Gemstone of the Month: Astrophyllite

Gemstone of the Month: Astrophyllite

When you’ve been making jewelry for over 15 years and working at a bead store for more than 9 years, it’s pretty rare to run across a gemstone you’ve never seen before.  When you do, you can’t help but to stop everything and admire it.  It happens so rarely, and yet, that’s exactly the situation I found myself in during our most recent buying trip… we were shopping with our favorite high-end gemstone vendor (the person who we get all of our most unique, show-stopping gemstones from) and I saw this gorgeous gray & black gemstone that I just couldn’t take my eyes off of.  I HAD to find out what it was and it HAD to come home with us, no questions!

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It turns out that the stunning gemstones I couldn’t ignore were Astrophyllite, an extremely rare gemstone first found in 1854 on Laven Island, Norway.  Since then, Astrophyllite has also been found in Colorado, Canada, and Greenland, but it most commonly comes from the Kola Peninsula of Russia.  It is a complex mineral with a Moh’s hardness of 3.5.  It’s color can range from yellow, copper, bronze…but ours are a stunning gray & black.  The name Astrophyllite comes from the Greek words astron (star) and phyllon (leaf) because Astrophyllite grows like a starburst with bladed crystals coming off of it.

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A storm element gemstone, Astrophyllite is sure to stir things up!  It has a very strong energy and you can’t help but to feel moved by it.  It’s main metaphysical function is to show you your life’s purpose.  Astrophyllite helps you to realize & embrace your full potential.  It boosts self-discovery, encourages you to know your worth, helps you to understand what will be the most fulfilling experience for your soul in this current state, and assists you with letting go (without guilt) of anything that no longer serves you.

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Astrophyllite can also indirectly pull you out of a funk, relieve depression, reduce boredom, limit addictions, stop overeating…  Often times these experiences are related to not feeling completely content and excited with your current state of life, so by increasing your passion and showing you your life’s purpose, Astrophyllite can indirectly help to improve these other aspects of your life as well.

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If you have been feeling the pull to find your inner truth, examine your life’s purpose, or make a big shift, then Astrophyllite is the stone for you!!

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Stop by Bead World to feel Astrophyllite’s powerful energy for yourself!!  We only have a few of these rare strands though, so hurry in!

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Happy Beading!!

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