Selenite Properties

Selenite is a form of Gypsum. Gypsum forms in lagoons where ocean waters high in calcium and sulfate content can slowly evaporate and be regularly replenished with new sources of water. Gypsum forms all over the world wherever there is salt water, deserts, tunnels, new formations in old mines.

Types of Selenite

White Selenite is the crystalline version, transparent, colorless with a pearly luster. Selenite has many thing layers with square shapes which are easily peeled. White Selenite is used to protect the aura from outside influences. It is often used for cell regeneration and is beneficial in balancing all of the chakras. 

Orange Selenite, also known as Peach or Red Selenite, has been colored by other minerals for its light to dark pearly orange color. Orange Selenite holds the same energies as Selenite with the added energy to balance the Sacral Chakra. 

Ram’s Horn Curved Gypsum with a shape similar to a ram’s horn.

Satin Spar is the striated compact and fibrous form.

Desert Rose Rosette shaped Barite or reset shaped Gypsum with sand inclusions - Sometimes this is also referred to as the sand rose. Desert rose is found in dry, desert regions and is said to contain a unique spirit guardian. Desert Rose is said to help individuals overcome phobias, help boost self confidence and are often used as talismans for protection. 

Alabaster is a massive, fine grained variety of Gypsum. Occasionally this type of selenite may also refer to a translucent banded type of aragonite in the form of Traventine. Alabaster is a crumbly stone that can be used for chalk markings. It is said that it’s absorption qualities can help draw energies that the individual is lacking. 

Mineral Facts

Surface Color:Brown, White, Clear, Yellow, Red, Gray, Orange

Streak Color: (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White

Group: Calcium Sulfate (Sulfates commonly form in evaporitic environments)

Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Good in one direction, poor in another

Fracture (where you break the crystal not on a natural cleavage): Subconchoidal (Not as curved as Conchoidal. Conchoidal is a clam-like fracture which looks like broken glass) to Uneven/Brittle

Luster: Vitreous (glassy) to Pearly

Tenacity: Brittle (little resistance to breakage)

Transparency: Transparent (light flows through crystal) to Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent)

Crystal System: Monoclinic (3unequal crystal axis)

Metaphysical Properties

  • Selenite is the best crystal to seal the aura from energy leaks and susceptibility of unwanted energies entering the aura. Scan the aura with a wand or if working on yourself hold a sphere.
  • Selenite is a protective stone and can shield a person or space from outside influences.
  • Selenite is self cleaning and will clean other stones, place them on a Selenite log or cluster.
  • Use at the Crown chakra to raise your vibrations and connect with other dimensions.
  • Make a crystal grid or layout to anchor the light body back to earth.
  • Desert Rose: keeps you centered and calm while you are multi-tasking
  • Selenite has a powerful vibration and is excellent for all types of spiritual work.

Note: Do not place Gypsum in water. Selenite is 70% water.

Use Selenite carefully as it is very fragile. It is only a 2 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness and can be easily scratched by a fingernail.