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Hiddenite is named after W.E. Hidden, who discovered this new gemstone in Alexander County, North Carolina in 1879. Hiddenite is the green gem variety of the mineral Spodumene .Hiddenite exhibits strong pleochroism, showing lighter and more intense coloring when viewed at different angles.

Hiddenite is strongly pleochroic, meaning there is a color intensity variation when a crystal of it is viewed from different directions. Hiddenite is an attractive gem mineral, but is rare and for the most part known only to collectors. Because of its fragility, it is mostly sold as specimen rough.

Physical Properties:


Hiddenite  Birthstone

Emerald-green, yellow-green, and light green
6.5 - 7
Specific Gravity
3.1 - 3.2
Refractive index
1.66 - 1.68

Sign of Hiddenite: Libra

Birthstone: August


Hiddenite h elps one's ability to feel emotions, releases fear, promotes compassion for others and reaching out to others. Hiddenite allows us to look at ourselves on a deeper level, it does this by bringing us the clarity which we can so often ignore. It also allows us to focus on the issues and situations at hand, giving us ideas to solve our problems.


Hiddenite was named for W. E. Hidden who discovered the stone in North Carolina in 1881.


Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan and the USA.