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Epidote is a calcium aluminum iron silicate, with the formula Ca2(Al2,Fe)(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH). It comes in many shades of green from a dark olive green to yellow green. It is popular with collectors for the crystals that it forms. The crystals can be long prisim shapes or flat fan shapes called tabular crystals.
The name epidote comes from the Greek word  "Epidosis" which means to increase.  in allusion to the crystal characteristic of one longer side at the base of the prism.

Epidote is not used in jewelry except in the form of Unakite. Unakite is made of a combination of epidote and pink orthoclase feldspar. Because of its striking pink and green color it is popular for making beads and other decorative objects.

Epidote has no practical uses  in industrial processes. 

Epidote is a common rock forming mineral found in metamorphic rocks. It is also found in veins that cut through granites and as prismatic crystals in pegmatites.

Epidote is a term used for a group of silicate minerals and for the most common mineral of the group.

Metaphysical Properties of Epidote

Epidote is an attractor and enhancer. It can help bring your hearts desire into your life. Care needs to be taken with this crystal because it can also attract negative energies. You could say that it is a stone of karma. It brings in what you are putting out. Be aware of your moods when using this mineral. Do not carry this stone when you are feeling upset or are having a bad day! Epidote can magnefy whatever is going on for you in the moment.

Physical Properties of Epidote

Chemical formula:
 Ca2(Al2,Fe)(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH), calcium aluminum iron silicate
Color(s): Many shades of green Streak: Grayish white
Luster: vitreous to resinous
Transparency: transparent to opaque
Crystal system: Monoclinic
Crystal Habits: Prismatic, fiberous, massive
Specific Gravity: 3.3 to 3.6 
Hardness (Mohs): 6 to 7 
Cleavage: perfect in one direction, imperfect
Fracture: uneven
Uses: collectable mineral, semiprecious gemstone
Associated Minerals: amphiboles, feldspar, quartz, and chlorite
Location: Widespread occurence as a rock forming mineral
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