Sphalerite, also known as zinc blende and black-jack, is a zinc sulfide mineral that crystallizes in the form of masses, botryoidal, cubes, tetrahedral crystals, and dodecahedral crystals. Its most commonly silver and grey, but can also be seen as red, black, yellow, brown, green, and colorless. Sphalerite was discovered in 1847 by E.F. Glocker and was named after the Greek word meaning “treacherous”. Like most minerals during this time period, crystals that looked similar were just called under the same name. Sphalerite got its name from it constantly being confused with Galena. Its very common to find Sphalerite formed with a variety of minerals such as Fluorite, Pyrite, Galena, Dolomite, Quartz, and Calcite. Sphalerite is a common mineral that can be found all over the world, with the best specimens coming out of Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland and Franklin, New Jersey.
Sphalerite is the most important ore when it comes to extracting Zinc. Around 95% of all Zinc we use today is extracted from Sphalerite ore, making this mineral highly sought after in today’s society.
Sphalerite is here to help ground your energies and activate your lower 3 chakras. It raises one's courage, drive, and focus levels to heights they never knew they had within. This mineral helps one truly believe in themselves, and their ability to unlock their full potential in this life. Sphalerite pushes one to realize that their dreams are within their grasps and the only way to get there is through hard work and dedication. Sphalerite is here to provide you with the vitality and energy needed to push forward. Working with this stone will provide one with an “inner reflection” of themselves, as well as aid one as they grow into the person they truly want to be.
This mineral is also a very powerful manifestation tool. Its powers are similar to that of Hematite, attracting only the energy you put out. If you are very positive about what you are manifesting, and you put your heart and soul into, you will achieve it. Sphalerite is here to ground all your thoughts, desires, and ideas, and help one on the path to them. You are the creator of your own universe, and Sphalerite is here to remind you that every action you take affects your journey and future.
Sphalerite can also be a very powerful protection stone when one is looking for a metaphysical shield. When working with this stone, or simply carrying it around, one will become imbued with powerful vibrations that will dispel any negativity on you, as well as block any future unwanted energies.