Selenite

Selenite

Selenite is a variety of gypsum, its chemical formula is

CaSO
4
· 2H
2
O

Selenite has a monoclinic crystal structure.

 

 

 

Physical Properties of Gypsum (Selenite)

Lustre: Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous, Silky, Pearly, Dull
Diaphaneity (Transparency): Transparent, Translucent, Opaque
Comment: Wide range of luster based on varieties, pearly on {010}
Colour: Colourless to white, often tinged other hues due to impurities; colourless in transmitted light..
Streak: White.
Hardness (Mohs): 2
Hardness Data: Mohs hardness reference species
Comment: Hardness varies with direction down to 1.5
Tenacity: Flexible
Cleavage: Perfect
Perfect (eminent) and easy on {010}, almost micaceous in some samples; on {100} distinct, yielding a surface with a conchoidal fracture; on {011}, yielding a fibrous fracture {001}.
Fracture: Splintery, Conchoidal
Translation gliding: Readily undergroes translation gliding with T{010}, t{[001], which can also be generated by torsion about [001], or bending {010} about [010].
Comment: Also inelastic. Breakage depends on orientation.
Density (measured): 2.312 - 2.322 g/cm3
Density (calculated): 2.308 g/cm3

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Energetic Properties of Selenite

Key Words: Spiritual activation, communion with the Higher Self, spirit guides and angels
Chakras: Third Eye (6th chakra), Crown (7th chakra), Etheric (8th-14th chakras)
Physical: Clears energy blockages, induces inner alignment, facilitates healing
Emotional: Inspires one to release insecurity and reach for one's desires
Spiritual: Facilitates auric cleansing, upper chakra activation, spiritual attunement

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