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Danburite - A-Z About This Gemstone That You Should Know

limz Published On Mon Mar 23 2020   Modified On Mon Mar 23 2020
Danburite - A-Z About This Gemstone That You Should Know

Danburite is a calcium boron silicate mineral that has excellent clarity and is quite easy to cut into beautiful gems. These stones have been many times confused with Topaz as both of them look alike and are found as wedge-shaped prisms. 

Danburite symbolizes courage, wealth, health, love, creativity, desire, patience, and understanding.

Let us learn more about Danburite.

Meaning

Danburite is a relatively common mineral that is categorized as tectosilicates. It is a transparent to a translucent stone that exhibits an orthorhombic crystal system. Faceted Danburites can be used as an alternative stone for Diamonds as it looks the same. 

These stones can balance and open up the solar plexus and heart chakra. It helps to increase your self-esteem, create the life you want, take responsibility for life, and develop your authentic self.

Origin and History

Danburite Crystal.
Danburite Crystal.
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In 1839, Danburite was first discovered by Charles Upham Shepard, an American mineralogist, in Danbury, Connecticut, USA. Hence, the name of this stone is derived from its type locality. As of today, fine specimens of these minerals can be found in Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, the United States, and Myanmar.

Formation Process

Most of the Danburites occurs in granite and metamorphosed carbonate rocks associated with hydrothermal activity. It forms in contact with metamorphic rocks. It also occurs in dolomite and carbonate veins in granitic rocks. 

Formula

The chemical formula of Danburite is CaB2(SiO4)2. These stones have a hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale.

Types

There are no known types of Danburite.

Colors Available

Danburite Gemstone.
Danburite Gemstone.
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  • Pale Yellow
  • Yellowish Brown
  • Colorless

Mines Available

  • Tres Amigos Mine, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Potash Corporation of America Mine, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Obira Mine, Oita Prefecture, Japan
  • Arandis Tin Mine, Erongo Region, Namibia

Cost Per Carat

The price of Danburite can vary from $25 to $55 per carat according to its color and quality.

Uses

  • Danburite is used as a collectors and connoisseur's gemstone.
  • It can also be used as a gemstone in various forms of jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Danburite helps to achieve a higher state of consciousness, promote self-love, activate the intellect, bring serenity, and align the meridians of the body.
  • These stones can aid chronic conditions, soothe allergies, detoxify the body, treat muscular functions, reduce high blood pressure, and alleviate migraines.
  • It also helps to encourage self-love, reduce stress and anxieties, relieve emotional pain, enhance confidence, and speak the truth without retribution.

Facts

Danburite Pendant Necklace.
Danburite Pendant Necklace.
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  • Danburite has a poor cleavage on {001} and a subconchoidal to uneven fracture.
  • These stones have a white streak and a vitreous to greasy luster.
  • It can be found in association with many other minerals like - Titanite, axinite, tourmaline, mica, quartz, grossular, albite, fluorite, and apophyllite.
  • It has a specific gravity of 2.93-3.02 and a brittle tenacity.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Rocks & Co., Birmingham, UK
  • Peoples Jewelers, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • Zales, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA

Online Stores

  • H. Samuel, Dumfries, United Kingdom
  • Crystal Heart, Carlton, Australia

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