Amblygonite is a fluorophosphate mineral that has a relatively high Lithium content. An opaque to semi-transparent crystal whose color can range from colorless to off-white/creamy, pale yellow, blue/grey to pink/beige. In certain light, it can have a non-metallic luster.
Other crystals with a high lithium content include Petalite and Lepidolite.
The mineral occurs in pegmatite deposits and is easily mistaken for albite and other feldspars. Its density, cleavage and flame test for lithium are diagnostic. Amblygonite forms a series with montebrasite, the low fluorine endmember. Geologic occurrence is in granite pegmatites, high-temperature tin veins, and greisens. Amblygonite occurs with spodumene, apatite, lepidolite, tourmaline, and other lithium-bearing minerals in pegmatite veins. It contains about 10% lithium, and has been utilized as a source of lithium. The chief commercial sources have historically been the deposits of California and France.
The frequency of Amblygonite connects to the solar plexus and crown chakras, gently cleansing them of negative emotional energies. Via the connection to these two chakras, it helps to bring issues relating to one’s power into alignment so that on an emotional level one will be guided from a higher level of consciousness.
The high lithium content of this crystal helps with bringing about calmness and emotional balance to one’s emotional body, helping one with issues relating to how one’s feels about oneself focussing on the positive aspects.
The calming energy of Amblygonite aids one with issues of low self-esteem and depression by lifting one’s energy and thus one’s spirit so that one can view life from a more positive and higher perspective and learn the important lessons to be gained from one’s life experiences.
- Solar Plexus
- Negative Emotional Patterns
- Personal Power – Emotional
- Self Esteem
- Higher Perspective
- Personal Power – Spiritual
The mineral was first discovered in Saxony by August Breithaupt in 1817, and named by him from the Greek amblus, blunt, and gonia, angle, because of the obtuse angle between the cleavages. Later it was found at Montebras, Creuse, France, and at Hebron in Maine; and because of slight differences in optical character and chemical composition the names montebrasite and hebronite have been applied to the mineral from these localities. It has been discovered in considerable quantity at Pala in San Diego county, California; Caceres, Spain; and the Black Hills of South Dakota. The largest documented single crystal of amblygonite measured 7.62×2.44×1.83 m3 and weighed ~102 tons.
Transparent amblygonite has been faceted and used as a gemstone. As a gemstone set into jewelry it is vulnerable to breakage and abrasion from general wear, as its hardness and toughness are poor. The main sources for gem material are Brazil and the United States. Australia, France, Germany, Namibia, Norway, and Spain have also produced gem quality amblygonite.