Vivianite - Amazonas Brazil
Beautiful Vivianite from the Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, in the Amazonas state of Brazil. This exquisite gemmy deep blue-green Vivianite specimen is a rare find, with exceptional formation, prismatic bladed crystals on two sides in brown matrix. The crystal is primarily deep grey-blue-green, blue flashes and an iridescent glow can also be seen depending on how one holds it in the light. I photographed in natural daylight near a window from different angles, attempting to capture the color and flashes.
While Vivianite has been found in a number of localities around the world, including stunning specimens in Bolivia, availability is limited. As the most brilliant gemmy blue-green colors with glowing luster and prismatic crystals seem to prefer forming in the most remote difficult to access areas of the planet. Making Vivianite difficult to obtain and quality specimens remain highly valued among collectors. This Vivianite specimen is from the most recent discovery of Vivianite nodules, found near the Cauaburi river, Pico da Neblina national park, a remote area deep in the Amazon Rainforest. The richly pigmented deep blue-greens of Vivianite crystals from this locality seem to capture and reflect the beauty and colors of the Amazon rainforest.
Things To Know About Vivianite
Vivianite is an unstable hydrous iron phosphate mineral, occurring in areas rich in iron and manganese. When freshly unearthed, Vivianite crystals are colorless and transparent. Once the Vivianite nodules are opened and the crystals inside are exposed to light, they quickly oxidize, transforming into a rich indigo blue, blue-green or deep green color. This change in color occurs naturally when the crystals come in contact with UV light from the sun. While certain gems and minerals can fade overtime with repeated sunlight or light exposure, Vivianite darkens due to oxidation by deprotonation (not by oxygen in the air). The oxidation of Vivianite is an internal reaction caused by photons (particles of light energy) entering the crystal and causing iron atoms to oxidize. Prolonged light exposure can cause Vivianite to turn deep indigo blue or almost black.
How To Care For Vivianite
Vivianite is light sensitive. To preserve the color and integrity of your Vivianite, we recommend displaying Vivianites away from sunlight, bright indirect light (bright shade) and windows. Vivianite wants to hide out in a darker area of your home or mineral display. The darker the better. Some collectors store their Vivianites in cotton-lined boxes in a cabinet or drawer, creating a display area especially designated for their light sensitive crystals and minerals. For those of us who enjoy seeing and holding our crystals, small or medium sized Vivianite crystals are an excellent option, we can take them out to enjoy for awhile and then easily put them away into their safe space. Vivianite is a softer crystal at 1.5-2 on MOH's hardness scale, we recommend handling with a little extra care to prevent breaking any of the delicate crystals.
- Mineral: Vivianite
- Origin: São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil
- Hardness: 1.5-2
- Size: 115mm
- Weight: 566g
- Natural, free of dyes or enhancements.
- You'll receive the crystal shown here in the photos.
Vivianite Metaphysical Benefits
Vivianite has a frequency that resonates with both the Earth and Water elements. This refreshing, nourishing energy feeds both the body and emotions. Resonating with this stone creates a feeling of deep peace and emotional centeredness. Its energy is soothing and stimulating to the heart chakra, helping one to release worries, stress and anxiety. Vivianite assists one in achieving inner silence during meditation. Vivianite helps to remove negativity from ones thoughts and clear negative energy. Vivianite can re-inspire those who suffer from exhaustion and burnout. When one holds Vivianite, it emanates a vibration healing, peacefulness, gratitude and opens the heart to an ocean of love. Vivianite opens and clears the heart chakra, helping one become more receptive to the healing power of love and more effective at sharing that vibration.