Home > Gemology > Gemstones > Limonite




LIMONITE

Overview:

Limonite is the generic name for iron oxide and the name derives from the Greek leimons, meaning 'boggy meadow'. Its association with water led to it being a treatment for dehydration but it is excellent for removing oneself from the mire. A grounding and protective stone that stabilizes life, Limonite stimulate inner strength, particularly under extreme conditions. It affords the physical body protection during metaphysical activities, defends against mental influence or attack, enhances telepathy, and ameliorates confusion and psychic overwhelm.

Limonite is not a true mineral but a mixture of similar hydrated iron oxide minerals. Most of limonite is made up of Goethite. Massive Goethite and Limonite can be indistinguishable. Limonite forms mostly in or near oxidized iron and other metal ore deposits, and as sedimentary beds. Limonite has been known to pseudomorph other minerals such as pyrite, meaning it replaces a crystal of pyrite with limonite but keeps the shape of the pyrite crystal.

Limonite is the result of decomposition of iron minerals, where water, carbon dioxide, humus acid and oxygen react with the minerals and gradually transform them into limonite. It is very common, and can be found with other iron minerals such as pyrite, hematite, etc. In addition to a source for iron, limonite is used as paint pigment and in some ceramics (for color) .

Physical Properties:

Limonite

Limonite Birthstone

Crystal System
Amorphous
Chemistry
2FE3O3 3H2O
Hardness
4-5.5
Source
Brazil, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Russia, Cuba, Zaire, India, Namibia, USA
Number
7

Sign of Limonite:Virgo

Limonite is extremely common and forms the coloring matter in many soils. It is also responsible for the coloring on the weathered surfaces of rocks. Much Limonite, especially the fibrous type, is either Goethite or altered Goethite that absorbed water in its chemical structure.

Usage:Dehydration, cleansing, musculoskeletal system, iron and calcium assimilation, jaundice, fevers, liver, digestion.

Legend:A powerful mental healer, Limonite restores youthful properties and supports standing firm without needing to fight back. It facilitates inner-child healing with other stones.

Occurrence: Notable occurrences include many iron mines around the world, especially nice specimens come from Europe, Mexico, Canada and northeastern USA.