Name: Hypersthene

Color(s): Steel grey to black

Mineral Information: Silicates –  midway member of a series between Enstatite and Ferrosilite

Chemical Make-up: (Mg,Fe)SiO3

Hardness: 5.5-6

Where they are found: Labrador, Canada

About Stone: Usually massive with a banded structure, often reflective with an attractive velvet-like appearance. Hypersthene is sometimes referred to as ‘velvet labradorite’, however the name is misleading, it is not labradorite at all.

Zodiac Association: Aries

Metaphysical Properties: Hypersthene calms, soothes, and quiets in general, and is especially helpful when the mind is overactive, shielding us from outside ‘noise’ in a velvety, protective cocoon. Hypersthene arranges both energy and thought in a more organised manner, so we can have a clearer idea of the way forward and realise solutions to problems. By calming, grounding and protecting, it is an excellent aid to deep meditation, profound inner reflection, and can take you on journeys into other dimensions of consciousness.