About Altaite

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations

Mineralogy and Geology

Mineral formula: PbTe

Mineral group: member of the Galena group

Crystal system: Isometric

Crystal habit: Rarely in very small cubes and octahedra; massive, as cleavages, to 1 cm; granular, myrmekitic in other sulfides.

Cleavage: perfect on {001}

Fracture: sub-conchoidal

Color: tin-white with a light yellow tint

Luster: metallic

Diaphaneity: opaque

Moh’s scale hardness: 2 - 3

Streak: black

Specific gravity: 8.19

Named after: the discovery locality: Zavodinsk, Rudny Altai, Kazakhstan.

Type locality: Second Zavodinskii Mine, Altai, East Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

Geological occurrence: in lead sulfide veins and deposits.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Altaite stimulates activity and action on ideas. It stimulates the intellect and supports expansiveness.  It can help with accessing spiritual guides when asking about a pending course of action.


Common Associations

  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 5
  • Zodiac – Pisces
  • Birthstone – none associated
  • Wedding Anniversary – none associated


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.