Chondrodite, named for the Greek word for grain, "chondros," is a member of the humite group of minerals. Its gemmy hues range from red to yellow to orange, with the latter resembling the color of spessartite garnet. It can be found in several places including New York, Burma, Tanzania, and Afghanistan. Some of the best specimens come from the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, NY, and the Cardiff uranium mine in Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: inert to weak orange
Color due to iron. Very little transmission occurs below 580nm.
We acknowledge the significant scientific contributions of John S Harris, FGA to the study of gemstone spectra and with deep appreciation to him, acknowledges the use of his images and related notes about gemstones and their spectra in the educational materials on this website.
Countries of Origin
Tanzania, United Republic Of; Myanmar; Afghanistan; Russian Federation; Viet Nam; Czechia; United States of America; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Austria; Sweden; Pakistan; Korea (the Republic of); Unknown; China; Poland; France; Argentina; Romania; Japan; Switzerland; French Polynesia; India; Spain; Canada; Turkey; Norway; Namibia; Finland; Italy; South Africa; Antarctica; Australia; Germany
Chondrodite was discovered in 1817 at Pargas in Finland and was named by Baron Abraham Constantin Mouradgea d'Ohsson after its gritty nature.
Chondrodite is brittle so please take care when handling.