About Wavellite

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


Mineralogy and Geology of Wavellite

Mineral formula: Al3(PO4)2(OH,F)3 · 5H2O

Grouping: member of wavellite group

Crystal system: orthorhombic

Crystal habit: radiating "starburst" clusters of green to yellow-green fibrous crystals on fracture surfaces in the matrix, these may grade into globular aggregates; more rarely in chalcedony-like or opaline masses, or stalactic; very rare as good distinct crystals.

Cleavage: Perfect on {110}, good on {101}, distinct on {010}

Fracture: irregular / uneven, sub-conchoidal

Color: green to greenish yellow; clear; white

Streak: white

Luster: vitreous, greasy, pearly

Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 ½ - 4

Specific gravity: 2.36

Named after: the discoverer of the mineral, Dr. William Wavell (1750-1829)

Type locality: High Down Quarry, North Devon, England

Geological occurrence: A secondary mineral found most often in aluminous, low-grade metamorphic rocks, in phosphate and limonitic deposits; more rarely as a late-forming hydrothermal vein mineral.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Wavellite supports activating inner knowledge and increasing intuition; it assists with the flow of energy and knowing from one area to another. It can help in seeing the whole picture before decision making. It also helps to recognize direct and in-direct methods for accomplishing a task.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – depends on color
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 1
  • Zodiac – Aquarius
  • Birthstone – none traditional
  • Wedding Anniversary – none traditional


* 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.