About Epidote

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations


Mineral formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)

Mineral group: member of the Epidote group

Crystal system: Monoclinic

Crystal habit: Crystals prismatic to 35 cm, also stubby, rarely tabular or pseudo-octahedral. Fibrous, coarse to finely granular, massive. Prismatic crystals may show a pseudo-hexagonal cross-section.

Cleavage: perfect on {001}, imperfect on {100}

Fracture: irregular / uneven

Color: Yellowish-green, green, brownish-green, black

Luster: vitreous

Diaphaneity: transparent, or translucent, or opaque

Moh’s scale hardness: 6

Streak: colorless

Specific gravity: 3.38-3.49

Named after: the Greek επιδοσιζ ("epidosis"), meaning "increase", in allusion to the crystal characteristic of one longer side at the base of the prism, in 1801 by Rene Just Haüy.

Type locality: Le Bourg-d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Geological occurrence: regional and contact metamorphic rocks. Saussuritisation (alteration of plagioclase).


Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Epidote is a stone of increase – it facilitates increase of whatever one holds the intention of increasing. It generally supports personal power.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – heart
  • Numerology – vibrates to the number 2
  • Zodiac – Gemini
  • Birthstone – no traditional association
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional association


* 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.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.