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Until recently this blue rock was thought to be either lazulite or the similarly named lazurite.  Lazulite is a phosphate mineral and lazurite is a member of the sodalite group, once thought to be the blue coloring agent of lapis lazuli. (Research now suggests that most material sold as “lazurite” is a sulfide rich variety of hauyne instead. Lazurite as currently defined, more sulfide than sulfate, has only been documented in Russia.) We had samples tested to settle the debate and the results revealed that it was neither.  It is dumortierite in quartz instead.  Dumortierite is an aluminum borosilicate, a compound of aluminum, boron, silicon, and oxygen. It was originally discovered near Lyon, France in the late 19th century.  It was named after the French paleontologist Eugene Dumortier born near the same area.

Dumortierite Sphere

  • Dumortierite

    • Source of Origin (location THIS crystal was mined from): Madagascar, Africa
    • Source (where the crystal grows around the world): USA, Brazil, Madagascar
    • Availability: Variable
    • Crystal System: Orthorhombic 
    • Color: Blue, White, Indigo, Black
    • Chakra: Throat, Third Eye
    • Number: 4
    • Element: Wind
    • Zodiac: Leo
    • Planet: Saturn
    • Benefit: Dreams, Enlightenment, Insight, Oppurtunities, Ancient Wisdom, Astral Travel, Channeling, Growth, Spiritual Awakening, Past Life, Clairaudience, Self-confidence
  • "Dumortier, Dumortierite communicates with angelic or spirit guides, helping you see the worth in each human being. This stone takes you back to the beginning of your soul journey and breaks ties that are no longer useful. It is particularly helpful for releasing past-life causes of disease, difficult circumstances, and addiction. Stabilizing a rocky relationship, it is said to attract a soulmate. Dumortierite assists in standing up for yourself and adapting to your present reality, and helps you remain young at heart. Excellent for promoting a positive attitude to life, it is useful for people who deal with crisis and trauma, calming and focusing effort. Dumortierite develops your linguistic capabilities so that you can communicate with other cultures."

    Hall, Judy. The Encyclopedia of Crystals, New Edition (p. 150). Octopus Books. Kindle Edition.

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