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What on Earth Is Stilbite?

What on Earth Is Stilbite?

Originally Published: Dominic Yasay, December 24, 2021

Updated: Ashley DeCator, June 2, 2023

Are you looking for a crystal that will make you feel a rush of calming energy when you pick it up? Then Stilbite is the crystal for you! With its healing and compassionate vibes, when you have your Stilbite crystal around, it’ll fill the air with calm and uplifting energies.

When you incorporate Stilbite crystals into your meditation sessions, it's like unlocking a whole new level of emotional healing. Stilbite also helps you let go of all that emotional baggage and slowly but surely brings you to a place of healing and wholeness.


The Physical Properties of Stilbite

Stilbite belongs to the zeolite family, and is found in zeolite deposits all around the globe. Its crystal structure is all flattened and tabular with pointed terminations. And it can even form in these really interesting clusters! There's also a special kind of Stilbite that collectors go wild for. These crystals are big and have this unique bow tie shape.

When it comes to where it's found, Stilbite is typically found with Apophyllite and Heulandite, in basalt and other volcanic rocks. Stilbite usually keeps it cool with a colourless or white vibe, but it can also go all out with brown, beige, yellow, pink, red, orange, or grey shades.

Stilbite is a bit of a softie with a hardness rating of 3.5 to 4. It's delicate and rocks a glassy, pearly, or dull shine. In terms of transparency, it can either be totally see-through or a little translucent, letting light peak through just a little bit.


Raw Stillbite, Polished Stilbite, and Crystalized Stilbite.

The Metaphysical Properties of Stilbite

Stilbite has been referred to as a stone of love, as it has vibrations that help with unblocking and energising the heart chakra, helping you spread joy and peace from deep within your heart. When it comes to couples, Stilbite is like a cupid's arrow, bringing in loving energies, acceptance, happiness, and hope.

However, that's not all Stilbite can do, this crystal is also amazing for manifestation. It’s great with helping you break free from those pesky limiting beliefs and behaviours. Once you sync up with Stilbite's energy, it'll be like having a cheerleader by your side, encouraging you to breathe life into your dreams, goals, and ambitions.

Stilbite is not just a love and manifestation guru, it's also a dream work tool! It can help you when it comes to understanding the hidden meanings behind your dreams. This crystal is said to boost mental clarity, so you can see through all those dreamy details and even remember them when you wake up.

When it's time to rest up, Stilbite can help with calming the mind and improving your sleep quality. Whether you place it under your pillow or on your nightstand, this crystal knows how to create a serene and peaceful atmosphere for you to drift off into the best sleep of your life.


The Lore of Stilbite

Diving into the ancient health wisdom surrounding Stilbite, we’ve learned quite a bit about this glittery crystal. According to the legends passed down through the ages, this crystal is able to cleanse and purify, getting nasty toxins out of your body.

Stilbite is also pretty famous for being a go-to remedy for oral health issues, especially when it comes to tackling laryngitis. If your vocal cords are feeling a bit under the weather, this crystal acts as a soothing balm for your throat, helping you find your voice again and beat laryngitis quickly.


The History of Stilbite

The name Stilbite comes from Greek culture. It comes from the word stilbein, which means to glitter, and that name is spot-on! Stilbite' has these cleavage surfaces that shimmer and shine like nothing else.

J.C. Delametherie stumbled upon Stilbite in 1797. But it wasn't until 1801 when R.J. Hauy gave it the official name we know today. Initially, Stilbite was considered a single mineral species, but in 1997, the zeolite subcommittee of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) decided to split it into two subcategories: Stilbite-Ca, which is a calcium-rich type, and Stilbite-Na, which is a sodium-rich type.

Fun fact: Stilbite-Ca is more common than Stilbite-Na, so when collectors talk about Stilbite, they're usually referring to the calcium-rich kind. Stilbite of both kinds can be found in some pretty cool places around the world, such as Canada, Iceland, India, Italy, Scotland, and the USA.

Something I found through learning about Stilbite crystals that I thought was pretty interesting, is that throughout history, Stilbite has been put to work in all sorts of everyday things. It's been used in water and gas filters, laundry detergents, and even fertilisers. Not only is this crystal gorgeous and sought after in the crystal world, it also has a practical side.


Stilbite Geode
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