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|Location:||Prince of Wales Island, Alaska|
|Epidote forms by the metamorphism of rocks at relatively low temperatures but at high pressures. Epidote crystals are formed in more than 200 forms particularly columnar, lath-like and acicular. It striates longitudinally on crystals which are usually perfectly crystallized. Crystals are dark to black-green and have a distinct cleavage, glassy luster, and gray streak. Epidote is common and is widely distributed. Exceptionally fine epidote crystals have occurred at Knappenwand in the Untersulzbachtal of Austria; on Green Monster and Copper mountains on Prince Of Wales Island, Alaska; and the Achmatovsk mines, Ural Mountains, Russia. The giver of this jewel is supposed to strengthen their astral or planetary influence and to render them more potent charms.|
Bibliography: Bancroft, Peter, Gem and Crystal Treasures, pg. 111-115.
Kunz, George Frederick, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, pg. 111-115.
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