Geology/History

Sometimes referred to as Antimonite & is the most important source of the metalloid Antimony. The name is derived from the Greek stibi through the Latin stibium. This was the old name for the mineral & the element Antimony. Stibnite occurs in hydrothermal deposits & is associated with many other minerals Small deposits of  stibnite are common & large deposits are rare.

A paste of Stibnite powder in fat & other materials, was used as far back as 3100 BC since protodynastic ancient Egypt as a medication & a cosmetic. This paste was known as Kohl & has been used my many cultures predominantly as eye makeup.

Other uses where in the pyrotechnic industries, namely in the glitter & fountain mixtures. The Needle-like crystals or "Chinese Needle", are used in glitter compositions & white pyrotechnic stars. The "Dark Pyro" version is used in flash powders to increase their sharpness & sensitivity. It is also a component of modern day safety matches.

The prophet Muhammad said: “it clears the vision & makes the hair sprout.” The 17th century alchemist Eirenaeus Philalethes, also known as George Starkey, used Stibnite as a precursor to philosophical mercury, which was itself a hypothetical precursor to the Philosophers Stone.

Stibnite is considered a toxic mineral & samples should be handled with great caution to avoid poisoning. Hand washing is advisable after any contact. Inhaling dust & ingestion are best to avoid. 

Metaphysical Properties

A crystal of change, growth, attraction & transformation. The most important lesson Stibnite imparts is how to conquer fear.Stibnite can effect profound change on all levels. This energy is grounding, expansive & cleansing. Stibnite provides excellent protection with stability & helps one to blend or be the chameleon in all worlds.

An excellent anchor for grounding high vibrational energies into the physical plane & affecting positive change with these energies. A powerful healer which shields one from energetic attachment & acts as an energy generator. Stibnite is a great ally when manifesting abundance & prosperity as it gives great strength to push through barriers, releasing blockages.

Stibnite fortifies the auric field providing both energetic & emotional protection. It opens & maintains connection with spirit which increases intuitive abilities.Helps to create & maintain personal boundaries, instilling great self-respect. 

Crystal Healing

Bone density issues & skeletal disorders. Infection & fever. Digestive system disorders. Muscular stiffness & atrophy.

Mineralogy

Group: Sulfide Mineral

Crystal System:Orthorhombic

Composition:Sb2S3

Form/Habit:Massive, radiating and elongated crystals. Massive and granular

Hardness: 2

Cleavage:Perfect and easy on {010}; imperfect on {100} and {110}

Fracture:Subconchoidal

Lustre:Splendent on fresh crystals surfaces, otherwise metallic

Streak: Similar to colour

Specific Gravity:4.63

Transparency: Opaque

Colour:Lead-gray, tarnishing blackish or iridescent; in polished section, white

Strunz Classification: 02.DB.05a

Dana Classification:02.11.02.01