ViVIANTTE - Crystal Profile

Stone Of Communication

Vivianite has vibrant colors and a nice sparkle. Many clusters are found inside of fossil clam or snail shells or attached to fossil animal bone. Vivianite is not a display case type mineral. Specimens should be kept from long exposure to light as this can darken a specimen to near blackness.

The reason for the darkening is from the oxidation of the iron from +2 to +3 and this change yields a darker specimen. The oxidation is accelerated by exposure to light. Vivianite can be enjoyed and then should be put back in a dark cabinet to preserve its beauty for years to come.


* Color is blue, green and colorless, darkens upon exposure to light.
* Luster is vitreous.
* Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent.
* Crystal System is monoclinic; 2/m
* Crystal Habits include radiating clusters of prismatic, acicular, or fiberous crystals. Also earthy and encrusting masses. Often lines the inside of fossil shells.
* Cleavage is perfect in one direction.
* Fracture is splintery.
* Hardness is 1.5 - 2.
* Specific Gravity is approximately 2.6+ (average for translucent minerals)
* Streak is white or bluish green.
* Other Characteristics: thin crystals are flexible.

Notable Occurances include Maryland and Colorado, USA; Russia; Ukraine and England.

Best Field Indicators are color and reaction to light, flexible crystals and crystal habit.

Vivianite is peerless. It is the entrusted stone used in many capacities by trained and knowledgeable women. It is balanced by female energies so it is best used by women though it is not exclusive to women.

The spire shape is something of an anomaly and should be wrapped and carried carefully. One important aspect of this mineral is that it is a ’space writer*. The thought form is placed in the air by the handler and can be left as a message (to be viewed when a match is burnt) or can be transmitted across space/time something like a plane trailing letters. Good fun.

It is a perceptive healing tool and to the sensitive, it acts as a stethoscope allowing the other hand to become more sensitive to tumors, breaks, etc. The cluster form of Vivianite is excellent for placing under a diagnostic table and was often employed in this manner, aiding the healer to read what ailed the patient. In a room setting, it helps to dispel emotional charge which is disruptive or counterproductive, and is excellent for enhancing communication on all levels. (6th chakra)

References: 1.Scientific, Environment, Occurrence and Name are from (or paraphrased from) “The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals”. 2. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from “Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic”, by Scott Cunningham. 3. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience

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