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Boracite | Everything You need to Know About This Mineral

limz Published On Tue Mar 03 2020   Modified On Tue Mar 03 2020
Boracite | Everything You need to Know About This Mineral

Boracite is a white mineral that consists of borate and chloride of magnesium. It forms in an orthorhombic crystal system and it does not show cleavage. Sometimes it also shows pseudo-isometric cubical and octahedral forms. It has a conchoidal fracture and is soluble in water.

Boracite symbolizes energy, fertility, safety, prosperity, trust, loyalty, wisdom, innocence, purity, and cleanliness.

Let us learn more about Boracite.

Meaning

Boracite is a rare and unusual mineral that has high temperatures and low-temperature phases. Although it is an evaporite mineral, it is not found with other evaporite minerals like Anhydrite, Gypsum, and Halite. These stones help to awaken and balance the heart and throat chakra. It enables the wearer to promote unconditional love, encourage compassion and affection, speak the truth, and improve public speaking.

Origin and History

Boracite Crystal.
Boracite Crystal.
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In 1789, Boracite was first described for its discovery at Kalkberg hill, Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. The name of it was given in allusion to its Boron content. It contains up to 19% to 20% Boron by mass. Fine specimens of these minerals can be found in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, USA, UK, Russia, and South Africa.

Formation Process

Boracite forms in salt deposits as a result of seawater evaporation in enclosed basins. It can be typically found in evaporite deposits associated with gypsum, anhydrite, and halite. It occurs as well-formed crystals and dispersed grains and is commonly found embedded within gypsum and anhydrite crystals. 

Formula

The chemical formula of Boracite is Mg3(B7O13)Cl. These stones have a hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous to adamantine luster.

Types

  • Bromboracit
  • Ferroan Boracite
  • Stassfurtite

Colors Available

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Colorless
  • White
  • Dark Green

Mines Available

  • Colebrook Hill Mine, Tasmania, Australia
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Mine, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Mengo mine area, Kouilou Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Pacific Mine, California, USA

Cost Per Carat

The price of Boracite can vary anywhere from $5 to $45 according to its quality.

Uses

  • It is used as an ore of boron for boric acid and borax.
  • It is also used as a cleaning agent and as a mineral specimen.

Spiritual Properties

Boracite Gemstone.
Boracite Gemstone.
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  • Boracite helps to promote self-love, encourage forgiveness, provide comfort in times of grief, dispel negativity, and recharge the body.
  • It can strengthen and balance the circulatory system, release impurities from body fluids, hasten recovery, aid lungs problem, and alleviate vertigo.
  • It also helps to promote truth and forgiveness, induce relaxation, reduce stress, assist in decision making, bring prosperity, and stabilize the emotions.

Facts

  • Boracite is a rare mineral that has a specific gravity of 2.91-3.1.
  • Although it has a good color, clarity, and hardness, it is rarely used as a gemstone.
  • It can also be found in pink color but it is extremely rare.
  • It exhibits both piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Rocks & Gems, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Jewelry and Minerals, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Lamina Jewelry Store, Vail, Colorado, USA

Online Stores

  • Crystal Age
  • KSC Crystals

 

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