Gaspeite derives its name from the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec, Canada where it was first discovered. It was first described by the renowned American mineralogists, D.W. Kohls and J.L. Rodda in “The American Mineralogist Journal” in 1966.

Gaspeite is of a nickel carbonate chemical composition. It is part of the nickel rich member of the calcite group of minerals and is extremely rare. It looks similar in appearance to the rare green Turquoise.

Gaspeite has a trigonal crystal structure and comes in green, light-green and yellowish-green colors. Most exhibit brown vein-like inclusions.

Gaspeite has a hardness ranging from 4.5 to 5 on the Mohs scale. Gaspeite has a glass-like to dull luster when cut and polished. While opaque in its natural state, Gaspeite crystals are typically translucent. It also exhibits perfect cleavage in 3 directions and this means it can easily chip.

Gaspeite is gaining popularity since a large Gaspeite deposit has been discovered recently in Australia. It is often used for beaded jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, pins, pendants and carved ornamental objects. It is most likely to be set in silver designs alongside Peridot, Turquoise, Chrysoprase, Malachite, Sugilite and Lapis Lazuli.

Gemstones that are similar in appearance to Gaspeite include:

Chrysoprase, Calcite, Chrysocolla, Jade, Malachite and the rare green Turquoise. Also, Serpentine, Variscite and Verdite.

Gaspeite is a shaman’s stone that has long been used by the aboriginal people of Australia. It is used for their vision and dream quest works.

The Shaman-Healers of Australia believe that this beautiful stone possesses powerful and strong healing attributes. It is said that Gaspeite gives strong healing vibrations that benefits the solar plexus which govern the heart, gallbladder and lungs.

It is a very powerful spiritual stone that helps the wearer communicate with the Spirit World.

To clean your Gaspeite use warm water with soap and a soft cloth. Remember to rinse well and remove all the soapy residue.

Gaspeite is extremely rare and can only be found in certain locations around the world such as in New Mexico, United States; Kambalda and Widgiemooltha of Western Australia; Tasmania, Australia, New South Wales, Australia; Sardinia, Italy; Lavrion, Greece; the Eugenia Mine in Spain and the Limpopo region of South Africa.