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>> Group(s) : silicates
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Its name comes from the Greek "epidosis" for generous, that lives largely, referring to its crystalline form, which is a juxtaposition of numerous slender prisms. Its former name, pistachite, was referring to its color.
There are several varieties:
The variety clinozoisite, is a dimorph of zoisite of very light green, iron-poor, with a birefringence of 0.010, we find some in Minerbio (Corsica), Zermatt (Switzerland).
The variety piemontite, red, opaque, rich in manganese, a native of Piedmont (Italy), but found also at the Ile of Groix (Morbihan). This is what gives the color of the red porphyry of Egypt.
The variety tawmawite, emerald green, with a high dichroism emerald green and yellow, containing chromium, originally from Burma (Tawmaw).
The unakite is a rock containing epidote (see unakite)

Exploited sites

Very common mineral, it is found in France (Bareges, L'Argentiere, Le Bourg d'Oisans ...) in the Austrian Alps (Knappenwand, Valley Sulz) and Switzerland, Brazil, United States (Prince of island Wales, Alaska), Pakistan, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Norway, Sri Lanka, Mali associated with prehnite ...

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Use in jewelry

It is only cut as a collection stone and used to shape cameos or objects for shop windows

Daily care and precautions

fragile, sensitive to shocks but very little to acids

Looking alike stones

diopside , tourmaline , vesuvianite

Historical healing properties

This stone would have a positive influence, it would help to take the situations in life with courage and a in a positive way. It would also act on spirit, help reduce anxiety, stress, grief. It would have a decongestant action on the entire digestive decomposition systems.

Chemical characteristics

calcium aluminium and iron silicate

Physical characteristics

Main color : green

Other colors : grey, yellow, black, red

its main color is pistachio green but very dark

Color of streak : grey

Luster : vitreous, greasy

Hardness : 6.0 to 7.0

Density : 3.30 to 3.50

Cleavage : perfect

Fracture : conchoidal, uneven

Optical properties

Transparency : transparent, translucent

Refractive Index : 1.725 - 1.770

Double refraction : 0.015

Definite, biaxial (-)

visible double refraction : yes

Dispersion : 0.030 (0.020)

Pleochroism : strong

Number of colors : 3

Green, brown, yellow

Absorption spectrum : 455

epidote alpha spectrum system

epidote alpha spectrum system

epidote beta spectrum system

epidote beta spectrum system

Fluorescence : none


Thin prisms, elongated ordered in sheafs, sometimes pseudo-octahedral crystals and pseudo-hexagonal

cristaux cristaux

Crystal system : monoclinic

Other informations

Astrological sign : Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn

  • Leo Leo
  • Virgo Virgo
  • Sagittarius Sagittarius
  • Capricorn Capricorn

helps to live life the right way by helping to overcome difficulties.