Birthstone Month :
Benitoite is not associated with a birthstone month.
Benitoite is not associated with a zodiac sign.
Chemical Symbol :
Chemical Make-up :
Benitoite is a Barium Titanium Silicate. It is not known for sure which element
causes the blue coloration, but it
is generally agreed that it is
either the presence
of Iron or Titanium within the stone.
History & Lore :
Benitoite received its name from the location in which it was discovered, San Benito
County, California. Benito means “blessed” in Spanish.
In 1907, two oil prospectors named L.B Hawkins and Jim Couch came across a blue
gem that was initially thought to be a type of Sapphire. They had sent samples of
the stone to George Louderback, a professor of mineralogy at the University of California
at Berkley, hoping to gain a better understanding of their amazing discovery. Nearly
a year later and after extensive x-ray studies, Louderback announced that a new
mineral had been found. Decades later in 1985 it was announced California's official
Benitoite is exceedingly rare and naturally quite expensive. In fact, it is seldom
seen as a gemstone due to its extreme rarity and the typical small sizes of fecetable
material. It is however becoming increasingly popular and in demand
amongst collectors is increasing. Due to scarcity, Benitoite is virtually unknown to the general consumer