Properties:
Bytownite shares general characteristics with other members of the feldspar group, such as labradorite. In addition, bytownite has a powerful vibration that seems to affect the area of the body that is nearest; for example, used near the Root Chakra it can aid grounding. It aligns and balances the chakras, opens the Throat and Crown Chakras, and can be used to energise the Solar Plexus area and treat the kidneys, spleen and stomach. It strengthens the metabolism and can be used to treat skin complaints, especially when used as a crystal water to wash the affected area.

Attributes:

  • Chemical Formula: NaAlSi3O8-CaAl2Si2O8
  • Group: Silicates – tectosilicates (Feldspars)
  • Crystal System: Triclinic
  • Hardness: 6 – 6.5
  • Birthstone: None assigned
  • Chakra: Solar Plexus; affects Throat and Crown
  • Element: Fire

Mineralogy:
Bytownite is sometimes referred to as golden labradorite, but is really a rare form of plagioclase feldspar.

Feldspars form an important group of silicate minerals. They are the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust, and a major component of most igneous (volcanic) rocks.

There are a number of popular minerals in this group, some of which are notable for their play of light and colour (such as moonstone and labradorite). Feldspars are usually prismatic (i.e. form large identifiable crystals), but this is rarely displayed, with the possible exception of amazonite and orthoclase. Some rock and mineral books will have all feldspars under the generic heading ‘Feldspar’, rather than listing them as individual minerals.

History and Tradition:
Bytownite is named after its type locality, Bytown (now Ottowa), Canada. There are no traditions associated with this mineral.

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