Beauty is often hidden from the blind. However, there are those who see clearly and who will hunt it down all the way to the end of the world. Petalite was unearthed from a tiny, anonymous island in vast Sweden by a Brazilian naturalist who had crossed oceans and dared the authorities that were.
The mineral to first release lithium to the world, petalite is also a lovely natural gemstone that deserves a place of honor in any respectable jewelry collection. Petalite dazzles most when cut into bright stones of pink and greenish white and let loose to help the wearer seek the language of angels.
Petalite – A Mineral that Speaks the Language of Angels
The First Petalite To See the Light of a Scientist’s Curiosity
Petalite was first uncovered in Sweden. The world verged on the threshold of the 18th century. Mineralogists were roaming the world and stripping samples off the Earth’s skin to prove the existence of a mighty creator. Scientists still secretly dreamt their alchemist dream of the elusive philosopher stone. Among the lab chemists and field adventurers was one Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva.
A statesman, poet, and intellectual by formation, the Brazilian naturalist spent most of his life in Europe, either in exile because of his subversive political actions or wandering the cold, uninhabited corners at the mercy of his own inquisitiveness. In his trips across the old continent, he discovered 4 new minerals. One of them was petalite. He unearthed it in the small island of Uto in Haninge, Sweden.
17 years later, the Swedish chemist Johan August Arfwedson was analyzing the ore when he detected a new element. He named it lithium.
Where does Petalite Bloom?
A rare stone if ever there was one, petalite spreads over a wide area but always in small, economy-sized deposits. The mineral occurs in Manitoba in Canada, Bikita in Zimbabwe, Karibib in Namibia, Kalgoorlie mines in Western Australia, Brazil, Italy, Afghanistan, Sweden, and Burma.
Therefore, you wouldn’t harvest petalite to any significant levels anywhere. Although it borrows the Greek name for leaf, which is ‘petalon’, the mineral doesn’t grow like apples on trees. Profusion is one trait that does not define petalite.
The name alludes to the base cleavage resembling the veins and junctions of a petal. This happens because the ore develops in flat horizontal lithium-rich pegmatites where it dwells in close quarters with other minerals such as spodumene, lepidolite, and tourmaline.
Most gemstones share a crystalline structure. That means they take their place on one of the seven planes of symmetry. Features such as quantity of axes, length, and positioning of one from another determine the category a crystal belongs to. In the case of petalite, we find it in the monoclinic crystal system.
A Mineral of Many Colors
The colors of petalite could easily cover a canvas in a pastel, early spring-like palette. The mineral shines in gray, yellow, white, greenish white, pink, and colorless.
The transparent variety, called Castorite, lends itself best to be transplanted on a gemstone. Transparent gemstones are polished with a vitreous luster. The most sparkling necklaces and the fanciest earrings use Castorite as the prime petalite material. However, the most common color petalite naturally wears is pink.
With a hardness of 6 – 6.5 on the Mohs scale – below quartz, the mineral is a God-sent for cutters and jewelers who are set on revolutionizing the world of fashion. The jewelry pieces receive minimal physical impact. Collectors also value the mineral, mostly for its rarity and intrinsic beauty. The preciousness of petalite increases if the stone displays such features as an impressive size, a high number of facets, and zero inclusions.
Practical Uses of Petalite
While the Brazilian shamans of South America may have used petalite as a protective talisman many centuries before Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva carved it off the grounds in Sweden, the ore received its first international recognition in the aftermath of World War Two.
Due to its chemical structure as an aluminum silicate, the mineral first found economic use as a raw material for Corning Ware, a brand name that became a staple household around the world with its piece de resistance. A unique pyroceramic glass cookware that employed petalite in its making and proved highly resistant to thermal shock.
Housewives everywhere must have swooned over the new technological advancement in kitchenware. No wonder then that petalite came to symbolize a stone for healing stress and routine-born disillusion.
Metaphysical Properties of Petalite
Many believe Petalite brings about calm and a certain lucidity in times of confusion and emotional distress. Supposedly, it eases stress-related illnesses and alleviates anxiety from the heart. Worrywarts find it relaxing and uplifting, hypochondriacs forget their panic-stricken imaginary illness for a while in the company of petalite. All these healing powers relate to the mineral’s translucent appearance.
The pink variety is appropriately named the ‘Stone of Angels’. The mineral apparently vibrates with one of the highest frequencies in crystal energies. Therefore, petalite talks the language of angels.
While you’re deep in the meditation process, the mineral will assist your soul star chakra in reaching the higher planes of cosmic communication. The accomplishments that come as a result of your journey should manifest themselves upon returning from deep meditation, as well, since petalite also acts as a stone of manifestation.
The Hello From Beyond
When you interact with other invisible beings, how do they sound like? Wearers of petalite earrings invest them with the power of clairaudience, which means clear hearing. We’ve all read about clairvoyants, but books and movies are not as generous with psychics who perceive sounds and words from another dimension.
However, be careful what you wish for. In essence, petalite acts as a psychedelic, allowing concerns and worries to slip away only if you’re in a positive frame of mind. If you head on your journey full of anger and negative energy, it may work in the reverse.
Clearly, petalite, the leaf-mineral, has earned its place on the ancient tree of precious stones. All the colors of the mineral vibrate to their own angelic tune. As long as you open your heart, petalite will open its secrets for you.