About Erythrite

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Keep reading to discover more about erythrite

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


Mineralogy and Geology of Erythrite

Mineral formula: Co3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O

Grouping: member of the Vivianite Group

Crystal system: monoclinic

Crystal habit: prismatic to acicular and typically flattened or deeply striated or furrowed. Frequently occurs as radial or stellate groups.

Cleavage: perfect on {010}

Color: crimson to peachy red, pale rose, pink

Streak: pale red to pink

Luster: sub-vitreous, waxy, pearly, to dull or earthy

Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 1 ½ - 2 ½

Specific gravity: 3.06

Named after: its color in 1832 by François Sulpice Beaudant from the Greek έρυθρος, "erythros" for "red"

Type locality: Daniel Mine, Neustadtel, Schneeberg, Saxony, Germany

Geological occurrence: A secondary mineral in the oxidation zone of some Ni-Co-As mineral deposits.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Erythrite is often worked with to provide for a strong, flowing connection among all of the chakras. Erythrite is thought to enhance communications, bringing harmony and responsiveness. It is said to help one see in many directions in the assessment of issues.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – works on all chakras
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 2
  • Zodiac – Virgo, Capricorn, 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.