One of the less well known gemstones first discovered in the USA is Danburite, a calcium boric silicate first discovered in 1839 in Danbury, Connecticut. The city of Danbury is better known as the birthplace of Charles Ives (1874-1954), arguably the greatest American musical composer.
Danburite was discovered by Charles Upham Shephard (1804-1866), an eminent American mineralogist who was for many years professor of natural history at Amherst College. Shepard began his career as assistant to Benjamin Silliman at Yale University.
Danburite is usually colorless to very light pink in color, but some deposits may produce specimens in shades of light yellow or brown. Danburite is known for its excellent transparency and clarity.
By chemical composition, danburite is a calcium aluminum borate silicate. It is quite hard, with a rating of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Since it has a reasonably high refractive index (6.30 to 6.36), in the same range as tourmaline, the material can be faceted with good results. Danburite has very little cleavage, so it is easy for lapidaries to cut. Danburite's density is 2.97 to 3.03, about the same as jadeite.
Though danburite was first discovered in Danbury, Connecticut, the original deposit is buried under the city. Other deposits have been found in Burma, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico and Russia. Much of the danburite in today's market comes from Mexico.
Market interest in danburite derives from the fact that there are relatively few hard clear gems available at an affordable price. Since danburite can be found in larger sizes -- often up to 10 carats -- it completes mainly with rock crystal (quartz), white topaz and white zircon.
Danburite facilitates deep change and the ability to leave the past behind.
Danburite is a very spiritual stone that carries a pure vibration. It is excellent for relief of stress and worry. Hold a danburite in each hand for a calming effect and to prepare for deep meditation.
Some uses of Danburite are:
Restful sleep, lucid dreaming
Promotes angelic communication
Stimulates heart chakra
Opens one to Divine Source
Healing properties of Danburite
Spiritual and emotional healing, brings a positive outlook on life.
How Does It Aid Enlightenment?
Danburite is a highly spiritual healing stone that gently yet powerfully opens the crown chakra then links and attunes it with the heart chakra. It is a healing crystal with a very sweet and pure vibration, with an energy that is extremely uplifting to the spirit.
This combination activates the intellect and higher consciousness from a heart based perspective. How does this aid enlightenment? Because it may also activate the higher etheric transpersonal chakras... right up to the fourteen level... this is a stone known to aid enlightenment.
All colors of this stone are amazing vehicles for enlightenment and spiritual growth.... including the clear crystals... as well as the pink, the lovely golden stones and the newest color... which is the beautiful angel aura crystals.
How To Use It and How Will It Help You?
It is easy to buy pieces of this crystal, and you may also find it made into jewelry. These stones are on the Zodiac Birthstones list as they are a Leo birthstone. Wearing this stone on your body as jewelry makes it easy to keep its energy within your auric field during the course of the day.
Another good idea is to either place a piece on your bedside or under your pillow at night... so that the energy will benefit you for as long as possible.
They are wonderful for those of you who experience stress and worry, and provide excellent ways to relieve stress.
Using it may aid healing of family conflict by promoting peace and harmony. It encourages the heart to resonate with Divine love which also promotes self love.
Twin crystals like the one on the left, are formed when two of these stones grow together, and are excellent stones to aid relationships.
The healing of the emotions that is aided by these crystals, is one of its greatest healing attributes... and it may assist you to heal any relationship problems as you begin to live from your heart.
Who Should Use It
Golden Yellow Danburite connects you to the sweetness of etheric music. Their fine high vibrations are intensely uplifting... and will aid you with connecting with angels and the universal mind.
Another wonderful gift that this stone gives us is to use it for lucid dreaming. To lucid dream is to be very aware of what is happening while dreaming, almost as if you are awake.
The amount of awareness varies from person to person. Many people who use this crystal will find that they remember the dream as if it actually happened.
Combine Scolecite or Seraphinite with it and the experience will be even more profound. Use the Golden variety with Nirvana Quartz in meditation to aid you to make a deeper
As a healing crystal it is a powerful stone to clear allergic conditions. It has a strong cleansing and detoxifying action, as it works through the liver to remove unwanted toxins. It may also heal the muscular structure of the body. If difficulty with sleeping is your problem, holding one in each hand should allow you to calm the mind chatter of a busy day and slip into restful sleep.
There is a new color and slightly different type of this crystal that has become available... which is known as either Opal Aura or Angel Aura Danburite. Either name is correct, and this is when the clear crystals have been put through the same procedure that is used to create Aqua Aura Quartz.
They use the same minerals that are used to create Angel Aura Quartz or Opal Aura Quartz... which are different names for the same aura quartz crystal. The way they do this, is that they heat the crystal... and during this process, vaporized silver and platinum become permanently bonded to the surface of the stone.
This procedure creates quite beautiful crystals, with an opalescent sheen that have some different qualities to the normal clear color of these crystals.
The main differences between the Angel Aura crystals and the normal clear stones is that they assist you to make an even higher connection to the higher realms, and to the angelic beings there.
If like many others you have found that you are going through a tremendous amount of spiritual change at this time, you could find that this crystal may benefit you.
This coating helps with spiritual growth and awakening... and is another tool that you may choose to use to aid this ongoing situation. I chose to get a piece that had been made into a pendant... as I felt it is beneficial to keep it on your body... and what better way than wearing a pendant.
You may be pleasantly surprised to find that using the Opal Aura Danburite crystal has a quite profound effect on you... as they assist you in letting go of fear. Used in meditation they can take you to a very high level where some people experience out of body effects and you may feel much lighter and more peaceful afterwards.
Danburite helps you by opening your heart fully to the Divine source, so you may find yourself becoming more in tune. And you may become truly enlightened ... something that is surely needed in these interesting times in which we are living.