|(Clinozoisite image found on mineralauctions.com)|
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Gemstone of the Week: Clinozoisite
Clinozoisite is very closely related to Epidote. Clinozoisite was discovered in 1896 and named by Ernst Weinschenk. It's name is an allusion to its monoclinic crystal structure and its relation to Zoisite. It is a transparent to translucent gemstone with a vitreous luster. In colour, it may be: colourless, green, yellow-green, grey, pale or golden yellow, pink, or red (although most commonly it will be some shade of green or yellow). Clinozoisite has a hardness of 7. While it is rather widespread as to where it may be found, gem quality Clinozoisite crystals are fairly rare. It may be found in: Afghanistan, Argentina, the Atlantic Ocean, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada (the provinces of: Saskatchewan, British Colombia, Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Caledonia, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, U.S. Virgin Islands, England, Scotland, Wales, Zimbabwe, and the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Hew Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.