Orthoclase was in my March subscription box from The Crystal Council. I had never heard of it, but I was awestruck by its beauty:
I was most drawn to it right away out of the March collection, and when I read the description I realized why:
If you’re new here, I came clean about my opiate addiction in January. February was one of the hardest months of my life, so I really feel like this is the perfect stone for me this month. I really want to “develop the pure lifestyle my soul is chasing,” which apparently doesn’t involve pounding pain meds several times a day.
All stones look slightly different from each other. However, this mineral looked drastically different on every site I found.
Is this not confusing?! I’m used to stones looking different, but this really threw me for a loop. I also had a hard time finding a lot of info about Orthoclase. Some crystals have more or less info depending on how popular they are, so maybe Orthoclase isn’t that well known yet. Allow me to introduce you if you haven’t met it yet!
The History of Orthoclase
Orthoclase in Greek means “straight fracture,” because it is a Feldspar mineral and its cleavage planes are at right angles to each other. I have no clue what that means, but it’s on Wikipedia if you want to learn more. The Wiki article is pretty short, but packed with info so buckle in.
This is apparently a very common mineral, used for glass, ceramics, porcelain and household cleaner. This also means it is relatively inexpensive, but the cost is comparable to most other crystals I’ve seen.
Orthoclase is commonly confused with Rainbow Moonstone, and sometimes called Moonstone when used in jewelry. I worked with Moonstone before (you can see that here) and I was confused back then by how many kinds there were.
According to The Crystal Council, Orthoclase was discovered in 1801 by R.J. Hauy, a French Mineralogist.
Fun Orthoclase Facts
- The largest Orthoclase found was over 100 tons in the Ural Mountains in Russia
- Orthoclase was found on the moon and Mars, making it one of very few crystals found outside of our planet
- High levels of Orthoclase indicate “complex geological processing,” such as repeated melting. NASA discusses it in this article
- Other related crystals in this family include Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite, all of which I’ve worked with previously
I am currently not in a place emotionally where I can work on crystals. I attempted to do this experiment and was unable to put the time and effort into it that I normally would. Rather than fake it or half-ass it, I’d just like to be honest with you and let you know that I haven’t worked with it enough to know much about it. Hopefully these facts are interesting and fun; that’s all I can really give right now.
I did take this photo of it outside on a particularly beautiful day:
Sorry I wasn’t able to do an experiment this month. I need to prioritize healing and while I think crystals may help with that, I’m just not mentally able to commit to a daily regimen like usual.
If you want to work on crystals yourself, I have a free worksheet you can use:
I normally try to find a way to buy these yourself, but these are hard to come by online. I recommend Etsy or The Crystal Council if you want one like I have!
Here are tumbled ones on Amazon:
If you want one of the clear kind, here is one:
Let me know if you’ve worked with Orthoclase and how it went for you!
*This post contains affiliate links. Sorry, I usually put this disclaimer at the top, but I jumped right into the screenshots and it looked bad there.