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Eudialyte Interesting Facts and Photos

eudialyte mineral specimen

Eudialyte Decpomposes in Acid

The mineral eudialyte was first described in 1819 in Greenland by German professor of chemistry Friedrich Stromeyer.

Correctly pronounced you~die~a~lite, the name comes from the Greek words, 'eu' meaning 'well' and 'dialytos' meaning 'decomposable'.  This refers to the fact that eudialyte decomposes particularly well in acids and in some cases dissolves completely.

The location where eudialyte is found helps with correct identification because this is a rare and complicated mineral.  Eudialyte is known to have as many as 46 different chemical elements.

Found in alkaline igneous rocks, eudialyte is mined primarily in Mount Saint Hilaire in Canada and the Kola Peninsula in Russia.  Stones can also be found in Greenland, Norway and Arkansas in the USA.

Just the reddish coloured material that can be seen is the mineral eudialyte.

rough eudialyte mineral specimen

When used for its metaphysical properties eudialyte is said to help with self love and aids giving love to others.  It's known as a stone of friendship and forgiveness.  It facilitates extra sensory perception (ESP) and has been used to help optic nerve disorders.

Eudialyte replenishes energy levels in cases of over exertion and increases vitality.  It can offer support and strength if you're run down or recovering from minor illness.  

Eudialyte grades 5 to 5.5 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.  Lower grade material tends to be used for decorative purposes whilst the finest specimens are highly sought after by dealers and collectors.

Both photos are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed image.  The mineral in the photo at the top of the page comes from Nyorkpakhk Mountain, north of the Vuonemmiok River, west central Kola Peninsula in the far north west of Russia.  Photo courtesy of James St. John.

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