in boosting the immune system of the wearer.

If anyone, who feel stressful and lonely, Smithsonite helps the one by heading his nervous system. Since, this stone is extremely helpful in making the one feel better. This interesting gemstone occurs in numerous varieties of colors, which all are very powerful as a healing stone. One most common healing property of all Smithsonite gemstone – they all stimulates the immune health of the wearer.

To boost the immunity of the body, a person need to place pink colored Smithsonite at the throat or at the chest. Smithsonite is believed to stimulate the thymus gland, which is strongly related to the immune system. Smithsonite is also believed to cure the problems which are related to infertility.

  • Emotional Healer

Emotionally, Smithsonite is known as the calming and soothing stone, which perform soothing actions on particular areas of the body. Smithsonite crystals are associated with the Goddess of compassion and healing, therefore these crystals help the wearer to feel the feelings of compassion, delight and deep love. These feelings help the wearer to get closer to others.

The strong vibrations of Smithsonite stones comprise strong healing energy at the emotional level and also help an individual to be more compassionate towards others.

The powerful energies of this wonderful stone support the wearer with the issues that are related to his past life. When someone feel like unwanted or unloved, then this stone is amazing which helps him to fight against those negative feelings. Hence, Smithsonite crystals assist the wearer to be comfortable in every bad situation and encourage him to let go of any trauma from the past.

Being a stone of tranquility, Smithsonite supports the wearer in mental breakdown with its presence.

  • Spiritual Healer

Smithsonite is considered to be most amazing gemstone at the time of meditation that will help the wearer in developing many psychic aids including telepathy, clairvoyance, and clairsentience, and also helps in the flow of intuition.

Smithsonite comprises an effective soothing energy that helps the wearer in restoring inner peace, relaxation and harmony. Loving emotions are something that can be flow with the action of the powerful energies of Smithsonite.

  • Heals and Balances Chakra

Smithsonite is believed to activate the Heart Chakra. Therefore, this magnificent gemstone resonate the feelings of compassion and exculpation towards others.

Particular colors of Smithsonite crystal helps in stimulating the lower chakras and heals the problems which are related to reproduction.

Smithsonite Facts

Some facts about Smithsonite

  • The bright green, translucent variety of Smithsonite crystal is sometimes used as an ornamental stone and used in beautiful jewelry products.
  • Trade name of massive pieces of Smithsonite crystals is Bonamite.
  • Smithsonite stone is associated with Zodiac signs including Pisces and Virgo.
  • This stone is believed to a planetary stone which is associated with Neptune planet.
  • The element of water is associated with Smithsonite crystals.
  • All the color varieties of Smithsonite assists those persons who are facing issues related to alcoholism.

Metaphysical Properties

Smithsonite crystals belong to the calcite group of minerals, which consists of carbonates components. All he members of calcite group have excellent rhombohedral cleavage, which exhibits perfect double refraction and transparent form. In the pure form of Smithsonite gemstone, the composite comprises 65% of zinc oxide and 35% of carbon dioxide.

In the chemical composite of Smithsonite, consist of number of carbonates that are related to each other. The crystals of these stone confirm the trigonal system of symmetry. The distinctive form of Smithsonite is exceptional and resembles six-sided prisms, that is rough and form curved faces.

According to the hardness of the Moh’s scale, Smithsonite measures in between 4 to 5, that is an average count of hardness.

Smithsonite at a Glance

Cleavage Perfect, in three directions
Other Names bonamite
Crystal Habit Uncommon as crystals, typically botryoidal, reniform, spherulitic; stalactitic, earthy, compact massive
Streak White
Refractive Index Over the Limit 1.621-1.849
Diaphaneity Transparent - Semitranslucent
Moh's scale (hardness) 4.5
Sources Leadville, Colorado. Colorless crystals of Smithsonite can be found in Namibia, Zambia regions, Spain, Greece, Italy, Australia, Mexico and the United States (New Mexico).
Chemical formula ZnCO3
Lustre Vitreous
Color Green, Blue, Yellow, Brown, Pink, White To Colorless
Chakra Healing Heart chakra
Birthstone March, September
Zodiac Virgo, Pisces

Smithsonite Color

Usually, this amazing gemstone is found in numerous shades including light blue, blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, shade similar with blue turquoise. Due to the varying amount of zinc and other impurities, Smithsonite is found in enormous forms of colors. Pink and purple shades of Smithsonite are due to the presence of cobalt in the chemical composite.

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This gemstone enhances the power of the immunity system when it is placed on the throat or chest. That’s good I also want this gemstone for my child as his immune is quite weak. Should I go for it? Suggest please.  
Reply on 26/11/14
Jewelexi may get it for your child..before that take an advice from your astrologer gemstones are effective but doesn't suits everyone..
Reply on 9/4/15
Robertson Gaga
Smithsonite is my birthstone..but my question is which shade should i you have mentioned various hues...please suggest..i want to tune it...
Reply on 13/4/15
Hi Jack,

you may get replies to your questions from Miss Mittens on Jewelexi. you only have to do is post a query on it, its free service. The expert, Miss Mittens will be there with an apt answer for you.

This will take you apart from all the confusions and may you lead a successful life.
Reply on 28/5/15
It's my favorite stone. love it....
Reply on 5/7/19
Perfect design and stone which suits me. Thanks
Reply 2 weeks, 5 days ago

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