Mineral Species: Smithsonite
Mineral Group: Carbonates
Chemical Formula: ZnCO3
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colour: White, grey, yellow, green to apple-green, blue, pink, purple, bluish grey, and brown; colourless or faintly tinted in transmitted light.
Typical Appearance: Usually as botryoidal, reniform or stalactitic crusts.
Birthstone: Pisces and Virgo
Chakra Alignment: Depends on colour
Origin of Name & Mythology: The carbonate "calamine" was re-named smithsonite in 1832 by François Sulpice Beudant in honor of James Smithson [1754-1829], British chemist, mineralogist, and benefactor of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC, USA).
Warm, soft, gentle and nurturing, Smithsonite supports the immune system and can assist in balancing the thyroid function.
Smithsonite is useful for letting go of deep emotional pain, particularly for adults who were abused or felt unloved as children. The effect will be a gentle and subtle healing rather than a cathartic but traumatic release. It is also used in the treatment of osteoporosis, helping the bones to hold calcium, and is useful in treating sinus problems, as well as strengthening psychic abilities. Held at the Crown Chakra, it aligns the Chakras and allows the energy to flow, and also enhances communication with the Angelic Realm.
In addition to the general properties, specific colours have the following properties:
Blue/Blue-Green - Particularly good for healing emotional wounds: blue smithsonite aids angelic communication.
Mauve/Lavender - Clears negative energy and encourages spirituality.
Pink - Supports and nurtures the heart, especially in cases of abuse or abandonment, and allows us to trust again.