Alternative Names: Black Andradite

Mineral Information

Origin: Worldwide

Mineral Species: Andradite

Mineral Group: Silicates - nesosilicates

Chemical Formula: Ca3Fe2(SiO4)3 (with up to 5% TiO2)

Hardness: 6.5-7.5

Crystal System: Isometric

Colour: Black

Typical Appearance: Usually dodecahedral or trapezoidal crystals, or a combination of the two.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: None

Chakra Alignment: None

Element: None

Origin of Name & Mythology: According to its colour, from the Greek μελανός for "black".

Additional Information

In addition to the general properties of Garnet, Melanite is extremely grounding and very protective. It is sometimes used in the treatment of cancer.