Geology/History

Stichtite is a carbonate mineral of Chromium & Magnesium. This mineral forms as an alteration product of Serpentine containing Chromite. Also occurring in association with Barbertonite (hexagonal polymorph of Stichtite), Chromite & Antigorite.

Discovered in 1910 on the west coast of Tasmania in Australia by A.S. Wesley a former chief chemist with the Mount Lyell Mining & Railway company. Named after Robert Carl Stitch who was the mine manager. It is found in combination with green Serpentine at Stichtite Hill near the Dundas Extended Mine as well as on the southern shore of Macquarie Harbour. The only commercial mine for Stichtite Serpentine is located on Stichtite Hill.

Metaphysical Properties

Stone of fate & destiny. Stimulates Kundalini opening the crown & outer body chakras, this allows strong connection to ancient knowledge & enlightened beings. Helps one through spiritual transition while raising physical vibration via soul enlightenment. Brings calming peace, understanding & connectivity, promoting a loving mindset.

A powerful muti-dimensional protector & healer reaching infinite distances when used in healing & ultimate strength when needed for protection. Cleans all chakras, heals all auric & karmic wounds. Breaks negative energetic ties & shows the truth of self through all lives. Destiny of endless opportunity becomes clear, while fear & doubt evaporate. Illusions are lifted while truth & inspiration to achieve ones wildest dreams becomes reality. 

Crystal Healing

Beneficial to regeneration of the skin & nerve tissue, gum disease & stability of the teeth. 

Mineralogy

Group: Carbonate Mineral

Crystal System: Trigonal - hexagonal

Composition: Mg6Cr2CO3(OH)16·4H2O

Form/Habit: Fibrous to platy aggregates

Hardness: 1.5 - 2

Cleavage: Perfect on {0001}

Fracture: Uneven

Lustre:Waxy to resinous

Streak: Very pale lilac to white

Specific Gravity: 2.16

Transparency: Transparent to translucent

R.I: nω = 1.516 nε = 1.542

Colour: Lilac to rose-pink

Birefringence δ = 0.026

Fluorescence: None

Pleochroism:Weak; O = dark rose-pink to lilac E = light rose-pink to lilac

Strunz Classification: 05.DA.50

Optical Properties: Uniaxial (+)