Danalite is a very rare brown, yellow to pink-red colored mineral named for the American mineralogist James Dwight Dana in 1866. Danalite has a limited number of global sources, including the New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Delaware. It can be found as red to pink or yellow masses in association with granite pegmatites, skarns, and gneisses. Octahedral or dodecahedral crystals can form up to 10cm. Faceted gems are known but they are typically very small. It was reported that it was successfully synthesized in 2003.
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- Chemistry & Crystallography
Countries of Origin
Myanmar; Argentina; Russian Federation; Viet Nam; Czechia; Japan; United States of America; Somalia; Kazakhstan; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Canada; Austria; Sweden; Unknown; Norway; China; Finland; Brazil; Mexico; Australia
James Dwight Dana, who Danalite is named after, was a pioneering geologist and mineralogist at Yale University. He wrote the Manual of Mineralogy in 1848 and updated versions of his text are used in college classrooms today.
Danalite is brittle so please take care when handling.