In 1808, German mathematician Dietrich Ludwig Gustav Karsten (1768–1810) was the first to describe magnesite (formula MgCO3). In truth, Jean-Claude Delamétherie gave it the name of magnesite in 1785, referencing its chemical structure that is composed of various minerals (carbonate, sulphate, nitrate and chloride) and the site of its discovery: Magnesia, Greece. Exploited at an industrial level for its ore and derivatives such as magnesium oxide and carbonate, magnesite is widely used for pharmaceutical purposes and as a food additive.
Magnesite (formula MgCO3) is part of the crystalline-mineral family. Its crystal system has a trigonal structure with a rhombohedral network. This crystal is largely composed of magnesium carbonate and includes crystal inclusions: manganese, calcium, iron, cobalt, nickel and organic compounds. Depending on its type and the presence of impurities that make up the magnesite, its natural colour can vary from white to brown with grey and yellowish variations. Howlite is a type of porous white magnesite streaked with grey lines. Green magnesites are rare. With a hardness of about 4 on the Mohs scale, it remains a transparent or translucent fragile stone with a matte or glassy lustre. This rare porous mineral from the earth’s surface takes hundreds of thousands of years to form. Magnesite is primarily found in Brazil, but there are also several deposits in Europe including Germany, Austria, Spain and France. It takes its name both from its major chemical component: magnesium and the place of its discovery in Greece: Magnesia. This mineral is also found under other synonyms such as argillomurite, baldisserite, bandisserite, baudisserite, giobertite, magnesianite, magnesium carbonate, roubschite.
A calming stone of the psyche, it alleviates tensions, whether nervous or muscular. A regulator of the nervous system, it balances emotional excesses, reduces anxieties and soothes states of sadness. Stimulating the expression and communication faculties, it structures and harmonises the thoughts of those who wear it as a pendant or bracelet. Its positive effect on attention and memory makes it an asset for students throughout their apprenticeships and exam periods. Used on the body’s energy centres:
Magnesite stone is known for its powerful health benefits. It is used as an elixir to alleviate and eliminate gastric disorders. In case of problems, it rebalances the liver, improves digestion and relieves gallbladder attacks. It calms headaches and the sinuses. It reduces joint pain. It has a well-known balancing effect on the nervous system. It strengthens and aids with bone consolidation. Its detoxifying characteristics make it an essential stone for those with weight problems. It eliminates toxins and excess fats accumulated in the body. As a supplement a weight loss diet, it effectively fights against compulsive hunger and reduces the accumulation of cellulite.
Wearing a jewel (collar, pendant, bracelet) made from one of the colourful varieties of magnesite stone or a howlite in a white tone is a valuable aid to health and an effective way to treat oneself naturally for an affordable price. There are numerous varieties of jewellery, forms, lengths and hues that will fit perfectly to your needs and body type. This unique stone with its remarkable crystals is easily found at a very low price in the form of a gem or elixir.