Thulite Meaning and Properties

Thulite History

Thulite, also known as rosaline zoisite, manganoan zoisite or Norwegian thulite, is a pink variety of zoisite that is loved for its rosy pink appearance. This variety of zoisite was first discovered in 1820 in Norway by Swedish chemist Anders Gustaf Ekeberg and is named after the mythical island of Thule. Thule, now believed to be Norway, Greenland or Iceland, represented the most known northern boundaries of the world at that time.

Thulite is the national gemstone of Norway. This stone is related to the signs of Taurus and Gemini.

Thulite Metaphysical Properties

Thulite is known as a stone of expression and passion, giving people the confidence to speak and perform in front of others. A great choice for introverts, this stone can increase self-confidence and make us more outgoing.

Thulite is known to bring a positive and joyful attitude to its wearer, opening us up to a more optimistic view on life and relationships. Thulite can help us be more open and accepting in our relationships and increase our capacity to show sympathy for others.

Thulite is a good stone to aid in breaking destructive habits and fighting addiction. It gives us the strength to move on from the errors of our past. It is a strong healing stone, also known to improve concentration, balance and coordination.

Thulite Geological Properties

Depending on the amount of manganese present, thulite stones typically have an intense pink to reddish color and this stone is commonly found with quartz. Thulite is known for its sparkly luster and is often mottled with white calcite.

The primary source of thulite is from Norway at Tvedestrand and Leksvik in Sorlandet, Aust-Auger. Thulite also comes from North Carolina in the United States.

Mineral Information A variety of zoisite
Chemical Composition Ca2Al3(SiO4)3(OH)
Color Red, pink with white mottling
Hardness 6 to 6-1/2 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 3.2 - 3.4
Refractive Index 1.69 - 1.70

Proper Care of Thulite

Thulite is a very soft mineral. At just 6 to 6.5 points on the Mohs scale, thulite is very vulnerable to scratches so it needs to be protected. When storing thulite jewelry it is important to keep it away from harder objects.

Care should be taken when cleaning thulite jewelry. It is recommended to use lukewarm soapy water with mild detergent and a soft cloth. Hard brushes and strong detergents can damage the stone.

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Designing with Thulite

Add some pink to your look! Thulite is an economical choice for jewelry designs and this opaque gemstone is easy to design with in beads and cabochons.

Thulite is commonly showcased with silver-colored metals, however wire-wrapping thulite with rose gold or yellow gold gives it a high-end look. Due to its soft nature, thulite beads and cabochons make stunning necklace focal pieces and earring dangles, as they are more protected from heavy wear.

Design with complementary colors of crystal beads and crystal pearls. Add into wedding designs with cultured freshwater pearls for a romantic and feminine statement.

''Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Thulite Gemstone Beads'' design idea

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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