About Ilvaite

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

Mineralogy and Geology of Ilvaite

Mineral formula: CaFe3+Fe2+2(Si2O7)O(OH)

Crystal system: orthorhombic

Grouping; a sorosilicate, member of the Lawsonite Group

Crystal habit: Prismatic, columnar, radiating, or compact massive.

Cleavage: distinct/good on {001} {010}

Fracture: irregular/uneven

Color: dark grey black, iron black

Streak: black towards greenish-black

Luster: sub-metallic

Diaphaneity: opaque

Moh’s scale hardness: 5 ½ - 6

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 3.99 – 4.05

Named after:  “Ilva,” the old Latin name for Elba Island, off Siciliy, where the type localities exist. The original name of jenite, in honor of a Napoleonic War battle between Prussia and France which the Germans lost was found offensive by leading mineralogists of the later 1800s, and the name was changed.

Type locality: Cape Calamita Mine, and the Torre de Rio – Santa Filomena area, both in the Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy

Geological occurrence: Contact metasomatic rocks and iron deposits.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Ilvaite is thought to enhance patience in the process of perseverance, and understanding that it takes time to build success. It opens the door for taking time to find “diamonds” of truth, thus enhancing the creative aspects of one’s nature, while simultaneously grounding and centering.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – root chakra
  • Numerology –vibrates to the master number 33.
  • Zodiac – Cancer
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional associations


* 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.