Sphalerite Mineral

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The name Sphalerite is derived from the Greek word "sphaleros" which translates to "treacherous" or "deceiving." The name is in reference to the various appearances of Sphalerite which is the reason for the difficulty in identifying this stone. It was given by Ernst Friedrich Glocker in the year 1847 after having previously been named Blende by Georgius Agricola in the year 1546. Other names used in place of Sphalerite are rosin jack, blackjack, steel jack, and zinc blende. Sphalerite can be found in sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks as well. Sphalerite is often times found to be associated with galena, dolomite, marcasite, and chalcopyrite located in solution cavities.

Sphalerite can be found in various locations scattered around the world It can be found in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Australia, and the United States. It is said that Sphalerite can only be found in select states across the U.S. They can be found in Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, and Oklahoma. In fact, one of the most important Sphalerite deposits is found in the Mississippi River valley region.

In metaphysical belief, Sphalerite is believed to contain the ability to ground one’s energies as well as aid in activating the lower three chakras. These lower three chakras are the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and the power center. It is also said that Sphalerites possess the ability to open the eyes of the wearer in order for them to realize their dreams are within their grasp and the only way to achieve the dream is with both dedication and hard work.