Maw-Sit-Sit Gemstone

Maw-Sit-Sit Gemstone

Maw-Sit-Sit was first identified by Dr. Edward Gubelin, a Swiss gemologist in 1963. It derives its name from a village known as Maw-Sit-Sit in Northwestern Burma near the site where it was first found.

Maw-Sit-Sit occurs in a monoclinic, prismatic crystal structure. Its color ranges from bright to dark-green with white or dark-green to blackish spots or veins. It has a glassy to oily (greasy) luster.

Maw-sit-sit has a hardness rating of 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale. It is usually opaque and in some rare cases translucent and is almost always cut as cabochons or carved.

It is usually green in color with dark-green to black veining. Sometimes the patches are white. The best quality material has an emerald-green color.

Maw-sit-sit is considered a rock and not a mineral as it is composed of different types of minerals. For instance, it contains Kosmochlor which is a mineral related to Jadeite. It also contains a varying amount of Jadeite and Albite Felspar.

Maw-Sit-Sit is sometimes referred to as the cousin of Jade but most often it is classified as a variety of Jadeite. However, Jadeite is a mineral, whereas Maw-Sit-Sit is not. Therefore, Maw-Sit-Sit is related to Jadeite but not a member of Jadeite. That is to say, it is not Jade.

Maw-Sit-Sit is composed mainly of 60% kosmochlor, clinochlore, 15% chromian jadeite and albite with small amounts of eckermannite, chromite and other minerals.

Kosmochlor is the dominant mineral in Maw-Sit-Sit. Its name is derived from the Greek and it means GREEN FROM OUTER SPACE since this mineral was originally found in meteorites. It is responsible for the green and dark green veining and patches in Maw-Sit-Sit.

Maw-sit-sit is also known as "chloromelanite," “chrome-jade” or "jade albite."

Maw-sit-sit looks very similar to Nephrite Jade and Jadeite Jade. It is closely related to Jadeite and Omphacite. Though Maw-Sit-Sit is composed of Jadeite, as a whole, its chemical composition is very different from Jadeite.

Maw-sit-sit is not enhanced or treated in any way.

Its emerald-green color makes it a gorgeous eye-catching jewelry gemstone. When polished it gives a beautiful shine. It is suitable for pendants, earrings and rings.

Maw-sit-sit, like jade, can be made into amulets and talisman in intricate forms and carvings. Like Jade, it is also carved into bangles.

Maw-Sit-Sit is connected with healing, prosperity, abundance, luck and Mother-Earth. It protects the wearer from negative energy and evil. It nurtures a sad and broken heart.

Maw-Sit-Sit is nurturing and it instils inner peace and heals relationships. It enhances your focus and is a powerful stone to use for meditation as it helps you to achieve clarity of mind and emotional balance. It boosts your self-love and self-confidence, eases your worries and rids you of your fears and stress. It helps destroy self-doubt that sabotages your life and inculcates a positive outlook in life.

Maw-Sit-Sit can only be found in Northern Burma, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Thus, it is also extremely rare.

To clean your Maw-Sit-Sit, simply use soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove the soapy residue.