Bornite has been called the “stone of happiness” as it suggests that life really is something joyful to experience. It is a sulfide mineral that is also known as “peacock copper” or “blushing copper” to express its iridescent tarnish. This iridescent tarnish enhances the reddish-brown color of the crystal. It is also produces a variety of other colors including brown to black, purple, yellow, turquoise, blue and rose, with all specimens containing a metallic shine. It was named after the Austrian meteorologist Ignaz von Born (1742 – 1991).
Bornite is one of the more common minerals and is found in a wide range of localities. The larger crystals are found in Cornwall, England. In its massive form (meaning it has no particular shape) it is found in the United States in Arizona, Montana (smaller crystals), Connecticut, Alaska (Copper River District), and Pennsylvania (French Creek Mines). It is also mined in Kazakhstan, Peru, Chile, Tasmania, Bolivia, Mexico and British Columbia and Quebec, Canada.
It crystallizes in masses and sometimes in the form of cubic rhombdodecahedral crystals, having twelve faces, each of which are in the shape of a rhombus. This mineral is most important for its copper content with each specimen containing approximately 63 percent copper.
Metaphysical Properties of Bornite
-Inspires the inner spirit to advance to higher spiritual realms.
-Aids in the progress of fusing the chakras and can be used to activate each of the chakras individually.
-Helps one to “let go” of things that are no longer needed or only inhibit their spiritual growth.
-Brings freshness to one’s life and allows one to enjoy the happiness of being in the moment.
-Helps one to understand that there does not have to be absences, imperfections, or shortcomings in any aspect of one’s life.
-Protects one from negative energy by teaching one to identify the cause of negativity.
-Teaches one to recognize, understand, and accept the difference between grief and relief.
-Allows for the awareness of any obstacles that may be hindering one from making progress towards a specific goal; also brings about consciousness of new opportunities or possibilities that may be useful in accomplishing these goals.
Healing Properties of Bornite
-Plays a major part in the restructuring of the cause, nature, and course of disease(s) in the body.
-Helpful in controlling the flow of adrenaline in the body.
-Useful in reducing fevers and swelling.
-Promotes rehydration of the body.
-Effective in balancing the pH of the body; increases alkalinity when there is an over-acidic state in the body and increases acidity when there is an over-alkaline state in the body.
-Used in the treatment of convulsive type disorders.
-Stabilizes the absorption and preservation of sodium in the body.
The astrological sign for bornite is Cancer. It vibrates to the numbers two and four.
Melody (1995). Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals. Wheat Ridge, Colorado: Earth-Love Publishing House.