is an emerald green variety of an Amphibole similar
to Actinolite and
by its slight chromium (Cr) content. Smaragdite is named
from the Ancient Greek word smaragdos,
originally meaning emerald but later meaning green gem
or green. Smaragdite is a green foliated material
often found in eclogite and
some varieties of gabbro. Smaragdite is not mineralogically related to Emerald. An Emerald imitation from fused masses is also called Smaragdite.
well known location for Smaragdite is the Emerald deposit
at Leckbachgraben Nasenkopf, Habach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
where elongated prismatic crystals are found. Other
locations are the Věžná serpentinite quarry, Věžná, Žďár nad Sázavou, Vysočina Region, Moravia,
Czech Republic; the Altermark talc mine, Altermark area, Rana, Nordland, Norway
and a possible source in Italy.