Tremolite is composed of silicate minerals, the main being asbestos, and member of the amphibole group that crystallizes in the form of masses, fibrous aggregates, and prismatic crystals. It was named by Johann Georg Albrecht Höpfner in 1789 after the Tremola Valley in Central St Gotthard Massif, Tessin, Switzerland. After much debate in modern times, it is believed that the type locality material was discovered 14km south in present-day Campolungo Pass, Switzerland. You can find Tremolite in white, grey, colorless, green, and yellow varieties. It is safe and healthy to hold in polished form and should be avoided in raw fibrous form, where it is most toxic.
The Libby Mine in Montana was a popular vermiculite mine that was operated during the 1920s by the Zonolite company. This mine was purchased in 1963 by W.R. Grace who operated it up until 1990. It’s speculated that this mine provided upwards of 80% of the world's Vermiculite at one point. Commercial Vermiculite was heated, crushed, and used for insulation products. Unfortunately, the mine was contaminated with Tremolite asbestos. It is believed around 35 million homes, schools, and workspaces were contaminated in the United States. Other uses of Vermiculite included being a primary ingredient in paving, mulching, brake lines, waste treatment, fire protection, and egg incubation. The impact of asbestos is ongoing and it is believed that over 200 residents from the town of Libby died from the exposure while others are expected to suffer from life-long asbestos-related diseases.
Tremolite is a unique mineral that’s also a variety of Nephrite, one of the two materials that make up Jade (the other being Jadeite). It also crystallizes into Diopside at high temperatures, leading miners and geologists to believe that if they struck Tremolite, then Diopside crystals may be soon to follow.
Tremolite has energies that are very similar to Serpentine and helps assist in your chakra realignment and emotional release. Both stones contribute protection and love to the heart in hopes of re-establishing a true connection within. Through this self-love experience, you can release deep emotional wounds that may weigh on you dearly. Working with Tremolite daily can invoke a potent grounding vibration that you will feel to your core. This crystal can help you live in the physical present moment in hopes of realigning the connection to the natural world around you. The combination of minerals that Tremolite is comprised of contributes to the unique energies that this crystal emanates!
We recommend working with Tremolite outdoors as it boasts your connection with Mother Nature and the healing potential she can offer. Try meditating with your favorite piece of Tremolite and other nature-based stones at Earth's most vibratory time; dusk or dawn. Some suggestions of these crystals we love to work with include Jade, Serpentine, Green Tourmaline, Chrysoprase, Green Calcite, Diopside, and Malachite.
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