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What on Earth Is Dolomite?

What on Earth Is Dolomite?

Dolomite is calcium magnesium carbonate found in geodes, sedimentary rocks or altered igneous rocks rich in magnesium. Its properties never cease to amaze crystal enthusiasts who love having it in their collections. Here's what you need to know about dolomite:

The Physical Properties of Dolomite

Dolomite forms crystals that can be quite massive in size. They're mostly rhombohedral, with some specimens showing signs of curved growth as a result of twinning. The colour of dolomite varies but is most often white, yellowish or brownish if it contains iron. Dolomite can also be rosy pink if it has high manganese content.

On the Mohs hardness scale, dolomite rates 3.5-4. It's brittle, with perfect cleavage quality and sub-conchoidal fracture. It's a transparent, translucent, or sometimes opaque stone, with a vitreous or pearly lustre and a trigonal crystal system.

The History of Dolomite

Dolomite got its name in 1791 after the French geologist and mineralogist Déodat (Dieudonné) Guy Sylvain Tancrède Gratet de Dolomieu, who discovered it during Napoleon's expedition into Egypt. Most important localities where dolomite is are Brazil, Algeria, Namibia, Switzerland, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, the United States, and India.

The Lore of Dolomite

The astrological sign corresponding to dolomite is Aries. There aren't that many legends about the properties of dolomite, as it hasn't been in use as long as some other well-known stones, but it is indeed developing rich lore around its metaphysical and crystal healing properties.

The Metaphysical Properties of Dolomite

Dolomite is a stone said to be suitable both for physical and emotional healing. It promotes a stable balance between the levels of calcium and magnesium in the body and has a beneficial effect on the blood and circulation. One of its most exciting uses in physical healing is for treating the symptoms of PMS, as well as cramps.

Dolomite is known as a stone of soothing, and that doesn't only apply to physical pain, but emotional hurts and traumas as well. It's also good for calming fiery tempers and decreasing feelings of frustration, irritability and even anger. It comes from dolomite's affinity towards the element of Earth, which works to center our being in every sense of the word.

When it comes to dolomite's effects on our psyche, it's said that dolomite is an excellent stone for keeping things in check, as it provides the user with the clarity to discover profound truths about themselves. It's a stone of practicality, and as such will help you stay realistic, without giving in to denial or wild fantasies.

Concerning other stones, dolomite works well with strong energy stoneslike moldavite, which might be too intense for energy-sensitive people.

Dolomite is a beautiful stone well-suited to calm the high energy individuals or to be used in tandem with other rocks which can be powerful energy generators. Dolomite jewelry is a perfect gift for the crystal enthusiast in your life, especially those who take their self-care seriously and strive to approach every problem with practicality.