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DATOLITE

Overview:Named from the Greek dateisthai, menaing divide, when meditated with Datolite facilitates retrieval of information encoded in subtle DNA, connecting to ancestral patterns and events and soul memory. The stone assists in accepting the transience of all things, knowing ‘this too will pass’, and is useful during violent upheavals or tumultuous changes in life. Its attributes include clarity of thought and enhanced concentration, leading to an ability to remember important details. This stone is said to bring you closer to those you love.

Datolite almost always come in the form of crystals, and there is only one place in the world where the datolites come in form of porcelianlike solid nodules; the copper ore regions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Such datolite nodules are commonly white, but some of them come in a variety of colors that make them even rarer and more desirable.

Datolite is a popular mineral among mineral collectors although it is somewhat obscure. It forms nicely faceted complex crystals. The crystals at first glance could appear to be other crystal forms such as the isometric dodecahedron or trapezohedron. However these highly symmetric crystal forms are easily distinguished from the crystals of datolite. Datolite's crystals although usually well formed and strickingly faceted lack any symmetry elements except for one mirror plane and one axis of two fold rotation.

Physical Properties:

Datolite

Datolite Birthstone

Crystal System
Monoclinic
Chemistry 
CaB (SiO4) (OH), Hydrous calcium borosilicate
Hardness
7-7.5
Source
Canada, USA, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Scotland, Germany, Norway
Chakra
Third eye, Soma
Number
5

Sign of Datolite: Aries

Well-formed staurolite crystals are commonly twinned, crossing at 60° or 90° angles, that are called fairy stones or fairy crosses. Large, clean staurolite specimens are found near Taos, New Mexico. Datolite is fairly hard, measuring 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, and is used as an abrasive mineral in sandblasting.

Usage: Concentration, problem-solving, diabetes, hypoglycaemia.

Legend: Datolite is often found in basalt vesicles with calcite and zeolites. In fact, it is often confused with certain zeolites because of its luster, color and associations. It is associated with native copper at this location and is found in porcelain-like masses and nodules. The nodules are brown to off white in color and some are cut and polished as an ornamental stone.

Occurrence: Notable occurences include Russia; Lake Superior region of Michigan and Paterson, New Jersey, USA; Bancroft, Ontario, Canada; Charcas, Mexico; Schwarzwald, Germany and Norway.