Benitoite is an extremely rare mineral that is found in hydrothermally altered serpentinite. This wonderful gemstone mineral can have very good transparency and luster. These stones are extremely expensive as they are rare and beautiful.
Benitoite is a high vibrating stone that symbolizes stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, strength, confidence, faith, truth, and intellect.
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Benitoite, sometimes called "Blue Diamond", is a mineral consisting of sapphire-blue crystallized barium titanosilicate. These stones are only found in very few locations like - San Benito County, California, Japan and Arkansas. Benitoite is firmly associated with the third-eye chakra and helps to open up and balance the third-eye chakra. It helps to increase foresight, precognition, connect you to the spiritual realm, promote intuition, and revitalize the brain.
Benitoite was first discovered in 1907 by prospector James M. Couch making it a relatively new gemstone. He then named it after its type locality, near the headwaters of the San Benito River in San Benito County", California, USA. At first, it was assumed to be Sapphire, but in 1909 when he sent a sample of these stones to the University of California, Berkeley, a mineralogist, Dr. George D. Louderback, realized that it was a previously unknown mineral. After the discovery of these stones, it became the official state gemstone of California.
Benitoite forms from hydrothermal solutions in natrolite veins that contain high concentrations of unusual elements like barium, titanium, fluorine, iron, etc. It also forms in low temperature and high-pressure environments typical of subduction zones at convergent plate boundaries.
The chemical formula of Benitoite is BaTiSi3O9. IT a hardness of 6-6.5 according to the Mohs scale and a vitreous luster.
Benitoite is a rare and expensive gemstone that has no type of its own.
The current price clean and rare of Benitoite can vary anywhere from $3500 to $6000 according to its cut, color, clarity, and size. The largest Benitoite gemstone on public display is in the Smithsonian Museum that weighs 7.5 carats.
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