Overview:Enhancing visualization, Ulexite is best known for its ability to magnify and it is often called the TV stone. Bringing things into focus on the inner and spiritual levels, it gives objectivity and clarity. If you are getting things out of proportion, Ulexite helps you to see them clearly. Excellent for understanding dreams and visions, Ulexite indicates the path to follow at a spiritual level and takes you deep into your self. Going to the core of a problem, it points to resolution. Ulexite gives you the ability to see into another's heart, knowing what they are thinking and feeling and instilling compassionate acceptance.
Ulexite, like other borates, is a structurally complex mineral. The basic structure of ulexite contains chains of sodium, water and hydroxide octahedrons linked in endless chains. The chains are linked together by calcium, water, hydroxide and oxygen polyhedra and massive boron units. The basic boron unit has a formula of B5O6(OH)6 and a charge of negative three (-3). It is composed of three borate tetrahedrons and two borate triangular groups.
Ulexite is found with the mineral borax and is directly deposited in arid regions from the evaporation of water in intermittent lakes called playas. The playas form only during rainy seasons due to runoff from nearby mountains. The runoff is rich in the element boron and is highly concentrated by evaporation in the arid climate. Eventually the concentration is so great that crystals of ulexite, borax and other boron minerals form and accumulate to great thickness.
NaCaB5O6 (OH) 65H2O
Sign of Ulexite:Gemini
Specimens of ulexite may form a "cotton ball" tuft of acicular crystals. These can be confused with the similar appearing tufts of the silicate mineral okenite, but are of a completely different origin with completely different mineral associations.If the specimen is approximately an inch thick and is polished flat on both sides perpendicular to the fibers, then an unusual optical phenomenon can be seen.
The fibers will behave like optical fibers and transmit an image from one side of the specimen to the other. In other words, a good specimen, resting on a newspaper will have the writing appear to be on top of the specimen without any distortion of the lettering. The newspaper can easily be read upon the surface of the ulexite. This is a phenomenal optical property. This effect is partially the result of the large spaces in the sodium octahedral chains.
Usage:Relaxation, creativity in business, imagination, balancing yin and yang, clarity to the eyes, skin elixir for wrinkles.
Legend:Ulexite is also found in a vein-like bedding habit composed of closely-packed fibrous crystals. This variety is called "TV Rock" and is popular in many rock shops, especially with children.
Notable occurrences include several localities in California and Nevada, USA; Tarapaca, Chile and Kazakhstan.