Geology / History

Named for Danbury, Connecticut, U.S, where it was first discovered by Charles Upham Shephard in 1839. Danburite typically occurs as a Calcium Boron silicate mineral, in granite & metamorphosed carbonate rocks associated with hydrothermal activity & in evaporates.

The Dana classification system categorises Danburite as a Sorosilicate & the Strunz classification system lists it as a tectosilicate, its structure can be interpreted as either.

Because of its high refractive index, well cut Danburites are remarkably bright & look something like diamonds. Today most of the colourless Danburite comes from Mexico.

 

Metaphysical Properties

Danburite is a highly spiritual stone, excellent for all healing. It gently yet powerfully opens the crown chakra & encourages the heart vibration to resonate with Divine love. Promoting pure love, this high vibration has an energy that is extremely uplifting to the spirit & activates the intellect through higher consciousness.

A wonderful assistant on the path to enlightenment. Greatly strengthens light pillar & enhances connections. The perfect meditation crystal that can help heal old deep emotional wounds & clear past Karma, allowing you to leave the past behind. Reduces stress, anxiety & brings calm in difficult situations. 

Crystal Healing

Assists restful sleep, lucid dreaming, Blood pressure, circulation & digestive disorders.

Mineralogy 

Group: Tectosilicate / Sorosilicate

Crystal System: Orthorhombic dipyramidal

Composition: CaB2(SiO4)2

Form/Habit: Euhedral prismatic crystals; disseminated masses

Hardness: 7-7.5

Cleavage: {001} Poor - indistinct

Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven

Lustre: Vitreous – greasy

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.93 - 3.02

Transparency: Transparent to translucent

R.I: nα = 1.627 – 1.633 nβ = 1.630 – 1.636 nγ = 1.633 – 1.639

Colour: Colourless, white, gray, brownish white, straw yellow

Birefringence: δ = 0.006

Fluorescence:Fluorescent & thermoluminescent (red); Short UV=violet blue; Long UV=blue to blue-green

Strunz Classification: 9.FA.65

Dana Classification: 56.3.1.1