Satin Spar Selenite is a mesmerizing material.
Named after the moon for it’s dreamy white luster and reflective nature. (Selene means moon in Greek) Its layered, fine strands compose a unique visual depth, which has the ability to encapsulate the light, as nature’s own fiber optic.
Selenite wands have been nicknamed the sharp sword of awareness, as many people attribute this stone as bringing mental clarity and strength to decision making. It certainly is a wonderful material to have within a space for meditation.
The Classic votive in Selenite by MCCOY DESIGN
Selenite, as a material, is millions of years old. At its humble roots is the mineral gypsum, which has been created though the evaporation of ocean water. In essence, it is ancient marine rock. When sea water is reduced to around 20 percent of its original volume, Calcium (Ca2+) and Sulfate (SO42-) ions then become concentrated enough for gypsum (CaSO4-2H20) to begin to crystallize. Selenite is then created when gypsum is rehydrated with mineral rich water, and the rate of evaporation is slowed enough for the ideal condition required to form the fine selenite crystals.
For another facinating look at selenite, head over to national geographic's story on the Cave of Crystals at the Niaca mine in Chiuahua, Mexico. There are the largest, natural crystals (of any kind) ever discovered, and they are gorgeous satin spar selenite! The massive selenite swords reach as large as 39ft in length, 13ft in diameter and weighing 55 tons. The crystals of this cave grew to such a great size from a stable, hot temperature (122F) from an underground magma chamber. Although scientists predict that even larger crystals chambers lie underneath, to further exploration would cause for the cave of crystals to be demolished. It is amazing to imagine the wondrous secrets that lie beneath!