Sphalerite fills the body with golden light, and imbues a feeling of ‘lightness’ within. It is warming, stimulating and uplifting, and strengthens the immune system. It encourages psychic and spiritual development and can be very helpful in meditation and visualisation work. Because its name comes from the Greek for ‘treacherous’, some believe it helps us to recognise deceit and treachery. The above information refers to sphalerite in the form of a transparent gold-to-brown crystal. The metallic version of sphalerite has a very similar, quite powerful energy, with a stronger connection to the Root (Base) Chakra, and less to the Earth.
- Chemical Formula: ZnS – zinc sulphide
- Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Gemini
- Chakra: Solar Plexus
- Sphalerite occurs in deposits from contact metamorphic zones, hydrothermal veins, and in high-temperature replacement deposits. In the last case, it’s often associated with pyrite and chalcopyrite, and in most significant lead deposits, with galena. Sphalerite is the most important zinc ore. Well-defined crystals are common. Sphalerite can also contain up to 25% iron. Because of its softness and perfect cleavage, it is never used in jewellery, but occasionally faceted for collectors.