Meet Selenite Gypsum – Our New Favorite Mineral!

Selenite Gypsum Satin Spar

Selenite Gypsum Sticks are a favorite at Mini Me Geology. Satin spar is another name for the variety of gypsum that forms these sticks. Many mineral enthusiasts use the terms selenite, gypsum, and satin spar interchangeably.

Satin spar selenite is a fibrous variety of the gypsum mineral which forms long, thin strands. When the long strands stack together in groups, they take the shape of “sticks.”

How to Identify Selenite Gypsum Samples

Satin spar selenite gypsum has a beautiful white color and can also appear colorless. The luster is silky to pearly and sometimes vitreous (glassy). The mineral feels soft and smooth to the touch. Selenite has a white streak and is very soft. You can use your fingernail to scratch the sample. At just a 2 on the Mohs hardness scale, your fingernail will easily scratch the surface.

Locations, Uses, and Interesting Features of Selenite

Nice samples of selenite are found in locations worldwide including Mexico, Italy, Russia, France, Canada and the United States. Selenite is a common material in paints, tile, drywall, blackboard chalk, fertilizer, and Plaster of Paris.  Satin spar is a very popular metaphysical crystal and is associated with the seventh chakra or the crown chakra. The crown chakra is located at the top of your head and is associated with enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, energy, perfection, spirituality, and intelligence.

Selenite sticks form in long, prismatic crystals parallel to one another. These mass of crystals form the long sticks. Often, these sticks form in rock seams in the parent rock.

Most of our sample sizes are generally 3 to 4 inches in length but can vary based on natural crystal shape. You can check out our selenite sticks here.





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