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Thulite

Sorosilicate variety

Thulite (sometimes called rosaline) is a translucent, crystalline or massive pink manganese zoisite. Manganese substitutes for calcium in the structure with up to two percent Mn2+. Thulite is often mottled with white calcite and occurs as veins and fracture fillings transecting many types of rock. In mineralogical literature, thulite may sometimes refer to any pink zoisite. Clinothulite is the manganese bearing variety of monoclinic clinozoisite

Thulite was first discovered at a place called Sauland in Telemark It is named after the mythical island of Thule in the belief that the island is Scandinavia. Thulite is used as a gemstone and carving material in the manufacture of jewelry and ornamental objects.

Thulite is also found in the Austrian and in Mitchell County, North Carolina. A new, more recent find of a small quantity of thulite was discovered near Riverside, Washington and in Snillfjord i Trøndelag, Norway during tunnel constructions in December 2018.. Thulite is also found in New Zealand in the Otago region of the south island. It's a rare mineral and better quality then NZ rhodonite

Identification

Color of mineral

Pink

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

6.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.69

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic