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Ceruleite | A-Z About This Mineral

limz Published On Sun Mar 29 2020   Modified On Sun Mar 29 2020
Ceruleite | A-Z About This Mineral

Ceruleite is an extremely rare arsenate mineral that exhibits a triclinic crystal system. It has been many times confused with Turquoise due to its color and it makes quite a perfect alternative for Turquoise. 

Ceruleite is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus and it symbolizes friendship, spiritual grounding, wisdom, serenity, balance, and fortune.

Let us learn more about Ceruleite.

Meaning

Ceruleite is a unique and rare mineral that consists of a hydrous copper aluminum arsenate. It is found with a diaphaneity of translucent to opaque and a specific gravity of 2.80. These stones can awaken and balance the throat chakra. It helps to speak the truth with confidence, provide relief from throat ailments, make communication with others easier, and boost self-confidence.

Origin and History

Ceruleite Crystal.
Ceruleite Crystal.
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Ceruleite was first discovered around the 1900s and was named from the Latin word "caeruleus" which means "sky-blue". This name was given in allusion to the mineral's common color. The type locality of this mineral is Emma Luisa Mine, Guanaco, Santa Catalina, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta, Chile.

Formation Process

Ceruleite most commonly occurs in the oxidized zone of arsenic-rich polymetallic mineral deposits. It also occurs in sedimentary materials formed in the vicinity of copper deposits. These minerals can be found in association with other minerals like - Olivenite, Quartz, Barite, Azurite, Malachite, and Tourmaline.

Formula

The chemical formula of Ceruleite is Cu2Al7(AsO4)4(OH)13 · 11.5H2O. These stones have a hardness of 5-6 on the Mohs scale.

Types

There are no known varieties of Ceruleite.

Colors Available

Blue Ceruleite Cabochon.
Blue Ceruleite Cabochon.
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The color of Ceruleite varies from sky blue to pale blue.

Mines Available

  • Western Utah Mine, Utah, USA
  • Mount Wellington Mine, England, UK
  • Stavoren Mine, Limpopo, South Africa
  • Hilarion Mine, Attica, Greece
  • Emma Luisa Mine, Antofagasta, Chile

Cost Per Carat

The cost of Ceruleite can vary anywhere from $30 to $80 according to its color and quality.

Uses

  • Ceruleite is most commonly used as a gemstone in different forms of jewelry.
  • It is also used as a mineral specimen.

Spiritual Properties

  • Ceruleite helps to enhance creativity, dispel negative energies, facilitate communication, draw luck, stimulate intuition, and harvest good fortunes.
  • These stones can decrease dehydration, ease the movement in the limbs, aid weight loss, and provide relief from throat ailments.
  • It also helps to relieve stress and anxiety, calm emotional storms, stimulate the brain, move towards a happier life, and provide strength to the body.

Facts

Ceruleite Pendant and Ring.
Ceruleite Pendant and Ring.
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  • Ceruleite has a density of 2.803 g/cm3 and a vitreous luster.
  • It has a bluish-white streak and a white streak.
  • It is classified as the Phosphate group of minerals.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Audry Rose, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Michael Hill, Newmarket, Canada
  • Wongs Jewelers, Liverpool, Canada

Online Stores

  • H. Samuel, Dumfries, Scotland
  • American Gem Society, Las Vegas, USA

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