As the name suggests, arsenopyrite is a mineral that contains arsenic. It is, in fact, the most prevalent arsenic mineral, and it is the main ore of arsenic metal. It consists of approximately 46 percent arsenic and has been widely used as a source of the element since antiquity.
The History of Arsenopyrite
Traditionally, this mineral was known as “arsenical pyrite.” In 1868, however, it was renamed arsenopyrite by Ernst Friedrich Glocker. The name describes the mineral’s chemical composition and serves as a contraction of the former name.
This mineral can be found in many places around the world. Major sources are located in Russia, China, Morocco, Namibia, Australia, Morocco, Peru, the United States, and Bolivia. At Crystal Allies, we source our high-quality arsenopyrite specimens from Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. It is important to note that, while this mineral is widely distributed, it often occurs in such tiny amounts that it is overlooked or deemed insignificant. Deposits that are large enough for mining are found in the nations mentioned previously.
Arsenopyrite Physical Properties
Arsenopyrite is a type of iron arsenic sulfide with a metallic, opaque appearance. It ranges in color from silver-white to steel grey and sometimes has a yellowish tint. It forms as distinct crystals with dome-like terminations and cross-sections that are diamond-shaped. With a rating of 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs hardness scale, arsenopyrite is a relatively hard stone. It has a specific gravity that ranges between 5.9 and 6.2, so it is heavy for its size.
This mineral most commonly forms in hydrothermal veins along with certain other minerals, including pyrite, quartz, and chalcopyrite. Other metallic minerals, including lead, silver, gold, tin, and tungsten, may also be found in the same vein.
Because of its arsenic content, arsenopyrite is toxic. It is relatively stable until heated or crushed, though. When heated, it gives off poisonous arsenic and sulfur fumes, which may be fatal when inhaled in large quantities. Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling this mineral, and take care to ensure that it is never subjected to extreme heat or pressure. Also, because of its toxic nature, it should never be used in crystal elixirs.
Metaphysical Properties of Arsenopyrite
While most natural minerals carry a wide range of metaphysical properties, relatively little is known about this aspect of arsenopyrite. It is one of the few common minerals in the world that is not known to carry a great deal of metaphysical significance.
It is thought, however, that this stone may be useful when trying to sort of difficult and highly emotional situations. Working with it may enable you to make better decisions using both your heart and your mind.
Again, because of its toxicity, arsenopyrite is not widely regarded as a healing stone. It does, however, align with the solar plexus chakra and may work to some degree with the root and sacral chakras. It is thought to restore balance to these chakras. It may also improve self-confidence and stimulate one’s libido.
Working with Arsenopyrite
Arsenopyrite can be used during meditation. Doing so may enable you to travel between various dimensions or experience several planes at the same time. By simply holding this stone in your hand, you may feel a sense of inner warmth and like your spirits are being lifted. Just remember to wash your hands afterward!
Arsenopyrite is also a lovely stone to place in your environment. Keep a piece in your home to experience its unique beauty, or place one in your office to gaze upon when you are needing a boost in self-confidence.
Though arsenopyrite is not commonly used in metaphysical and healing practices, it is a beautiful mineral to add to your collection. At Crystal Allies, we have stunning arsenopyrite specimens from Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. Browse our online store today to add this remarkable mineral to your personal collection!
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