About Descloisite

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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.

Common Associations

  • 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.