Origin: Portugal, Namibia
Mineral Species: Purpurite
Mineral Group: Phosphates
Chemical Formula: MnPO4
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Colour: Light mauve to dark purple
Typical Appearance: Forms as a secondary mineral through oxidation of iron and/or manganese with the simultaneous leaching of lithium. The lustre on fresh fracture sites is satiny, dulling as the surface alters.
Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Virgo
Chakra Alignment: Third Eye
Origin of Name & Mythology: Named in 1905 by Louis C. Graton and Waldemar T. Schaller from the Latin "purpura" in allusion to its colour.
Purpurite calms, grounds, releases, balances, aids self-expression, and organises thought processes.
When treating anxiety, it is normally recommended to use one crystal to calm the mind, such as amethyst, and another to ground, like hematite, smoky quartz, or black tourmaline. Purpurite has the amazing capacity to provide both qualities in one stone – and does its work quickly. It also aids gentle release while it rebalances, so disparate energies in the body are more homogenous and equilibrium is restored. It’s like a breath of fresh air when working on complicated projects or writing, bringing calm clarity, while decluttering thoughts and organising ideas.