Rainbow calsilica is a man-made material created for the gemstone market from carbonate rock (aka calcite or powdered limestone) and plastic set in resin and colored by artificial coloring pigments. Since its first appearance in 2002, rainbow calsilica has been the subject of debate over whether it was naturally occurring or artificial, with some trying to pass it off as natural, claiming deposits were found in China, Brazil, Mexico and the Middle East. Rainbow calsilica gets its name from its layers of vibrant colors spanning the visible spectrum as well its composition of calcite and silica, found in quartz and a major component of sand. Cut into beads, cabochons and other jewelry-making components, rainbow calsilica is very desirable because of its bold, beautiful bands of colors.
Rainbow Calsilica Metaphysical Properties
According to metaphysical beliefs, rainbow calsilica produces a calming effect through the balancing of mind and energy as well as cleanse the surrounding aura. The colors are thought to facilitate success and attainment of the goals of empowerment and expression. The blues hues promote a peaceful state of mind by discharging negative energies. The gemstone is said to provide a path to inner wisdom and truth. Because each color is believed to be connected to a specific energy and chakra, each of this gemstone's rainbow colors stimulates the related chakras to influence the emotional state as well as actions derived from the emotional state.
Rainbow Calsilica Geological Properties
Geologists, through testing, have determined that rainbow calsilica is made from a combination of powdered calcite carbonate rock and resin and then artificially colored with synthetic pigments to match the blue and yellow pigments. To make the stone more resilient, it is stabilized with a paraffin-like polymer substance.
Calcium carbonate (calcite) plus silica, dye and plastic
blue, green, yellow, orange, red, brown, black
3 to 4 (Mohs)
1.88 - 1.92
1.59 - 1.607
Proper Care of Rainbow Calsilica
Clean rainbow calsilica jewelry with a soft dry cloth. Wash with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth or soft brush. Dry thoroughly. Because it is a carbonate, rainbow calsilica is sensitive to acid and can be easily scratched. Do not apply harsh cleaning products that can include bleach and acid. Do not use ultrasonic cleaners or steamers.
Designing with Rainbow Calsilica
With such a range of colors, rainbow calsilica will work well with just about any color. You may want to consider how well the color patterns fit in with your design. Rainbow calsilica will work well with Native American/Southern designs as well as Boho, nature, ecology, celestial and Mardi-Gras themes, to name just a few possibilities.
**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.
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