Brucite was first discovered by American mineralogist and chemist Archibald Bruce in 1824 and when realizing what he had discovered Bruce named the mineral after himself. The first ever specimen of Brucite were described as the “native magnesia” of Hoboken, New Jersey, up until it was greatly studied in the state of Maryland.
Brucite is a magnesium hydroxide mineral that can crystallize into plates, fibers, masses, and small tabular crystals. When forming Brucite may form as a standalone or form with layers within. Brucite forms in low temperature hydrothermal veins in its transformation by heat pressure. It can come in various colors such as yellow, white, green, pink, red, and colorless as well. Originally the magnesium hydroxide that makes up Brucite made the stone white but with the contribution of other minerals such as iron and manganese the stone started taking up other colors too. In appearance it has a lustrous and translucent look as well as a pearly to chalky luster with a fibrous body.Not only does it come in various colors, but Brucite also comes from various places such as Pakistan, Czech Republic, Africa, Italy, Russia, Spain, Germany, Austria, China, Australia, and the United States. The majority of Brucite today can be found in the Wood’s Chrome mine in Pennsylvania, USA and more recently in the Kill Saifullah District of Baluchistan, Pakistan. The yellow Brucite was found in mountain regions of Pakistan, the stunning yellow variety of Brucite are incredibly rare in comparison to other types of Brucite.
Brucite belongs to the family of calcite, talc, magnesium serpentine, and chiastolite.The crystal structure is an interesting quality of Brucite due to the structure only being held together by residual bonds.Based on crystal beliefs Brucite is widely known for its healing vibrations and the positivity that it radiates. It is used for those who want to regain direction in their life to accomplish their goals.