Question: Why is benitoite blue?

It is an extremely rare rock. It is an extremely rare titanium cyclosilicate blue barium found in serpentinite that has been altered hydrothermally. Under short wave ultraviolet light, benitoite fluoresces which appear bright blue to bluish white in colour.

What is blue benitoite?

Benitoite (/bəˈniːtoʊaɪt/) is a rare blue barium titanium cyclosilicate, found in hydrothermally altered serpentinite. It forms in low temperature, high pressure environments typical of subduction zones at convergent plate boundaries.

What does the benitoite stand for?

Known for the joyful and positive energies that they exude, Benitoite crystals work closely with a persons third eye chakra to stimulate several untapped levels of ones consciousness. It is a relatively rare stone that will aid your journey of awakening as you endeavor to become more self-aware.

What mineral is benitoite?

Barium Titanium Silicate Physical Properties of BenitoiteChemical ClassificationBarium Titanium SilicateChemical CompositionBaTiSi3O9Crystal SystemHexagonalUsesGemstone, collector mineral, Official State Gem of California.8 more rows

Why is benitoite a state gem in California?

On October 1, 1985, benitoite (pronounced beh-nee-tow-ite) was designated as the official state gem by the California legislature. Benitoite, a barium titanium silicate, can occur in rich blue crystals that are as striking and flawless as the finest sapphires.

Is benitoite expensive?

Benitoite has the rarest form of crystal structure in the world. A clean, rare 1 carat cut benitoite sells between $6500 and $8000, depending on color, cut and clarity. The cost increases greatly as the size of the cut stone increases due to the rarity of large facet grade crystals.

Is benitoite valuable?

Gem quality Benitoite can be worth more than Diamonds, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald or Tanzanite. A clean, rare 1 carat cut benitoite sells between $6500 and $8000, depending on color, cut and clarity. The cost increases greatly as the size of the cut stone increases due to the rarity of large facet grade crystals.

Why is Benitoite so expensive?

With the color of the most valuable tanzanite, it is easy to see why it is so valued. A clean, rare 1 carat cut benitoite sells between $6500 and $8000, depending on color, cut and clarity. The cost increases greatly as the size of the cut stone increases due to the rarity of large facet grade crystals.

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