Origin: Notably Brazil
Mineral Species: Dumortierite
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: AlAl6Bsi3O18
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Colour: Bluish-violet, pinkish-red, brown to green
Typical Appearance: Usually as crystalline masses or massive.
Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Leo
Chakra Alignment: Throat
Element: Air & Water
Origin of Name & Mythology: Dumortierite was first described in 1881 for an occurrence in Chaponost, France, and named in honour of the French palaeontologist Eugène Dumortier (1801-1876).
Dumortierite is extremely calming, and helps release worries and confusion, thereby strengthening self-confidence, especially when approaching a new project or endeavour. It acts like a strong breeze, blowing away the cobwebs, and bringing clarity through simplicity. Tasks are less of a burden, because simple solutions become more obvious, and the brain is no longer clogged with unnecessary thoughts or concerns, and we can trust that what we are doing is right.
Most dumortierite contains boron – one of the mineral kingdom’s cleansers, so it also clears the chakras, while restoring balance throughout, especially in the immune system. Its strongest focus is on the Throat Chakra (no surprise, being blue), especially the thyroid, and can be used to treat thyroid conditions, whether over- or under-active.
In addition to the properties of dumortierite, quartz amplifies its qualities. It leaves the user feeling they are standing tall and strong, with clear sense of purpose, and vision to move forward.