Bronzite is an iron-bearing variety of enstatite distinguished by its green-brown color and bronze-like sub-metallic luster with fibrous inclusions. Enstatite is a silicate and a member of the pyroxene group. Appreciated for its sheen, bronzite is sometimes polished to make small ornamental objects.
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This stone has earthy appeal and is most often found in cabochons or beads. It's a variety of enstatite and is named for the bronze-like appearance created by the presence of iron. It often has a metallic-like shimmer and is found in opaque, translucent, and transparent greenish-brown shades. Inclusions add distinction to individual stones. With a hardness of 5 1/2 on the Mohs scale, it's very wearable in a multitude of ways. When polished, bronzite has a lot to recommend it.
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We found interesting contemporary folklore surrounding this stone. Our favorite is that bronzite may inspire you to act with honor.