Alternative Names: Fairy Cross

Mineral Information

Origin: Russia

Mineral Species: Staurolite

Mineral Group: Silicates

Chemical Formula: (Fe,Mg,Zn)2Al9(Si,Al)4O22(OH)2

Hardness: 7-7.5

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Colour: Brown

Typical Appearance: Usually as twinned crystals, often in the form of a cross.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Pisces

Chakra Alignment: Base

Element: None

Origin of Name & Mythology: From Greek "stauros", cross, alluding to the cruciform twins it displays in some cases

Additional Information

Staurolite is a gentle grounding and shielding crystal, and because of its cruciform shape, was traditionally used for protection and good luck. It is considered to be an excellent stress reliever and mood-lifter. It can create a connection between the physical and astral planes, and provides a balance between the two, and can also help organise thought patterns and ideas. It is sometimes used by those attempting to give up smoking, as smoking is often a means of keeping grounded.