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- Mineralogy and geology*
- Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
- Common Associations
Mineralogy and Geology of Descloisite
Mineral formula: PbZn(VO4)(OH)
Grouping: a member of the Adelite-Descloizite Group
Crystal system: orthorhombic
Crystal habit: Crystals equant to pyramidal, prismatic, and rarely tabular or short prismatic. Crystal faces are commonly uneven or rough, with frequent sub-parallel growth. Drusy crusts of intergrown crystals are common; also stalactitic or massive with a coarse fibrous structure and mammillary or botryoidal surface.
Cleavage: none observed
Fracture: irregular/uneven or sub-conchoidal
Color: brownish red, red-orange, brown to black tones
Luster: sub-vitreous, resinous, waxy, or greasy
Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent
Moh’s scale hardness: 3 – 3 ½
Streak: orange to brownish-red
Specific gravity: 6.2
Named after: Alfred Louis Olivier Le Grand Des Cloizeaux who first described the mineral.
Type locality: Sierra de Cordoba, Cordoba Province, Argentina
Geological occurrence: A secondary mineral in mafic volcanic rocks, also a low-grade metamorphic mineral.
Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties
Descloisite is considered to be a stone of unconditional love, especially in the application of knowledge for creativity and invention. It is held to facilitate the release of limiting beliefs and thoughts to benefit innovative, altruistic and humanitarian pursuits.
- Chakra – root and higher chakras, depending on intention
- Numerology - vibrates to the number 55
- Zodiac – Taurus
- Birthstone – no traditional associations
- Wedding Anniversary – no traditional associations
* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org
** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.
*** Metaphysical properties come from:
Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.