Dumortierite is a collectors’ gemstone with a high price tag as a result of its rarity. It is mainly found in the United States of America and Brazil. Included in the quartz family of crystals, this gemstone is available as numerous tiny blue specks which are so abundant as to make the gemstone look bluish in color. The stone contains iron, zinc, and manganese from where it obtains its blue color. However, there are other color variations such as purple, pink, brown and reddish brown. Each color variation has a streak of white color with a dull luster. It is chemically called silicon dioxide which is formularized as SiO2. The stone is usually found close to a water source where it normally occurs as a massive substance with an awesome look which makes it a very good stone in lapidary industry.
It has a translucent to opaque diaphaneity and double refracts at 0.009. It exhibits a positive optical sign and uniaxial optical character. Dumortierite does not have any pleochroic quality and shows no dispersion. With a constant tolerance, the gemstone has an index of refraction that ranges from 1.544 to 1.553. It has a good stability and toughness and when measured on the Mohs scale, it scores a hardness of 7 with a specific gravity range of 2.64 – 2.69. Dumortierite also does not have any cleavage quality. It fractures irregularly or granularly.
Since its discovery in the 18th century by Eugene Dumortier after whom it was named, it has been greatly deployed in many ways both physically and metaphysically. Metaphysically, the possession of this stone is believed to help the bearer acquire self-trust and courage required to overcome a difficult situation. Dumortierite is cherished by a good number of stone collectors for its effectiveness in eliminating fears and calming down panic. It is renowned as a stone with stunning organizational capabilities. Many people keep it in order to boost their organizational, orderliness and self-discipline skills. It brings peace of the mind by eliminating unwanted thoughts in the mind. Thus, it is believed to be a great stone for dealing with addiction. Possessing it will help one identify negative patterns and eliminate them from the root cause. It brings feelings of harmony and engenders serenity and relaxation.
Dumortierite has a great reputation as a stone with great healing powers. It is believed by some that stomach related problems including vomiting and nausea can be ameliorated with this stone. The gemstone can relieve headaches and skin irritation resulting from over-exposure to the sun. It is renowned as a healer stone as some people use it to diagnose illnesses in traditional medicine.
Those wish to enjoy the power of quiet meditation which produces equilibrium and a deep feeling of relaxation should possess Dumortierite.