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Mineral Information

Origin: Portugal, Namibia

Mineral Species: Purpurite

Mineral Group: Phosphates

Chemical Formula: MnPO4

Hardness: 4-4.5

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.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Virgo

Chakra Alignment: Third Eye

Element: Spirit

Origin of Name & Mythology: Named in 1905 by Louis C. Graton and Waldemar T. Schaller from the Latin "purpura" in allusion to its colour.

Additional Information

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.