a member of the Humite Group of minerals that includes
Clinohumite, Humite and Norbergite. Faceted Chondrodite
is fairly rare. Faceted
gems can be beautiful in colors of light yellow, yellow,
brown and deep red to deep orangish red.
Some Chondrodite gems may exhibit fluorescence of orangish-yellow under shortwave
(SW) UV light and orange under longwave (LW) UV light.
If you hover your cursor over the picture above, you
will see the Chondrodite gem exhibiting fluorescence
under UV light.
was named in 1817 by Swedish historian Baron Abraham Constantin Mouradgea d'Ohsson
(1779-1851) from the
Greek word Χόνδρος (chondros) meaning
grain in allusion to its habit of occurring in isolated
grains. d'Ohsson called Chondrodite "a yellow stone from Pargas".
There are several sources of Chondrodite around the
world, but only a few produce facetable crystals. One source of small gemmy crystals
is the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, New York. Other
sources are Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province,
Afghanistan; Palabora mine, Loolekop, Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province,
South Africa; and Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar
from Pargas, Hangelby, and Sibbo, Finland. At Kafveltorp,
near Kopparberg, Sweden. From Monte Somma and Vesuvius,
Campania, Italy. At Le Chipal, Vosges, France. From
Bhandara, Maharashtra, India. In the USA, fine crystals
from the Tilly Foster mine, Brewster, Putnam County,
and Amity, Orange County, New York; at Franklin and
Sparta, Sussex County, New Jersey; Johnson Camp, Cochise
County, and the Lakeshore mine, Pinal County, Arizona;
and Crestmore, Riverside County, California. From Bancroft,
Ontario, Canada. In the Loolekop carbonatite, Transvaal,
South Africa. A few other localities are known.
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