Written By Liz Oakes
Ilvaite may assist you to persevere and can help to increase your patience, an attribute that everyone will find useful.
They help to enhance your creativity and boost your imagination, and have good attributes that help to both ground and center you.
The metaphysical properties of crystals like these involves the way they help you to keep going when the going gets tough.
They have a helpful vibration to stabilize you emotionally, and have a number of healing properties that may be beneficial to you.
Interestingly they resonate strongly within the crown chakra as well as within the base and earth chakras.
The meaning of the name of this stone comes from the location where it was first discovered on the Italian island of Elba, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea.
Its name comes from the Latin word 'ilva', which is the original name of the island of Elba. Also known as Yenite, this is a silicate mineral that contains iron and calcium and is a member of the sorosilicate subclass.
Although its color is commonly a deep opaque iron-black, it may also be dark
gray or brownish black. It is commonly found in contact metamorphic rocks or in calcium bearing ore deposits known as skarn.
It occurs as orthorhombic or monoclinic crystals as well as columnar masses and as prismatic crystals.
As mentioned above, this black mineral was first discovered in Italy but has since been located in a few other areas, but not all places have large deposits.
It has been found in Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Aegean Islands in Greece, Russia, Inner Mongolia in China and in the USA. It may also be found combined with other minerals.
Many of these combination pieces make beautiful specimens, which you can see here.
There are lovely pieces of this mineral that are naturally combined with Hedenbergite, Fluorite, Quartz, Calcite or Pyrite.
These black crystals are strong base and earth star chakra crystals that have a powerful grounding and centering action.
They are particularly helpful to assist you when you feel troubled about life circumstances and are aware that you feel out of balance, ungrounded and emotionally uncentered.
Sitting quietly holding this stone, either in meditation or just sitting relaxing can assist you to become more grounded as well as more centered, and may assist you to make better decisions.
These stones are useful to use in meditation, as they resonate within the crown chakra, which may assist you to receive guidance from spirit beings in the higher realms.
During meditation you may receive guidance from teachers or guides about methods to help you to be more tenacious, and learn ways to keep going, even when you are finding that life is tough.
They have a helpful energy to encourage you to be more patient and may also help to stimulate your creativity as well as triggering imaginative and innovative thinking.
You may find that it is quite beneficial to use these black stones in meditation to assist you to gain information that may help you to utilize your imaginative and creative gifts in new ways that may benefit your life.
As mentioned above these stones have a good action to stabilize your emotions as well as to ground you. There are a number of symptoms of being ungrounded.
So if you are not sure if you are ungrounded it may benefit you to read more about how grounding can help you. These stones also have a number of other beneficial healing properties that may aid you.
They are purported to heal quite a few health issues, including helping the treatment of hepatitis and fevers including typhoid fever.
Other health problems that they are said to assist includes aiding hemorrhaging, as well as helping diarrhea and a nervous or ulcerated stomach.
In order to obtain the best results, before using the stone for health problems, sit with it and tell it what you require from it regarding your healing.
This is a good stone to use to enhance your creativity, but if you require more help to boost the flow of your creativity you may wish to combine it with other stones that stimulate creativity.
This includes stones such as Hornblende, Triplite, Serandite or Orange Calcite.
For any of you who feel you would like to stimulate your imaginative ability, especially if you are also working on your creative gifts, as these go well together, you may like to combine it with other crystals that help to unlock your imagination.
Stones that stimulate your imagination includes Iolite, Pietersite, Spessartine Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Ulexite, Pudding Stone and Conichalcite.
This stone has a good action to boost your patience, but if you feel you need more help with this, there are a number of other stones that can help you.
There are a few other stones that aid you to feel more patient. This includes Morganite, Chrysocolla, Dumortierite, Danburite, Blue Aragonite, Vatican Stone and Petrified Wood.
For anyone who is finding it hard to persevere or if life seems to be difficult, you might like extra help to keep going when times are tough.
Combining this stone with other crystals that aid you to persist even when it is hard to do so may help you. Other stones that aid perseverance includes Picasso Marble, Pollucite, Chabazite, Labradorite and Nuummite.
This stone has a good energy to ground you, and while it will help you when used alone, there are a number of other powerful grounding stones that you may also choose to have on hand.
Grounding stones you might like to use includes some of my favorites, such as Black Tourmaline, Black Diopside, Black Obsidian, Pyrrhotite, Black Spinel and Larvikite also called Norwegian Moonstone.