The Mineral Goethite

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Goethite is a naturally occurring mineral; this mineral is frequently seen blended with other better aesthetic minerals. Generally speaking, it is a dark and ugly mineral, even though samples from a few locations (particularly Colorado) are known for their fragile and gorgeous crystal growth or even formed in odds as stalactites and botryoidal types with velvet like growths. Besides, Goethite is commonly seen as black colored sprays of crystal that are formed within drusy (A rock fracture surface coated with fine crystals) or geodes of quartz (volcanic and sedimentary rocks that show secondary structures in them)

Geothite is a mineral bearing iron hydroxide, belonging to the diaspore (a hydroxide of aluminum) class, seen in surroundings of low temperature and in soil.


  • Goethite occurs throughout the planet, normally

  • In the concretion form (hard, Compact, hard mass of matter formed in the spaces between particles,),

  • Oolites (formation of minute spherical granules cemented together),

  • In the formation of stalactites (Water droplets from the tip of a stalactite depositing calcite on the floor, resulting in a cone-shaped or a rounded stalagmite.),

  • Reniform (smooth, rounded, kidney-like agglomerations)

  • Accumulation of botryoidal (globular, similar to grape bunches).

It is a wide spread pseudomorph (Wiki Description- “Mineral or mineral compound that appears in an atypical form (crystal system), resulting from a substitution process in which the appearance and dimensions remain constant, but the original mineral is replaced by another”). You can see them often at swampy locations in the spring water head), at the bottom of lakes, on the floor of caves and in tiny creeks

Derivation Of Name

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mineral goethite

In 1806 Goethite earned its name from the famous philosopher, playwright, politician, poet and novelist Johann Georg Lenz and also Johann Wolfgang von Goethe a Geoscientist, who held the position of Chief Minister of Weimar State. (Parts of the Geothite gatherings are supposedly detained by the Geothite society of New York and USA)

Chemical Formulae

α-FeO (OH)

Physical characteristics

Color varies from black to a red hue to brown and further to yellow

• Streak: Orange-yellow, yellowish brown, ocher-yellow

•Luster: Adamantine to faded

• Transparency: sub-translucent to Opaque.

• Fracture: Splintery to Uneven.

• Hardness No. MOHS Scale:

5 - 5.5


The most essential usage of this mineral as iron ore,

Superior Goethite samples are hard to find and so if available, is valued as collections. Iridescent or banded types are cut and polished to form cabochons for the manufacture of jewels.

Since primitive times, Geothite had been used as a popular pigment. Proof of the use of this pigment is available from the samples taken from the caves of Lascaux in France.

Mythical Uses

Goethite is an antique stone which has a rooted association with our planet earth. Goethite is acknowledged for its deep connection with the history of the earth and also helps in earth curing. This is a tough stone that aids you to cure the history of your past life’s tribulations and allows access to the connected memoirs accumulated in a your genetic matter.

Goethite stone is used to bring reality to your wishes, and helps in curing one’s sorrow. It belongs to one among the seven stones that comprises the Super Seven or otherwise Melody’s stones. However, it works well with all the chakras. The stone is most effective at the earth chakra, third eye chakra, base, throat and sacral chakras.


Goethite is an extraordinary stone which is semi-precious, it is gorgeous, transparent and it is possible to set them elegantly in handmade jewelry.

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