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Pectolite has crystals that are elongated and flattened, but it more often occurs as acicular sprays or radially fibrous masses. It may be white, pale tan, or pale blue to greenish. Pectolite occurs widely in Canada, England, and the United States.

Pectolite Polished
Pectolite Classification
Common Name Pectolite
Species Pectolite
Pectolite Optical Properties
Transparency Semitransparent - Opaque
Refractive Index 1.599-1.628 Tolerance: (+0.017/-0.004)
Birefringence 0.029-0.038
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert to strong greenish yellow to orange
LWUV: Inert to moderate greenish yellow to orange
Pleochroism Unobservable
Pectolite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 4.5-5
Specific Gravity 2.740-2.900 Typical:2.810
Toughness Varies
Luster Vitreous, Silky
Fracture Uneven, Splintery
Cleavage Perfect, in two directions
Pectolite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name hydrous calcium sodium silicate
Chemical Formula NaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Crystal System Triclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Pectolite Colors

  • Yellow Pectolite Yellow
  • White Pectolite White
  • Blue Pectolite Blue
  • Colorless Pectolite Colorless
  • Pink Pectolite Pink
  • Gray Pectolite Gray
  • Green Pectolite Green

Alternate Names


Countries of Origin

United States of America (the); Dominican Republic (the)


Pectolite is soft, so be mindful of scratching. Requires gentle handling

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.