Locality - Madagascar
Size – 58 x 51 x 27mm
Weight – 112g
This freeform features pretty speckled plum purple eudialyte patterns in a smoky-tinted microcline matrix. It has been nicely shaped to a smoothed, rounded, plump form and polished to a high, glossy lustre, ideal for holding in the palm.
Eudialyte is an incredibly rare red to light brown gemstone typically found in massive form. It's rarity is due not only to its natural scarcity but also its alkaline form, which leaves it vulnerable to dissolving in strong acids; it is for this reason that it was named after the Greek 'eu dialytos', meaning 'well dissolved'. It is often found as grains embedded a variety of igneous rocks such as aegerine, albite, natrolite and nepheline. The south-western regions of Greenland produce much of this mineral, but minute amounts are also found in Canada, Norway, Arkansas and Madagascar.