Maw-sit-sit from Burma
Maw-sit-sit is one of the more unusual gemstones in the world, from its curious name to its variable chemical composition. It is a recent find, first identified in 1963 by the late Swiss gemologist Dr. Edward Gubelin. It was named after the village in northwestern Burma which is close to the site where it was first found. Typically maw-sit-sit is green with distinctive dark-green to black veining.
Maw-sit-sit is considered to be a rock rather than a mineral, since it is composed of a number of different minerals, including kosmochlor (a mineral related to jadeite) and varying amounts of jadeite and albite feldspar. It is often classified as a member of the jade family but it is not really a variety of jadeite. Sometimes maw-sit-sit is called a "cousin" of jade, which seems appropriate. Maw sit sit is a rare gem related to Jade (but is NOT a jade)
The source location for maw-sit-sit lies in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the historic imperial jadeite mines of northern Burma. Thus far maw-sit-sit has only been found in this single location, making it a rare material indeed.
The dominant mineral species in maw-sit-sit is kosmochlor, a sodium chromium pyroxene. About 60% of maw-sit-sit is made up of kosmochlor, which is the primary component of both the brilliant emerald green and the dark green-black patches. The other major component is a chromium-enriched jadeite, making up about 15% of the total material. Kosmochlor, once known as ureyite, also has an unusual name. It means "green from outer space," since the mineral was found originally in meteorites.
Maw-sit-sit has a refractive index ranging from 1.52 to 1.74, depending on its exact chemical composition. The lower end of the range is most common. It has a hardness rating of 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale, and a density or specific gravity ranging from 2.5 to 3.5. Maw-sit-sit is translucent to opaque and is almost always cut as cabochons or carved
Silver draws out negative energies from the body replacing them with the energy of Divine Light.
Silver provides a very strong connection between the physical and astral bodies. It strengthens the "silver cord" which connects the astral body to the physical body.
Silver brings one "the advantage" throughout life. Use to improve speech and Silver is used extensively with gem stones because it is able to both attract and retain unto itself those qualities that are emitted by the stone. The silver provides a steadying influence for the jewel.
Silver can be used to direct the energy of other minerals to the appropriate location.
Silver can draw out negative energies from the body while transferring the positive forces of the other mineral.
Facilitates non-judgement, self-approval and permanence in relationships.
It is suggested that Maw Sit Sit will help you find joy in life. Wear or carry one when you are outdoors, hiking, working, or just relaxing. Maw Sit Sit Iis said to be energizing, to help one feel alive, and to ward off melancholy and depression.
4th chakra. Maw Sit Sit is a wonderful choice to help one find joy and pleasure in life.
. Taking Care of Maw Sit Sit Gemstones
Maw sit sit is fairly easy to take care of, however there are some things you should know about:
It can be worn every day, though you should avoid physical labor. This gemstone can be scratched because of its fairly low hardness.
Don’t store it with other gems, especially faceted ones, most other gemstones have a higher hardness and can easily scratch a maw sit sit gemstone.
Avoid rapid temperature changes, for example reaching into the fridge and putting it straight into the oven.
Cleaning should be done with lukewarm water and a mild soap, be sure to dry it afterwards with a soft towel.
Do not use a ultrasonic or steam jewelry cleaner, it might not survive the treatment.
Maw Sit Sit Buying Guide
The most challenging part in buying this gemstone is actually finding a jewelry or gem shop that actually sells it!
This gemstone is fairly unknown and your best chance of finding it is online or a professional jeweler with an extensive inventory of other colored gemstones.
Even large retail sites like Amazon do not sell maw-sit-sit . It’s unlikely that you will find imitations or synthetic maw sit sit. Mostly because it is fairly cheap and you can only find it in specialized shops that have a high reputation.
You only have make sure that you are getting the quality you pay for. Though it might be fairly hard to determine that, maw sit sit prices are fairly volatile because of the small size of the market.
Not only is this gemstone rare and largely unknown, but every single one of these stones has a unique look because of the large number of minerals that make up this green-black gemstone. If you set one of these gemstones in jewelry its practically guaranteed you’ll never run into something quite like it.