The name Staurolite comes from the Greek words “stauros” (cross) and “lithos” (stone)
meaning “stone of the cross”.
The name is appropriate because Staurolite crystals often appear in twin cruciform
formations, in the shape of a Greek cross, with a 90 degree angle between the arms,
or in the shape of a St. Andrew’s cross, with a 60 degree angle between the arms.
A saltire, Saint Andrew's Cross, or crux decussata is a heraldic symbol in the geometrical
form of the diagonal cross upon which St. Andrew was said to be crucified. Staurolite
cruciform twins have been worn by religious devotees through the ages, and are renowned
as sacred natural objects, invested with the power to heal, bring good luck and transform