How is selenite formed

How is selenite formed

Selenite is a clear translucence crystal that can be found in abundance all over the world. It is often colourless and almost looks like sheets of ice or glass. The crystal is very soft at a hardness of 2.5 Mohs. The crystal can easily break and does not react well with water.

As the crystal is very soft beautiful ornaments and sculptures can be easily carved from the crystal. Craftsmen make beautiful jewlery out of this crystal and it is considered a protection crystal as it deflects negative energy.

The crystal can be found all over the world and is quite an inexpensive crystal. Once the crystal is found large quantities of the crystal are found together. The crystal was used to make glass windows that date back to the Roman period.

Selenite is a form of gypsum crystal and its chemical formula is CaSO4 2H2O. The crystal is made of Calcium sulfate dihydrate. The gypsum family crystals are often white in colour or translucence. 

The crystal is often a prized crystal in the crystal healing world as it is believed to help with releasing negative energy from within your body and cleansing and charging your chakras. 

How selenite crystals were formed

The crystal is formed from the slow evaporation of water which dates back millions of years ago. The process involves the evaporation of saline water. Saline water is water with a high concentration of salts. Selenite is often created and has always created with similar shapes and patterns when it is formed. This may be in the shape of large columns, you may find the crystal in the formation of a prism, which is the shape of a polygon. Sometimes these crystals were formed with a pointy tip to the crystal. Most of the time these crystals are perfect with no imperfections or inclusions. Most often you will find selenite crystals coming from clay beds. At the bottom of the crystal, you may find trapped minerals such as clay, sand, or dirt. 

Satin spar is another type of selenite and its formation is slightly different. Satin spar is also from the gypsum family and is also made from crystalized salt. It is also made from the slow evaporation of saline water. Satin spar are created in the shape of columns and these crystals can grow very large one of the largest crystals to be found in the world. The crystal has a fibrous surface to its surface and more of a cloudy white color to the crystal, satin spar sometimes has a more greyish colour. The surface of the crystal has a more fibrous surface and it is not as translucent as selenite.

A desert rose is another form of selenite that is created by wind, water, sun, and sand. Selenite desert rose is a process that only takes a few hundred years and it is usually made in the deserts. The surface of the crystal has a sharp blade-like surface and they are formed into small balls that look like small stone roses. These roses are often formed in wet sand, and wind also plays a role in shaping the crystal. The colour of the selenite desert rose is brown where sand has attached itself to the crystal.

A gypsum flower is another form of selenite and it looks completely different it may look like the root of a tree, but it feels almost otherworldly. The crystal is often formed with the twisting and spiraling of the crystals around each other. They almost look like ram horns, fish tails and they can also look like an arrowhead spear. These crystals are also very fragile and also does not react well with water.

All of these crystals are from the gypsum family and all of them are considered selenite crystals, but their formation is slightly different giving them more of a unique look. All the crystals are made from the evaporation of saline water which results in the beautiful formation of these crystals. It is believed that all of these crystals have the same uses in the crystal healing world, where all of these crystals are used to help connect to the crown chakra. These beautiful crystals should be in every crystal healing collection.