About Sphalerite

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


Mineralogy and Geology of Sphalerite

Mineral formula: ZnS

Grouping: member of the Sphalerite Group

Crystal system: isometric

Crystal habit: tetrahedra, dodecahedra and cubes are common

Cleavage: perfect on {011}

Fracture: conchoidal

Color: yellow to shades of orange or red or brown

Streak: pale yellow to brown

Luster: resinous or adamantine

Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 ½ - 4

Specific gravity:  3.9-4.1

Named after: the Greek σφαλεροζ "sphaleros" (treacherous), in allusion to the ease with which dark varieties were mistaken for galena, but yielded no lead. Originally (1546, Georgius Agricola) this mineral was called blende .

Geological occurrence: can occur in many geological environments; lead deposits of the Mississippi-Valley type, volcanogenic sulfide type and exhalative sedimentary types are most common


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Sphalerite has many areas of healing associated with the lower chakras, including protection, balancing, and creativity. It is said to help balance masculine and feminine aspects of the personality for greater equilibrium. It is said to enhance one’s ability to intuit the perils of a situation, and to discern between fraudulent and genuine information.

Rubbing a sphalerite crystal is said to bring a bright white light to one’s visualization; this helps to manifest one’s inherent psychic abilities. Striking a crystal may bring forth an orange spark, awakening sphalerite’s energy and at the same time awakening the striker’s intuition and psychic ability.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – sacral and solar plexus energy centers
  • Numerology - vibrates to the numbers 5 and 6
  • Zodiac - Gemini
  • 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.