About Crocoite

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


Mineralogy and Geology of Crocoite

Mineral formula: PbCr6+O4

Crystal system: monoclinic

Crystal habit: Crocoite is commonly found as long prismatic crystals and more rarely as equant crystals, most often poorly terminated, and usually of a bright hyacinth-red color. When fine-grained it can be bright yellow to orange, and some crystals are dark red.

Cleavage: poor/indistinct

Fracture:  conchoidal

Color: Orange, red, yellow

Luster: sub-adamantine, sub-vitreous, to resinous or waxy

Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 2½ - 3

Streak: yellow-orange

Specific gravity: 5.97 – 6.02

Named after:  Since its initial discovery in the late 1700’s, this mineral has had several names. The present name  comes from the Greek κρόκος "crocon" = saffron, alluding to the saffron-orange color of its powder.

Type locality: The Tsvetnoi Mine, Berezovsk deposit, Beryozovsky, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia.

Geological occurrence: Crocoite is an uncommon secondary mineral in lead deposits associated with chromium-bearing rocks.

Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

With its vibrant yellow-orange colors, crocoite relates to the navel chakra, stimulating and enhancing intuiton, creativity, and sexuality. It reputedly assists with making transitions of all kinds – life stages, and situational, in a non-complex method.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – the sacral and solar plexus chakras, depending on color (orange to yellow)
  • Numerology – vibrates to the number 7.
  • Zodiac – Aries
  • Birthstone – no association
  • Wedding Anniversary – no association


* 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.