The isotopes of calcium aluminum borate acquire axe like structures, giving them the name ‘axinite.’ Axinite derives its name from the greek word ‘acine’ which means axe. Often shaped in the form of a spatula or a knife, the edges of the crystals sketch a characteristic appearance associated with granite. Different minerals of axinite lay in the crevices of granite structure. Contrarily, some of the axinite crystals occur in entirely different crystalline form with parallel placed aggregates of minerals. These minerals give a bladed appearance or can aggregate to form small granules. Equal sized granules run across the crystalline matrix of axinite. This gemstone exhibits a variety of colors including violet-blue, brownish purple, grayish blue, gray, greenish-yellow, black and can even be colorless. Those crystals having a high percentage of manganese can have a bright red color.
This triclinic crystal exists in the hydrothermal environment, alpine vein rocks and metamorphic environments. With 3.28 as average density, this pinacoidal crystal undergoes conchoidal fractures. Being highly brittle, it shows distinct cleavage planes. This crystalline gemstone has a lamellar structure with either massive or granular texture, typical of an igneous rock. It belongs to the pyrite-quartz group with a corresponding Moh’s hardness score of 6.5-7. This vitreous crystal has non-fluorescent luminescence. With transparent to sub-translucent diaphaneity, it has white streaks trespassing its crystalline fibers. With biaxial optic characteristics, the gemstone has a refractive index ranging from 1.673 to 1.693. Axinite has both piezoelectric as well as pyroelectric properties and is widespread in New Jersey, Brazil, Mexico, Cornwall, France, Obira, Afghanistan, Switzerland, and Tanzania.
Axinite can help find balance in life and peace within. Providing grounding in alternating circumstances, it enhances adaptability. It further brings about medical healing. The gemstone is believed to diminish egoistic potentials and alleviates energy blockages from the body. Decision making eases with possession of this gemstone. Giving access to spiritual realms and perceptive planes, it is useful for meditative purposes. Angelic links, consciousness, and dreaming rise with axinite and danburite combination. Medically, axinite is believed to stabilize the spinal cord and cure fractures of musculoskeletal systems. Bodily vitality is boosted with the wearing of the stone. Ornamented with jewelry and other carvings, the stone has diverse uses.
Associated with root chakra and zodiac sign Capricorn, this gemstone enhances your memory and promotes friendships. It further protects you from personal conflicts.