Stone Properties

Stone Properties
What are the sculptures made of?

The majority of stone used in Zimbabwean sculpture are locally sourced and belong to the geological family Serpentine. They are sedimentary, having originally been laid down on a sandy seafloor. Through exposure to intense heat and pressure over hundreds of millions of years has transformed them into hard stone.

Serpentines are rich in iron, so when the stone weathers it turns a rust colour. A Mohs Hardness rating has been included to indicate the relative hardness compared to Diamonds, which rates 10 on the scale.
What are the spiritual properties of the stone?

These incredible stone carvers hold firm to the belief that every stone and every thing has a life spirit. It is that 'life spirit' that influences what sculpture that stone will become. Many artists believe that it is their job to “release the spirit from the stone”.

Renowned spiritual interpreter and crystal expert Marina Costelloe, offers us her wisdom and knowledge on the Stone of Shona. She has published two books, The Complete Guide to Crystal Astrology and The Complete Guide to Manifesting with Crystals. Her website is:

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