Satin Spar Vs Selenite: Explained


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Selenite and Satin Spar – they are so close to being the same thing, but how do you know which one you are getting? Is one better than the other? How much of a difference is there between the two?

 Both crystals are minerals of gypsum, which comes in many different varieties of crystals. You can see Gypsum come in Selenite, Satin Spar, Alabaster, and Desert Rose.

All of these are very similar, just with different minerals inside of them – for example, Desert Rose also has sand throughout the stone.

 In this article, you will learn the differences between Satin Spar and Selenite, and what you should look out for before purchasing either.

Selenite or Satin Spar: What’s the difference?

When you see Selenite and Satin Spar for the first time, there really isn’t too much of a difference at first glance. When you start to look closely is when you start to notice a difference.

What does Selenite look like?

Selenite is much rarer than Satin Spar. Selenite is a crystal that can be found all over the world and is a form of Gypsum. It is usually flat and clear – it is very fragile and according to the Mohs scale of hardness only rates as a 2.

Selenite is more expensive than Satin Spar as well. When comparing listings from sellers, this is one way you can use your best judgment to see whether or not it is a genuine Selenite crystal or not.

What does Satin Spar look like?

Satin Spar is actually the same as Selenite – its chemical makeup is exactly the same. However, Satin Spar looks different from Selenite. Some crystal experts say that Satin Spar should be used more as a descriptive word rather than using it to identify a different crystal.

Satin Spar is often milky or creamy looking compared to the clear counterpart Selenite. Satin Spar is also a little bit harder – coming in at a 3 on the Mohs scale. It is much easier to find Satin Spar, so it is generally cheaper than Selenite.

Satin Spar is often shaped and polished before it’s sold. You will see shapes like wands, towers, or crystal balls sometimes. It can have a “Cat Eye” appearance after it has been polished. Satin Spar is often prismatic as well, whereas Selenite is not.

Selenite properties

Selenite is a favorite crystal among many people. It is known to have a high vibration and positive energy. Selenite is known for its cleansing properties and is great to have in many rooms in your house, in entrances, and you can even place them around your property line for protection and positivity.

Selenite is also known to work well with your Crown Chakra – meaning you can use it to restore  calmness and to work on your mental health.

Satin Spar properties

Satin Spar has the same properties and healing benefits as regular Selenite. You can use these crystals in the same way, so it will just depend on what you are drawn to. If you like one more than the other aesthetically, you can use that to make your decision.

Usually, Satin Spar is significantly cheaper, so this is often a deciding factor for most people. It is also easier to find and more readily available.

Selenite or Satin Spar: Which one should you use?

You can use either one! Both are great stones for anyone looking to add to their crystal collection.

Selenite and Satin Spar are also great cleansing stones. You can use both of them to cleanse your other stones, yourself, and your surrounding area.

Because they are such high-frequency stones, you also don’t need to recharge them, and they will recharge other stones as well. This is one less thing you have to worry about each month and is a great stone for a beginner.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Is Selenite safe to handle?

Yes! Selenite is safe to handle. You will want to be really careful with both Selenite and Satin Spar though because they are extremely soft stones.

Selenite is a great stone for a beginner because it is self-charging, will cleanse other stones, and is great for protection and mental wellbeing.

Can Selenite be used in the sun?

Yes, they can go in the sun! Should you leave it in the sun? Probably not.

Sun can make any crystal fade quickly and make it lose its luster. It is best to use the moonlight to recharge your crystals.

Can Selenite go in the water?

No! Selenite and Satin Spar can not go in the water. Because these stones are so soft and because of their mineral makeup, if you get them wet they will dissolve.

If you are wanting to clean your stones because they are dusty or dirty, you can wipe them down with a clean dry cloth. If you need to use a small amount of water on a damp cloth, be sure to dry them really well.

Never submerge your Selenite or Satin Spar in water or any liquid. 



Selenite and Satin Spar are actually the same crystal, they just look quite different. One is a clear crystal, while the other is creamy and will look prismatic in the sun.

Selenite is slightly softer than Satin Spar as well, making it more fragile. It is also rarer than Satin Spar, making it more expensive and harder to come by.

Many merchants mislabel these crystals – either the shops aren’t aware of the differences in appearance, or they are trying to make more money off of the cheaper crystal. With the help of this article, you know what to look out for when comparing Selenite and Satin Spar and can ask the right questions!

Thank you for reading out our article today on the difference between Selenite and Satin Spar!