Magnesite Gemstone Properties
Magnesite is a magnesium carbonate with the same crystal structure as calcite, a calcium carbonate with a hardness and texture similar to turquoise and marble. Magnesite forms when magnesium-rich rocks such as serpentine or dolomite are exposed to carbon dioxide-rich water.
Typically white in color, magnesite ranges from yellow to white to grey in its natural form. The translucent to opaque stones can have a web-like pattern and a surprising fluorescing quality under shortwave UV lamps due to the high content of magnesium, which is how they are sometimes found in deep caves in Nevada. Magnesium-rich magnesite is even used as an element in the manufacture of Epsom salts and fireworks.
This stone can be enhanced through dyeing because of its good porosity. The dyed blue-green color makes it an economical simulation of turquoise. Magnesite gemstone beads with brown and black surface patterning are flooding the beading and jewelry-making market. It can be difficult to distinguish enhanced magnesite from genuine white and colored turquoise.
Native Americans, including the Pomo Tribes of California, carved white magnesite gemstones into beads for jewelry and currency. The currency beads were traded individually versus by the strand like most other valued beads.
Designing with White Magnesite
Mix rustic white magnesite with opal-colored Swarovski® crystal beads and glossy black onyx gemstone beads for high impact designs. For a more classical approach, pair white magnesite with Swarovski® crystal golden shadow beads, finely faceted red garnet gemstone beads and bright gold vermeil filigree beads for designs of subtle luxury.
The Power of the Stone
White magnesite is known for its calming properties, helping to improve creative visualization and imagination. It is also commonly believed to bring deep peace and silent relaxation during meditation, stimulate passion in the heart and help strengthen bones and teeth. Experience the properties of magnesite when you wear magnesite gemstone beads strung on elastic Powercord® on your wrists, neck and ankles for a bone strengthening, extra calming meditative yoga session.
Magnesite ranges from translucent to opaque with variable amounts of carbonates, oxides, silicates of iron, calcium, manganese and aluminum that give it a milky appearance. Major deposits of white magnesite can be found in Austria, Italy, Poland and the state of Nevada.
Mineral Properties of White Magnesite
|Mineral Information||Magnesium carbonate, commonly with some iron and calcium|
|Chemical Composition: Fossilized Resin||MgCO3|
|Color||Colorless, white, grayish-white, yellowish-white, brownish-white|
|Hardness||3-1/2 - 5|