Scolecite

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Scolecite is a fascinating zeolite mineral. Its name is derived from the Greek word, skolex, meaning worm because under a flame, scolecite curls up like a worm. It shares the unusual properties of piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity with other gem minerals like tourmaline.

Scolecite Polished
Scolecite Classification
Common Name Scolecite
Species Scolecite
Scolecite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Opaque
Dispersion Strength: Strong Fire
Refractive Index 1.509-1.525
Birefringence 0.007-0.012
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert to weak yellow
LWUV: Inert to weak bluish white
Pleochroism Unobservable
Scolecite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5-5.5
Streak White
Specific Gravity 2.210-2.290
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous, Silky
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in two directions
Scolecite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Formula CaAl2Si3O10.3H2O
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Scolecite Colors

  • Green Scolecite Green
  • White Scolecite White
  • Colorless Scolecite Colorless
  • Pink Scolecite Pink
  • Red Scolecite Red
  • Brown Scolecite Brown

Countries of Origin

Unknown; India

Care

Soft and brittle, so be mindful of scratching. Not suitable for most jewelry uses.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.