FOUND IN: ALGERIA, ARGENTINA, MEXICO, MOROCCO, NAMIBIA, SPAIN, TUNISIA, UK & USA.
Desert rose is the colloquial name given to rosette formations of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which contain abundant included sand grains. The ‘petals’ are crystals flattened on the c crystallographic axis, fanning open in radiating flattened crystal clusters.
The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin. Gypsum roses usually have better defined, sharper edges than baryte roses. Celestine and other bladed evaporite minerals may also form rosette clusters. The desert rose may also be known by the names: sand rose, rose rock, selenite rose, gypsum rose and baryte (barite) rose.
The energy of the Desert Rose is very gentle and it teaches one that life is worth all of its ups and downs. It not only helps to access past lives, it also helps one to access future lives! Glimpses of what is to come so that one may make appropriate choices for the here and now. It is a wonderful stone for intuitive work because it quiets the mind so that worries and other distractions do not interfere with the work. Also, it clarifies visions so that one may interpret the messages in a flowing way, letting that which does not resonate easily sift away. This is the energy of sand, to flow with the wind and create landscapes that are half illusion. Sand has the ability to hold weight and can be comforting and grounding unless one is fearful and movement becomes panicked, in which case the sand will give way. When one stands firm and steady in trust, the sand may shift but will not collapse.
Having a Selenite Desert Rose nearby in home or office can help remove energy blockages, assist in mental acuity, and aid in bringing prosperity to business. It can help to strengthen decision making, and has been known to ease epileptic seizure activity. Selenite is a powerful cleanser and is a channel of white healing light. We get the most wonderful gems out of the most unlikely places; out of coal, diamonds, held tight in oysters, pearls, and out of the sands, the Desert Rose.
Color: Brown, White
Color of streak: White
Moh’s hardness: 2
Specific gravity: 2.3-2.4
Cleavage: 1.1 – 2.4
Crystal system: Monoclinic
Chemical composition: CaSO4, 2H2O Hydrous Calcium Sulfate
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque