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Pectolite Pectolite, as mineral, is confused with other minerals like okenite, wollastonite, artinite and few others. The name "Pectolite" has been derived from the Greek word "Pectos" which mean "well put together." This semi-precious stone occurs in white or colorless, gray, light yellow, light brown, light blue, and light pink.

Physically, pectolite is very sharp and can easily puncture skin, if not handled properly. It is composed of Sodium Calcium Silicate Hydroxide and sometimes even, manganese. Pectolite is found in cavities of basalt in the igneous environments and it is always, almost, associated with zeolites. This stone is popular among collectors for its interesting radiating "blobs."

It is believed that pectolite softens, enlightens and even heals in a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual way. In 1828, the stone was discovered in Mont Balto and Mont Monzoni (Italy). Few decades ago, in the Dominician Republic, an ocean blue variety of pectolite was discovered. It was given the name of Larimar. Even this is popular in the semi-precious stone world.

Pectolite is found in California, Paterson and Franklin - New Jersey in the USA, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Italy and England. the specific gravity of the stone is 2.7 - 2.9 and hardness on Mohs scale is 4.5 - 5.

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