Daryl, my adopted dad who taught me all about stones and how to wire wrap, once had a stunning piece of Ajoite he wrapped in gold. He didn’t sell it for a long time due to it’s rarity.

That was my first encounter with it. It took me a while before I learned how to spell it–it’s pronounced ah-ho-ite. So what exactly is it?

Ajoite was first discovered when Harry Berman was at the New Cornelia mine in the Ajo area of AZ. He was looking for Shattuckite–another gem on my bucket list. The mineral he found was the Shattuckite but it had these greenish minerals that were unnamed. So it was named Ajoite. Another place is the Musina/Messina mine in South Africa, which has been closed for 20 years, or so I’ve been told. I haven’t really been able to find much info online about that.

Ajoite is pretty rare, but I managed to grab this piece from the GA Mineral Soceity’s gem show earlier this month and Love it. It’s greenish and is included in quartz, which Ajoite is naturally occurring in quarts. It’s also a copper ore, and my piece came from the Messina mine.  Below is my piece of Ajoite that I wrapped in copper. It is not for sale.


So What Exactly IS Ajoite?

Ajoite is a hydrated sodium potassium copper aluminum silicate hydroxide mineral (yes it has all that stuff in it!) It’s crystal system is triclinic.

Ajoite Healing Properties

To me, it has a similar energetic feel as Aquamarine. It’s both a heart and throat chakra stone that is known for helping clearing out all disharmonious energy from your body on both an energetic and physical level. Some say it has that Goddess energy or a sweet feminine energy that helps you to forgive yourself.

It’s also known as a mineral of transformation that helps you eliminates hate and hostility while promoting peace, love and joy.


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About the Author


Johnna Sabri is a mineral, gem and crystal collector and wire artist. She loves experimenting with different styles of wrapping and collecting gems and minerals. Her work has been modeled by GA State University students in one of their annual fashion shows.

Johnna has also served customers all around the world including Dubai, Finland, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong as well as people in every US state.

She learned her craft from Grammy winning guitarist, Daryl Adonis Thompson, son of Eli “Lucky” Thompson, the saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Isaac Hayes. Daryl was well known in the Little 5 Points Atlanta community as a master at his craft. Read more on Johnna here