Cassiterite is a tin oxide mineral that is mostly opaque but it can be translucent in thin crystals. It has a high refractive index and it is unusually heavy for a non-metallic mineral. It has been many times confused with Garnet as its color looks the same.
Cassiterite symbolizes stability, warmth, elegance, reliability, wholesomeness, natural, and honesty.
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Cassiterite is a reddish, brownish, or yellowish mineral and the main ore of tin that has a perfect cleavage and high density. As tin is not the common element of the crust, these minerals do not occur much in rocks. It is a high vibrating stone that can balance and open up the root or base chakra. It helps to ground yourself, remove energetic blockages, manifest your desires, heighten confidence, and develop a sense of forgiveness.
Cassiterite has been used as a major source of tin for centuries and was one of the first metal alloys. The name "Cassiterite" is derived from the Greek word "kassiteros" which means "tin". It is also believed that this word was derived from Cassiterides, an ancient geographical name of islands off the western coast of Europe.
Cassiterite is an igneous mineral that usually crystallizes out of a felsic magma. Most of the time it occurs in alluvial or placer deposits that contain resistant weathered grains. It also occurs in medium to high-temperature veins, metasomatic deposits, granite pegmatites, and rhyolites.
The chemical formula of Cassiterite is SnO2. It has a hardness of 6-7 according to the Mohs scale and has an adamantine to adamantine metallic, splendent, and greasy luster.
The cost of Cassiterite can range from $5 to $40 according to its color and quality.
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