Magnesite is a magnesium carbonate that belongs to the calcite group of minerals, and occurs as veins or as an alteration product of magnesium rich rock types in both contact and regional metamorphic terrains. Because of its crystal structure, which is similar to calcite, it has the same hardness and texture as turquoise and marble. It is mined in Africa, Europe, China, Korea, Brazil, and the United States, from which a mine in Arizona produces a type of Magnesite which is very popular in jewelry making.
Magnesite is typically white in color, although it can also be colorless and show tints of yellow, pink, gray or tan in its natural form. These translucent to opaque stones can have vitreous to dull luster and may possess a web-like pattern. Since Magnesite is porous, it can readily be dyed into a range of colors which serve as an economical substitution to many more expensive gemstones. Aside from its typical properties and colors, some Magnesite may emit fluorescence under short-wave UV lights, in fact that’s how miners in Nevada caves find these beautiful stones.
Magnesium also offers many health benefits, and as Magnesite contains a high level of this element, the stone certainly can’t be ignored! It aids in absorption of magnesium in the body which helps to maintain steady heart beats, normal nerve and muscle function, and boosts immunity while keeping the bones strong. Metaphysically, it is known for its calming and relaxing properties, capable of treating fear, nervousness, irritability and intolerance. Magnesite, when used during meditation, can instil deep peace, bringing clarity, creative visualization, and imagination to its owners.
The porosity of Magnesite makes it desirable for artists and jewelers as it helps achieve similarity to various gemstones, particularly turquoise. When polished and cut into beads, spheres, other shapes, or carved into figurines, these stones become almost irresistible. Browse through our comprehensive collection of Magnesite beads exhibiting all kinds of sizes and finishes, varying from smooth to matte to glossy, and shapes like round, heishi, cube, nugget, and more to find the ones you love!