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Bustamite | Everything About This Mineral

limz Published On Fri Mar 06 2020   Modified On Fri Mar 06 2020
Bustamite | Everything About This Mineral

Bustamite is a calcium manganese inosilicate (chain silicate) that is very similar in habit to Rhodonite. Most of these stones contain black manganese in them and are usually pink colored. It exhibits a triclinic crystal system and has a brittle tenacity.

Bustamite symbolizes happiness, creativity, pure joy, prosperity, wealth, peace, energy, and positivity.

Let us learn more about Bustamite.


Bustamite is a magnesium calcium silicate mineral that consists of a calcium manganese pyroxene. Most of these minerals are confused with light-colored rhodonite or pyroxmangite. It helps to open up and balance the root, sacral, and heart chakra. It will enable the wearer to heighten creativity, cultivate flexibility and adaptability, stimulate intuition, clear blockages within the aura, and promote feelings of love and peace.

Origin and History

Bustamite Crystal.
Bustamite Crystal.
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In 1826, Bustamite was named by Alexandre Brongniart, a French chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist, in the honor of General Anastasio Bustamante. The original Bustamite that was discovered at Tetela de Jonotla, Puebla, Mexico was proved to be a mixture of rhodonite and johannsenite. 

Formation Process

Commonly, Bustamite forms from the metamorphism of manganese-bearing sediments, with attendant metasomatism. It often forms in the same localities as Rhodonite. These minerals can be found in skarns and metamorphic manganese ore deposits.


The chemical formula of Bustamite is CaMn2+(Si2O6). It has a hardness of 5.5-6.5 on the Mohs scale and has a vitreous luster.


The only variety of Bustamite is Keatingine.

Colors Available

  • Pale to Medium Pink
  • Brownish Red
  • Colorless to Yellowish Pink

Mines Available

  • Black and White Mine, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Kathleen Mine, Queensland, Australia
  • Enyuvche Mine, Kardzhali Province, Bulgaria
  • Manganese Mine, Catalonia, Spain
  • Franklin Mine, New Jersey, USA

Cost Per Carat

The price of Bustamite can vary anywhere from $10 to $90 according to its size and quality.


  • Bustamite can be used as a gemstone in different forms of jewelry.
  • It can also be used as a mineral specimen.

Spiritual Properties

Rare Bustamite Stone.
Rare Bustamite Stone.
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  • Bustamite helps to discover the real meaning of happiness, promote creative energy, inspire positivity, stimulate physical vitality, and promote lucid dreams.
  • It can treat circulatory disorders, aid sexual dysfunction, ease your headaches, and balance your endocrine system.
  • It also helps to manifest happiness, clear any stagnant energies, make contact with angelic beings, and reduce anxiety, stress, and depression.


  • Bustamite has a perfect cleavage on {100}, good on {110} and {110}, and poor on {010}.
  • It has a white streak and a transparent to translucent diaphaneity.
  • It often has an orange tint and is usually paler pink than Rhodonite.
  • The specimens of these minerals from the Franklin Mine of New Jersey, USA, are fluorescent red in longwave ultraviolet light.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • US Jewelry Factory, New York, USA
  • Moissy Fine Jewelry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Hatton Jewellers, London, UK

Online Stores

  • Kim's Jewels, Guthrie, Kentucky, USA
  • Art Fire, Tucson, Arizona, USA

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