The name selenite is believed to originate from the Greek selēnitēs (moon) and lithos (stone). Possibly because the stone appears to be similar in color to the moon.
Selenite (aka gypsum) is most often white but can also be colorless, pink or bluish – streaks in the stone will usually be white. The stone can be transparent although most of what we see today is more opaque. With a Mohs’ hardness of only 2, selenite can be scratched with a fingernail.
Because the stone is so soft – and water based – cleaning selenite is best done with a soft dry cloth (like a chamois). Water actually breaks down the structure of selenite and will damage it. It is a very fibrous stone so it is important to keep it away from small children and to wash your hands carefully to ensure there are not any stray thin needles of selenite left behind after handling.
While selenite is not often used in jewelry, it is used frequently for holistic healing and in massage wands.
Metaphysical properties ascribed to selenite include:
- effective in cleansing and charging other stones (should not need to energetically “clean” selenite)
- exchange between lovers for reconciliation
- wear to re-energize the body
- associated with the moon
- soothing and de-stressing
- clear blockages
- aid for love rituals
- stimulate spiritual, physical, and emotional healing
- support psychic communication
- activate true spiritual feeling
- open and balance any chakra
Chakras: sacral, third eye, crown
 Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised & Expanded Fourth Edition by Walter Schumann, p.226
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