Eudialyte | A Complicated Mineral
Eudialyte Facts and Photos
Eudialyte correctly pronounced as you~die~a~lite was first described in 1819 in Greenland by German professor of chemistry Friedrich Stromeyer who named it after two Greek words, 'eu' meaning 'well' and 'dialytos' meaning 'decomposable'. This was in reference to the fact that it decomposed particularly well in acids and in some cases dissolved completely.
The location where the stone is found helps with its correct identification because eudialyte is a rare and complicated mineral that's known to have as many as forty six different chemical elements. Found in alkaline igneous rocks, it's mined primarily in Mount Saint Hilaire in Canada and the Kola Peninsula in Russia but can also be found in Greenland, Norway and Arkansas in the USA.
Interestingly just the purplish red coloured mineral that can be seen in the stone is eudialyte.
In crystal healing eudialyte is said to help with self love and aids giving love to others whilst helping one to learn about forgiveness. It facilitates extra sensory perception (ESP) and has been used to help optic nerve disorders. It replenishes energy levels in cases of over exertion, increases vitality, helps to cleanse the body and helps with the regeneration of damaged organs particularly the thyroid.
Eudialyte grades 5 to 5½ on Mohs scale of mineral hardness and when available tends to be used as a lapidary material. Fine specimens are sought after by mineral dealers and collectors.
The image at the top of the page is courtesy of James St. John - Flickr.
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