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Benitoite is a barium titanium silicate that was first discovered in the early 20th century in California. It’s very rare and can sometimes look like Sapphire stones. This is a very energizing stone that brings joy and happiness to the owner.
Physical Energy Properties: Beneficial for times when you’re feeling worn out and drained. It will help boost your energy levels and at the same time bring calm and relaxation to your body.
Emotional Energy Properties: It can also help you to activate joy within yourself and tap into the happiness you are meant to experience. It also helps you become aware of synchronicities or coincidences happening in your life that help you trust that you’re on the right path.
Chakras: Connected with the Throat and Third Eye chakras.
Astrological signs: Related to the sign of Virgo.
History: Benitoite was first found in 1906 near the San Benito River in California when a mineral prospector was looking for mercury and copper. They found blue crystals that were thought to be Sapphires but when they were sent to G.D. Louderback at the University of California they were found to be new minerals. They were named Benitoite after the river they were found in. Then, in 1985, Benitoite was named the official gemstone of California.
Where it's found: Benitoite is only found in California.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Since Benitoite is only found in California, it’s very rare and therefore quite valuable. It’s also very popular because it has a high brilliance with a diamond-like fire and a lovely blue color. Production of this gemstone has ceased since the mine has been exhausted of all Benitoite. So it’s becoming nearly impossible to find new Benitoite. Stones over one carat are very rare and the largest one ever found was 9 carats. You may be able to find some jewelry with Benitoite in it through specialty shops or online. It can also be pink but blue is the most common colour.
How to use it: If you can get some Benitoite it would be a blessing not only because the stone is rare but Benito means Blessed. Use this stone to connect with your spirit guides, your own intuition and with others you’re close with. Have this stone with you if you want to uplift your mood and energize your body.
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